Saturday, November 28, 2009

Battle for the Boot

WHEN 6 p.m. Central today
WHERE Tiger Stadium (92,400), Baton Rouge
RECORDS Arkansas 7-4, 3-4; LSU 8-3, 4-3
COACHES Bobby Petrino (12-11 in second year at Arkansas, 53-20 in sixth year overall); Les Miles (50-14 in fifth year at LSU; 78-35 in ninth year overall)
SERIES LSU leads 33-19-2 overall, including 8-2-1 in Baton Rouge.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network, beginning at 3 p.m., including KABZ-FM, 103.7, in Little Rock; and KQSM-FM, 92.1, KEZA-FM, 107.9, KUOA-AM, 1290 and KUOA-FM, 105.3, in Fayetteville. XM Channel 141 (Arkansas) and 199 (LSU); Sirius Radio 121 (Arkansas) and 214 (LSU)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Video of Mississippi State Game

A Game of Inches

LSU to Unveil New Uniforms Against Arkansas

On Saturday, the LSU Tigers are scheduled to break out new Nike Pro Combat uniforms against the hogs. The theme for the week is “cochon de lait,” commonly known as a pig roast.

Let's hope they play like Washington too.

2010 Razorback Schedule

Arkansas Officially announced the 2010 Football schedule. I think it looks very favorable compared to this year.

Sept. 4 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 11 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 18 at Georgia
Sept. 25 Alabama
Oct. 9 vs. Texas A&M
Oct. 16 at Auburn
Oct. 23 Ole Miss
Oct. 30 Vanderbilt
Nov. 6 at South Carolina
Nov. 13 UTEP
Nov. 20 at Mississippi State
Nov. 27 LSU

Hawgs Whoop Dawgs

On Saturday, the Razorbacks put a whooping on Mississippi State in Little Rock in front of a packed house at War Memorial Stadium. Once again, Ryan Mallett put up some great numbers by throwing five touchdown passes for the second time this season. Mallett threw for 313 yards on 34 attempts. In the process he became the first Razorback QB to throw for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns in a single season, and he has two more games left. The final score was 42-21.

Besides Mallett, Cobi Hamilton was the other brightest star on offense this week. Hamilton, who was Mallett's high school teammate at Texarkana High, had 3 catches for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. His touchdown catches cam on plays of 58 and 64 yards. One was a fly pattern pass that was right on the money and the other was a screen/slant that he took the distance after finding a seam in the defense.

Unfortunately, the Razorbacks struggled to move the ball on the ground as Mississippi State was prepared and determined to stop the run first. It also hurt having starting tailback out for the remainder of the season (hamstring). The Razorbacks only gained 83 yards on 27 carries with Dennis Johnson leading the way with 50 yards.

On defense, the star was defensive end Jake Bequette. Bequette a Little Rock native from Catholic High showed his comfort for playing in War Memorial. He accounted for 5 takles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Linebackers Jerry Franklin and Wendel Davis both led the team with double digit tackles.

Next week the hogs will close out their regular season against LSU in Death Valley in Baton Rouge. The game will be played at 6pm central, Saturday, on CBS. A win will likely send Arkansas back to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, which is to be played at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. A loss will likely send Arkansas to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl. With LSU losing to Ole Miss over the weekend in a very odd finish, look for Arkansas to be the aggressor in this game. Petrino and the Razorback players want to play in the BIG house, which should provide a significant boost to recruiting efforts in Texas. It should be a great game to watch.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Record Setting Saturday

Saturday night was a night of record breaking in Fayetteville as the Razorbacks beat the Troy Trojans in dominating fashion 56-20. Ryan Mallett broke Arkansas' single-season passing record throwing for 405 yards, bringing his season total to 2,882. Mallett surpassed Clint Stoerner's mark of 2,629 before halftime. Mallett threw five TDs to five different receivers.

This was Arkansas's third straight win bringing their record to 6-4 and making them bowl eligible. Arkansas's final two regular season games are Mississippi State in Little Rock next weekend and at LSU the Saturday after Thanksgiving. If the hogs can win both of those, it is likely that the hogs will head back to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, which is being played at the Cowboys new stadium where Arkansas demolished Texas A&M earlier this year.

The hogs played without Defensive Coordinator Willie Robinson, who was hospitalized Friday afternoon after falling ill. He was treated and released on Saturday.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gameday - Troy

WHEN 6:30 a.m. Central today
WHERE Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000), Fayetteville
RECORDS Troy 7-2; Arkansas 5-4
RANKINGS Neither team is ranked
BETTING LINE Arkansas by 13 1 /2
COACHES Larry Blakeney (151-75-1 in 19th year at Troy and overall); Bobby Petrino (10-11 in second year at Arkansas, 51-20 in sixth year overall)
SERIES Arkansas leads 2-0
TELEVISION CSS, Cox Sports Television
RADIO Razorbacks Sports Network, beginning at 3:30 p.m., including KABZ-FM, 103.7, in Little Rock; and KQSM-FM, 92.1, KEZA-FM, 107.9, KUOA-AM, 1290, and KUOA-FM, 105.3, in Fayetteville, Sirius Radio 219, XM 244

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just Do It, Razorback Style

University of Arkansas Announcement:

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The University of Arkansas department of intercollegiate athletics and NIKE Inc. have agreed to terms on a five-year all sports agreement that will provide Razorback Athletics with footwear and apparel for all 19 sports.

Nike will become the exclusive provider for Razorbacks Athletics beginning on July 1, 2010. Arkansas’ current apparel agreement expires on June 30, 2010.

"We are excited about our new partnership with Nike," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Nike is the most coveted brand in collegiate athletics and has a tremendous reach in the United States and worldwide. We are proud that Nike has selected the University of Arkansas to be included in the limited number of schools whose agreement encompasses all sports. Our more than 460 student-athletes in 19 sports will be provided a wide range of apparel and other products to train and compete in the Southeastern Conference and nationally. We are appreciative of the commitment Nike has made to Razorback Athletics."

NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Since 1999, Nike has owned the top spot in the Collegiate Licensing Company’s (CLC) collegiate apparel royalties rankings.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Razorback vs. South Carolina Highlights

Arkansas Going Bowling?

The Razorbacks inched closer to becoming bowl eligible over the weekend after flattening South Carolina in Fayetteville. Arkansas defeated Spurrier's Gamecocks 33-16 in dominating fashion with big play making from several hog players.

With the win hog fans are speculating what bowl the Razorbacks will make. While not bowl eligible yet, the next two games are favorable with Troy in Fayetteville and Mississippi State in Little Rock. The final game of the year is against LSU in Baton Rouge the Saturday night after Thanksgiving. With three wins in a row, the Razorbacks would finish the season 8-4 and a likely birth in the Cotton Bowl, which will be played at Jerry World.

None of the games are guarantees though, so the players have to keep laying it all out on the field to get there. After missing a bowl game in Petrino's first year, fans, players, and coaches are itching to get back into that tradition.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Football Facility Upgrades Coming Soon

The University of Arkansas is soliciting designs for upgrades for athletic department facilities, including an improved football operations building. The University is hoping to spend between $10 - 20 million on the football facilities. The primary focus on the football facilities will be in the north endzone (Broyles Complex) where they are looking for a new locker room, athletic training space, players' lounge, meeting rooms, and coaches offices.

These improvements are needed for Arkansas to compete with top tier schools nationally when recruiting.