1. Start Strong
Arkansas is aware of the FCS vs. FBS statistics from week one. The Razorbacks know an upset can happen. But Arkansas also knows it can squash Samford’s upset hopes with a strong start tonight. So the goal: Bury the Bulldogs in the first quarter.
2. Lean On Your Line
The Arkansas offensive line was dominant in its debut last Saturday, setting a physical tone in the trenches against ULL. The improved front wants to do it again against the Bulldogs. Similar results will lead to another comfortable win.
3. Sound On Special Teams
Samford could hurt Arkansas on special teams if the Razorbacks aren’t prepared tonight. Especially Fabian Truss. The running back returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a TD and had a 46-yard punt return in the win against Georgia State.
4. Turn Up The Heat
Arkansas’ defense enjoyed a nice debut in collecting four sacks against an offense that had allowed just 13 in 2012. Trey Flowers, Chris Smith and the rest of the Razorbacks’ front want to put even more heat on Samford’s offensive front.
5. Avoid Sloppy Play
Turnovers and penalties are always prominent to upsets. Sloppy play can make a big favorite like the Razorbacks struggle. Arkansas was pretty smooth in its opener (one turnover, four penalties) and knows it must avoid those costly miscues once again.