Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
Arkansas and new head coach Bret Bielema return home to take on Texas A&M in a matchup of former Southwest Conference opponents. Bielema hopes to get his young team up for a Texas A&M squad that demolished the Razorbacks a year ago 58-10.
Texas A&M and “Johnny Football” got a much needed “bye” week in the form of SMU a week after a loss in the much anticipated showdown with Alabama. The Aggies rolled to a 42-13 win in College Station. Quarterback Johnny Manziel continued to impress as he racked up 346 yards and three touchdowns, but more importantly the Aggies defense stiffened after allowing 31, 28 and 49 points in its first three games.
Bret Bielema’s honeymoon in Fayetteville may have just ended after a road loss at future Big Ten conference member, Rutgers. Leading 24-7 in the second half, the Razorbacks proceeded to give up 21 unanswered points and left the Garden State with a loss. The loss was even more painful when considering Arkansas’ upcoming schedule. The Hogs follow this weekend’s game against Texas A&M with road contests at Florida and Alabama sandwiched around a home game against 12th ranked South Carolina. Injured quarterback Branden Allen did not play last week against Rutgers, but may get back to action this weekend.
What will happen: Arkansas’ loss to Rutgers was a crusher. The Razorbacks had all the momentum, ready to head home undefeated for a huge game against Texas A&M. Instead, Arkansas limps in at 3-1 with the daunting SEC schedule staring them in the face. Manziel can move the ball on anyone in the country and Arkansas will be no different. The Hogs won’t get the boost of a defensive touchdown this week and they don’t have the fire power to keep up with the Aggies. Texas A&M leads from wire to wire and blows this one out in the second half.
Key stats: Arkansas is 0-7 against the spread following a non-conference game the last two seasons.
Prediction: Texas A&M 41 Arkansas 17
The Play: Texas A&M -14
2013 ATS Record: 8-4