October 28, 2011

Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas preview

Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (4-3)

When: Saturday, 11:21 a.m. CT

Where: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790)

TV: SEC Network

Internet ESPN3.com

Radio: Nashville: 97.1 FM, XM: 199, Sirius: 219

Kickoff weather forecast: 50 degrees and sunny

Rankings: Arkansas is 8th in AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Razorbacks rank 10th in BCS poll. Vanderbilt is not ranked.

The line: Arkansas by 9.5 (over-under of 52)

Sagarin prediction: Arkansas by 10

Series record: Arkansas leads the series 6-2. The Razorbacks won last year's game 49-14 in Fayetteville.

About Arkansas

How Vanderbilt matches up

Players to watch

Bridges on offense, and linebacker Archibald Barnes and end Johnnell Thomas on defense.

Bridges hasn't played much, and will be challenged with protecting Rodgers' back side. This is a game Vanderbilt should win, but a couple of turnovers caused by blind-side pressure, especially with the way Army keeps the clock moving (it keeps the ball for 35:53, on average) could help the Black Knights spring an upset.

Barnes and Thomas are guys on the spot because the option is a huge challenge to guys on the edge. With Garnham and Fugger having outstanding years, Army may chose to take it to these two instead.

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