- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

Toledo (0-0) at No. 18 Arkansas (1-0), 4 p.m. (SEC alternate)

Line: Arkansas by 21.

Series Record: First meeting.


Arkansas won for the fourth time in five games with a season-opening 48-13 victory over UTEP, and it expects a similar result this week while playing its lone “home” game of the season in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium. The Razorbacks have won 20 of their last 21 nonconference games in Little Rock, with the lone loss coming to Louisiana-Monroe in 2012.


Arkansas’ defensive front vs. Toledo’s running game. The Rockets were 13th in the nation is rushing offense last season while winning a share of the Mid-American Conference, but they enter this game with star RB Kareem Hunt suspended and his backup, Terry Swanson, hurting with an ankle sprain. The Razorbacks held talented UTEP RB Aaron Jones to 70 yards rushing last week, led by junior-college transfer Jeremiah Ledbetter’s eight tackles.


Toledo: QB Phillip Ely. The senior began his career at Alabama before transferring, and he missed most of last season with a knee injury. Before his injury, Ely was 41 of 68 for 541 yards and four touchdowns a year ago - and he gives the Rockets plenty of experiences under center.

Arkansas: RB Alex Collins. The talented junior, taking over as the lead running back following Jonathan Williams’ likely season-ending foot injury, opened his season with 127 yards on 12 carries. However, 70 yards of that came on a draw on the final play of the half, and Collins is likely eager to surpass last week’s effort against Toledo.


In addition to the absence of Hunt, Toledo will be without starting DE Allen Covington because of a suspension following a violation of team rules … Arkansas defeated MAC member Northern Illinois 52-14 last season … Razorbacks QB Brandon Allen was 14-of-18 passing for a career-high 308 yards last week, helping give Arkansas a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher (Collins) and 100-yard receiver (Keon Hatcher) for the first time since 2011 and only the sixth time in school history … Toledo’s season opener against Stony Brook was canceled at halftime because of severe weather.

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