Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas vs. Mississippi State: How to watch and listen, forecast, notables, team comparisons
An Arkansas football is shown on the field prior to a game against Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lexington, Ky.
WHEN Saturday, 3 p.m.
WHERE Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (76,412), Fayetteville
SURFACE Natural Grass
RECORDS Arkansas 2-6, 0-5 SEC; Mississippi State 3-4, 1-4 SEC
COACHES Arkansas: Chad Morris - 4-16 in second season at Arkansas and 18-38 in fifth season overall; Mississippi State: Joe Moorhead - 11-10 in second season at Mississippi State and overall in Division I.
STREAKS Arkansas lost 5; Mississippi State lost 4
SERIES Arkansas leads 16-12-1
LAST MEETING Mississippi State defeated Arkansas 52-6 on Nov. 17, 2018, in Starkville, Miss.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, via the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday app, via the TuneIn app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Blackouts may apply. The Arkansas radio broadcast will be carried on satellite radio on XM Ch. 190.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by SEC Network and streamed on ESPN3.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color) and Alyssa Lang (sideline)
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be sunny with a high of 52 degrees in Fayetteville.
BETTING LINE Mississippi State is a 7-point favorite.
TEAM COMPARISON (PER GAME)
Scoring Offense: Arkansas 22.5; Mississippi State 25.5
Scoring Defense: Arkansas 32.9; Mississippi State 31.0
Total Offense: Arkansas 363.8; Mississippi State 378.8
Total Defense: Arkansas 418.6; Mississippi State 402.3
Time of Possession: Arkansas 27:41; Mississippi State 31:35
Third-Down Offense: Arkansas 36.0; Mississippi State 36.0
Third-Down Defense: Arkansas 43.3; Mississippi State 38.6
Turnovers Margin: Arkansas -0.63; Mississippi State -0.25
Penalties-Yards: Arkansas 5.3-44.7.; Mississippi State 6.3-49.7
NOTABLE Arkansas enters the game on a 16-game losing streak in the SEC. The Razorbacks’ record for most consecutive SEC losses is 17 from 2012-14….Mississippi State has won six of the past seven games against Arkansas, including three straight in the state of Arkansas. Prior to the Bulldogs’ 24-17 overtime victory at War Memorial Stadium in 2013, Mississippi State had never defeated the Razorbacks as a road team….Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill leads the SEC with 793 rushing yards this season. Hill has rushed for 100 yards or more in five games, including last week when he rushed for 150 yards at Texas A&M….Arkansas has lost nine consecutive SEC games at home dating to a 31-10 victory over Florida in November 2016….The Razorbacks have lost back-to-back games by 41 points to Auburn and Alabama….The loser of Saturday’s game will be in last place in the SEC West.
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