STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arkansas and Mississippi State meet for the 27th time Saturday night inside Davis Wade Stadium. Although the Razorbacks lead the all-time series 15-10-1, Mississippi State has beaten the Hogs in four straight seasons, including a thrilling 51-50 victory last season in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Razorbacks (6-4, 2-4 SEC) and Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4 SEC) are tied with Ole Miss at the bottom of the current SEC West standings. Both teams enter this game just one week removed from lopsided losses. Arkansas lost 38-10 at home to LSU last weekend, while Mississippi State was shellacked 51-3 at No. 1 Alabama. The Bulldogs have no more room for error in terms of bowl eligibility; one more loss and they will be home for the holidays.
The last time Arkansas won a game in Starkville was Nov. 20, 2010, when a 7-yard Ryan Mallett-to-Knile Davis touchdown pass lifted the Hogs to a 38-31 overtime victory. Mississippi State is one of two SEC West teams — along with Alabama — that current Hogs coach Bret Bielema still hasn’t beaten since becoming the Arkansas coach four years ago.
Arkansas vs. Mississippi State game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: David Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
Which TV channel is Arkansas vs. Mississippi State on?
The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
How can I watch Arkansas vs. Mississippi State online?
The game will be available on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
Who is calling the game for ESPNU?
Clay Matvick will handle play-by-play duties, while Dusty Dvoracek will be the color analyst. Alex Corddry will be the sideline reporter.
How can I listen to Arkansas vs. Mississippi State on the radio?
The game will be broadcast on the Razorback/IMG Sports Network, with Chuck Barrett as the play-by-play announcer, Keith Jackson as the color analyst and Quinn Grovey as the sideline reporter. In Fayetteville, the game is available on 99.5 FM, 93.3 FM, 92.1 FM and 1290 AM. The contest is also available on Sirius XM channels 93 and 203.
Arkansas vs. Mississippi State keys to the game
Keep Austin Allen safe and secure: Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen has been sacked 24 times this season and hit many more times than that. Offensive coordinator Dan Enos suggested earlier this week that perhaps his quarterback is getting a little antsy back there behind an offensive line and running backs that have been unable to consistently protect him. That might explain why Allen has played his worst three games of the season all in a row entering the Mississippi State game. If he doesn’t have time to operate in the pocket — or continues to feel unsafe back there — then the Razorbacks will have a tough time winning.
Keep Nick Fitzgerald contained: The sophomore Mississippi State quarterback has rushed for 854 yards and 8 touchdowns this season, making him his team’s top rusher by far. He’s rushed for more than 100 yards in five games this season and was on a three-game streak of triple-digit rushing yardage until the Alabama game last week. Arkansas struggled some earlier this season against mobile quarterbacks such as Kenny Hill and Trevor Knight, and the Hogs have one of the worst run defenses in the country. If Fitzgerald is allowed to run free, he could have a field day — and help his team earn a victory.
Tune out the cowbells: Mississippi State is well-known as a difficult place for opponents to play because of how loud it can get — especially with those darn cowbells.
(I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist!)
If Arkansas doesn’t jump out to a quick start and quiet down that crowd, it could be a long night for the Razorbacks.