Nevada Football:First Look At Nevada Vs Arkansas
An early preview of Nevada’s match-up against SEC opponent Arkansas
A Preview Of Nevada’s Contest Against Arkansas
On September 5th 2020, the Nevada Wolf Pack travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The contest between the Wolf Pack and the Razorbacks will be the first ever meeting between the two schools on the football field. However, the two schools do share some common history. The current head coach of the Arkansas men’s basketball team is Eric Musselman and Musselman was the former head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team.
From 2015-2019, Musselman led the Wolf Pack men’s basketball team and his record during that time period was 100-39 while winning four conference championships (three regular season titles, one tournament title) and earning a Sweet 16 berth in 2018. Musselman left the Nevada job to take over as head coach of the Razorback men’s basketball program after the 2019 season.
This is the third time Nevada has played an SEC opponent in the last six seasons. In 2015, the Wolf Pack played Texas A&M in College Station and lost 44-27. In 2018, the Wolf Pack faced Vanderbilt in Nashville and lost 41-10. Nevada is looking to snap a two game losing skid against SEC teams when they face the Razorbacks in Week 1.
This may be the best chance for Nevada to defeat an SEC team because this Razorback program is in bad shape. The Razorbacks have had three straight losing seasons and back to back 2-10 seasons in 2018 and 2019.
Arkansas is hoping new head coach Sam Pittman (formerly the associate head coach and offensive line coach at Georgia) can rebuild the program. Pittman has a hard rebuilding job on his hands taking over for former Arkansas head coach Chad Morris. Last season, the Razorbacks were bad in almost every statistical category both in the SEC and in the country.
Arkansas was last in the SEC in scoring defense (36.8 points per game-124th in the nation), run defense (221.5 rush ypg-122nd in the nation) and total defense (450 ypg-110th in the nation). Arkansas porous defense should provide an opportunity for the Wolf Pack offense to score plenty of points in Fayetteville .
This contest between the Wolf Pack and the Razorbacks is a great chance for Nevada to earn its first victory over an SEC opponent. Arkansas is a bad team that is breaking in a new head coach and its defense is terrible. Nevada does have the talent on offense to attack the abysmal Arkansas defense and come away with the victory and a 2-0 start.
Arkansas has had troubles playing against teams from the Mountain West recently. In 2018, the Razorbacks lost to the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins 34-27. And last season, the Razorbacks lost at home to San Jose State 31-24. Safe to say that Nevada’s chances of coming away with a win over Arkansas are pretty good.