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No. 10 Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at Arkansas (3-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Off

Series record: Arkansas 41-25-3

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Texas A&M looks to rebound from a Southeastern Conference-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama when it makes its first road trip of the season — the school’s first visit to Fayetteville since 1990 as a member of the Southwest Conference. Arkansas lost for the first time under coach Bret Bielema last week at Rutgers. The Razorbacks begin a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents.

KEY MATCHUP

Arkansas’ secondary against Texas A&M receivers Mike Evans and Malcome Kennedy, who have combined for 41 catches and 793 yards through four games. The Razorbacks struggled in pass coverage in the second half last week against the Scarlet Knights, who rallied from 17 points down behind quarterback Gary Nova’s 346 passing yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas A&M: QB Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner who ran circles around Arkansas a year ago. The sophomore accounted for 557 yards of total offense (453 passing, 104 rushing) in a 58-10 win over the Razorbacks a year ago, and he guides an offense that leads the SEC this year with an average of 50.2 points per game.

Arkansas: RBs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. With starting quarterback Brandon Allen’s status once again in doubt, thanks to a shoulder injury, Collins and Williams are expected to carry the offense for the Razorbacks. The two have proven up to the challenge so far, with Collins second in the SEC in rushing (120.2 yards per game) and Williams close behind (104.5).

FACTS & FIGURES

Texas A&M and Arkansas were charter members of the Southwest Conference from 1915 until the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992 … The Aggies’ 20-16 win in Fayetteville in 1990 was their first win in Razorback Stadium since 1957 … The series will return to Cowboys Stadium after this game through the 2024 season … Texas A&M is last in the SEC in scoring and total defense, allowing 30.2 points and 475.2 yards per game … Arkansas leads the SEC with 14 sacks, led by senior defensive end Chris Smith’s 5.5 sacks.

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