Arkansas Heads To Texas For Southwest Classic

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Game 4: Texas A&M | Saturday, Sept. 26 | AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. CT
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The Southwest Classic resumes on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas where Arkansas and Texas A&M will each begin their SEC season.

The Series
Texas A&M is the most commonly played opponent on Arkansas’ schedule this season as the two programs will meet for the 72nd time on Saturday. The two schools met 58 consecutive years from 1934 until the Razorbacks joined the SEC following the 1991 season. Arkansas holds a 41-27-3 record in the overall series, including wins in the first three games played at AT&T Stadium from 2009-11.

The Southwest Classic returned to AT&T Stadium in 2014 where the Aggies won 35-28 in overtime. The two schools are in the second year of an 11 year agreement to play the annual contest at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

The Opponent
No. 14 Texas A&M will bring another up-tempo, high octane offense to face Arkansas. They are led by quarterback Kyle Allen, who has thrown for 594 yards and nine touchdowns in just three games this season. Senior running back Tra Carson weighs 235 pounds and has totaled 292 yards in the first three contests. The Aggies have put up at least 38 points in all three games, with wins coming against then-No. 16 Arizona State, Ball State and Nevada.

Texas A&M has a new defensive coordinator, John Chavis, whom they hired away from LSU. Chavis’ defenses have been very aggressive over the years, and that scheme fits the athletic front seven the Aggies have on the field. Texas A&M leads the nation averaging 5.0 sacks per game and sophomore defensive lineman Myles Garrett has 5.5 sacks himself, the top mark in the country.

Arkansas has several players from the state of Texas, including many from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Senior captain Jonathan Williams is injured and won’t play in the game, but he was a standout from nearby Allen, Texas. True freshman running back Rawleigh Williams III is from Dallas and suited up for Bishop Lynch HS last year. Junior defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. is also from the area, playing at Hebron HS in nearby Carrollton, Texas.

Dan Enos, the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator has coached several times against Texas A&M defensive tackles coach Mark Hagan. The two spent several years together on opposing Big 10 staffs, with Enos holding a 3-2 all-time mark in games coached against Hagan.

News & Notes
– The Texas A&M game marks the beginning of a three-game conference road trip for Arkansas, one of just five teams nationally and two in the SEC to play three straight league games away from home.
– Arkansas has not allowed a sack through three games this season, one of just four teams in the nation to do so.
– The Razorback offensive line has not allowed a sack in four of its past five games, including just one sack in the past 147 pass attempts dating back to last season.
– Brandon Allen leads the SEC and ranks 16th nationally with 916 passing yards this year.
– Brandon Allen leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 25 passes completed of 15 yards or more.
– Alex Collins ranks second in the SEC with 242 first-half rushing yards this season.