Week 14 of the 2014 college football season continues an exciting Rivalry Week with a Friday afternoon game (2:30 pm ET) that could go a long way toward determining the direction of two SEC programs that are looking to establish themselves in what many consider the toughest conference in the country. The Arkansas Razorbacks (6-5) travel to Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo to take on the host and 17th ranked Missouri Tigers (9-2) in an SEC late season tilt. Arkansas rolled to a 30-0 win over an Ole Miss team that had been ranked in the top-10 nationally most of the season Their second straight impressive SEC win after a 17-0 shutout win over LSU the previous week which was head coach Bret Bielema’s first conference win. Missouri has won 5 games in a row since a 34-0 week 6 loss to Georgia, defeating Tennessee 29-21 on the road last week. The Tigers’ other loss was a 31-27 upset loss at home to Indian in week 4.
Arkansas is ranked 36th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 33.6 points per game and 52nd among FBS teams in total offense with 421.7 yards per contest. The Razorbacks rank 16th nationally in points allowed with 20.2 per game and 24th in total defense 338.4 YPG allowed.
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Missouri is ranked 62nd nationally in scoring offense with an average of 29.3 PPG scored and 101st among FBS teams in total offense with 360.7 YPG. The Tigers rank 16th nationally in points allowed with 20.2 per game and 23rd in total defense 335 YPG allowed.
Arkansas vs. Missouri Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Arkansas Razorbacks -3.5
@ Missouri Tigers +3.5
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Arkansas vs Missouri Pick
The Razorbacks are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the Razorbacks’ last 6 conference games, 5-2 in Razorbacks last 7 games against a team with a winning record.and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The u3-1-1 in the Tigers’ last 5 games in November, 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 6-2-1 in their last 9 games overall. Arkansas is 9-2 ATS this season while Missouri is 7-4 ATS.
The Razorbacks have been very impressive in their last two games, posting shutouts of talented conference opponents, but both of those wins came at home and now they take to the road to see if they can continue their success. The Razorbacks have been strong against the spread all season long, even early on when they struggled outright, and now they seem to be clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Their power running game behind the largest offensive line in college football and led by running backs Alex Collins who leads the SEC with 12 rushing TDs and is only 35 yards away from his 2nd straight 1,000-yard rushing season, and Jonathan Williams has rushed for 1,013 yards and 11 TDs., will be the difference in this one. Take Arkansas and give the points here.