Arkansas (3-2, 0-1) is a much more balanced team on offense with Brandon Allen at quarterback, and the Razorbacks could actually win some SEC games if they can eliminate some defensive issues, which were a key contributor to the 45-33 loss to Texas A&M.
The Razorbacks especially need to improve in the secondary. This unit was abysmal in 2012, giving up 285.8 yards per game through the air, ranking 113th in the NCAA. Though it has made some improvements, concerns still remain.
In the first three games against lesser competition, the Hogs only gave up an average of 140.0 passing yards. However, over the last two games against Rutgers and Texas A&M, the Razorbacks have allowed 607 yards and five touchdowns.
With the quarterback play in the SEC at an all-time high, it’s imperative that Arkansas figure things out in the secondary or there won’t be many, or possibly, any wins the rest of the way.
What to look for in Week 6: Can Arkansas move the ball against Florida – something no team has been able to accomplish against the Gators this season? Despite all of the talk about the defense and its problems, it’s the other side of the ball that will be under the gun this weekend. Florida ranks in the top 10 in virtually every defensive category: eighth in scoring (12.8), second in total yards (202.5), sixth in passing yards (149) and first in rushing yards (53.5). You have to score to win football games, but it sure won’t be easy for Arkansas to get points in The Swamp.