Saturday Selections: Week 4 SEC Picks Against the Spread

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Sep 13, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Alex Collins (3) scores a touchdown in front of Texas Tech Red Raiders safety Keenon Ward (15) and defensive back Justis Nelson (31) in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois at Arkansas (-14), 6:00pm CT, ESPNU

Last week’s performance was as impressive as any we have seen from an Arkansas Razorbacks’ football team in at least two years (at least if you don’t count the 73-point performance the previous week against Nicholls State). Head coach Bret Bielema’s smashmouth tendencies truly paid off in the Hogs’ 49-28 victory on the road against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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  • The Razorbacks bullied, bloodied and beat up the Red Raiders with 438 rushing yards. Arkansas controlled the ball for more than two-thirds of the game and pounded Texas Tech in the second half to salt away the victory.

    The win was huge for Bielema and the Arkansas program and it gives fans hope that a bowl game is possible this season. However, the Hogs would be wise not to overlook a 3-0 Northern Illinois team that has already beaten a Power Five conference opponent in Northwestern.

    Like Arkansas, the Huskies will stick with the power running game. It has certainly been successful for them so far as NIU is averaging 325.3 yards on the ground so far this season and 42 points per contest.

    Before the season, this matchup seemed like a toss up. However, through three weeks, Arkansas appears to be the most improved team in the SEC. Because of their edge in size, speed, and overall talent, the Hogs should handle the Huskies with relative ease.

    Arkansas 41, Northern Illinois 24