GO OUT WITH A BANG
Five years. That's how long it's been since the Hogs have beaten Missouri. It's also how long it's been since this Razorback football team has won a bowl game.
In short, ending the season well against their northerly neighbors has been a good indication of success—and that this team has the momentum it needs to succeed in the postseason.
Here are three things you need to know about the Hogs' regular season finale opponents in Missouri... and how the Hogs can go out with a bang this year:
▶️ Keep Your Foot On The Gas: Missouri was good when it came to third down stops last season, ranking 41st in the country with 37.6% efficiency. But that can be misleading, given that their fourth down defense was bad. Like, bottom of the barrel bad. Opponents converted on 72% of fourth down attempts—which included Arkansas going 3-for-3 on fourth down last season. Don't let up this year either, Coach.
▶️ Air It Out: Last year, these two teams combined for 98 points... which, funny enough, was the second game last season to end with a combined total that high. But this game was a lot closer than the first one and ended on a last-second field goal by the Tigers. Expect much of the same this year, except with slightly different results—Arkansas has beefed up on defense this offseason and Missouri lost arguably its best player in linebacker Nick Bolton to the NFL.
▶️ Wear 'Em Down: Missouri was plagued by an inconsistent (and thin) roster at several positions last year and it showed—in the last three games, the Tigers allowed 49.3 points per game and 7.3 yards per play. That's nearly double the 25.0 points allowed per week through the first seven games on their schedule. And that stretch included games against Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida! Now you've got them at your house. Finish strong, Hogs.
SEC Media Days is scheduled to start on Monday, July 19th. Leading up to the event, we'll be breaking down all 12 of the team's opponents in 2021. Up next week? SEC Media Days!