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October 26, 2012

Side-by-Side: Hogs vs. Rebels

Arkansas (3-4) will host Ole Miss (4-3) at 11:21 a.m. Saturday inside War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock (Ark.).

Here's a look at how the two teams compare in a side-by-side format. Note: This isn't a comparison between one team's rush offense vs. the other's rush defense, for example, but an illustration of both teams' personnel groups when placed side-by-side:

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Bo Wallace has thrown for 1,371 yards and 9 TDswith 8 interceptions this season. He's also rushed for a gross of 343 yards and 5 TDs. Arkansas' Tyler Wilson has been remarkable in his last two starts, hitting 75 percent for 602 yards and 5 TDs with no turnovers. He gives the Hogs' a nice edge here.

Arkansas' Dennis Johnson hasaveraged 79 yards and 2 TDs in his last two outings. Knile Davis had his best game against Kentucky two weeks ago (5.2 YPC). UM's Jeff Scott is averagine 93 YPG and has scored five times this season. He and Johnson are very similar. We'll call this match-up even.

Six different Ole Miss receivers have at least 100 yards receiving on the year, with Donte Moncrief leading the way with 480 yards (5 TDs).The UAalso has six with over 100 yards andgets TE Chris Gragg back (234 yards, 2 TDs) after missing three games. Cobi Hamilton gives (754 yds, 4 TDs) UA the edge.

Ole Miss has allowed 19 sacks in 200 pass attemps, while the Hogs have given up just eight through 261 attempts. However, the Rebels average almost 100 rushing yards more per game and Arkansas' ground game, while improved, still has a ways to go. This one is close, but Ole Miss gets a slight nod.

Arkansas' Trey Flowers leads a group that has given up just 106 yards on the ground in the last two SEC games. He's also helped the Hogs gain 17 sacks on the year. Ole Miss, a blitzing team,allows 172 rushing yards per SEC game and has 19 sacks this season. Edge goes to the Razorbacks.

Terrell Williams has been very solid since the Hogs lost two starters in the rotation, but they're still forced to play a pair of true freshmen more than any team would like. Ole Miss ILB Mike Marry leads a group that simply has more experience and better health than the Razorbacks.

In SEC games only,the UAhas allowed 274 passing yards per game and a total of six touchdowns, while Ole Miss has allowed just three passing TDs and 161 yardsper SEC contest.UA starters Tevin Mitchel, Kaelon Kellybrew and Eric Bennett are back to full health, but UM still gets the nod.

The special teams stats in conference games alone are pretty even for these two clubs, but what might surprise some is that Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker has made just two of his six FG tries this season. UM's Jaylen Walton had a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD earlier this season. No clear edge can be given.

The Rebels are just 4-3, but Hugh Freeze is off to a very solid start considering the mess he inherited. His offensive attack gives defenses fits and there's little doubt he'll do well in Oxford foryears to come.Arkansas interim John L. Smith has more experience, but not all of his experiences were good.Slight edge to the visitors.

The Razorbacks still have a very bad taste in their mouth after a devastating loss to UL-Monroeat War Memorial Stadiumin the second game of the season. The senior class will be looking for redemption in their last game in the capital city.

Neither of these teams have a single win against a respectable opponent this season, and both desperately need this one to stay in bowl contention. The Razorbacks are as healthy and as confident as they've been all season. Arkansas appears to be ready to make a run.

Ole Miss has an opportunity to put up a lot of points against Arkansas' young defense, but the Hogs, with an improved running game,can light up the score board in a hurry, too. This one comes down to Tyler Wilson, playing his last game in the Rock,finding a way to make more plays than Bo Wallace.



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