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Websider Prognosticator Panel - Arkansas
Texas A&M 48
Watching the Rutgers game, I wasn't impressed with the team speed. If Arkie had some Bama type WRs, even their 2nd QB would have a chance to connect and burn our D. But I'm hoping this is the time that we play press man, send the house on run blitz, then throw the sink at them on 3rd and long. I'm gonna go ahead and get aggressive this week since I went conservative last week, typical bettor's remorse. Johnny will have some fun on Saturday night and I think the fat man in the red suit gets embarrassed. Isn't it ironic he, of all people, has to yell sooooie pig?
Texas A&M 38
The Fightin' Texas Aggies roll into Fayetteville for the first time since 1990. First road test for the Ags and first SEC game for the Hogs. Razorback Stadium will be full and the hog callin' will be in full swing.....that is until the Good Guys get up a couple scores which I predict will occur by the half. Arkie will try to establish the run as that's all they got and if the Aggie D can step up and limit their production on the turf the O should keep ahead. It may be a little wet which will likely result in a couple turnovers for both sides. It will be interesting the first half but the Ags put it away for good in the 2nd. Final score: Ags 38, Hogs 23.
Texas A&M 52
Despite having decent talent, the Pigs have not played well thus far this year against inferior competition. The A&M defense will continue to improve this week creating some turnovers. Due to a close half-time score, Manziel plays into the 4th quarter. Evans and the offense get back on track after a sloppy but productive showing vs SMU. In the end, it's a runaway victory for the the Fightin' Texas Aggies.
Texas A&M 31
Arkansas lost last week to Rutgers, giving up a lead in the 4th quarter and allowing 346 yards through the air last week. That is good news for an Aggie team that's been throwing the ball for nearly 400 yards a game. The bad news is that Arkansas has a great run game and even with their their backup QB's bad play, they can and will run the ball effectively. However, I think the explosiveness of A&M will deflate that Hogs early on and while they will try to take the air out of the ball, the Ags will score enough to force Arkansas to put the ball in their air and the Ags will make some plays on defense to win the game.
Texas A&M 63
The Ags defense is angry with a point to prove Saturday. They look great and hold Arkansas to 14. The offense wants to leave it all on the field before the upcoming bye week. Johnny and company lead an attack that quiets any remaining media critics. Ags win 63-14.
Texas A&M 62
Big day for the Aggie offense once again. Defense continues to grow but gives up a few points to a decent Arkansas team. I look for Johnny to break his personal passing record once again as he stays in the game for longer than he has against Rice, Sam Houston State, and SMU due to Arkansas' offense keeping the game close.
Texas A&M 49
Historically, playing in Arkansas has been a house of horrors for the Aggie football program. The Aggies hadn't won in Hawgville between 1958-1989 which included a regular season-ending loss in 1975 that denied A&M the No. 1 spot in the nation going into the bowl season. But, this isn't 1975 and Arkansas is still trying to recover from the Bobby Petrino/John L. Smith fiasco. Also, there is Johnny Manziel. Arkansas pundits point to the great bookend defensive ends that will neutralize Johnny....but nobody neutralizes Johnny. Plus, the defensive secondary is very vulnerable to the pass. Plus, this storyline that Arkansas' run-based scheme will torch A&M's run defense. Well, lesser teams ran on A&M out of the spread and Alabama is Alabama. Bret Bielema...your no Alabama. Arkansas won't rush for more than 200 yards unless the Aggies run and hide early which is a distinct possibility.
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