FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas was far from impressive in a 21-20 season-opening win against Louisiana Tech last Saturday.
The performance initially left many wondering if the Razorbacks would be in for a long day at No. 15 TCU (6:05 p.m.) this Saturday. But just hours after Arkansas’ win, the Horned Frogs struggled in their opener as well — especially defensively — in a 59-41 win over South Dakota State.
The Jackrabbits, a FCS program, amassed 461 total yards against the Horned Frogs and kept the game competitive until well into the fourth quarter.
“They did some different things, South Dakota State did,” Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen said. “They threw the ball well, they ran the ball. I’m sure TCU will come out ready to play on Saturday. Big-time game on ESPN and they’ll be ready to go.
“They’re a fast defense. They’ve got a lot of guys coming back. They do a little different things. They do completely different things from Louisiana Tech and (offensive coordinator Dan) Enos has gotten into the game plan with us, watched a lot of film and trying to get us ready for Saturday.”
Arkansas running backs coach Reggie Mitchell has experience facing TCU and coach Gary Patterson after spending the past six seasons in the Big 12 as an assistant at Kansas. Mitchell said he “absolutely” expects to see and improved Horned Frogs’ defense from the one the Hogs saw on film against South Dakota State.
“Coach Patterson is the guy who runs the defense, so you know he takes pride in it,” Mitchell said. “He’s done a great job ever since he’s been at TCU including as a coordinator.”