BATON ROUGE, La. — Ed Orgeron knows the splits.
In three road games this year, the Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 598 yards per game, the most in the SEC. But when it’s been at home, Arkansas’s defense has been almost laughably better, allowing 312 yards per game, which is the fifth fewest in the SEC.
“I really feel that Arkansas plays better at home,” Orgeron said on his weekly teleconference Wednesday morning. “They’re a better home team. As an ex-Razorback myself, I know how hard it is to play in Fayetteville.”
Now tasked with going to Fayetteville and winning, something that only No. 1 Alabama has done this year, Orgeron has a plan for his Tigers that’s so simple, it might just work: They have to run the ball.
Sure, the Razorbacks allow 113 rush yards per game at home, one of the better marks in the SEC. But Auburn exposed a flaw in this Arkansas defense a couple weeks ago, rushing for 543 yards on the way to a 56-3 victory.
To Orgeron, that’s the blueprint for how to beat Arkansas.
“We have to be able to run the football,” he said. “We didn’t run the football well last week. We have to be able to do the things that we know how to do. We have to give the ball to Fournette in certain situations, give the ball to Guice and let our offense block. This is going to be a challenge for our football team. We have to be able to run the football to win this one.”