1. Self Evaluation: Arkansas scored a season-low 10 points in its loss at Mississippi State last Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Alandise Harris is looking forward to the exhibition opener against Central Oklahoma for a number of reasons.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has prided itself on being resilient despite the ongoing frustration, finding ways to pick itself up after several gut-wrenching losses.
1. Marshall Returns : Arkansas running back Korliss Marshall was back at practice after serving a three-week suspension for an unspecified violation. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said the sophomore should be back on the field when the Razorbacks play LSU as well.
FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas-LSU game has a new place on the schedule, moving out of its season-ending slot for the first time since the Razorbacks joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992.
Grading the Five Keys
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen’s reaction told the story in Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — For three quarters, Dak Prescott hardly looked like a Heisman Trophy favorite. His numbers were fair, not overly impressive against the 47th-ranked pass defense in the country.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arkansas faced a tall task against Mississippi State’s defense, which has been solid against the run and stingy in the red zone all season.
TREY FLOWERS - Arkansas’ star defensive end played like it Saturday. He had seven tackles, two for loss and two quarterback hurries. More than that, he forced both Mississippi State running backs and quarterback Dak Prescott to account for him every play. He was the most disruptive player on the Razorbacks defense.
Key numbers from Arkansas’ 17-10 loss at No. 1 Mississippi State:
FAYETTEVILLE — Mississippi State became the answer to a trivia question on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were the first team to stand on top of the College Football Playoff’s inaugural poll when it was unveiled on national television.
FIVE KEYS TO TONIGHT’S GAME
FAYETTEVILLE — Adam McFain wasn’t on Arkansas’ 105-man roster when the Razorbacks began preseason practice in August.
1. Ranking? What Ranking?: Mississippi State is ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in total defense, allowing 439.6 yards a game. The Bulldogs also are, statistically, one of the worst pass defenses in the country after surrendering 321.6 yards through the air.
FAYETTEVILLE — On the surface, Bret Bielema is simply a football tough guy.
1. Return Options: Arkansas appears to be looking everywhere for a punt returner.
FAYETTEVILLE — Michael Qualls helped Arkansas beat Kentucky with a putback dunk in the final second of overtime last season.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney wasn’t at field level last Saturday, but could sense quarterback Brandon Allen’s relief from his seat in the coaches’ box in Razorback Stadium last Saturday.
1. More Cowbell: The sound of clanging cowbells will reverberate throughout Davis-Wade Stadium on Saturday night, when Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0 in SEC) plays its first home game as college football’s top-ranked team.