Six schools from the sEC West are entering this weekend ranked in the top 25. You could probably make a case Arkansas is deserving of making it a clean sweep for the SEC West. The Razorbacks are the only team in the division not to be ranked, yet they are 3-1 and running the football about as well as anyone around the country. This weekend Arkansas takes on Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. It should be the ultimate contrast of offensive styles
Arkansas is ranked eighth in the nation in rushing offense. The Razorbacks average 324.5 yards per game and 7.13 yards per rushing attempt. It is the style of offense Bret Bielema was expected to bring to Arkansas, and it is paying off. Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams have combined for 12 rushing touchdowns, which is more rushing touchdowns than 110 FBS teams entering the weekend. The only game Arkansas has lost this season came in the season opener on the road against defending SEC champion Auburn.
We all know Texas A&M goes a different way with its offense. Any team coached by Kevin Sumlin is going to throw the football. It was like that at Houston with Case Keenum and it remains that way at Texas A&M with Johnny Manziel and now Kenny Hill. The Aggies are ranked fourth in the nation in passing offense, averaging 405 yards per game through the air. Hill thrust into the early Heisman conversation by eclipsing 500 passing yards in week one against South Carolina.
There will be plenty of offense in this one. If Arkansas can keep the ground game going, thus using clock and putting up points, then Arkansas should be able to hang around long enough to have a chance to win. And if Arkansas wins, we could see all seven teams in the SEC West appearing in the top 25 on Sunday.