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“Dr Jeckyll or Mr. Hog” at Missouri on Friday?

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It has been an up and down, roller coaster of a season for the Hogs. The same team that was dominated by Liberty and lost to the Aggies earlier in the season, has now soundly defeated Ole Miss with Auburn’s likely new coach, Lane Kiffin. So, for Arkansas fans, which team will show up tomorrow in Columbia? Dr Jeckyll, who soundly defeated Ole Miss, or, Mr. Hog, who was only a shell of himslef against the likes of Liberty and Texas A&M? We start to find out tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

Arkansas travels to Missouri today to face the Missouri Tigers on Friday afternoon on national television. Arkansas secured its sixth win of the season last week against Ole Miss making the Hogs bowl eligible. The Razorbacks will be looking to end the regular season with seven wins, and, win at Missouri for the very first time. A win against the Tigers along with a bowl win would end the Hogs’ season at eight wins, and Arkansas fans will be left with wondering what might have been if a few things had gone the other way this season.

For our final regular season game preview, here are some game day notes for the Missouri game as provided by the University of Arkansas:

Arkansas at Missouri

Friday, November 25, 2022 • 2:30 p.m. • CBS • Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium (61,620) • Columbia, Mo.

Tom McCarthy (play-by-play)
Rick Neuheisel (analyst)
Sherree Burruss (reporter)

Chuck Barrett (play-by-play)
Quinn Grovey (analyst)
Geno Bell (reporter)

Channel 387
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Sam Pittman – Head Coach (3rd)
Barry Odom – Assoc. HC/Def. Coordinator/Safeties (3rd)
Scott Fountain – Asst. HC/Special Teams Coordinator (3rd)
Kendal Briles – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (3rd)
Deke Adams – Defensive Line (1st)
Dominique Bowman – Cornerbacks (1st)
Kenny Guiton – Wide Receivers (2nd)
Cody Kennedy – Offensive Line (2nd)
Michael Scherer – Linebackers (2nd)
Jimmy Smith – Running Backs (3rd)


Head Coach: Eli Drinkwitz (Arkansas Tech, ‘05)
Career Record: 28-19 (4th season)
Record at Missouri: 16-18 (3rd season)


Head Coach: Sam Pittman (Pittsburg State, ‘86)
Career Record: 18-16 (3rd season)
Record at Arkansas: Same

• The Razorbacks, bowl eligible for the third straight year, wrap up the regular season this weekend, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for this year’s edition of the Battle Line Rivalry. Kickoff between Arkansas and Missouri is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Faurot Field on CBS.

• Arkansas heads into this weekend’s clash having never won a game played in Columbia. The Hogs’ last road win against the Tigers came in 1944, when Arkansas, led by head coach Glen Rose, defeated Missouri, 7-6, in St. Louis.

• With last weekend’s win over Ole Miss, Arkansas reached the six-win mark for the second straight season and is headed to a bowl game for the third season in a row. Sam Pittman is the fourth Arkansas head coach in history to lead the Razorbacks to a bowl game in each of his first
three seasons, joining Lou Holtz (1977-79), Ken Hatfield (1984-86) and Houston Nutt (1998-00).

• QB KJ Jefferson does his damage through the air and on the ground. Jefferson has completed 165-of-244 passes (67.6%) for 2,149 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions while rushing for 472 yards and six scores in eight games. Despite missing two contests, Jefferson, who
has eight career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, is one of two SEC quarterbacks with 20 passing touchdowns and five or more rushing scores this season.

RNN Sports Photo / Ronni Tate Young

• RB Raheim ‘Rocket’ Sanders is the Hogs’ leading rusher through 11 games, totaling 1,379 yards and 10 scores on 209 carries (6.6 avg.). Sanders, who ranks second in the SEC in rushing yards (1,379) and rushing yards per game (125.4), also has 25 catches for 249 yards and a touchdown to lead the SEC in total all-purpose yards (1,628) this season.

• WR Matt Landers, a transfer from Toledo, has recorded 40 catches for a team-leading 701 yards and a team-high six touchdowns through 11 contests, including a pair of multi-touchdown games this season. Landers’ 701 receiving yards are the most by an Arkansas pass catcher not named WR
Treylon Burks since WR Drew Morgan tallied 739 receiving yards in 13 games during the 2016 campaign.

• LB Drew Sanders has emerged as one of the top defensive play-makers in college football this season, racking up 96 total tackles with a team-leading 12.5 tackles for loss and a team-high 8.5 sacks through 11 games. His 8.5 sacks are the most by a Razorback defender since DE Chris Smith totaled 8.5 sacks in 2013, tied for eighth most in a season in school history. Sanders currently leads the SEC in sacks, sitting a half-sack ahead of Alabama LB Will Anderson Jr. (8.0).

The weather forecast for Friday’s game at Faurot Field calls for a sunny day with a high of 54 degrees and no chance of rain. It could be another high-scoring affair that has become characteristic of he series when played at Columbia.

On behalf of the staff at RNN Sports, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving Day and we will bring you a compete recap of the game this weekend on RNN’s website at residentnewsnetwork.com. RNN Sports will also bring you exclusive coverage of the Hogs’ bowl game next month when that game and opponent is known.

Note to Our Readers: Portions of this story were sourced directly from the University of Arkansas Office of Communications, Kyle Parkinson.

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