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SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Alabama-LSU Showdown Highlights Weekend; East Is A Jumble

by Jim Harris 10/31/2012 3:24 pm

Last year, it appeared the whole world was watching (except for the fans focused on Arkansas and South Carolina) when No. 2 Alabama played host to No. 1 LSU in Tuscaloosa in week 10 of the Southeastern Conference season. Neither team managed a touchdown, but LSU managed to escape with a 9-6 overtime victor, only to lose the 1 vs. 2 rematch in the BCS Championship Game 21-0 in January in New Orleans. Though 'Bama is No. 1 and LSU is in the top 5, this Saturday night's matchup in Baton Rouge doesn't seem to be generating the incredible buzz of the last regular-season game — to be sure, even Ali-Frazier III didn't have the same impact worldwide that Ali-Frazier I did 40-something years ago — it's still THE game of the day in college football. So important is it to CBS this time that the network made sure no other SEC game would be played at night. Instead fans have the unusual scheduling of six SEC games kicking off before noon.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Hogs, Ole Miss Eye Bowl Eligibility; Mississippi State Tries To Join Elite

by Jim Harris 10/24/2012 2:06 pm

Divisional leaders clash in the Southeastern Conference's top games this weekend, while Arkansas and Ole Miss both seek to draw closer to bowl eligibility with their brunch-time matchup in Little Rock. Each team's coach said Wednesday during the SEC teleconference that he was trying to get a handle on how the open weekend might affect this week's performance. Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said the time off helped his 3-4 team heal "the bumps and bruises" and that Tuesday's practice was very good. Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze also said his team enjoyed the week to get over injuries but that the first practice back, on Tuesday, was sluggish.

Florida Fans

by Tre Baker 10/22/2012 9:08 am

Don't get drunk, don't smoke and you especially don't want to stand on your seat.

Razorback Basketball Schedule Includes At Least Eight Games With Top 25 Opponents

by Chris Bahn 10/18/2012 9:47 am

Arkansas shouldn’t go untested this basketball season. This year’s Razorback schedule includes at least eight games against teams ranked in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Top 25.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: South Carolina Finishes Murderers' Row At Florida; A&M LSU Tries To Contain Manziel

by Jim Harris 10/17/2012 2:05 pm

Saturday's game in Gainesville, Fla., won't decide the SEC East Division champion, but it will narrow the field to two. South Carolina meets Florida, and both teams have enough schedule left that the winner can't start planning for Atlanta in early December. However, if Florida wins, South Carolina's chances to win the East are nearly done while the Gators will only have to take care of Georgia in the teams' annual "Cocktail Party" in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 to reach the SEC Championship Game. Meanwhile, LSU faces a crucial test in College Station, Texas, on Saturday morning to assure that its Alabama game on Nov. 3 will be meaningful. Don't look now, but the two West teams in maroon — Texas A&M and Mississippi State — could be Alabama's competition for the West crown.

Pass Defense Will Play Key Role In SEC Title Race

by The Associated Press 10/11/2012 1:42 pm

Pass defense quietly has played a major role in who wins the national title. During the Southeastern Conference's run of six consecutive championships, five of those champions ranked among the top two teams in the conference and the top four teams nationwide in pass efficiency defense. The run-first SEC isn't known for throwing the ball all over the field, though that is changing. But SEC quarterbacks are effective when they do throw.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Arkansas, Kentucky Feeling Injury Crunch; Gamecocks Make Big Move

by Jim Harris 10/10/2012 1:32 pm

The hits just keep on coming for Arkansas' defense, and Kentucky's not feeling too well either. On Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference, Arkansas Coach John L. Smith revealed that end Tenarius Wright had chosen to get his shoulder "fixed" now after an MRI on Monday revealed damage requiring surgery. So Wright, who redshirted as a freshman and is a fifth-year senior, is done as a Razorback. Meanwhile, Kentucky is down to a fourth-string freshman quarterback and may be missing three quarters of its starting secondary.

Saturday Roulette: It’s Okay To Be More Interested In Other Games This Week, Razorback Fans

by Doc Harper 10/5/2012 9:30 am

Remember the scene in The Godfather when Michael tells Vito, “We’ll get there, Pop. We’ll get there.” Only they never really get there because [SPOILER ALERT] Vito dies right after that and Michael only sinks deeper into the Mafia culture. Razorback football reminds me of that scene. Unless “getting there” refers to basketball season, in which case, count us in.

As Jeff Long Searches For Razorback Coach, Let's Look At Who His SEC Peers Have Hired

by Chris Bahn 10/3/2012 3:28 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long continues to evaluate his options for a new football coach. All options are on the table for Long, but in talking with him last week it seems his preference is to hire an existing college head coach. Long has not written off hiring a college coordinator or NFL coach/coordinator, but college head coaching experience is the priority. What have the most recent hires in the Southeastern Conference looked like? Below we review the hires made by the Razorbacks’ peers:

SEC Notebook: Struggling Frazier Not Running As Much For Auburn; Alabama, Georgia Top Power Poll

by Jim Harris 10/3/2012 1:00 pm

Moving from a special-situation quarterback in Gus Malzahn's offense as a freshman to the starting quarterback in new Auburn coordinator Scot Loeffler's attack has proven to be a difficult transition for Shiloh Christian product Kiehl Frazier. As a freshman, Frazier backed up Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley, who were given more leeway in the passing game while Frazier was better suited for the zone-read running plays. He played in all 13 Tiger games, including a Chick-fil-A bowl victory over Virginia, and accumulated 343 rushing yards on 76 attempts (4.3 per carry). He lost only 16 yards all season. In 2012, Frazier has just 16 net yards rushing on 31 attempts.

