News:Arkansas allowed 38 points against South Carolina on Saturday.
Analysis: The Razorbacks simply don't have SEC talent on defense, and that's a problem when you play in the SEC. There's probably no scenario where they're worth starting.
News:Arkansas allowed 35 points to Rutgers on Saturday.
Analysis: The previously unimpressive Gary Nova annihilated the Arkansas pass defense, throwing for 397 yards and five touchdowns on just 35 passes. The Razorback defense is not a fantasy option at this point.
News: Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette has been out the past three games with a hamstring injury, but appears to be on schedule to return to the starting lineup for this weekend's matchup against Auburn.
Analysis: The Razorbacks could certainly use Bequette when trying to fluster Barrett Trotter as well as in the run game against Michael Dyer.
News: As Arkansas readies themselves to face Alabama, they will be without their top pass rusher in Jake Bequette. Bequette injured his hamstring and it was doubtful that he would be able to see the field this weekend.
Analysis: The Razorback offense should do just fine. It is just whether or not the defense can step up and make stops to take some pressure off Tyler Wilson and the other side of the ball.
News: After booting Anthony Oden off the team for a DUI, Arkansas is losing two more football players in Jatashun Beachum and Denton Simek. Both players redshirted last year and were moved to a new position. Beachum moved from running back to the defensive line while Simek started at center and was transitioning to tight end. The reason behind their departures is unknown at this time. In related news Petrino's son, Dominic Petrino, could be in danger of losing his spot on the team after being arrested on alcohol and drug charges.
Analysis: It looks like Bobby Petrino is cleaning house before the NCAA does and it is for the best. While Oden would have been a contributor, there is always someone who is willing to take your place.
News:Analysis: On both sides of the ball in Week Twelve's showdown between Arkansas and Mississippi State, a complete lack of defense defined much of what this contest was about. That the Razorbacks surrendered 150 yards and three touchdowns to Bulldogs' running back Vick Ballard isn't that much of a surprise; Ballard, after all, had run for 100+ yards against Kentucky and broke 80 against a tough Alabama Crimson Tide defensive front. That quarterback Chris Relf was provided the opportunity to throw for a season-best 224 yards, however, isn't something the Razorbacks can claim victory in - not even a little. With 486 total yards of offense, Mississippi State looked every bit as potent on the offensive side of the ball as Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and company. Bobby Petrino's defensive coaches better be on alert as a result, as LSU's Jordan Jefferson just smoked Ole Miss for a career-high 254 yards through the air. The Rebels and the Razorbacks? Not that vastly different when it comes to defensive numbers. The Tigers then should push Arkansas to its breaking point, but counter with a defense of its own that is vastly superior to anything the Razorbacks could field in Week Thirteen.
News:Analysis: Arkansas' defense allowed 355 yards of total offense and 21 points in a one-side victory at home versus UTEP Saturday, but was never really challenged by its non-conference opponent. Leilyon Myers found some success on the ground early on in the contest, putting the Miners up 7-0 early in the first after a 51-yard run for a touchdown, but as a whole, held UTEP's ball carriers in check, allowing just 117 yards for the game. Trevor Vittatoe completed 13-of-21 passing for 151 yards in Saturday's loss to the Razorbacks, but never was able to punch the ball in for a score. That should set Arkansas up well for a Week Twelve battle against SEC West foe Mississippi State, but watch out should Vick Ballard suddenly get a hot hand.
Arkansas Defense Shows Up To Play Versus South Carolina
News:Analysis: Arkansas came into this weekend's match up with South Carolina having won three of its last four games against the Gamecocks. Excellent play on both sides of the ball increased that winning record to four out of five, as Arkansas' offense scored on four of its five first-half possessions and the Razorbacks' defense held Gamecocks' star tailback Marcus Lattimore to a career-low 30 yards rushing. On the day, Bobby Petrino's defensive unit surrendered just under 300 yards total offensive production, while also taking advantage of three turnovers (including two Stephen Garcia interceptions) on the day by USC. That resulted in South Carolina suffering its worst home loss since 2005, while boosting confidence on the defensive side of the ball for Arkansas, who faces a very favorable match up this weekend at home versus UTEP.
Arkansas Defense Holds Vanderbilt Under 17 Points For Third Game
News:Analysis: Given that Vanderbilt had failed to score more than 17 points in each of its two previous contests heading into Week Nine's match-up against Arkansas, it was safe to say that the Razorbacks were going to put up some sound numbers on defense. Bobby Petrino's squad didn't disappoint, either, holding the Commodores to 153 yards of total offense - 117 of which came as a result of a respectable ground game headed up by tailback Warren Norman. Arkansas' secondary also did a magnificent job of containing quarterbacks Larry Smith and Jared Funk, which, for the game, combined for just 36 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. Pressure against both Vanderbilt's passing and running attacks left the Commodores a pathetic one-of-11 on third-downs and collecting just eight first downs for the entire game - this despite a time of possession that provided Vanderbilt with 26:51 with the ball. All said and done, an excellent showing by Arkansas on the defensive side of the ball. Jarius Wright saw little success on special teams, but could become a key component in multiple aspects of the Razorbacks' game plan moving forward given the loss of fellow wideout Greg Childs. A tough contest on the road against South Carolina meets Arkansas this upcoming Saturday; yet, depending on which Steve Spurrier-led team takes the field in Week Ten, the Razorbacks may not be in as bad shape as one might intially think.
News:Analysis: Arkansas allowed 24 points against Mississippi Saturday while totaling one sack, two fumble recoveries and a punt return for a touchdown. We think it's best to stay away from Arkansas' DST, but if you must play with fire, they do have a slightly appealing matchup with Vanderbilt ahead.
News:Analysis: Arkansas allowed 17 points against Texas A&M Saturday while totaling two sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries. A surprisingly good performance, but don't consider them against Auburn.
News:Analysis: Arkansas allowed 24 points and 421 yards of total offense in the loss to Alabama. The road gets a little easier with Texas A&M next week, but Jerrod Johnson will keep the Razorbacks busy.
News:Analysis: Arkansas allowed 24 points while totaling six sacks and an interception against Georgia Saturday. The Razorbacks are looking like a decent spot start against weaker teams. Against Alabama next week? Don't do it.
News: Arkansas held Tennessee Tech to just 187 yards and only allowed three points in Saturday's victory.
Analysis: The Razorbacks defense will be one to watch throughout the season and not a bad team to have on your squad.
Arkansas Defense Shuts Down Eastern Michigan Running Game
News: The Arkansas defense gave up just 89 rushing yards in their victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Analysis: Linebacker Freddy Burton scored on a 50-yard interception return in the first quarter that put the Razorbacks up by 21 points just 11 minutes into the game. Arkansas' defense will face off against South Carolina's 71st-rated offense, at home, in Week 10.