SEC's Arkansas Facing FAMU in Little Rock on Thursday Night in Hogs Opener

Arkansas Razorbacks

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 1:24 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 1:24 PM GMT

Arkansas get its 2017 College Football season underway on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock when the Razorbacks face Florida A&M in a game in which offshore sportsbook 5Dimes has made the Razorbacks huge 49½-point favorites. 

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Florida A&M at Arkansas: QB Austin Allen and Arkansas (7-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) welcome Division I FCS and MEAC Conference member Florida A&M (4-4 MEAC, 4-7 overall) to War Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf) in Little Rock on Thursday night for this College Football season opener for the hosts. Most sportsbooks haven’t posted a Point Spread of Total for this game but Offshore 5Dimes has Arkansas available as massive 49½-point favorites with the Total 61½ (5Dimes). The weather forecast for Little Rock on Thursday night is calling for periods of Rain and Thunderstorms with 7 mph Winds, gusting to around 10 mph.

 

Florida A&M Rattlers

Third-year Head Coach Alex Wood (5-17 SU) and Florida A&M went 4-4 in MEAC play last Regular Season and 4-7 overall, losing all three of its Non-Conference games at Miami [Fla], 70-3; at Coastal Carolina, 49-10; and, vs. Tuskegee at a Neutral Site, 20-17. The Rattlers (206 PS-361 PA) were semi-atrocious on Offense last season, ranking 106th out of 122 FCS teams in Scoring Offense (18.7 ppg), 106th in Rushing Offense 107.1 ypg) and 82nd in Passing Offense (191. ypg). FAMU ranked 94th in Scoring Defense (32.8 ppg), 105th in Rushing Defense (218.3 ypg) but a very surprising 5th in the FCS in Passing Defense (161.7 ypg).

FAMU (1-0 SU in 2107) opened up the 2017 season with a 29-7 win over Texas Southern at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday as sophomore QB Ryan Stanley went 19-for-32 passing for 217 yards and a TD and ran for 81 yards and a TD. while all-MEAC First-Team WR Brandon Norwood had 3 Receptions for 63 yards and a TD vs. the Tigers with RB Devin Bowers rushing 15 times for 41 yards and TD. Even though the little Rattlers should be confident in some small way, things will be very different for them on the Road here playing an SEC foe in its opener and FAMU reportedly taking a somewhat controversial 10-hour bus trip to the game in order to save on Travel costs—it leaves Wednesday—seems tiresome with the late Summer heat and Humidity in the Southeast.

 Arkansas Razorbacks

Fifth-year Head Coach Bret Bielema (26-21 ATS) and Arkansas (7-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) return four of five OL as well as QB Austin Allen (245/401, 3,430 yards, 25 TDs, 15 INTs, 146.0 QBR) and WR Jared Cornelius but the Razorbacks (3-5 AU/ATS in SEC West in 2016) need to find some more targets on this team as Cornelius (32 Receptions, 4 TDs, 16.1 ypc in 2016) has 73 or the career 78 receptions on this current Arkansas Roster. At Running Back, the always-thick Razorbacks (6,000/1 to win 2017 CFP Championship, 5Dimes) have transfer David Williams, Devwah Whaley 634 yards, 3 TDs, 5.5 ypc) , David Williams and freshmen Maleek Williams and Chase Hayden, and should Arkansas (85/1 to win SEC, 5Dimes) build a big lead over FAMU by Halftime, expect Williams and Hayden to get their share of the carries and Playing Time. Gone from Arkansas is last season’s 1,403-yard, 12-TD rusher, Rawleigh Williams.

In its L3 Home openers in Fayetteville—War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is Site for this Razorbacks 2017 opener—against perceived cupcakes or FCS schools, Arkansas (36/1 to win SEC West, 5Dimes) has defeated Texas State (2016), 42-3, UTEP (2015), 48-13—covering ATS as 31-point chalks—and Nicholls State (2014), 73-7, so, 39-, 35- and 66-point romps against like teams, although FBS school UTEP is a notch up from TSU, Nicholls State and FAMU. Defensive Coordinator Paul Rhoads—this team has an ILB named Bumper Pool—and the Hogs haven’t had a Shutout since 2015 (LSU, Ole Miss, back-to-back), so expecting Stanley, Norwood and Bowers to find the End Zone at least once seems logical even in this spot and even with the Rattlers’ ratty Offensive numbers last season.

 

FAMU Bus Ride to Save Money Less Important Than Confidence Rattlers Gained From Their Winning Opener

Assuming FCS visitors FAMU can score here—and aren’t dead tired from the long bus ride—and adding the near 50-point spread (ARK -49½, 5Dimes) to the underdog’s tally means Arkansas will probably have to score 56 points or more to have a chance to get its backers the butter here. And that’s asking a lot, especially with a Run-oriented team like the Razorbacks playing off-campus in possibly Rainy and sloppy conditions although FieldTurf always seems a fast track playing surface. The largest margin of victory for Arkansas (14-7 SU, 12-9 ATS L3 Seasons Home) last season was 42 points in a Week 5 Home clobbering of FCS Alcorn State (52-10) while FAMU’s biggest Loss last year was 67 points in that aforementioned Week 1 trip to Miami to get blown away by the Hurricanes, 70-3, in a game which was 28-3 at halftime before Miami scored 28 3rd Quarter points to blow open the mismatch.

FAMU has alternated SU Wins and Losses in its L6 games while Arkansas last game came on Dec. 29 in the Belk Bowl against #22 Virginia Tech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in a game which saw the Hokies win 35-24 and cover ATS as 7½-point Favorites. After last year’s opener, 11 straight Razorbacks games have seen the SU winner also cover the Point Spread. Arkansas have alternated ATS W’s and L’s the L4 seasons in their lined- openers (W-L-W-L), but this handicap may basically come down to how many points the Razorbacks (38-9 SU, 22-22-1 ATS Non-Conference L10 Years) can muster in their opener with a tepid passing attack and can the Defense prevent FAMU from scoring and the Confidence gained from winning its opener and putting 29 points on the scoreboard is enough to recommend taking the dog and the near-50 points here in the Full Game market.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Arkansas 55 Florida A&M 10Free NCAAF Pick: Florida A&M +49½Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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