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Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Pick & Prediction NOV 26TH 2021

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With a chance to complete a breakthrough season, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman does not want to see his team let up after a tough loss last weekend.

The No. 25 Razorbacks conclude the 2021 campaign against cross-divisional rival Missouri in a Friday afternoon Southeastern Conference contest in Fayetteville, Ark.

A victory Saturday would mark the first time the Razorbacks have won eight regular-season games since Bobby Petrino's 2011 squad went 10-2.

While Pittman's business at hand is getting ready for the Tigers (6-5, 3-4 SEC), thoughts of last week's tight 42-35 road loss to No. 2 Alabama still linger.

"I thought we were pretty good in the game making adjustments," Pittman said. "I thought it was two really good football teams with two really good game plans. We just ended up seven (points) short."

The offense got hefty production from quarterback KJ Jefferson (326 passing yards, three touchdowns) and receiver Treylon Burks (eight catches for 179 yards, two scores).

Arkansas (7-4, 3-4) has a chance to put together a strong season in Pittman's second year after the former University of Georgia offensive line coach's squad went 3-7 in an all-SEC schedule in 2020.

After starting 4-0 and being ranked as high as No. 8 following a 20-10 win over Texas A&M on Sept. 25, the Razorbacks have a chance to win eight games and appear in a New Year's Eve or New Year's Day bowl game.

Their 222.3 rushing yards per game ranks 14th in the country, and they are second in runs of 10-or-more yards.

Trelon Smith tops Arkansas with 555 yards rushing on 111 carries.

The Tigers have been much better against the run after being thrashed earlier this season and have used their own running game as a strength.

The Tigers rank ninth in the SEC in rushing -- 172.4 yards per game -- and Tyler Badie leads the conference with 1,393 yards on 227 attempts (6.1 per carry) and has 13 rushing TDs.

Badie also tops the team with 53 catches and four touchdown receptions.

"They're a hot team right now, having won their last two games, and have a really good offensive line," Pittman said. "Badie is not only their leading rusher but leading receiver by a long ways."

Missouri holds a 9-3 overall edge in the series, including a 6-1 mark since joining the SEC, and have been victorious in the last five meetings.

Coach Eli Drinkwitz made a bold call in overtime, and the Tigers became bowl-eligible Saturday in their thrilling 24-23 home win over Florida, getting Connor Bazelak's two-point floater to Daniel Parker Jr. for the walk-off victory.

After sitting at 3-4 following a 35-14 loss to Texas A&M on Oct. 16, the Tigers' staff decided to change the team's approach.

"We weren't improving at the rate we needed to. We had to rededicate ourselves to how are we were going to focus on improvement of individual player development and commitment to the team," Drinkwitz said.

The Tigers will have to prepare for a tough combo in Jefferson and Burks.

"Jefferson is really having a remarkable season," said the second-year Tigers coach. "He's really difficult to tackle and does a good job of creating time and space in the pocket and delivers the ball downfield.

"Burks is one of the top two wide receivers in the league. That would be a great contest between him and (Bama's) Jameson Williams. Treylon is very special."

--Field Level Media

Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Larry Roundtree III and Tyler Badie ran for touchdowns and Missouri allowed just 242 total yards as the visiting Tigers defeated Arkansas 24-14 in a Southeastern Conference game on Friday in Little Rock, Ark.

Missouri freshman Connor Bazelak (7 of 9, 80 yards) made his first career start in place of injured quarterback Kelly Bryant (hamstring) but exited early in the second quarter with a right knee injury. Taylor Powell (8 of 14, 105 yards, one touchdown, one interception) replaced Bazelak.

Arkansas junior QB Jack Lindsey (10 of 26, 75 yards, two touchdowns) also made his first career start for Arkansas (2-10, 0-8 SEC), which has lost 19 straight conference games.

Roundtree III carried 24 times for a team-high 88 yards for the Tigers (6-6, 3-5). Linebacker Nick Bolton had nine total tackles.

Arkansas cornerback Greg Brooks Jr. picked off Powell on the first snap of the third quarter, giving Arkansas the ball at the Missouri 26. Lindsey's 15-yard run set up the first career touchdown catch for tight end Grayson Gunter on an 10-yard strike from Lindsey.

Badie answered on the Tigers' next possession, running off the right side for a 3-yard touchdown run to give Missouri the lead for good.

Tigers receiver Jonathan Nance -- who transferred from Arkansas -- hauled in a 10-yard scoring toss from Powell with 8:47 to play.

Arkansas got a fourth-down stop at the Tigers' 38 after Bazelak fumbled a snap and recovered the ball behind the line of scrimmage. Five plays later, Lindsey hit Trey Knox with a 19-yard scoring pass with 6:49 to play in the first quarter.

Missouri tied it when Roundtree III bulled through a small hole on the right side for a 5-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.

Powell hit wide receiver Kam Scott for 30 yards to set up Tucker McCann's 26-yard field goal.

The Razorbacks drove to the Missouri 28 in the final two minutes of the first half. Defensive lineman Jordan Elliott and safety Tyree Gillespie combined to stop Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd (21 carries, 95 yards) there on a fourth-down play, preserving a 10-7 lead heading into halftime.

Friday capped a tumultuous season for both teams. Arkansas fired coach Chad Morris on Nov. 10, replacing him with interim coach Barry Lunney Jr.

Tigers coach Barry Odom -- whose team snapped a five-game losing streak -- entered Saturday with an uncertain future. Earlier in the week, the NCAA upheld Missouri's 2019 bowl ban that was given as a result of a tutoring scandal spanning the middle part of this decade.

--Field Level Media

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