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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Free Pick 9/21/13

Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)

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TV: ESPN

The 3-0 Arkansas Razorbacks pay a visit to the 2-1 Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a very solid non-conference showdown Saturday at 3:30 PM on ESPN.

Arkansas is rolling early this season after a disappointing 2012 campaign that saw them underachieve in most all facets of the game.  The Razorbacks have benefitted from a pretty soft schedule thus far but have made easy work of opponents and most recently disposed of Southern Miss 24-3.  The Razorbacks defense was disruptive all game and they were able to overcome the loss of quarterback Brandon Allen early via the rushing performance of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams who rushed for 230 yards combined and a pair of TD’s each.  The Razorbacks will keep an eye on Allen all week as his status is vital as the Razorbacks will face their first true hostile road environment at Rutgers.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Free Pick 9/21/13

Rutgers sits and 2-1 and made it two in a row this past weekend as they easily dismantled 28-10. Paul James was the man of the hour for the Scarlet Knights as he rushed for 192 yards and 3 TDs en route to the easy win.  Gary Nova was injured early in this one but the Scarlet Knights were able to rely on James to take things to the finish line.  Backup Chas Dodd only threw 9 total passes and the Rutgers special teams got a huge boost with Quron Pratt’s electric 99 yard return TD.  The Scarlet Knights better be ready to throw this week as balance will be key with a much stingier SEC defense in town.  Rutgers, much like Arkansas faces a lot of uncertainty as to who will be under center this week.

Some trends to consider - Arkansas is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games on field turf and Rutgers is 10-4-1 against teams with winning records.

This game is a lock to be extremely run heavy regardless of the status of both team’s quarterbacks.  Even if both signal callers play, both offenses will surely rely on their stud tail backs to carry the load.  I like Paul James to break out again and this one to go down to the wire as the Scarlet Knights get the late win in a slow paced, low scoring affair.

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