Missouri must beat Arkansas to qualify for the bowl game

Arkansas (6-5, 3-4 SEK) in Missouri (5-6, 2-5), Friday 2:30 p.m. CST (CBS)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Arkansas from 3

Series record: Missouri leads 9-4

WHAT’S AT Stake?

The Razorbacks have already secured a bowl berth and can improve on the goal by beating Missouri for the second straight year. But the Tigers must beat their border rival if they want to qualify for a bowl game.

KEY COMPARISON

Arkansas RB Raheim Sanders against the Missouri run defense, which gave up 264 yards and five touchdowns in their last SEC game against Tennessee. Sanders is just six yards behind Ole Miss’ Quinshon Judkins at the top of the league this season with 1,379 yards.

PLAYER TO SEE

Arkansas LB Drew Sanders had 10 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries in a 42-27 win over the Rebels this past weekend. Before that, the SEC sack leader had one in back-to-back games against Liberty and LSU.

Missouri WR Luther Burden had two touchdown receptions in last week’s 45-14 win over New Mexico State, giving the five-star recruit five in his freshman season. It was a nice bounce-back performance after the Volunteers pinned him for 15 yards with two catches in Knoxville.

FACTS

Sam Pittman is the fourth Arkansas coach to lead the program to bowl games in his first three seasons. The others are Lou Holtz, Ken Hatfield and Houston Nutt. … Arkansas has never won a game in Columbia, Missouri. The last road win against Missouri came in 1944 in a game played in St. Louis. … The Razorbacks have 37 sacks, lead the SEC and rank fourth nationally. … Arkansas has had a 100-yard rusher in 10 of its last 12 games. … Raheim Sanders had a career-best 232 yards against Mississippi last week. The Razorbacks rushed for a season-high 335 yards. … Arkansas scored 35 points in the first half against the Rebels. It was the highest-scoring first half for the program since 2016. … Razorbacks QB KJ Jefferson had three first-half TD passes against Ole Miss. He finished 17 of 22 for 168 yards. … Missouri has qualified for bowls the last two seasons and four of the last five. … The Tigers scored 45 points against New Mexico State last week, the most since 52 points against Louisiana Tech in their opener. … Missouri RB Cody Schrader had two TD runs against the Aggies. … The Tigers didn’t allow New Mexico State into the red zone until late in the third quarter.

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