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No. 25 Mississippi State tries to spark offense vs. Arkansas

November 15, 2018

Arkansas (2-8, 0-6 SEC) at No. 25 Mississippi State (6-4, 2-4, No. 21 CFP), noon EST (ESPN)

Line: Mississippi State by 21.

Series Record: Arkansas leads 16-11-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Mississippi State is working to bounce back from last weekend’s 24-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama and pile up wins for a trip to a better bowl. Arkansas is trying to avoid going winless in the SEC in coach Chad Morris’ first season.

KEY MATCHUP

Arkansas QB Ty Storey vs. Mississippi State’s defense. Storey has thrown for 1,423 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season, including two touchdowns against LSU in last week’s 24-17 loss. He’ll be going against a Mississippi State defense that is giving up just 281.3 yards per game, including 166.8 yards passing per game. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in both categories.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arkansas: TE Cheyenne O’Grady. He’s caught 27 passes for 359 yards and six touchdowns this season. He had a big game last weekend against LSU, catching six passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Mississippi State: LB Willie Gay Jr. He had the best game of his career against Alabama, finishing with a game-high nine tackles, two sacks and an interception.

FACTS & FIGURES

Mississippi State has won five out of the past six games in the series, including last year’s 28-21 victory in Fayetteville. ... The Bulldogs have forced at least one turnover in 13 straight games, dating back to last year’s Arkansas game. ... Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald has 3,302 career yards rushing, which ranks sixth among active Power Five conference players, regardless of position. His 42 rushing touchdowns rank second. ... This will be Arkansas’ first true road game since losing to Auburn on Sept. 22. ... Arkansas LB De’Jon Harris has 105 tackles, which ranks first in the SEC and 17th nationally.

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