Tagged: southeastern conference

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.

Jim Harris: Arkansas-Kentucky Usually Guarantees An Odd Outcome

by Jim Harris 10/10/2012 2:33 pm

Of Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference rivals, Kentucky would seem the least likely, next to Vanderbilt, to have an edge over the Razorbacks in the all-time series. The Hogs and Wildcats have met just six times, though, and Kentucky holds a 4-2 edge. The trend for this series is, nothing seems to go as expected, and that’s probably what we should count on Saturday in Fayetteville, even if Kentucky is down to its fourth quarterback and has three injured regulars in the secondary.

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.

The "Oh And" Teams

by Tre Baker 10/9/2012 8:44 am

Five SEC teams remain winless in the conference. There but for the grace of God...

Jim Harris: Razorbacks' Sack Attack, Takeaways Hold Auburn Tigers Down

by Jim Harris 10/6/2012 4:03 pm

Arkansas more than doubled its season total in sacks and takeaways in one Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., and ended four weeks of frustration. The Razorbacks, in rolling to a 24-7 win over Auburn, the first for the Hogs in Southeastern Conference play this season, sacked Tigers quarterbacks eight times for 80 yards in losses, continually derailing promising Auburn drives.

By The Numbers: A Statistical Comparison Of Arkansas And Auburn

by 10/4/2012 10:00 am

A statistical comparison of Arkansas and Auburn. Arkansas (1-4, 0-2) faces Auburn (1-3, 0-2) at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with broadcast on the SEC Network.

Jim Harris: Petrino's Recruiting Shortcomings Coincide With State Talent Falling Off

by Jim Harris 10/4/2012 8:00 am

While many Arkansas fans would like to believe that Bobby Petrino could wave a wand and coach anyone with two legs to victories galore in the Southeastern Conference, let’s also agree that the talent in Arkansas in 2007-08 was fortuitous for a pass-happy coach. That’s how you go 21-5 over two years while conceding the defensive side.

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.

Pressbox Roundtable: Talking Hogs' Lack Of Scoring And Butch Davis With Michael Felder Of In The Bleachers/Bleacher Report

by Jim Harris 10/2/2012 1:45 pm

This week on the Pressbox Roundtable we welcome Michael Felder of In The Bleachers (inthebleachers.net 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's Justin Acri. ArkansasSports360.com editor Chris Bahn is on board again, and columnist Jim Harris moderates. This week, we discuss Arkansas' offensive failures, the Auburn-Arkansas matchup, the speculation surfacing about Butch Davis as possible Hogs coach and Geno Smith's Heisman-like performance for West Virginia.

Live Game Blog: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Sept. 29

by Jim Harris 9/29/2012 10:53 am

We're at a wet Kyle Field, drenched from a major rainfall earlier this morning, though as the kickoff approaches for the Arkansas-Texas A&M game, it appears we're getting a little respite from the heavy stuff and only misting. Arkansas has won the past three games with the Aggies after the programs renewed an old Southwest Conference rivalry in 2009 as the Southwest Classic in Jerry Jones' Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With the former Big 12 Aggies joining the SEC this year, A&M opted to shift the series to home fields for the next two years — they'll be back in Arlington for a long run starting in 2014. They'll probably wish they were under a roof today. More rain is expected throughout the day. We're supposed to have thunderstorms in south-central Texas tonight. we'll be providing some insight and all the particulars to today's game in our usual live game blog format. Join in with your comments in the comment section, or email me at jharris@abpg.com.

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.

Jim Harris: Once Razorbacks' Smith Realizes Where He Is, He Explains Team’s Plight

by Jim Harris 9/24/2012 5:00 pm

As much as John L. Smith went on Monday about how much he liked Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson, in a pre-luncheon press conference and during his address to the Little Rock Touchdown Club, we find ourselves feeling that way about the Razorback head coach these days. It’s easy to like him as a person. Feel free to scratch your head about the way he coaches or what comes out of his mouth.

Live Game Blog: Arkansas vs. Rutgers, Sept. 22

by Jim Harris 9/22/2012 5:20 pm

It all starts anew this evening at Reynolds Razorback Stadium against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights of the Big East Conference and the Razorbacks forget a 1-2 start and focus on the remaining nine games. Rutgers is more than happy with the way its season has started: 3-0 and fresh off a road win at South Florida on national TV, 23-13. Arkansas welcomes starting quarterback and team spokesman Tyler Wilson back after a week on the sidelines because of a concussion suffered against ULM. Join in with the live blog. Feel free to comment in the comment section, or send me an email @jharris@abpg.com and get in on the discussion. Let us know how the coverage is on ESPNU. If you're reading the blog post-game, note that entries are in reverse chronological order and start at the bottom. Let's get started:

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.

Harris: This Razorback Season Already Mirrors 1990 UA Disaster

by Jim Harris 9/19/2012 2:33 pm

After two consecutive Cotton Bowl trips, Arkansas wasn’t forecast to be a Top 10 team in 1990, but the Razorbacks weren’t supposed to tumble quite so embarrassingly the way they did when Jack Crowe was suddenly tapped at the last moment to replace the successful and departing Ken Hatfield. What we saw, however, was a sudden fall from grace after six years of winning under Hatfield that is mirrored by much of what is happening at Arkansas these days in the post-Bobby Petrino departure. Let's be clear, Hatfield and Petrino are as different as night and day, but both were completely in charge of their programs, and the players knew it.

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.)

Pressbox Roundtable: Talking Tyler Wilson's Words, 'Bama's Strength, Razorbacks' Plight And Future With ESPN's Edward Aschoff

by Jim Harris 9/18/2012 5:00 pm

What a week it was. We've moved into Week 4 of the Pressbox Roundtable, and for this roundtable we welcome Edward Aschoff of ESPN.com as our national guest. Edward got to see Alabama’s 52-0 blowout of Arkansas in person this past weekend. Aschoff also appears weekly in “The Zone” on KABZ-FM, 103.7, every Thursday with Justin Acri, who's back with the panel this week. We also welcome KTHV, Channel 11, sports anchor Mark Edwards to the table. You can catch Mark interviewing the ArkansasSports360.com team throughout the week this season. Also back is ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper. Readers, join with the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature. There are tons of topics to hit, so let’s get started:

Jim's Notebook: Kingsley Commitment Brightens Bad Day For Hogs; Cowboy Talk At Touchdown Club

by Jim Harris 9/17/2012 2:44 pm

For this old-timer it doesn't seem that long ago, in Arkansas' early years in the Southeastern Conference, that the football Hogs would be regularly trounced by the big boys while the fan base would be anxiously looking forward to basketball season and the upcoming hoops signing day. Those days may be back. In the middle of Arkansas being routed 52-0 by Alabama on Saturday, the one glimmer of hope came from Mike Anderson's basketball program when Moses Kingsley announced his commitment to the hoop Hogs.

2-Minute Drill: ULM 34, Arkansas 31 (OT)

by Chris Bahn 9/9/2012 12:45 am

Why Arkansas Lost: Take your pick of places to point the finger of blame. Defensive breakdowns. Poor play calling. Injuries to key players, including quarterback Tyler Wilson. Ultimately it boiled down to the No. 8 Razorbacks not being able to stop the Warhawks, who outgained Arkansas 550-377. Arkansas blew a 28-7 lead in suffering arguably the worst loss in program history. ULM converted six of seven fourth downs, including on the game-winning, 16-yard run by quarterback Kolton Browning in overtime.