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. Texas: How to watch and listen, betting line, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman reacts on Saturday, September 4, 2021 during the first quarter of a football game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
WHEN Saturday, 6 p.m.
WHERE Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville
SURFACE Natural Grass
RECORDS Arkansas 1-0; Texas 1-0
STREAK Arkansas won 1; Texas won 3
COACHES Arkansas: Sam Pittman - 4-7 in second season at Arkansas and overall in Division I; Texas: Steve Sarkisian - 1-0 in first season at Texas and 47-35 in eighth season overall.
SERIES Texas leads 56-22
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Texas 31-7 on Dec. 29, 2014, in Houston.
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. 191.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by ESPN and streamed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color) and Katie George (sideline)
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be clear with a high of 94 degrees and a low of 67 degrees in Fayetteville. South winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
BETTING LINE Texas is a 7-point favorite.
NOTABLE All tickets are sold for the game. It will be Arkansas' first home sellout since 2017....This is the second game in a two-game series that was agreed to in 2006. Arkansas lost 52-10 at Texas in 2008 in the fist game of the agreement....Arkansas and Texas were Southwest Conference rivals from 1925-91. They will reunite in the SEC by 2025....Texas is ranked No. 15 and is coming off of a 38-18 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette last week in Austin. The Ragin' Cajuns were ranked No. 23 at the time....Arkansas defeated Rice 38-17 last week. The Razorbacks scored 31 unanswered points after trailing 17-7....With the win over Rice, Arkansas improved to 13-17 against former SWC teams since its move to the SEC. The Razorbacks are 3-2 against Texas since the move to the SEC....Texas is playing in Fayetteville for the first time since Sept. 11, 2004, when the Longhorns won 22-20....Arkansas linebacker Bumper Pool will be suspended for the first half of the game due to a targeting ejection in the fourth quarter of the Rice game....Arkansas defensive tackle John Ridgeway (appendectomy) is expected to play for the first time this season....Arkansas defensive end Dorian Gerald (leg) is expected to miss the rest of the season....Texas coach Steve Sarkisian was the Broyles Award winner as Alabama's offensive coordinator last season. Sarkisian helped the Crimson Tide to a 52-3 victory over the Razorbacks last December.
Points Per Game: Arkansas 38.0; Texas 38.0
Points Per Game Allowed: Arkansas 17.0; Texas 18.0
Total Offense: Arkansas 373.0; Texas 435.0
Total Defense: Arkansas 314.0; Texas 358.0
Time of Possession: Arkansas 26:28; Texas 33:13
Third-Down Conversions: Arkansas 27.3%; Texas 66.7%
Opp. Third-Down Conversions: Arkansas 25.0%; Texas 30.8%
Turnover Margin: Arkansas +2; Texas +1
Penalties-Yards (Per Game): Arkansas 13-117; Texas 7-64
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