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Freshman Alex Collins has rushed for 100 yards in each of the Razorbacks’ games, becoming the first freshman in Southeastern Conference history to reach that mark in his first three games. The last freshman to do it at an FBS school was Adrian Peterson at Oklahoma in 2004.

Collins is second in the SEC in rushing (139 yards per game) and sophomore Jonathan Williams (131 ypg) ranks third.

The two might conjure up memories of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones for Arkansas fans. And they make the perfect combination for new coach Bret Bielema, who wants to bring to Arkansas the powerful ground game that he used to win at Wisconsin.

The competition is about to get much tougher for Arkansas, which plays at Rutgers on Saturday, possibly without quarterback Brandon Allen (shoulder).


BULLDOZED. No first year coach is off to a worse start than Willie Taggart at USF.

The Bulls fell to 0-3 after a 28-0 loss to Florida Atlantic, a team that lost its first two games by a combined score of 65-19.

“We’ve got to find a way to produce some offense,” Taggart said Monday. Specifically from the passing game, where the USF has run through three quarterbacks and completed 37 percent of its passes for 129 yards per game.

Taggart grew up not far from Tampa, Fla., was an assistant under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and did a nice job building Western Kentucky, his alma mater, into a bowl team. The 37-year-old was pegged as a rising star in coaching and a perfect fit for USF. But it looks as if he’ll spend his first season in cleanup mode. The Bulls are off this week before playing Miami.



_Utah State plays at Southern California on Saturday and there is little doubt that the best quarterback on the field will be playing for the Aggies. Chuckie Keeton is completing 83 percent of his passes with 12 TDs and one interception. USC may have finally fixed its quarterback issues. Cody Kessler went 15 for 17 for 237 yards and no interceptions in a rout of Boston College.

_Rutgers could also be using a backup quarterback when it plays Arkansas on Saturday. Starter Gary Nova has a concussion and coach Kyle Flood said he hoped to find out Tuesday if Nova can play. If not, Chas Dodd, who started eight games in 2011, would get the nod.

_Alabama now ranks 86th in the nation in total defense, right behind Central Michigan and in front of Louisiana Tech. Call it being Manzieled.


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