But the question that looms as they head to Baton Rouge for a much hyped showdown with LSU is simple. Do they have the linemen?
Interestingly, that's where the Razorbacks seem to have improved the most since a 38-14 thumping at Alabama on Sept. 24. The Hogs had the dominant linemen for the third straight week in a 44-17 waltz over Mississippi State that really wasn't that close.
I wanted to see the smiles from the faces of the likes of Byran Jones, Dede Jones, Zach Stadther, Robert Thomas, Alfred Davis from the interior of the defensive line. They were fabulous in the way they hammered the MSU offensive line, working over the running backs.
There was no availability among the offensive linemen. They were solid against the Bulldogs, too. From center Travis Swanson and guards Grant Cook and Alvin Bailey to tackles Grant Freeman and Jason Peacock, there were enough solid performances to pile up 539 yards against a tough MSU defense.
"We've improved a lot there the last three weeks," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "Certainly, we've become more physical. We controlled the line of scrimmage today. When you control the line like that, good things happen."
Jake Bequette was the only lineman in the media room. He had to represent his defensive end buddies – Tenarius Wright, Chris Smith and Trey Flowers. And he heaped the praise on those big uglies inside them in the front.
"I'm proud of those guys, those defensive tackles," Bequette said. "I think they have created a new line of scrimmage the last few weeks. We were kidding with Jerry Franklin, our middle linebacker, at halftime. He said he was kinda bored back there because there was no one getting back there to him.
"The linemen weren't getting to Jerry. The backs weren't getting there either. He was kinda like the quarterback who stays clean. Nothing was getting to him."
Outside linebacker Jerico Nelson said the same thing.
"Our defensive tackles were stepping into double teams," Nelson said. "They took care of them. They were using their hands and held two gaps. That made it so easy on the rest of us."
Mississippi State had six straight three-and-out possessions in the heart of the game covering over 30 minutes on the game clock.
"I was happy with the defense," Petrino said, noting the three and outs. "We were fast and physical. The defense and our kicking game was providing great field position."
While all of that is true, Bequette said LSU represents a different physical challenge this week. State tried to trick the Hogs with option and counters and a sprinkling of underneath passing.
The Tigers have a simple style. They will try to maul the Hogs with perhaps the best collection of linemen in the SEC.
"The LSU offense?" Bequette said. "It's no frills, no gimmicks. They are coming at you and try to run it downhill. You know what it's going to be, physical at the point of attack. They are going to try to attack our defensive front."
Bequette said it's the kind of game that only a linemen can appreciate.
"I think it should be fun," he said. "It's a huge game, the biggest game of the day. That game on Friday is the one the whole nation watches. We embrace it.
"I think we've been under the radar all year because of the way our season has gone, but we aren't under the radar now. We are right there.
"We've stayed hungry and worked our butts off in practice to get better. We look forward to this. We were good today, but this still wasn't our best football. We didn't force turnovers. We made turnovers. But we did play physical and that's what we want to do again this week."
The numbers looked good in the end. The Hogs outyarded the Bulldogs, 539 to 211. Quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 32 of 43 for 365 yards. He had three touchdowns and was sacked only once, but it was that sack – for a fumble – that Wilson wanted to talk about instead of setting the school record for completions in a game, one better than Joe Ferguson did against Texas A&M in 1971.
"I got the record and that's nice, but I had some guys open that I didn't find," he said. "I missed some throws and maybe went to the wrong guys sometimes. I should have thrown it away on the sack and fumble. So there are things I sure could have done better. "I think what you see is that we can still get better. I can get better. They protected me pretty good and I just have to do a better job on that one of getting it thrown away before the pressure got there."
However, Wilson was still pretty good. Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee shakes his head at how good his quarterback played in some spurts.
"Maybe Tyler did miss some things and he didn't do a very good job on that one pressure read," McGee said. "But he was amazing in some stretches, really good. He stood in there pretty good and delivered some very accurate throws. Some of those throws on the crossing routes were really good.
"So when you get to the end of the day and look down at the sheet and see how many he did complete, it was pretty amazing.
"He didn't do everything exactly right. He's got to realize that when we are in the red zone, it's all right to settle for a field goal some times. So that's the one thing that he's got to do better and throw that one away."
Wilson said he was aware of Ferguson's record. That came up when he completed 30 of 51 for 510 yards against Texas A&M.
"I was one or two away from (the record) in that game," Wilson said. "So I knew it. I have looked at the lists. So I knew. That's kinda cool. I've met him once and so that's neat."
What's even more cool is that the Hogs can focus on LSU.
"It's been crazy the last six weeks because the entire state has been talking about LSU," Wilson said. "We've shown our maturity by getting ready for each game while all of that has been going on. Now we have a short week and need to get in the film room to study LSU on Sunday and Monday."
McGee said things don't really change except for the short week.
"That's what makes it easy, that we don't change anything," McGee said. "It's the same for this game as all of the rest. That's the beauty of how we do things. The preparation is the same week to week. It doesn't change."
How much has he seen of LSU's defense?
"To be honest, I've seen LSU tape," McGee said. "But it's the LSU offense working against some of these defenses we've played. Our defensive coaches have seen the LSU defense. But we haven't done any extra preparation because of that.
"The way we do it in the summer is spend a lot of time on the first three teams on the schedule, then pick out anyone that's new that we haven't played in a few years like Tennessee and Vanderbilt. We'll look at some of their tape. But we've got a good (scouting report) on the ones we play every year."
The Hogs are starting to put everything together, including consistent play from tight end Chris Gragg.
"We thought Chris would have a big day based on the preparation for how (MSU) played certain formations," McGee said. "We thought that would be there if (MSU) played us the same way they've played other teams."
Wilson said, "Chris has been coming on the last few weeks. He's been a big part of what we've done since about the Ole Miss and Vanderbilt games. You start to see him show up in certain things more and more and he's really good on those crossing sets. And we have gotten him the ball down the field some. He's really emerged."
So have the Hogs. Best of all, so have their linemen.