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. Missouri State: How to watch and listen, forecast, betting line, team comparisons
Arkansas fans are shown during a game against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Fayetteville.
WHEN Saturday, 6 p.m.
WHERE Reynolds Razorback Stadium (76,412) in Fayetteville
SURFACE Natural grass
RECORDS Arkansas 2-0; Missouri State 2-0
STREAK Arkansas won 4; Missouri State won 2
COACHES Arkansas: Sam Pittman — 14-11 in third season at Arkansas and overall in Division I; Missouri State: Bobby Petrino — 15-9 in second season at Missouri State and 134-65 in 17th season overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 7-0
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Missouri State 51-7 on Sept. 3, 2011, in Fayetteville.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, via the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday app, via the TuneIn app, via the Varsity app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Blackouts may apply. The Arkansas radio broadcast will be carried on XM Ch. 109/205.
TELEVISION The game will be streamed on ESPN-Plus and SEC Network-Plus, and can be be accessed via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app (carrier or subscriber login required).
ANNOUNCERS Jay Alter (play-by-play), Brian Kinchen (analyst) and Tera Talmadge (sideline)
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Saturday night will be mostly clear in Fayetteville with a high of 89 degrees and a low of 68.
BETTING LINE Arkansas is a 28 1/2-point favorite, according to OddsShark.com.
NOTABLE Missouri State coach Bobby Petrino coached Arkansas to a 34-17 record from 2008-11. Saturday will be Petrino's first game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium since he was fired as Arkansas' coach for misconduct in April 2012....Missouri State has played in the playoffs of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in the past two seasons. Both playoff appearances ended with first-round losses. The Bears had not made the playoffs in 30 years prior to the 2020-21 season, Petrino's first with the program....Arkansas has a 17-game winning streak over FCS teams. The Razorbacks' only loss was 10-3 to The Citadel in the 1992 season opener when FCS was referred to as Division I-AA....Missouri State is 0-2 against FBS teams under Petrino with losses of 48-0 at Oklahoma in 2020 and 23-16 at Oklahoma State last season....Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley was the Missouri Valley Conference offensive player of the year and finished 10th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award in 2021. The Payton Award is presented to the best offensive player in FCS....Arkansas is 7-1 in its last eight games in Fayetteville....Saturday is the Razorbacks' home game that has been designated only for streaming. As part of the SEC's contract with ESPN that was announced in December 2020, each team will have one home game that is only available via streaming each season....Former Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas is an assistant coach at Missouri State....The Bears' last two meetings against the Razorbacks came with Petrino as Arkansas' coach. The Razorbacks won those games 48-10 at War Memorial Stadium in 2009 and 51-7 in Fayetteville in 2011.
Points Per Game: Arkansas 37.5; Missouri State 31.0
Points Per Game Allowed: Arkansas 27.0; Missouri State 22.0
Total Offense: Arkansas 452.0; Missouri State 396.0
Total Defense: Arkansas 427.0; Missouri State 385.0
Time of Possession: Arkansas 31:37; Missouri State 30:23
Third-Down Conversions: Arkansas 53.1%; Missouri State 43.7%
Opp. Third-Down Conversions: Arkansas 41.3%; Missouri State 18.2%
Turnover Margin (Season): Arkansas +4; Missouri State 0
Penalties-Yards (Per Game): Arkansas 9-93; Missouri State 8-91
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