GIMME FIVE — KEYS TO TODAY’S GAME
1. Stop the Run
Tulsa has enjoyed tremendous success running the football. The Golden Hurricane is ranked No. 9 in the nation, averaging 248.8 yards a game. Run stopping has been Arkansas’ defensive strength (123.4 yards a game) and must continue today.
2. Protect Wilson
Arkansas’ offensive line allowed three sacks in the Ole Miss loss and will be tested once again by a Tulsa defense among the nation’s best at putting pressure on quarterbacks. The Golden Hurricane is No. 1 in sacks a game (4.4 a game).
3. Limit Turnovers
Turnovers were a problem for the Razorbacks once again last Saturday. Two Tyler Wilson interceptions played a part in the 30-27 loss. Arkansas must find a way to prevent turnovers against a defense that has forced 17 in eight games this season.
4. Make Special Plays
Arkansas made a difference in games last season with plenty of big plays on special teams. The Razorbacks have done very little this season, though. Arkansas needs something good to happen – a punt block, a big return, etc. – against Tulsa.
5. No Lulls Allowed
Arkansas did everything right in the first quarter against Ole Miss, taking a 10-0 lead in Little Rock. But things fell apart in the second quarter, where Arkansas has been outscored 72-21 in its five losses. Maintaining success will be a big key today.