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Its that time of year again.

Most of us Razorback fans want to wake up from last years nightmare.

Its been a long off season thats for sure.

Tomorrows game against the Ragin cajuns will be close and could come down to the wire.

I hope we smash them up front and impose a physical type of football that we havent seen in a few years. Maybe we blow them out, but I dont think thats going to be the case.

As for Ole Miss, they played a helluva game in the 4th qrtr last night.

They've got some glaring issues in the secondary. Vandebilt's Qb isnt very talenteed and threw for 300 yards, so pass defense is their achiles heel. Not much different than us. But, I think its a winnable game for Ark on the road.

Rutgers gave up playstation like passing numbers to Fresno St. last night. Another winnable game

As for Mizzou,

I dont know what to expect from them. They fell apart last year and didnt have an excuse.

If Pinkel goes 4-8 again, he's FIRED!

What if MIZZOU hires Petrino as his replacement?

That would be a rivalry game for both schools. Lord knows we need something like that to happen to get excited about it. Could you imagine? Petrino finally gets his boy DGB after all?

Thats like an out of the box microwave dinner instant rivalry game.

It's unlikey but anythings possible.

Either way, football season is finally here.


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I don't see 4-8 in our future as we've never been that bad under Pinkel even in his first year, and the possibility of winning fewer games than last year's 5-7 given the schedule is almost (but not quite) unthinkable. Nor do I see us going for Petrino even if Pinkel is gone. I guess you never know but that would be a shocker. I'm not even talking about the other stuff........purely as a football coach I'd take Pinkel over that guy any day of the week. Even after the rough season the numbers would back up that statement I think. Plus there is one thing that would be a mistake to overlook. Pinkel is tremendously loyal having turned down a number of really good jobs. Wouldn't trade that for someone who is always looking for the next big thing.

I think Pinkel is mainly getting the "hot seat" talk because all of the other coaches in the SEC are pretty much either first year guys or virtually unfireable legends (Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, etc.) The sports networks would fill a lot less air time if they just said that all of the coaches in that league were pretty secure. Pinkel may be the closest thing to the hot seat so everyone has run with that narrative.

Now he probably won't be back if Missouri totally stinks it up and goes 2-10. Nor do I think he should be. But I'm pretty confident if we are just okay and make a bowl game that he'll be back. Not sure how I'd feel about that if we were coming off a 6 win season, but the guy has built up a lot of equity. He used some of that last year, but it's not like he has to have this team competing for the east title to stay on. I think just getting bowl eligible would do it and I'm pretty confident of that (though you never know.)

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If the Hawgs can't beat the Ragin Cajuns at home, we're in for a long year (again).

La Lafayette is no pushover but I think the Hogs get it done. We all know John L Smith tried but Bielema by himself should be good for at least a one win improvement and perhaps more. Rutgers looks pretty vulnerable too if ya'll can develop a good offense. Obviously I don't know as much about the Hogs, but that seems like the biggest game of the year. Because that would give them some credibility going into the SEC and 4-0 out of conference for you probably leads to a bowl........just like Mizzou. For both teams it's all about taking care of business and not avoiding an embarrassing upset to stifle any momentum. Neither Arkansas (Louisiana Monroe) or Missouri (Syracuse) was able to do last year and that's why both missed bowls.

I am hoping by the time the Arkansas-MU rivalry gets started next season we'll be talking about two teams coming off winning seasons and have it be a nationally relevant game. It has that potential.

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Season Date Winner Loser Bowl Game Site MVP 1998 January 4, 1999 1 Tennessee

(SEC) Champs 23 2 Florida State

(ACC) Co-Champs 16 1999 Fiesta Bowl Sun Devil Stadium

Tempe, Arizona Peerless Price

Dwayne Goodrich 1999 January 4, 2000 1 Florida State

(ACC) Champs 46 2 Virginia Tech

(Big East) Champs 29 2000 Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana Peter Warrick 2000 January 3, 2001 1 Oklahoma

(Big 12) Champs 13 2 Florida State

(ACC) Champs 2 2001 Orange Bowl Pro Player Stadium

Miami, Florida Torrance Marshall 2001 January 3, 2002 1 Miami (FL)

(Big East) Champs 37 2 Nebraska

(Big 12) Div. Co-Champs 14 2002 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California Ken Dorsey

Andre Johnson 2002 January 3, 2003 2 Ohio State

(Big Ten) Co-Champs 31[1] 1 Miami (FL)

(Big East) Champs 24 2003 Fiesta Bowl Sun Devil Stadium

Tempe, Arizona Craig Krenzel

Mike Doss 2003 January 4, 2004 2 LSU

(SEC) Champs 21 1 Oklahoma

(Big 12) Runner-up 14 2004 Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana Justin Vincent 2004 January 4, 2005 1 USC (Vacated)[2]

(Pac-10) Champs 55 2 Oklahoma

(Big 12) Champs 19 2005 Orange Bowl Pro Player Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida Matt Leinart 2005 January 4, 2006 2 Texas

(Big 12) Champs 41 1 USC[3]

(Pac-10) Champs 38 2006 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Stadium

Pasadena, California Vince Young (offense)

Michael Huff (defense) 2006 January 8, 2007 2 Florida

(SEC) Champs 41 1 Ohio State

(Big Ten) Champs 14 2007 BCS National Championship Game University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona Chris Leak (offense)

Derrick Harvey (defense) 2007 January 7, 2008 2 LSU

(SEC) Champs 38 1 Ohio State

(Big Ten) Champs 24 2008 BCS National Championship Game Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana Matt Flynn (offense)

Ricky Jean-Francois (defense) 2008 January 8, 2009 2 Florida

(SEC) Champs 24 1 Oklahoma

(Big 12) Champs 14 2009 BCS National Championship Game Dolphin Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida Tim Tebow (offense)

Carlos Dunlap (defense) 2009 January 7, 2010 1 Alabama

(SEC) Champs 37 2 Texas

(Big 12) Champs 21 2010 BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California Mark Ingram (offense)

Marcell Dareus (defense) 2010 January 10, 2011 1 Auburn

(SEC) Champs 22 2 Oregon

(Pac-10) Champs 19 2011 BCS National Championship Game University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona Michael Dyer (offense)

Nick Fairley (defense) 2011 January 9, 2012 2 Alabama

(SEC) 21 1 LSU

(SEC) Champs 0 2012 BCS National Championship Game Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana AJ McCarron (offense)

Courtney Upshaw (defense) 2012 January 7, 2013 2 Alabama

(SEC) Champs 42 1 Notre Dame

Independent 14 2013 BCS National Championship Game Sun Life Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida Eddie Lacy (offense)

C.J. Mosley (defense) 2013 January 6, 2014 An (SEC TEAM) and the poor School that has to face them. 2014 BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl

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Really, Mizzou did have "excuses" last year, since they had a hurt quarterback and decimated o-line. Better qb play would have won them three more games even with the makeshift line. Obviously, their biggest problem was depth. Probably still is. But if everybody stays healthy they should do better than last year. Indiana is the only team on the no-conf schedule that should be in doubt. In conf. Play,they could go anywhere from 1-7 to 4-4. My prediction is 7-5 overall.

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I know I am pretty delusional or so I have been told by some here, but I thought Mizzou did pretty good last year for the first 3 quarters of every or most every game. I think Al was right on talking about depth. I think that is what killed us at the last 15 to 20, 25 minutes of the game. We just got wore down. We couldn't hang on in the end. If we could have rotated players, I think the tigers might have something to contend with.

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Really, Mizzou did have "excuses" last year, since they had a hurt quarterback and decimated o-line. Better qb play would have won them three more games even with the makeshift line. Obviously, their biggest problem was depth. Probably still is. But if everybody stays healthy they should do better than last year. Indiana is the only team on the no-conf schedule that should be in doubt. In conf. Play,they could go anywhere from 1-7 to 4-4. My prediction is 7-5 overall.

I hope you're right.

We need both teams to be competitive this year.

This rivalry game starts next season, even if its make believe.

What's hilarious, if the Ark/Mizzou game was in Little Rock at the worlds largest high school stadium,

I was raised attending games at War Memorial and have lots of memories there, but

We need to move on, its outdated and run down.

The central Arkansas fan base needs to realize that we've invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Fayetteville and all the games need to be played on campus. We might only get 1 conference game in Fay next season due in part to the A&M game moving back to Dallas.

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