Get to know the opponent: The Arkansas Razorbacks

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On to week 4 of the 2022 college football season we go, as the Texas A&M Aggies are set to make their way to AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas to take on the 10th-ranked and undefeated Arkansas Razorbacks for their annual early season matchup.

As we will continue doing every week until the end of the season, Aggies Wire is here to provide copious amounts of background on every upcoming opponent, with this week’s focus centered around Texas A&M’s week 4 previously mentioned opponent, The Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC West. In week 3, the Razorbacks narrowly escaped the visiting Missouri State Bears of the FCS 38-27, a game that had Arkansas trailing 27-17 with 12:04 left in the 4th quarter. Here is a brief overview of the team heading into Saturday’s 6:00 PM Kickoff on ESPN:

Head Coach: Sam Pittman

Nov 26, 2021; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Sam Pittman talks to wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) during a timeout in the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium. Arkansas won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Conference: SEC, SEC West

The SEC logo in the hallway at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Fla. on Tuesday May 31, 2022 at the annual SEC spring meetings.
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All-Time-Record: 731-525-40 (.579)

Jan 1, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks players hold the trophies after the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2022 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Championship Pedigree: 1 claimed National Title (1964)

Oct 11, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with athletic director Jeff Long before being honored with the 1964 national championship team before a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

2022 Record: 3-0

Jan 1, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks players hold the trophies after the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2022 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Quarterback: KJ Jefferson

Sep 17, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) drops back to pass against the Missouri State Bears during a game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas won 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

KJ Jefferson is a redshirt junior from Sardis, Mississippi, and has been one of the more successful quarterbacks for the Razorbacks in recent seasons, and in his first season as the starter, Jefferson led Arkansas to a 9-4 record, passing for 2,676 yards, 21 touchdowns, and only 4 interceptions, while adding 664 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. This season, Jefferson is again off to a hot start, coming into the weekend 3-0, while already passing for 770 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception, and 169 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns on the ground.

Key Offensive Players

Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

  • Running back Raheim Sanders (66 CAR, 440 YDS, 3 TD)

  • Wide receiver Matt Landers (14 REC, 211 YDS, 15.1 AVG)

  • Wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (13 REC, 158 YDS, 2 TD)

Key Defensive Players

Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

  • Linebacker Bumper Pool (9 SOLO, 29 TOTAL, 1 SACK

  • Linebacker Drew Sanders (16 SOLO, 28 TOTAL, 5.5 SACK)

  • Cornerback Dwight McGlothern (7 SOLO, 2 INT, 2 PD)

Notable Stats:

Missouri State Bears quarterback Jason Shelley (3) carries the ball as the Bears took on the Arkansas Razorback at Arkansas on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
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At first glance, the 2022 Arkansas Razorbacks look like honest contenders to finally dethrone the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC West this season, but as you dig deeper, the flaws, almost all on the defensive side, begin to rear their ugly head. On Offense, the Razorbacks are averaging 37.7 points per game, and over 500 total yards per game, which is very, very intimidating, until you glance at the defensive numbers. Currently ranked as the worst passing defense out of 131 FBS teams, the defense is allowing 27.0 points, 421.0 yards per game, and over 352.7 through the air. Not great Bob.

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire