When this season started, the expectations were not that high. Some predicted 4-6 wins throughout this season, most of them coming from non-conference games. The games that I had circled on the schedule were 3/4 non-conference games, the only loss being to Western Kentucky (mostly because I was hoping that Storey would start that game and get his revenge). Then picking up a few wins in conference, possibly to a Kentucky (close), Ole Miss (place throw up emoji here), Mississippi State (place skull and crossbones emoji here) and Missouri.
Now that we know where the season has taken us, losses to all of the above that I mentioned, with the exception of Missouri that is being played today. With that being said, let us look at some of the numbers between Arkansas and Missouri.
Missouri has been up towards the beginning of the season besides week one, and then have fallen extremely hard and extremely fast towards the end of the season. Missouri started out 5-1, with their only loss coming to Wyoming in week one. Everything was looking great for a team that has a postseason ban looming above their head (which was upheld this past week). Since starting 5-1, Missouri has dropped their last 5 games to the following teams; Vanderbilt (21-14), Kentucky (29-7), #4 Georgia (27-0), #8 Florida (23-6), and Tennessee (24-20).
This game will be in Little Rock, where in recent years the city has not been so great to the Hawgs. They have struggled at times and even though it has been very dramatic going back to the Jeff Long days (not so long ago) where it seemed they were trying to rid Little Rock of the games. There has still been one way to getting a game in Little Rock, albeit every other year, but that is the home games against Missouri with our new “Rivalry.” Now I will admit it, as a Razorback fan that lives closer to Little Rock than NW Arkansas, it is nice to be able to go to games and not have to drive 4+ hours, but you hope that your team is doing well so that tickets sell and the people that are in NW Arkansas that make the decisions about Little Rock still want the game.
Arkansas has lost 8 straight football games, 2 non-conference, and they have lost their last 5 by a combined score of 254-80.
The Missouri Tigers are favored by 11.5 points total at the moment. With that and the way both teams are playing, I am going to take Arkansas outright. Only because I believe that Lunney will have this team ready to play for Senior Day 2.0. I believe that both teams will struggle at times, as they have all season but Jack Lindsey is looking to be the starter and I think that given his heart and how he played against the Tigers last week (yes, against starters that had yet to be taken out of the game) that he will deliver well for Lunney. There has been no word on the QB situation thus far for Arkansas as K.J. Jefferson and Nick Starkel are both in concussion protocol. So I believe Lindsey will get the start and will come up with a victory in Little Rock.
Arkansas wins against Missouri, in Little Rock, with a score of 24-20. I will be in section 16 for the game and I hope it turns out like I just said. Go Hawgs!!! WPS!!!