John L. Smith‘s Arkansas Razorbacks (1-3) will have another opportunity to return to the win column on Saturday on the road against the Texas A&M Aggies (2-1). Arkansas, which opened the season with high hopes despite the dismissal of highly successful head coach Bobby Petrino, hasn’t won since defeating Jacksonville State 49-24 in a season-opener. Since the opener, Arkansas has dropped three straight games, losing to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, Alabama Crimson Tide and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Texas A&M, set to host the Razorbacks for a noon kickoff, sports a 2-1 record. The Florida Gators edged the Aggies 20-17 in the Texas A&M football program’s SEC debut. Since falling to Florida, Texas A&M has notched convincing wins over Southern Methodist and South Carolina State.
These definitely haven’t been Bobby Petrino’s Razorbacks. Arkansas ranks 116th overall in the FBS in rushing yards, averaging only 97.8 yards per game. The Razorbacks are faring better through the air, averaging 294.8 yards per game, 25th overall in the FBS. Arkansas is averaging 26.5 points per game, 77th overall. The Razorbacks have averaged giving up 36.3 points per game, which ranks 110th.
Arkansas owned a Top 10 ranking prior to losing to upstart Louisiana-Monroe. Texas A&M experienced a similar letdown last season. Texas A&M experienced one of its collapses against Arkansas last season. The Aggies packed a 35-17 lead into halftime but couldn’t close the door on host Arkansas as the Razorbacks battled back to win 42-38, ultimately starting a seven-game winning streak. Arkansas defeated Texas A&M for the third straight year.
Current Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was instrumental in the Razorbacks’ win over Texas A&M last season, throwing for a school-record 510 yards. After throwing for 419 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in the loss to Rutgers, Wilson will face another talented quarterback in his latest outing. Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has had a hand in on 11 touchdowns in the last two games.
Dubbed The Southwest Classic, the Arkansas-Texas A&M series dates back to 1903. The two teams are former Southwest Conference rivals.
The Razorbacks have won three straight games over the Aggies. Arkansas leads the all-time series 41-24-3.