Head-to-head: Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas

Vanderbilt next travels to Arkansas for a 6:00 p.m. CT kickoff on Saturday. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Arkansas and indicates which team has the edge. We also make a prediction on the final score.

VANDERBILT
EDGE
AREA
Arkansas
EDGE
COMMENTS
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Arkansas rushing defense
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This matchup pits the No. 68 rushing offense (146 ypg) against the No. 92 rushing defense (183 ypg). Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy and Warren Norman have combined ran for over 700 yards. Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin and Anthony Leon have combined for 100 tackles, 17 1/2 tackles for losses and 5 sacks. Hog defensive tackle Dequinta Jones could miss the game because he was recently arrested.  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Arkansas passing defense
 
This matchup pits the nation's No.105 passing offense (160 ypg) against the nation's No. 27 passing defense (187 ypg). Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith has completed 85 of 164 passes for 1,005 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His top targets are Brandon Barden (21 catches) and John Cole (15 catches). Defensive back Rudell Crim and Tramain Thomas each have 2 interceptions for the Razorbacks. Vanderbilt is No. 85 (2.43 pg) nationally in sacks allowed while Arkansas is No. 13 (2.86 pg) in sacks registered.  
EVEN  
Arkansas rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
EVEN  
This matchup pits the No. 89 rushing offense (126 ypg) against the No. 92 rushing defense (183 ypg). The Razorback's top rusher are Knile Davis (470 yds) and Broderick Green (238 yds). Davis is coming off his biggest game of the year. He rushed for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns in a win over Ole Miss last week. Safety Sean Richardson leads Vanderbilt in tackles with 60. He has 6 1/2 tackles for losses. Linebacker John Stokes has 53 tackles and 3 1/2 tackles for losses. Defensive end Tim Fugger leads the SEC in forced fumbles with four.  
 
Arkansas passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
 
This matchup pits the No. 2 passing offense (352 ypg) versus the No. 58 passing defense (211 ypg). Arkansas' Ryan Mallet has already broken multiple Razorback passing records. Mallet has competed 145 of 215 passes for 2,040 yards,15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His top targets are WR Greg Childs (41 catches, 6 TDs), WR Joe Adams (30 catches), TE D.J. Williams (28 catches) and RB Ronnie Wingo Jr. (20 catches). Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward leads the nation in interceptions with five. Adams and Childs were injured during the Ole Miss game and their status is uncertain.
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Special Teams
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Vanderbilt kicker Ryan Fowler has made 3 of 4 field goals with a long of 30 yards. Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker has connected on 6 of 7 field goals, his longest going for 48 yards. Vanderbilt is 25th in the nation in net punting at 39 yards per punt. Vandy's Richard Kent averages 40.4 yards a punt. The Hogs are 85th nationally in net punting at 35 yards a punt. Dylan Breeding averages 43.6 yards a punt for the Razorbacks. Vanderbilt averages 7.2 yards per punt return. Arkansas averages a hefty 19.6 yards per punt return and had one go for a touchdown. Vanderbilt allows opponents to return punts an average of 2 yards while Arkansas is allowing opponents to return punt an average of 7.8 yards. Vanderbilt returns kicks an average of 22 yards per return while the Hogs average 18.7 yards. Vanderbilt allows opponents to return kicks an average of 20.8 yards per return while the Razorbacks allow 25.5 yards a return.  
 
Coaching
 
Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell is 2-5 in his first year as a head coach. Caldwell has over 30 years experience as an assistant coach. Bobby Petrino is 59-23 as a head coach. He's taken teams to five bowl games.  
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Intangibles
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Vanderbilt seems to play better in the SEC when they are on the road (except for at Georgia this year). Razorback Stadium is a tough place to play. Vanderbilt won the last time they played in Fayetteville in 2005 but they had Jay Cutler. Vanderbilt has a new offensive coordinator so that could either help or hurt the 'Dores.  

PREDICTION: Arkansas 28, Vanderbilt 10.

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