STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arkansas hits the road for its final two regular season games of the 2016 season, beginning Saturday against Mississippi State at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. It is the first time Arkansas has closed the regular season with back-to-back road games since 1982.
• Arkansas and Mississippi State will be facing off for the 27th time with the Razorbacks holding a 15-10-1 advantage in the all-time series.
• It is the first time since Oct. 1 that Arkansas hasn’t faced a ranked opponent, snapping a streak of five straight games.
• The Razorbacks are 6-6 against the Bulldogs in Starkville but have won five of the last eight there dating back to 2000.
• Arkansas is looking for its first win against the Bulldogs since a convincing 44-17 victory in 2011 in Little Rock.
• The Razorbacks have won nine consecutive games following an SEC loss dating back to the 2014 season.
• Arkansas has defeated three teams ranked in the top 15 of The Associated Press Top 25 this season, which is tied for the most in the nation with No. 1 Alabama and No. 7 Wisconsin.
• The Razorbacks are 12-5 in their last 17 games dating back to last season, which is tied for the third-most in the SEC during that span. Arkansas has played nine ranked teams over that stretch, good for third-most in the league. The Razorbacks have faced 10 ranked SEC opponents since the start of the 2015 season. In 48 career games at Arkansas, head coach Bret Bielema has faced a ranked opponent 25 times.
• Arkansas is 6-4 in the month of November over the past three seasons. Coach Bielema is 25-13 in his head coaching career in the month of November.
• Junior quarterback Austin Allen and sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams III have been one of the nation’s top QB-RB tandems this season. Allen is averaging 250.1 yards per game through the air, while Williams is averaging 100.4 on the ground. Allen and Williams are one of just six QB-RB duos in the Power 5 conferences averaging at least 250 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per game this season.
• Arkansas leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the FBS in time of possession per game (34:39.90). The Razorbacks have led the SEC in time of possession each of the last two seasons. Coach Bielema is 70-27 all-time when his team wins the time of possession battle. The Razorbacks are averaging a 9-minute, 50-second advantage in possession time against its opponents this season. In addition, Arkansas is 5-0 under Coach Bielema when possessing the ball for 40 or more minutes.