Arkansas vs. TCU: Score predictions and players to watch

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas hosts TCU at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

To help get you ready for the game, SEC Country’s Arkansas reporters Trent Shadid, Eric Bolin and John Nabors are providing their score prediction and player to watch for the game.

Score predictions

Arkansas 27, TCU 24

The loss of cornerback Ryan Pulley had me leaning toward reversing my pick and going with TCU. But I first picked the Hogs to win this one months ago and I won’t stray from that now. Plus, I predicted an 8-4 season. Without this win, that’ll be tough to match. I just don’t buy that TCU is all that improved from a season ago. I’m also still not a big believer in Kenny Hill. I can see him costing the Horned Frogs this game with a critical turnover.

Trent Shadid

TCU 31,  Arkansas 24

TCU coach Gary Patterson almost never has consecutive mediocre teams. The Horned Frogs return a boatload on offense, including quarterback Kenny Hill, who gave Arkansas absolute fits last season. TCU’s defense, too, is supposed to be much better than last year and the Horned Frogs looked it in their season opener. To me, this pick is less about Arkansas being “bad,” so to speak, than it is about TCU being good. 

Eric Bolin

Arkansas 35, TCU 27

The Hogs defense shows off their improvement and causes problems for TCU quarterback Kenny Hill in the pocket. 

John Nabors

Players to watch

WR Jared Cornelius

TCU is going to do everything it can to shut down Arkansas’ running game. Reason being, the Horned Frogs aren’t scared of the Hogs’ pass-catching options, nor should they be at this point. If Arkansas is going to open things up and move the ball, it’ll have to rely on its most capable receiver — senior Jared Cornelius. If he fails to get open consistently or still isn’t recovered from the back injury that kept him out for most of preseason camp, the offense may be in for a long afternoon.

Trent Shadid

CB Kamren Curl

Curl is the player to watch because, well, welcome to college football, freshman. He is slated to get his first-ever career start now that cornerback Ryan Pulley has been lost for the season. Curl played well last week against Florida A&M. TCU isn’t Florida A&M. The last freshman to start for Arkansas on the outside? Henre’ Toliver, who just so happens to be right across the field from Curl. Things turned out well for him. 

Eric Bolin

DE McTelvin “Sosa” Agim

Agim will showcase his immense talent in this game by getting into the backfield and being the anchor of the entire defense.

John Nabors

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