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Cotton Bowl Key Matchup

Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:09 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A look at the key matchup that could determine the Cotton Bowl.

Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas vs. Kansas State secondary

Arkansas' offensive line hasn't been great this season, but considering the amount of times that the Razorbacks dropped back to pass, the fact that Arkansas only allowed 25 sacks on the year is somewhat impressive. Combine that with a Kansas State pass rush that only tallied 19 sacks on the season, and it's reasonable to believe that Tyler Wilson is going to have some time to throw against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl.

Which is terrible news for Kansas State.

An offense like Arkansas', which averaged 321.7 yards per game passing and scored 37.4 points per game is not one that you want to give a lot of time to, nor is Tyler Wilson. A quarterback with a strong arm and a lot of weapons at his disposal. Then there's the Kansas State pass defense which finished the regular season ranked 73rd in the FBS in defensive pass efficiency (132.79) and allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 63% of their passes and throw for 24 touchdowns.

Which has to have Wilson licking his chops, but he can't get too cocky because the Kansas State defense was also good at picking off passes, snatching 18 on the year. Only five other teams in the country finished with more.

So while Wilson will have plenty of chances in this contest, and has a plethora of dangerous options to choose from, he's going to have to be smart with his decisions. While trusting your receivers while the ball in the air is a good thing, you don't want to trust them too much because the Kansas State secondary has players like Nigel Malone (led Big 12 with 7 interceptions) and Tysyn Hartman (3 interceptions) who are more than capable of making a play on the ball.

If Wilson makes the right decisions and goes with the plays that are there, and doesn't try to make the play that isn't, then Arkansas has a very good chance to win this game. If not, then the opportunistic Kansas State secondary could make Arkansas its eleventh victim of the year. 

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:23 pm

Cotton Bowl Key Matchup

This looks to be a great game.  It will showcase good rushing and passing attacks, and not great, but decent defenses.

Tyler Wilson and Collin Klein are talented QBs and will make the game very entertaining.  
If Arkansas' defense shows up, it will likely be a Hog victory; however, if KSU can stop the Hog passing game, it could be a mildcat winner.

This game may be close enough that special teams will provide the difference on the scoreboard come 00:00, edge - slight Arkansas, because we all know how awesome Joe Adams is.

GO HOGS GO!     


Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:50 pm

Cotton Bowl Key Matchup

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:47 pm

Cotton Bowl Key Matchup

This will be a good game and better than most of the BCS games. K state always does the impossible, but this game should be Arkansas all the way. Expect Wilson to have a huge day with the best receiving core in the country.

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