Vanderbilt Opponent #2: Arkansas Razorbacks

On September 10, 2005 the Vanderbilt Commodores will travel to Arkansas to face the Hogs. VandyMania gives an early scouting report on the Razorbacks and makes a prediction on the game's outcome. This is the second in a series of 11 scouting reports of Vanderbilt's 2005 opponents.

Date: Sept. 10, 2005
Site: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

Arkansas

Head coach: Houston Nutt (Photo right, 53-33 at Arkansas)

2004 Record: 5-6, 3-5 SEC

Top Returnees:

OFFENSE: TE Jared Hicks, Sr.; LT Tony Ugoh, Sr.; LG Stephen Parker, Jr.; C Kyle Roper, Sr.; RT Robert Felton, So.; SE Marcus Monk, So.; FB Brandon Kennedy, Sr.

DEFENSE: BE Marcus Harrison (6-3, 285, So.) NG Jeremy Harrell, Jr.; MLB Pierre Brown, Sr.; MLB Sam Olajubutu, Sr.; CB John Johnson, Jr.; FC Chris Houston, So.; SS Vickiel Vaughn, Sr.; FS Randy Kelly, Jr.; CB Darius Vinnett, Sr.

2004 Results

Sept. 4 NEW MEXICO STATE, W 63-13
Sept. 11 TEXAS, L 20-22
Sept. 18 Louisiana-Monroe, W 49-20
Sept. 25 ALABAMA, W 27-10
Oct. 2 at Florida, L 30-45
Oct. 16 at Auburn, L 20-38
Oct. 23 GEORGIA, L 14-20
Nov. 6 at South Carolina, L 32-35
Nov. 13 OLE MISS, W 35-3
Nov. 20 at Mississippi State, W 24-21
Nov. 26 LSU, L 14-43


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2005 Schedule

Sept. 3 SW MISSOURI STATE
Sept. 10 VANDERBILT
Sept. 17 at Southern California
Sept. 24 at Alabama
Oct. 8 LOUISIANA MONROE (Little Rock)
Oct. 15 AUBURN
Oct. 22 at Georgia
Nov. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA
Nov. 12 at Ole Miss
Nov. 19 MISSISSIPPI STATE (Little Rock)
Nov. 26 at LSU


Arkansas 2004 Statistics

Category.................NCAA ... AVG
Rushing Offense .........22.......187.36 
Passing Offense ........ 62.......210.55 
Total Offense ...........36.......397.91    
Scoring Offense .........33.......29.82 
Rushing Defense .........82.......180.27 
Passing Defense .........106......146.25    
Total Defense ...........76.......397.18  
Scoring Defense ........ 50.......24.55  
Turnover Margin..........80.......-.27   
Net Punting .............48.......36.31   

REMARKS: The Hogs are one of the best coached teams in the country. Head coach Houston Nutt turned down Nebraska to stay at Arkansas. 2004 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Razors as they returned on one starter on offense but Nutt and his team still almost made it to a bowl. The biggest question mark for Arkansas is the quarterback position. Arkansas must replace an outstanding signal caller in Matt Jones. One possible bright spot for Vandy is the fact that the Razors may be more concerned with their visit to #1 Southern California the week after the Vanderbilt game.

EARLY PREDICTION: Arkansas is one of the toughest places to play in the country. Many good teams have ventured there, heavily favored, only to come away with a loss. This will be one of the difficult games of the season for Vandy.

Vanderbilt 17
Arkansas 31


Arkansas fullback Marcus Monk rushed for 569 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2004.


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