FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas football is in a two-loss hole entering the heart of its tough schedule. Coming off a 49-26 loss to No. 2 Alabama is not an ideal way to start a month in which the Razorbacks play three road games, but they will try to put the rout behind them before heading to Mississippi State in Week 6.
Arkansas (3-2, 1-2 SEC) has been in a similar position before. The Razorbacks lost three straight games last season before going on to win five of their last six. But three straight road games is a tough way to try to right the ship. That's the subject of today's mailbag.
How will Arkansas react to playing its first true road game? — Thomas
Arkansas is entering one of the toughest stretches of its already challenging schedule. In October, the Razorbacks play back-to-back road games, get a week off, then go back on the road once more. It starts with Mississippi State on Saturday (11 a.m. CT, SECN).
Road games are always tougher. Arkansas is 2-7 in true road games under Sam Pittman versus 11-4 at home. One of those road wins was at Mississippi State in 2020.
The Razorbacks practiced with crowd noise ahead of their Week 4 game against Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They'll likely do so again heading into their road stretch. But noise or no, Arkansas is coming into October like a lamb after back-to-back losses, and it will be hard to go out like a lion with trips to Mississippi State, BYU and Auburn.
Mississippi State specifically is a challenge. The Bulldogs are coming off a 42-24 rout of Texas A&M at home, and their pass-heavy offense is a mismatch for Arkansas' secondary.
I'm predicting a close loss to Mississippi State to start the road stretch. Right now, it seems BYU could go either way. Auburn may or may not have its head coach by the end of the month, and it's certainly a winnable game for Arkansas.
This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas football must try to right ship in three straight road games