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Statistical comparison of Kentucky and Arkansas

If there is one team in the SEC struggling to find its identity more than Kentucky it has to be Arkansas. If there is one coach in the league on a hotter seat than Joker Phillips it has to be John L. Smith. If there is one fan base even more disassociated with its team than Big Blue Nation, it has to be Razorback fans. This game may seem totally irrelevant — and in the grand scheme it really is. But the team that loses this game will likely lose all control for the remainder of the season.

If you are absolutely out of your mind and still hopeful for a bowl appearance this season, here is the make-it or break-it game. Mathematically the Cats wouldn’t face elimination until next week, but because the opponent is No. 14 Georgia it’s hard to fathom the Wildcats winning that contest. So a victory in Fayetteville may just delay the inevitable for a couple of weeks.

Tyler Russell for Mississippi State isn’t even close to being one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC. Yet he put up 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the Wildcats extremely thin and young secondary. Tyler Wilson for Arkansas, on the other hand, is one of the better quarterbacks… And Arkansas is averaging 300 yards per game through the air.

Arkansas has completely fallen apart in the wake of Bobby Petrino. The Razorbacks have a roster loaded with talent that — with Petrino — should likely still be undefeated and hunting for a national championship. However, this team isn’t scoring points and they aren’t stopping anybody from scoring either. They have 23 points for, and 35 points against per game. That’s a losing ratio worse than Kentucky’s.

Who knows what we’ll see this weekend. Maybe both teams will come out and play their best football against the worst team either has faced. Or maybe not. Maybe the Cats and the Hogs will continue their steep slide into oblivion together. With the product we’ve seen thus far we should all be numb anyway.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

16 Comments for Statistical comparison of Kentucky and Arkansas



  1. seriously
    2:36 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    BIGGEST waste of time………..didn’t even read but can tell by your images this is a waste of time



  2. MonsterMash
    2:44 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Where do you guys get your data from? I’m a data analyst and I would love to use some UK data for my demos.



  3. breal1515
    2:57 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    All of that research with charts and graphs can be summed up in word “LOSS”



  4. Jeff Garlin
    3:00 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Someone post what they know about the Matt and Beisner fight?



  5. BobbyP
    3:09 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    What a load of horse hockey.I may decide to sellmy newly aquired horse farm in Bourbon County if this is what passes for journalism in the state of Ky.



  6. seriously
    3:10 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – maybe 2 words………..BAD LOSS



  7. Please
    3:12 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    OK that’s two football post in a row. It’s depressing enough I have to be at work, and to read about UK football…
    Enough already!



  8. Don't Know
    3:21 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Which one is for the cats?



  9. Jalen Whitlow fan
    3:23 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I got a statistic for ya, Jalen Whitlow is the starting QB. Can’t put a number on starting a playmaker at QB. I’m excited for saturday. I don’t know if we’ll win but the offense will be exciting.



  10. Dee
    4:02 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Stuart, this is a pretty good article. HOWEVER, leave it to Schuette when it comes to excel graphs and statistical analysis. That dude has it down



  11. IF
    4:12 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    is the key to your opening statement…



  12. STEVE!
    4:21 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    2 questions: (1) Do you really think Arkansas is worse than Kent State? (2) Bowl appearance – Seriously?



  13. this is what is going to happen
    4:27 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    “Maybe the Cats and the Hogs will continue their steep slide into oblivion together.”

    Except, the Hogs will have a new coach next year who will right the ship, and get them winning again. As for UK, chances are we get stuck with the Joker train wreck another year.



  14. West Ky. football fan
    5:41 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    The only way Joker Phillips is taking the Wildcats to a bowl game is if he dips into that $1.7 million salary and buys some tickets.



  15. Walsh is Gay
    8:24 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Stuart, don’t just say things off the cuff – you end up making yourself look silly. Perfect example:

    “The Razorbacks have a roster loaded with talent that — with Petrino — should likely still be undefeated and hunting for a national championship.”

    Your name is attached to that statement. Remember when Arkansas played Alabama already? They ought not be undefeated. Not by any margin.