Nov 2 Auburn
Gus Malzahn is in his first year at Auburn. Malzahn get some of his players back as he helped recruit these kids just a couple of years ago. Malzahn will have a trigger man at QB. By the time the Hogs play them, they will have it all running.
The Tigers return 7 players on offense and 8 on defense. The experience and talent is available, they just need a head coach with a system and a plan. Few people in college football is more organized than Gus Malzahn. Malzahn previously coached at Arkansas State, one year, before getting the head job at Auburn. His predecessor at Arkansas State was Hugh Freeze who made a successful jump to Ole Miss after a year.
Auburn 26 Arkansas 22
The Razorbacks still struggle to win home SEC games as the Tigers come in with momentum. Gus Malzahn runs his offense as fast as he can causing the Hogs to be on their heels most of the game. Once the Hogs get a stop on defense, trailing 23-7, they make a furious rally.
On the first play of the second half, Brandon Allen launches a strike to D’Arthur Cowan for a 78 yard touchdown pass. Then, with the score 26-14, Kiero Small bulls in from 3 yards out and the Hogs get the two point conversion. Auburn holds on to get the win and the Hogs haven’t won since October 5th.
Nov 9 at Ole Miss
Ole Miss has all of the potential to be better than the 6-6 they were last year. The Rebels were 11th in the league in giving up sacks last season, and they hope to improve. They return more starters than any other team in the SEC and had one of the best recruiting classes in the conference.
Arkansas 32 Ole Miss 19
The Razorbacks continue their success winning on the road with a victory in Oxford. The Razorbacks come out with an attitude and motivation. They jump out to a 21-3 lead and never look back.
Alex Collins rushes for 125 yards and Jonathan Williams chips in 85 while Brandon Allen is 21-25 and 242 yards. The Hogs defense continue to pressure Bo Wallace racking up a total of 4 sacks. The victory leaves the Hogs bowl eligible.
The Hogs celebrate getting back on the winning track with a week off.
Nov 16 Open
Nov 23 Miss State in Little Rock
The Mississippi State Bulldogs come in returning 7 starters on offense and 5 on defense. The Bulldogs always have big, athletic players and Dan Mullen has done a great job of moving the program forward.
Mullen’s Bulldogs have been to three straight bowl games and are looking for a fourth. After throttling the Razorbacks in Starkville, the Bulldogs then loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl and to Northwestern in the Gator Bowl.
Arkansas 31 Miss State 21
The Razorbacks play their final game in Little Rock in 2013 and they give the fans a treat. Brandon Allen passes for 150 yards in the first quarter hitting Javontee Herndon, Drew Morgan and Hunter Henry for touchdown passes and a 21-0 lead. Zach Hocker adds a second quarter field goal and the Hogs lead 24-7 at halftime.
In the second half, the Hogs withstand a 14 point third quarter by the Bulldogs when Alex Collins breaks off a 65 yard touchdown run. Allen finishes the game 17-22 for 245 yards, Collins has two touchdowns and runs for 133 yards.
Nov 30 at LSU
LSU is LSU. They are deep with talent. They play hard, tough, physical football. Recently, they have had some of the deepest group running backs in the country. The Bengal Tigers return their top two running backs from 2012 and they will continue to use the ground game as the base of their offense.
Arkansas 35 LSU 33
The Razorbacks enter the game with nothing to lose and they throw everything at LSU. In the first quarter, Offensive Coordinator, Jim Chaney, calls a QB throwback and Alex Collins finds Brandon Allen for a 25 yard touchdown pass.
Down 21-7, LSU wakes up in the third quarter and the game becomes a shootout much to the delight of CBS’s national audience. Brandon Allen is 33-39 for 315 yards, Javontee Herndon and D’Arthur Cowan each have 100 plus yards receiving.
Trailing 33-28, with two minutes left, Allen engineers a classic touchdown drive capped off when he tosses a pass to Hunter Henry from 3 yards out after a magical fake to Kiero Small. The Hogs defense shuts down the LSU offense to seal the upset win for the Hogs. A sell out crowd at LSU’s Tiger Stadium is stunned.
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