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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Free Pick 9/14/13

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm (Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium)

The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -22 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC, MSG, ESPN3, GamePlan

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles face-off on Saturday in week three college football action.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are looking greatly improved from their disappointing season a year ago, but there still remains a lot to be seen for Brett Bielema’s team. Arkansas won by just 10 points over Samford last week after soundly beating Louisiana-Lafayette in week one. QB Brandon Allen has completed over 61 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Alex Collins is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and Jonathan Williams is averaging 7.9 yars per carry, with two touchdowns to his credit as well.  Javontee Herndon has eight catches with three of them going for touchdowns and Hunter Henry has six catches. Defensively, the Razorbacks are allowing 98.5 yards per game rushing and 154 yards passing, while they have one interception and six sacks. Braylon Mitchell has 15 tackles, Alan Turner has 12 tackles, and Austin Jones has 10. While Arkansas has been able to do what is expected of them thus far, they haven’t faced top level competition.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Free Pick 9/14/13

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have been a regular to college football bowl season, but they are off to a 0-2 start this year after getting blasted by Nebraska last week in Lincoln. Southern Miss has scored just 28 points, while throwing six interceptions, losing four fumbles, and being sacked four times. QB Allan Bridgeford has completed 55 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, but the five interceptions are the bigger issue. Kendrick Hardy is averaging 3.4 yards per carry and Tyre Bracken is averaging 2.1, but he also has six catches. Tyre’oune Holmes has 20 catches and Ricky Bradley has 10 in the pass first offense. The defense hasn’t allowed big yards at just 164 passing yards per game, but they have allowed 179 per game on the ground. DeBarriuaus Miller has 19 tackles to lead Southern Miss, while Alan Howze has 18 and Dylan Reda has 11. Southern Miss will be up against it once again this week.

Arkansas is 6-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 2-5 in their last seven games overall, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games. Southern Miss is 2-7 in their last nine games against the SEC, 1-6 against the spread following a loss, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games.

Southern Miss simply needs to stop turning it over and I think they improve in that area this week and that should be enough for them to cover this generous number.

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