For the first time since the 1991 season, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arkansas Razorbacks will tangle on the football field when the Razorbacks visit Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders head into the matchup with a 2-0 record but it feels vastly like a vastly different view from before the season started. Before the season Tech fans had this game circled as an easy win, but after seeing the Hogs ground game and two lackluster performances for the Red Raiders, fans have seemingly tempered their expectations. It should be a close game from two polar opposite teams that played every year from 1957-1991.
-Arkansas leads the all-time series with the Red Raiders 28-7 in a series that began in 1957. Arkansas and Tech have not met on the football field since 1991. However, Tech has won the last two meetings in the series by a combined score of 87-65.
– The largest Red Raider win came in a 23 point victory in 1976 as Texas Tech won 30-27. The largest Arkansas victory came in a 49-7 victory in 1978.
– The most points by a Texas Tech team against Arkansas came in a 49-44 shootout in 1990. The most points by Arkansas came in a 49-7 victory in 1978.
– Texas Tech has never won more than two games in a row against the Hogs, while Arkansas won 9 straight against the Red Raiders two separate times in the series.
-Two vastly different styles of play will meet on the field Saturday as the Red Raiders ranked 1st in plays per game last season offensively and the Hogs ranked near last. It’s also worth noting that Arkansas Head Coach Bret Bielema was a huge supporter of rule proposed this summer that would limit how quickly an offense could run plays due to “injury concerns” for players.