Position Matchups - Arkansas vs. Mississippi State


Quarterbacks

Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson is averaging 282 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in his past three games; MSU’s Tyler Russell has been key to the Bulldogs’ success, throwing for 17 touchdowns with 4 interceptions this season.

Edge: Arkansas

Running Backs

Arkansas’ Knile Davis will return from a two-game injury absence, although Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Williams remain the top options in the backfield; MSU’s leading rusher, LaDarius Perkins (804 yards), is healthy after missing the LSU loss.

Edge: Even

Receivers

UA newcomers Keon Hatcher, Demetrius Wilson and Mekale McKay combined for 7 catches, 79 yards and 2 touchdowns last week; Senior Chad Bumphis (43 catches, 676 yards, 8 TDs) leads a talented group of Mississippi State receivers.

Edge: Even

O-Line

Tackle Jason Peacock returned to the lineup last week, but Arkansas equaled a season-high with four sacks allowed in the South Carolina loss; Mississippi State’s offensive front has allowed 10 sacks, which is the 14th-lowest total in the NCAA.

Edge: Mississippi State

D-Line

UA defensive end Chris Smith (6 ½ sacks) and Trey Flowers (4 ½) rank fourth and ninth, respectively, in the SEC in sacks; Mississippi State linemen Preston Smith and Matthew Wells have combined for 6 ½ of the Bulldogs’ 16 sacks this season.

Edge: Arkansas

Linebackers

Arkansas freshmen Otha Peters and AJ Turner struggled in pass coverage last week, but combined for 14 tackles. Terrell Williams remains suspended; MSU’s Cameron Lawrence leads the team in tackles (87), tackles for loses (7) and sacks (4).

Edge: Mississippi State

Secondary

UA safety Ross Rasner leads Arkansas in tackles (74), pass break ups (6), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (2); Defensive backs Darius Slay and Johnthan Banks have accounded for eight of Mississippi State’s 12 interceptions.

Edge: Mississippi State

OVERALL: Mississippi State 35, Arkansas 27