Tennessee and Arkansas have met just two times in the past decade, with the Razorbacks winning both meetings. It was Bobby Petrino getting the better of Derek Dooley in 2011, then Bret Bielema’s bunch beating Butch Jones’ squad in 2015.
Needless to say, things have changed quite a bit since their last meeting.
Arkansas has kicked off the Sam Pittman era with some early success — at least some early signs of life. The Razorbacks are 2-3 overall, but gave Georgia a scare in week one and nearly knocked off Auburn a couple of weeks later.
It’s a work in progress, but the progress is clear after a two win season in 2019 under Chad Morris.
Tennessee has hit a bump in the road after seemingly being on the rise in year three under Jeremy Pruitt. The power five’s longest win streak came to an end against Georgia in week three, and the wheels fell off against Kentucky in week four. Things didn’t get better against Alabama, bringing the Volunteers to a 2-3 record.
Tennessee is coming out of a bye week, something that was badly needed after the last three games. The Vols are hoping to get things right against Arkansas, but this game suddenly looks more daunting than it did in September.
Vegas agrees with that statement. Tennessee has opened as a 1.5 point favorite entering the week, a number that would have surprised most this summer. But the Razorbacks’ progress seems legitimate, which makes this game a true toss-up. It’s going to be interesting to see which way this line goes throughout the week.
We’ll hear from Jeremy Pruitt on Monday, and have much more on this game throughout the week. Tennessee and Arkansas will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET time on the SEC Network.