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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.

Jim Harris: Arkansas-Ole Miss Matters More Than Anyone Would Have Thought In August

by Jim Harris 10/26/2012 12:30 pm

This season's key point for Arkansas has become Saturday's game in Little Rock with surprising, 4-3 Ole Miss. Arkansas, expected in the preseason to be a factor in the national championship picture, can get back to .500 (4-4) with a victory at War Memorial Stadium. Ole Miss can make its bowl hopes a lot more realistic with a win. Surely no one saw this Oct. 27 game as being meaningful when preseason practices began. The shape in which first-year coach Hugh Freeze found the Rebels had most observers wondering if they could handle Football Championship Subdivision opponent Central Arkansas in the opener. Houston Nutt's tenure ended with the Rebels on a 14-game SEC losing streak, and expectations for Ole Miss when the media, coaches and players convened at media days in July in Hoover, Ala., were that the skid would continue well into 2012.

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.

South Carolina

by Tre Baker 10/18/2012 8:37 am

Gamecocks may have to do without leading running back against No. 3 Florida.

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.

Doc Harper: Arkansas Beating Kentucky Wasn’t A Surprise, Dominating Was A Shock

by Doc Harper 10/15/2012 9:00 am

These last two Arkansas games were definitely an improvement over the games in September. Even though Auburn and Kentucky are not good teams, those victories shouldn’t be discounted because of the level of opposition. It’s clear the Razorbacks are better than they were and fans have reason to be optimistic as the season goes on.

Saturday Roulette: Texas State Fair Edition; Can Razorbacks Extend Streak To … Two?

by Doc Harper 10/12/2012 9:30 am

Good news! It’s Red River Rivaly Shootout week, which, as mentioned last year, is my favorite non-SEC game of the year. I love the look of the red and orange side by side, two storied programs clashing, and the spectacle of the Texas State Fair surrounding the Cotton Bowl. The fair is known far and wide for its record of innovation and progress in the fried food arts. Like last year, Saturday Roulette will honor that hard work by wagering some of the new fried food debuting at the fair this year in lieu of betting our usual fantasy dollars. We had another good week last week, going 5-3. The season total is 26-21. We’re rolling! Here are this week’s winners:

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.

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.

Bahn: Coming Up With Positives In This Razorback Season Possible, But Takes Time

by Chris Bahn 10/2/2012 2:51 pm

Rarely in the five-plus months John L. Smith has been on the job at Arkansas have we found the coach speechless. Smith is almost never at a loss for words. Which has been part of the problem up to this point, right? He’s just been too darn comfortable in front of a microphone for a lot of the fan’s tastes. So the silence that preceded Smith’s answer to the final question at his Monday press conference was noteworthy.

Saturday Roulette: How Much Can Texas A&M Score On A Dumpster Fire ... Er ... Arkansas?

by Doc Harper 9/28/2012 8:30 am

Did you know the term “dumpster fire” can become a cliché? It’s true. If you’ve seen almost any article written about the Razorbacks over the last few weeks, there’s a 100 percent chance you’ve seen the term as a description of the Arkansas football program. It’s to the point that some writers have begun to apologize to “burned out dumpsters.” After all, it’s not like other things can’t catch fire and would also be accurate metaphors for the Razorbacks. How’s about a junkyard fire? Or a port-o-potty fire? However, when the dumpster fire is shown in graphic, photoshop form, it is quite hilarious. Fortunately, there are other programs we can focus on, and bet our fantasy dollars on.

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.

Doc Harper: The Arkansas Razorbacks Won’t Actually Go 1-11, Will They?

by Doc Harper 9/24/2012 9:00 am

A little more than two weeks ago, it wasn’t hard to find someone who thought Arkansas would finish 11-1. Even among the biggest cynics in the country, it was hard to find anybody that expected Arkansas to be worse than 3-1 at this point. Now the Razorbacks are being left out of SEC bowl projections and are facing the challenge of finding a second victory while spending the next two weeks on the road.

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.)

South Carolina

by Tre Baker 9/18/2012 8:51 am

SEC taking names in suspending players for late hits this season.