Arkansas vs. #15 TCU Preview

New TCU helmsman Kenny Hill will be tested on Saturday against the Razorbacks. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
TCU helmsman Kenny Hill will be tested on Saturday against the Razorbacks.
Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Darius Williams

Game Info
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. #15 TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday – September 10 – 6:00 p.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Ft. Worth – Texas

A quick glance at the score board last Saturday night and the 59 points on the TCU side looked very familiar to past scores for the Horned Frogs. What may have looked unfamiliar was the 41 points scored by the opponent, especially considering the opponent was South Dakota State. TCU coach Gary Patterson is hoping for a better defensive effort on Saturday at 6:00 PM as his #15 ranked Frogs host the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Expect a slightly different offensive output as a team from the SEC should put up better resistance for an offense who at times looked ‘so-so’ under the guidance of transfer quarterback Kenny Hill. Hill’s 439 passing yards and two touchdowns covered what was an array of bad throws throughout the game. Two of which were intercepted. Hill would need to be sharper moving forward starting on Saturday as the Razorbacks will field a more competitive defense.

What did become evident on last Saturday is that receiver Taj Williams will be Hill’s “Go To” guy, much like Josh Doctson served the previous years for quarterback Trevone Boykin. Williams looked impressive while hauling in 11 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Much like last year’s role, sophomore utility player KaVontae Turpin will find the ball in his hands multiple times. The exciting scatback is a threat to take it the distance each time he cradles the ball, as evident with his 81 yard jaunt to the end zone on a kick off return last week.

Patterson was concerned with the way his defense was able to easily surrender 333 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in the air to an FCS school like South Dakota State. Very little pressure was applied off the edges, allowing great looks down field to open receivers. He couldn’t have been too thrilled with his run defense as well, as it watch the Jackrabbits pile up 128 yards on the ground.

The Arkansas Razorbacks come into Saturday’s game having survived a dogfight with Louisiana Tech. A score of 21-20 represents what may be a long season in the SEC for them. If not for a late touchdown from quarterback Austin Allen to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, the Razorbacks would be entering this game (0-1). Coach Bret Bielema wants to settle things down against the Frogs on Saturday and he will turn to running back Rawleigh Williams to help do that. A controlled game plan in efforts to slow what is a TCU offense that pose the threat to put up points easily will be the game plan.

TCU must take advantage offensively of a suspect run defense of the Razorbacks. Getting running back Kyle Hicks the ball consistently will allow Hill to see single coverages in the secondary. What we know of Gary Patterson to be, a defensive minded coach, this weeks practice and film sessions were extensive to say the least. A better effort and fewer points can be expected on Saturday.

Prediction: TCU 37   Arkansas 24