Before the season, Arkansas-Texas A&M didn't have the feel of a marquee Week 4 game. But that's what it is, with the No. 17 Razorbacks and No. 10 Aggies both off to undefeated starts, each with quality wins already under their belts.
The Hogs have been a pleasant surprise, kicking their reputation as slow starters who turn it on later in the season under coach Bret Bielema. They haven't proven a ton, with their only notable win a Week 2 overtime thriller (enabled by a blocked field goal) against TCU in Fort Worth. The Aggies have two excellent wins already: An opening home triumph against then-ranked UCLA and a win at Auburn last weekend. (The Tigers are down, but no win in Jordan-Hare Stadium is a bad win in Jordan-Hare Stadium.)
They'll play this game at AT&T Stadium, which further entrenches itself as a place where huge college football games happen. The last was Alabama's season-opening demolition of USC three weeks ago.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN (once LSU-Auburn is done; will update once ESPN announces where this game will be until then). The broadcasters are Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe.
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Texas A&M opened as a 3-point favorite. That line has widened.
Three big things to know
1. Austin Allen is doing something right. The Razorbacks' first-year starting quarterback has the SEC's best completion percentage (67) and efficiency rating, and he's tossed multiple touchdowns in every game so far. The offense has moved the ball well, but it hasn't found big plays through the air. To pull off what'd be a mild upset, getting some chunk plays against the A&M secondary would be enormously helpful.
2. Arkansas has built up quite a run, quietly. Factoring in last year's strong finish, a Razorbacks win would give them 10 wins in 11 games, including four in a row against ranked opposition. The Hogs haven't been bandied about as a Playoff contender, but what happens if they win on Saturday? It'd be kind of hard to not consider them the second-best team in the SEC right now after Alabama, wouldn't it?
3. Myles Garrett could ruin all of this. The country's best defensive end is a terror for everyone, but his matchup this week is fun. He'll go head-to-head with Arkansas' 6'10, 319-pound left tackle, Dan Skipper. There's quite possibly never been more power on power in the history of college football individual matchups.