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Arkansas-Missouri 2020: Star power, PFF grades, stat comparison

Missouri's Nick Bolton is one of the best linebackers in the country.
Missouri's Nick Bolton is one of the best linebackers in the country. (Mizzou athletics)

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In anticipation of this weekend's game, HawgBeat compared the projected starting lineups for Arkansas and Missouri using the players' star ratings as recruits and their Pro Football Focus grades from this season.

We also did a side-by-side statistical comparison of the two teams using their numbers up to this point of the season.

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Stat Comparison - Missouri | Arkansas (FBS rank, out of 127 teams)

Offense

Scoring: 24.4 (91st) | 25.8 (t-86th)

Total yards: 403.6 (57th) | 395.1 (67th)

Passing: 267.0 (36th) | 252.5 (47th)

Rushing: 136.6 (91st) | 142.6 (83rd)

Third downs: 44.7% (33rd) | 32.7% (114th)

Sacks allowed/game: 1.86 (45th) | 3.13 (t-107th)

Turnovers: 9 (t-54th) | 9 (t-54th)

Defense

Scoring: 25.0 (t-41st) | 30.9 (76th)

Total yards: 350.4 (31st) | 427.6 (83rd)

Passing: 227.1 (53rd) | 248.6 (85th)

Rushing: 123.3 (30th) | 179.0 (t-76th)

Third downs: 33.7% (20th) | 42.6% (79th)

Sacks/game: 2.00 (t-66th) | 1.63 (t-94th)

Turnovers forced: 6 (t-88th) | 17 (t-10th)

Star Comparison (using Rivals ratings)

Star Comparison - Missouri vs. Arkansas
Missouri Stars Arkansas Stars

QB Connor Bazelak

QB Feleipe Franks

RB Larry Rountree (5.6)

**RB Trelon Smith (5.7)

TE Niko Hea

*TE Hudson Henry

*WR Jalen Knox

WR Treylon Burks

WR Tauskie Dove

*WR Trey Knox

WR Keke Chism

WR Mike Woods

*LT Zeke Powell (5.6)

LT Myron Cunningham (5.5)

LG Xavier Delgado (5.5)

LG Brady Latham (5.5)

C Michael Maietti

C Ricky Stromberg

RG Case Cook

RG Ty Clary

RT Larry Borom

*RT Dalton Wagner

DE Tre Williams (5.8)

*DE Eric Gregory (5.8)

*DT Markell Utsey

DT Jonathan Marshall

DE Isaiah McGuire (5.5)

DT Isaiah Nichols (5.6)

OLB Trajan Jeffcoat (5.7)

*JACK Zach Williams (5.7)

LB Nick Bolton

MLB Grant Morgan

LB Devin Nicholson

WLB Bumper Pool

FS Joshuah Bledsoe

NB Greg Brooks Jr.

CB Ennis Rakestraw

CB Montaric Brown

CB Jarvis Ware

CB Hudson Clark

SS Martez Manuel

***SS Jalen Catalon

BS Tyree Gillespie

BS Joe Foucha

*Listed with an "or" on the depth chart... We used the player who started the most recent game, with the exception of Arkansas' two defensive ends who were out because of COVID-19 protocols

**Listed first-team running back Rakeem Boyd has since opted out, so we are listing backup Trelon Smith as the starter.

***Catalon will miss the first half of the Missouri game because of a targeting foul called against him in the fourth quarter against LSU. Myles Slusher or Myles Mason are expected to start in his place, but he is still listed as the starter on the depth chart.

Breakdown

Arkansas: 15

Missouri: 4

Tied: 3

Pro Football Focus Comparison (using season grades)

Team Grades (Missouri | Arkansas)

Overall: 77.6 | 72.1

Offense: 74.2 | 72.0

Passing: 74.2 | 77.9

Rushing: 72.2 | 71.6

Receiving: 68.5 | 69.3

Pass blocking: 71.8 | 63.0

Run blocking: 66.5 | 63.6

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