Arkansas Razorbacks,Kentucky Wildcats,Darren McFadden
9/22/2007 6:00:00 PM
Kentucky's coming off an emotional win over Louisville and Arkansas' off a tough loss to 'Bama. Look for the Hogs to rebound at home with a win and a cover against the Wildcats.
The Kentucky Wildcats are off their biggest win of the Rich Brooks era, and now have to pack their bags and head to Fayetteville to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. A huge letdown is to be expected here as Kentucky probably still hasn’t stopped partying since they knocked off Louisville for the first time since ’02. That victory marked the program's first triumph over a top-10 team in 30 years, and they entered the AP Top 25 because of it.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]While KY-Jelly is flying high, the Razorbacks suffered a bitter defeat that many don’t believe they can bounce back from. Arkansas found itself down 21-0 against Alabama last week, fought all the way back to grab a 28-21 lead, but then eventually fell by a 41-38 final count when the Crimson Tide scored a TD in the closing seconds. It was a tough loss to swallow for head coach Houston Nutt and his Hogs, but I expect them to bounce back nicely in this spot.
Stopping the run has proven to be a bit problematic for the Wildcats, as the club is permitting foes to gain 4.8 YPC and 185.0 YPG on the ground. That spells ultimate doom here this evening as the Hogs will bombard them with a ton of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. I know D-Mac’s a bit hobbled, but even at 80% he should still be able to do plenty of damage.
I love what this Kentucky club has to offer, but I just don’t see them being able to keep it together in this hostile environment. Playing in front of their home fans really helped them last week, but they won’t be there this time around when the game seems to be getting away from them. Lay the tuddy as the Hogs rush their way to the straight up win and cover.
Free Pick: Arkansas -6½ (-110)