TCU vs. Arkansas: 5 Things to Watch Out For

Well, this is it. After TCU cruised to an easy 63-0 victory against Jackson State last week, the team faces a test against Arkansas — at Arkansas — on Saturday. Analysts predict this could be a close one, with several favoring the now-No. 23 Frogs over the unranked Razorbacks. But really, it could be anybody's game. 

Here are five things to watch out for:

1. The Hogs’ run game.

Arkansas pounded Florida A&M 49-7 last week, and much of it was thanks to running backs Chase Hayden, Devwah Whaley and David Williams, who combined for four rushing touchdowns that day. But it was freshman Hayden who stole the show, rushing for 120 yards on 14 carries and becoming just the third player in Arkansas history to rush for 100 yards in his college debut. The crew will likely be keeping TCU's defense busy Saturday afternoon. 

2. The return of Kyle Hicks.

But, not to be outdone, TCU's running backs did put on a show during their season opener as well. On top of that, last year's top rusher Kyle Hicks is expected to return against Arkansas after sitting out last week due to injury.  

3. Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen. 

Arkansas has a solid quarterback in senior Austin Allen, who had an accurate showing against Florida A&M, going 14-of-19 with 135 yards and one interception. If TCU's defense plays like how it did against Jackson State — bent on turnovers and sacks — Allen will have a good challenge on his hands.  

4. A new defensive scheme for the Hogs. 

A key for Arkansas will be to control TCU quarterback Kenny Hill's movement in and out of the pocket. The Razorbacks are trying out a 3-4 defensive scheme this year, using just three linemen with eight defenders on their feet. How it pairs against the Frogs' offense is yet to be seen. 

5. A "chip on the shoulder" for TCU.

The Frogs are likely still tasting the defeat from last year's game against the Razorbacks, when TCU stormed back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter, only to lose 41-38 in double overtime. The Frogs are playing in Fayetteville, which could make a difference, but expect a game that won't end without a fight. 

The Frogs and Hogs will meet at 2:30 p.m.