#22 Bulldogs Set For Senior Day Showdown With #13 Arkansas
In their seven wins this season, the Bulldogs have notched a turnover margin of plus-11 while in their three losses they have a minus-4. MSU finds themselves ranked 20th nationally in turnover margin. On the ground, the Bulldogs have rushed for 100+ yards in every game this season including a team-best 409 against Houston. Mississippi State has rushed for a touchdown at least once in their first nine games this season, making that 19 out of the last 22 games the offense has scored at least one touchdown on the ground.
Junior running back Vick Ballard is pacing the Bulldog rushing attack, rushing for 699 yards on 111 carries this season. Ballard has found the endzone 12 times on the ground this season, four shy of the school record.
Defensively, the Bulldogs have climbed their way to a 16th in scoring defense as they have allowed only 20 touchdowns in 10 games this season. Only eight teams have allowed fewer. Ranking third in the SEC, Mississippi State's red-zone defense has allowed their opponents to reach the 20 yard-line 30 times this season giving up only 12 touchdowns. Senior middle linebacker Chris White leads the defense with 89 total tackles (4th in the SEC), 13.0 tackles for loss (8th in the SEC), and 5.0 sacks.
The Razorbacks enter Saturday's contest at 8-2 (4-2 SEC), and rank second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense, averaging 37.9 points per game and total offense, averaging 491.9 yards per game. Senior quarterback Ryan Mallett leads the SEC in passing yards (2967), passing touchdowns (24), and average passing yards a game (296.7).
Arkansas leads the overall series 13-5-1 and lead the series in Starkville 5-3. The rivalry dates back to 1916 when Mississippi State won 20-7 over Arkansas in Memphis, Tenn.