Arkansas will face Ole Miss at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) Saturday inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
To help get you ready for the game, SEC Country’s Arkansas reporters Trent Shadid, Eric Bolin and John Nabors are providing their score predictions and players to watch for the game.
- Arkansas-Ole Miss: Time, TV channel, watch online
- Injuries adding to Arkansas’ misery during woeful season
- Arkansas must finally utilize versatile running back T.J. Hammonds
Ole Miss 24, Arkansas 21 — Trent Shadid
This will be a battle of attrition. Both teams are expected to be without their starting quarterback. There are also go-to wide receivers, starting offensive linemen and contributing running backs questionable or out on both sides. Clearly, neither side is in a good situation right now, but that should make for a competitive game. Ole Miss gets the edge simply for being at home.
Ole Miss 28, Arkansas 27 — Eric Bolin
I am working under the assumption Arkansas won’t start Austin Allen at quarterback. If the Razorbacks do start Allen and he is healthy, I’m taking Arkansas for the win. Right now, though, I haven’t seen enough to be confident this team, sans its best skill player, can beat any SEC team other than Missouri.
Ole Miss 23, Arkansas 20 — John Nabors
The Hogs are going up against a team that may be in as bad of shape as they are. With Allen and Shea Patterson both out, it will be a duel of backup QBs. Both offenses struggle to score early, get it going late, but the Hogs are on the wrong end in this one. Ole Miss kicks a go-ahead field goal to seal its victory in Oxford.
Players to watch
RB T.J. Hammonds — Trent Shadid
Hammonds has been moved from wide receiver to running back, his original position, full time this week. In two seasons he has 22 carries for 144 yards, an average of 6.5 yards per carry. For whatever reason, he hasn’t been utilized more. Expect that to finally change this week.
Whoever starts instead of Frank Ragnow — Eric Bolin
The offensive line will likely be, from left to right, Johnny Gibson-Hjalte Froholdt-Zach Rogers-Ty Clary-Brian Wallace. I’m watching center and right guard, the two spots Ragnow occupied.
RB T.J. Hammonds — John Nabors
Will this guy finally get his chance? Bret Bielema has mentioned over and over and over again that he’s explosive and how the coaches want to get him more involved. But they’ve yet to really utilize his talents this season. Now that Chase Hayden is out for an extended period of time, maybe Hammonds will finally get his chance to showcase his ability against a bad defense such as Ole Miss.