Arkansas Razorbacks Football: Five most important games for Hogs in 2015

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Apr 12, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones runs onto the field during the orange and white spring game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

1. Arkansas at Tennessee – Oct. 3

This will be Arkansas’ first true road test versus an SEC opponent coming out of the east that is on the rise just as Arkansas is. In fact, the Vols finished with the same record, 7-6, with a big win in the TaxSlayer Bowl over an Iowa team that lost its two previous games by a combined total of five points prior to playing the Vols.

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The day ended with the Vols owning the Hawkeyes 45-28. To add to the momentum of a bowl win Butch Jones goes and signs the fourth best signing class in college football, a top ten finish for the second straight year, leaving many media personalities thinking Tennessee can finish second in the eastern division behind the Georgia Bulldogs.

Overall, Tennessee owns the series over Arkansas 14-3 with seven wins over the Razorbacks coming in the 90’s alone. The last time these two played each other the Razorbacks blew Derek Dooley and the Vols out 49-7 with 28 unanswered points in the second half in Fayetteville.

This time around the Razorbacks will be heading to what should be a packed house in Knoxville to play a hungry young Vols team that arguably has some of the highest expectations for success they’ve had since the 2006-07 seasons.

Be that as it may, the Vols will assuredly have their hands full with this physically dominating brand of football Arkansas brings to the table. Arkansas will use its ability to create mismatches with the tight-ends as it’s advantage on offense coupled with the most dominating run duo in college football. The Vols on the other hand will have the tools on their offense to get points on the board in a hurry like Marquez North, Jalen Hurd and Kamara if need be.

Where the big question mark for Tennessee lies at the feet of an offensive line that has a combined career start total of 64, which is far from last year’s total of 6. If Arkansas can find a way to penetrate the offensive line of Tennessee, especially on the edges, then Arkansas can very well be looking at its first SEC road win under coach Bielema.

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