Preview: Arkansas at Texas

When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, December 29, 2014
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas


ADVOCARE V100 TEXAS BOWL STORYLINES

1. Texas and Arkansas have shared a similar journey to the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in Houston. “You look at two teams that started off tough, but we both ended up heading in the right direction,” Texas coach Charlie Strong told reporters. The Longhorns began Strong’s first season 3-5 before stringing together three straight wins to become bowl eligible.

2. Arkansas fell to 4-5 after losing to Mississippi State on Nov. 1 before shutting out LSU and Ole Miss in consecutive games. Texas and Arkansas each ended the regular season on a losing note, with the Longhorns falling 48-10 to TCU and the Razorbacks allowing Missouri to rally for a 21-14 victory. The teams are meeting for the first time since 2008, with Texas leading the all-time series 56-21.

3. Both teams boast a strong running game and impressive defensive units. Arkansas running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins have combined for 2,109 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, while the Longhorns’ Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray have scored a total of 13 TDs. Both teams rank among the top 33 nationally in scoring defense, with Arkansas holding opponents to 20.3 points per game.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Arkansas -6

ABOUT ARKANSAS (6-6, 2-6 SEC): The Razorbacks ended the program’s 17-game conference losing streak with a 17-0 victory over LSU on Nov. 15 and followed with a 30-0 win over Ole Miss. Linebacker Martrell Spaight was an All-SEC first team selection after leading the league in total tackles (123), and defensive lineman Trey Flowers has been a force with five sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. While the Razorbacks rely heavily on the run, Brandon Allen has been a reliable option at quarterback with 18 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

ABOUT TEXAS (6-6, 5-4 Big 12): The Longhorns’ stellar defense is led by linebacker Jordan Hicks (team-high 138 tackles) and tackle Malcom Brown, who leads the team in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (6.5). Cedric Reed finished the season with four sacks in the team’s last three games and started all 12 games for a Texas defense that allowed 23.4 points per game in Big 12 play. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes' season has been marked by inconsistency and a 13-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio, including four picks against TCU.

PREDICTION: Arkansas 27, Texas 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Arkansas 6-6 L1 32.0 20.2 5-2 1-4 0-2 0-0 2-6
Texas 6-6 L1 22.6 23.2 3-4 3-2 0-0 0-0 5-4

Last Meeting

Arkansas Texas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/27/08 ARK 10 TEX 52 191 11 180 421 208 213

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ARK C. Dick 53.8 138 0 0
TEX C. McCoy 89.5 185 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ARK M. Smith 13 42 3.2 0
TEX C. McCoy 9 84 9.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ARK L. Crawford 3 51 17.0 0
TEX J. Shipley 8 83 10.4 2
TDs Player TD
ARK J. Adams 0
TEX C. McCoy 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ARK B. Allen 56.3 2125 18 5
TEX T. Swoopes 58.8 2352 13 10
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ARK A. Collins 187 1024 5.5 12
TEX M. Brown 170 662 3.9 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ARK K. Hatcher 39 517 13.3 5
TEX J. Harris 64 1015 15.9 7
TDs Player TD
ARK J. Williams 13
TEX J. Gray 7

Quickchart Matchup

Arkansas Off vs  Texas Def
410.6 yards
348.7 yards
5.2 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
5.7 yards/attempt
Texas Off vs  Arkansas Def
360.5 yards
345.4 yards
3.9 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
6.5 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
5
-110
45.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-105
6.5
-110
46
Sportsbook
-105
6.5
-110
46
5Dimes.eu
-102
6
-105
45.5
GTBets.eu
-110
6
-110
45.5
Top Bet
-110
6
-110
46
BetOnline.ag
-110
6
-110
45.5
BetDSI
-107
6.5
-110
46
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
6
-114
46
Belmont
-105
6.5
-110
46
BookMaker.eu
-107
6.5
-110
46
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
5.5
-110
45.5
Mirage
-110
5
-110
45.5
Station
-110
6
-110
45.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Arkansas Overall Texas
6-6-0 W/L 6-6-0
9-3-0 ATS 7-5-0
6-6-0 O/U 4-8-0
32.0 Pts For 22.6
20.2 Pts Against 23.2
Arkansas A/H Texas
1-4 W/L 3-4
3-2-0 ATS 3-4-0
2-3-0 O/U 3-4-0
24.4 Pts For 22.9
29.2 Pts Against 29.3