This football season marks the 21st for the Razorbacks as members of the SEC. Having completed two decades in the league it seemed worth reflecting on how far the program has come. Which victories over the last 20 years were the sweetest? Were there losses that hurt more than others? What coaching decisions still have folks scratching their heads? ArkansasSports360.com assembled a panel aimed at answering these questions. We have our list and we'd love to hear yours. No. 7 on our moments we love to remember: Arkansas Claims Four SEC West “Titles” ...
It may not have been Big Ten commission Jim Delany's worst nightmare, but it probably didn't help his turkey dinner go down easily seeing the Southeastern Conference football trio of LSU, Alabama and Arkansas ranked 1-2-3 in the BCS poll last Thanksgiving week. That scenario of one conference dominating the top three positions in the national polls since the conclusion of the 1971 season, when the Big 8's Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado ranked 1-2-3 after the bowl games. One has to imagine that anytime the name "SEC" comes up around Delany, he can taste the bile in his throat. Meanwhile, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive is quietly working his way to the chair of power in college football and instigating needed change in the way a national champion is determined.
College football leaders discovered fire this week. If you’re fan of the sport, you may have felt the sudden urge to call someone you love, just to tell them you love them. Perhaps you went to Waffle House and picked up the tab for the whole room. Maybe you were playing golf and your group decided, “If it’s on the green, it’s in.” Several decades ago, college football fans had a dream. We didn’t think it was unfair. All we wanted was a legitimate champion. One determined by winning games on the field - not by polls or computers. Just like every other major sport, including other divisions of college football. Was that too much?
Before they leave the beach, the guys who run the Bowl Championship Series want to narrow the postseason options to a few detailed plans. The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director, along with one AD from each league, met Wednesday for about eight hours to discuss overhauling the way a champion is determined in college football, and possibly implementing a four-team playoff. It is the fourth such get together this year, and after it was over all agreed the time has come to start making some choices.
The right team is the college football national champion today. But nothing that happened during the course of the season brought us fairly to that conclusion — not in the way college football has crowned its champion over the past 75 years. Alabama didn't play its best game, especially in kicking field goals, and lost at home to LSU on Nov. 5, yet the Crimson Tide was given another shot. Alabama took full advantage with a complete dominance of LSU in the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans.
The Crimson Tide was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football, after winning a rematch with LSU in the BCS championship on Monday night.
Arkansas State Coach Gus Malzahn is as qualified as anybody to break down the national championship game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2Alabama. During three years at Auburn he faced both defenses with varying degrees of success. Malzahn recently joined host Dari Nowkah on ESPNU’s College Football Wraparound to break down Alabama’s defense. This, of course, is exactly the sort of publicity that ASU was hoping for when it hired Malzahn, one of the top offensive coordinators in the country.
So, did the AT&T Cotton Bowl matchup of Arkansas and Kansas State that was announced Sunday night fire up all the Razorback fans throughout the region? Would Hog fans rather have seen Arkansas play host to Clemson in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, say, on Dec. 17, with that winner going on to likely play at Tuscaloosa against No. 2-ranked Alabama? The reality, the Arkansas game vs. Kansas State in Arlington, Texas, is what the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) hath wrought. The second example is from a mock bracket drawn up earlier this week by Josh Peter, one of the authors of "Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against The Bowl Championship Series" and enticingly offered by the book's co-author, Jeff Passan, to a room full of interested fans Monday at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Tyrann Mathieu channeled his best Billy Cannon and No. 1 LSU was on its way to another run-away victory in the biggest game at Tiger Stadium in half a century. Mathieu returned a punt 92 yards for a score and the Tigers punished third-ranked Arkansas with 286 yards rushing, wiping out a 14-point deficit with a 41-17 win Friday that secured a spot in the SEC championship.
Bobby Petrino has never shied away from talk of winning a national championship at Arkansas. The Razorbacks coach believes the Southeastern Conference provides the perfect springboard for winning a title. It's a belief backed by the last five BCS national champions, all of them from the SEC. Petrino, speaking at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, was asked what Arkansas' blueprint is for winning the school's championship since 1964. The coach looked around the room, saw a group of friendly faces and had a little bit of fun. And he did so at the Big Ten's expense — to the roaring approval of the estimated audience of 700.
CNN anchor TJ Holmes is apparently no different than most Arkansas fans. Holmes would like in-state talent to stay home and play for the Razorbacks. Holmes interviewed Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns on CNN Saturday and the two discussed the Tigers’ recent visit to the White House. Burns, who played at Fort Smith Northside, presented President Barack Obama with a framed jersey and Auburn helmet.
Broyles Award winner and Arkansas native Gus Malzahn has been one of the stories in college football this year as Auburn's offensive coordinator. Auburn faces Oregon in the national championship game on Jan. 8. Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder provides readers there a look at Mazlahn, a "southern-fried Chip Kelly".