TCU will travel to Arkansas Saturday afternoon looking for revenge for last season’s overtime loss in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs throttled Jackson State 63-0 in a game in which they allowed just 24 rushing yards on 42 carries. A half-yard per carry average is pretty insane, even factoring in the disparity in competition. Arkansas handled Florida A&M with ease on the opening Thursday night of the season and needs to head into its bye week with confidence before opening SEC play.
TCU: The key to this game will be the success or failure of quarterback Kenny Hill. The dual-threat gunslinger is dangerous on the ground, can stretch the field through the air and will have to be a star against a Razorbacks defense that’s only one game into their new 3-4 scheme. The Horned Frogs need to put tremendous amount of stress on the thin Razorback secondary, neutralize a front seven that has some talented players and turn this into a shootout.
Arkansas: While the Hogs are capable of getting into shootouts offensively, their defense is a liability in those situations. Because of that, the path of least resistance for coach Bret Bielema’s crew is to pound the rock with Devwah Whaley, work off play-action and limit the chances for the Horned Frogs offense.
Don’t buy into the Arkansas defense under first-year coordinator Paul Rhoads. At least, not yet. Kenny Hill will stress them east-west with zone reads, then pick them apart deep when safeties move up to help out against the run. Razorback quarterback Austin Allen will keep pace for a while, but a couple of mistakes generated from poor protection will sink the Hogs. Pick: TCU (-3)