1. Kelly Bryant’s legacy vs. Arkansas’ desperation
The prized graduate transfer will end his lone regular season in a Missouri uniform against Arkansas. Despite his short time in Columbia, it's clear Missouri has grown on him. He cares about his teammates and was nearly inconsolable after the latest loss to Tennessee. Arkansas is on an 18-game Southeastern Conference losing streak. In times of desperation, do the Razorbacks further tarnish this season for Missouri? Or does Bryant help the Tigers get back to .500 on the year?
Edge: Kelly Bryant’s legacy
2. Missouri defensive backs vs. Arkansas receivers
The Missouri secondary got torn up against Tennessee. Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano passed for 415 yards, with the Tigers' DeMarkus Acy missing the game and Jarvis Ware not playing for a heavy majority of it due to a first-quarter injury. With four pass-interference penalties called against Missouri in the loss to Tennessee, is something fixed quickly beyond MU’s back-end health? No Arkansas receiver has more than 469 yards receiving this season. Is this the day they feast?
Edge: Missouri defensive backs
3. De’Jon Harris and Bumper Pool vs. Tigers’ offense
Harris and Pool are Arkansas’ two leading tacklers with 90 and 81 stops, respectively. The linebacker duo controls the tempo for the Arkansas defense and will play a major role, for better or worse, against Missouri. The MU offense finally came back to life against Tennessee, scoring 20 points after tallying 27 in their previous four games combined. Which Missouri offense shows up in Little Rock? How much will Harris and Pool slow the Tigers?
Edge: Harris and Pool
4. MU receivers vs. Kamren Curl and Joe Foucha
Curl and Foucha are the third- and fourth-leading tacklers for Arkansas, with 151 combined tackles through 11 games. They also have three of the Razorbacks' five interceptions on the season. In seven SEC games, Missouri does not have a touchdown catch by a wide receiver — the last came Oct. 5 against Troy. Is this the breakthrough game for the Tigers' wide receiver corps? Or do Curl and Foucha hold MU out of the end zone through the air?
Edge: MU receivers
5. Treylon Burks vs. Missouri defense
Arkansas may not have a better playmaker aside from Rakeem Boyd than Burks. The true freshman is second, behind Boyd, in all-purpose yards for the team (813) as well as first in receiving yards (469). Does Burks play the role of difference-maker with lots of Missouri's attention going to Boyd, the former Last Chance U star? Or does the MU defense hold Burks in check?
Edge: Missouri defense