Traveling to Starkville (Miss.) to play the first of two final games this season, the Arkansas Razorbacks meet up with the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday morning on ESPN.
Arkansas (2-8, 0-6 SEC) made it a competitive game late against LSU last Saturday, struggling for the first three quarters but pulling within one score in the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks got two final-quarter touchdowns from quarterback Ty Storey to tight end Cheyenne O’Grady. Unfortunately, Arkansas’ defense couldn’t get the one final stop it needed, sealing the loss for the Hogs, 24-17. The Razorbacks now have two final chances to avoid going winless in the SEC in Chad Morris‘ opening season.
Mississippi State (6-4, 2-4 SEC) is coming off a loss to an SEC West foe as well, getting shutout by the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend, 24-0. In Joe Moorhead’s first season at the helm, the Bulldogs have been consistently inconsistent, especially on offense. Their defense, however, is arguably the best in the entire conference. This will be only the second time all year that the Bulldogs have played at 11:00 am (CST) and have instate rival Ole Miss next on the schedule.
Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Rod Gilmore (color commentary) will do the honors of forming the ESPN broadcast crew up in the booth for this contest. Quint Kessinich (reporter) will bring updates from the sideline.
Chuck Barrett will continue to do the play-by-play for Arkansas radio in his 24th season on the crew. Barrett will be joined by color analyst and former Razorback quarterback Quinn Grovey for the second consecutive season. Another former Hog, Geno Bell, is also in his second year, manning the sideline after taking over after Grovey’s promotion.
Arkansas head coach Chad Morris (16-30 overall) and MSU head coach Joe Moorhead will match up for the first time in their coaching careers. Both head men are in their first season in the SEC. Moorhead was hired by the Bulldogs this past offseason following a stint as the offensive coordinator at Penn State. Both coaches are known for their offensive acumen and creativity.
Morris is in his fourth season as a collegiate head coach and his first at Arkansas. The former Texas high school coaching legend made stops as an offensive coordinator at Tulsa and Clemson before landing the SMU head coaching gig in 2015. This offseason, Morris brought along offensive coordinator Joe Craddock from their previous institution. At SMU, Craddock was the youngest hired OC in the country. On defense, SEC legend John Chavis joins the fray in his 30 season in the conference.