SEC Notebook: A&M Quarterback Manziel 'Jumps Out' At Hog Coach; Little Shuffling In Power Poll

by Jim Harris 9/26/2012 1:57 pm

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference that while Texas A&M looks formidable in the offensive and defensive lines and possess a great punt returner, "what jumps out" in watching A&M game film is quarterback Johnny Manziel. A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said that Manziel only has a portion of the offensive package as they ease the redshirt freshman along.

Pressbox Roundtable: Is Arkansas' Offense To Blame? Will Red Wolves Compete In Sun Belt? Head Coach Possibilities And More With College Football Talk's Ben Kercheval

by Jim Harris 9/25/2012 3:40 pm

It's already week 5 for the Pressbox Roundtable, and this week we welcome Ben Kercheval of NBC College Football Talk as our national guest to the sit-around sports chat of usual suspects: KTHV, Channel 11, sports anchor Mark Edwards, ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper, and KABZ-FM 103.7 The Buzz' Justin Acri. Readers, join the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature. This week, the top subjects are Arkansas' three-game losing streak, the offense's role in the problems, the SEC divisional races, Florida State's return and Arkansas State's Sun Belt opener, and Ben chimes in with his thoughts on the Arkansas coaching search and Jon Gruden's hair.

SEC: Awesome Or Awful?

by David Brandt, The Associated Press 9/21/2012 1:11 pm

The mighty Southeastern Conference has six schools in the Top 25, with Alabama and LSU atop the rankings and the toast of college football once again. An impressive eight SEC teams have managed to break into the Top 25. But while it seems everyone in the SEC is enjoying success, that's not the case. The bottom half of the league has had some downright embarrassing moments.

Saturday Roulette: So You're Telling Arkansas There's A Chance? Vegas Adjusts BCS Odds

by Doc Harper 9/21/2012 9:00 am

Good news, fantasy, and not-so-fantasy gamblers! You can still bet on Arkansas to win the national title this season and you get 500/1 odds! [cue the Dumb and Dumber fans] That’s the very definition of low-risk/high-reward. Lay down $10, and with a historical number of upsets, you could win $5,000. If Arkansas loses a few more games, we might get to that magical 10,000/1 odds line. As the character Kevin from The Office once memorably stated, “When you get 10,000/1 odds on anything, you take it.” (By the way, this is not our advice and we don’t recommend it. Kevin’s character is quite dumb. But it is fun to say.)

SEC Notebook: Razorbacks Bottom Out In Power Poll; 'Fingers Crossed' For Tyler Wilson

by Jim Harris 9/19/2012 1:39 pm

This week in the Notebook, we look at Florida's turnaround under Will Muschamp, as the Gators have a leg up on the rest of the SEC East with two road victories. Also, Coach John L. Smith addressed some of the Razorbacks' struggles and changes this week. We look at some of the top performances from last Saturday and revise the power poll, sending Arkansas plummeting after the embarrassing loss at home to Alabama. (Truthfully, we could probably have a "With Tyler Wilson Poll" and a "Without Tyler Wilson Poll"; the Hogs need the senior quarterback this week against Rutgers, as Smith told the league's media on Wednesday.)

Saturday Roulette: A Razorbacks Loss Still Hurts When Your Fantasy Bets Are Winners

by Doc Harper 9/14/2012 8:58 am

Recovering from ULM 34, Arkansas 31 (OT) just in time for this week's fantasy bets. Look for Alabama to cover the spread, although Doc wouldn't complain if Arkansas proved him wrong.

Jim Harris' SEC Notebook: Spurrier, Saban Wowed By Petrino's Offensive Legacy; Hogs Tumble In Power Poll

by Jim Harris 9/12/2012 1:24 pm

This week in the Notebook, we look at Steve Spurrier's and Nick Saban's admiration for the Bobby Petrino system, the winning performance of Tyler Russell in Mississippi State's big win over Auburn, other top efforts last week, and the ups and downs of the league teams in the Weekly Power Poll. Also, while Arkansas-Alabama is the CBS game of the week, Saturday's marquee game is a more familiar SEC clash that finally has some national importance again.

Pressbox Roundtable: Razorbacks' Flop, Coaching Possibilities, Heisman Hopefuls With USA Today's George Schroeder

by Jim Harris 9/11/2012 1:45 pm

We’re quickly into Week 3 of the Pressbox Roundtable, and this week we welcome home George Schroeder of USA Today as our national guest. Also, ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper sits in again, along with KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz’s Justin Acri. Readers, join with the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature. We’ve got lots to talk about this week, starting with that stunner at War Memorial Stadium.

Pressbox Roundtable: Razorback Coaching Candidates, BCS Title Contenders, Red Wolves With College Football News' Russ Mitchell

by Jim Harris 9/4/2012 3:40 pm

We're back with Week 2 of this season's Pressbox Roundtable, and our national guest this week is Russ Mitchell from College Football News. Also, we welcome back our ace prognosticator (Look out, Vegas) and contributor Doc Harper, as well as Jonesboro radio talk-show host Mickey Ryan, the host of the new "Gus Malzahn Show" seen statewide on Sundays. Join in with your comments too.

20 Moments From The Razorbacks' First 20 SEC Years: Razorbacks Go 0-3 In Title Games

by Chris Bahn 8/21/2012 1:00 pm

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. 9 on our moments you would love to forget: Razorbacks Make Three SEC Title Games, Can’t Win.