The No. 15 Texas Longhorns are favored to pick up the second win of the Steve Sarkisian era on Saturday in Fayetteville against the Arkansas Razorbacks — the Longhorns are 6.5-point favorites on Fanduel.
Texas performed well in Sarkisian’s debut on the Forty Acres, commanding a safe lead for much of the 38-18 win over Louisiana that featured a strong first start from redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card. With several other teams in the AP Top 25 Poll losing, the Longhorns moved up six spots this week.
The first game for Arkansas wasn’t as heartening, as the Razorbacks were booed at home after trailing the Owls at halftime, but performed better in the second half, scoring on five of its final six possessions to win 38-17. It was a sloppy game for head coach Sam Pittman’s Arkansas team — the Hogs were flagged for 13 penalties and only converted 3-of-11 attempts on third down. Throw in a passing game that only had one play of 20 or more yards and Arkansas begins to look like a team that Texas should be able to handle comfortable.
But Saturday’s game will also mark the first home sellout for the Razorbacks since 2017 and Arkansas fans are known for their lengthy memories of the Southwest Conference rivalry between the two schools.
Texas holds a 56-22 advantage in the all-time series, including a 26-9 record in Fayetteville, but Arkansas won the last meeting, a 31-7 Texas Bowl blowout in 2014 to end Charlie Strong’s first season with the Longhorns. The last regular-season meeting was a 52-10 win for Texas in Austin in 2008.