1. Finish Drives
Arkansas moved the ball much better offensively last week, but had drives stall because of turnovers, penalties and a four-down failure at the goal line. The Razorbacks must find ways to finish drives to have any chance to win at Ole Miss.
2. Win Turnover Battle
The turnover troubles continued against Auburn. Arkansas committed three turnovers, forced none and it played a big factor in the loss. The Razorbacks are now minus-9 this season, minus-12 in SEC games in turnover margin. It must stop.
3. Put Heat On Wallace
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace has had a successful season, completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns, 3 interceptions. Arkansas’ front must help its struggling secondary today. Rushing Wallace into early throws and mistakes is key to a win.
4. Tackle Well
The Razorbacks have had tackling troubles this season, allowing opponents to turn mistakes into big plays. Arkansas needs a sound effort against Ole Miss and its collection of skilled players today. Sloppy tackling will lead to another Arkansas loss.
5. Third-Down Success
Arkansas’ offense enjoyed success on third downs last week (9-for-16) and that type of effort must continue today. Meanwhile, Arkansas’ defense struggled to get off the field against Auburn (6-for-11). The Razorbacks must win third down on both sides.
TODAY’S KEY MATCHUP
Arkansas CB Tevin Mitchel (6-0, 180, Jr.)
Key Statistics: 46 tackles, INT, 5 pass break ups
Mitchel has one of Arkansas’ biggest defensive plays this season (the 26-yard interception return for a touchdown against Rutgers). But he’s been remembered lately for several gaffes. The latest came last week, when Mitchel misplayed the ball and it led to Auburn receiver Sammie Coates’ 88-yard touchdown catch. The Razorbacks’ most physical corner will be tested once again against Moncrief and the Rebels. His performance will play a big role in Arkansas’ defensive success today.
Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief (6-3, 226, Jr.)
Key Statistics: 34 catches, 498 yards, 4 touchdowns
Moncrief entered his junior season as one of the SEC’s most dangerous receivers and hasn’t disappointed in 2013. While quarterback Bo Wallace has plenty of options to turn to in a talented receiving corps, Moncrief leads the Rebels in receiving yards, yards per catch and touchdowns this season. He also presents the biggest matchup problems because of his size. Moncrief caught 2 touchdowns passes the last time these teams met in Oxford in 2011 and will be looking for similar success today.
EDGE: Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief