Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field -- Columbia, MO
Where to watch: CBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Arkansas -4
FanDuel: Arkansas -4.5
BetMGM: Arkansas -4.5
Caesars: Arkansas -4
Arkansas: 6-5 (3-4 SEC)
Missouri: 5-6 (2-5 SEC)
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Arkansas - Missouri preview, analysis and prediction
Arkansas: won 42-27 vs. Ole Miss
Missouri: won 45-14 vs. New Mexico State
One team is already bowl eligible, the other needs one more win to make it happen. If logistics really mattered in the world of college football, the Arkansas Razorbacks would try to throw the game to the Missouri Tigers so that way the SEC would be able to claim every single bowl game under the sun because it feels like that's where we're headed to this year.
Nevertheless, it is a good week to be an Arkansas supporter after what has been a rough couple of weeks. With losses to Liberty and LSU, Arkansas fell out of favor in the pecking order of the SEC in what's already been an up and down season. But the Razorbacks bounce back in a big way this past Saturday defeating the 14th ranked Mississippi Rebels at home by a final score of 42-27.
As is usually the case with Arkansas, quarterback KJ Jefferson had another big game throwing for 168 yards and three touchdowns. But this time, it was running back Raheim Sanders who was the star of the show running for 232 yards and three touchdowns on just 24 carries. Not to mention the Arkansas defense absolutely stifled the Ole Miss offense in the first half taking a 35-6 lead into the break.
"He played extremely well," Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. "Any running back that carries the ball for 100, 150 yards, they've got to have a break, most of the time, they've got to have one or two that'll be a 30-, 40-yard pop. Certainly, that's what he (got) tonight."
Arkansas was perceived as one of those teams at the beginning of the year that really could challenge for spot in the conference title game. They likely weren't going to make the game, but at least they would have made the SEC very competitive. And with a record of 6-5, maybe they haven't been made to be the world beaters that some hope that they would with a star quarterback and running back like that.
But at the very least, Arkansas can close this season with a strong showing in whichever bowl game it gets. To me, given how stacked the SEC is this year, maybe it's a good thing.
Missouri is coming off a 45-14 win over New Mexico State last Saturday in a game that was fairly over by halftime. Brady Cook threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 71 yards. The play from the sophomore quarterback has inspired Mizzou to be in this position to get back to a bowl game for the second straight year and sixth time since 2013.
Remember 2013, Mizzou fans? That was quite the time.
Arkansas is just far and away the better team. If they control the clock and if the quarterback plays as well as he has been, this will be a rather easy victory for the Razorbacks. I will always want Missouri to win and succeed, but not this time. Arkansas by 14
Arkansas is 19-12 ATS the last three years.
Arkansas is 13-9 ATS against conference opponents the last three years.
Missouri is 8-9 ATS at home the last 3 years.
Passing: KJ Jefferson -- 2,149 yards, 20 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Raheim Sanders -- 1,379 yards, 10 TD
Receiving: Matt Landers -- 701 yards, 6 TD
Passing: Brady Cook -- 2,263 yards, 11 TD, 7 INT
Rushing: Cody Schader -- 604 yards, 7 TD
Receiving: Dominic Lovett -- 716 yards, 3 TD
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