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Arkansas didn’t receive a single AP poll vote
If Kentucky is a better football team than Arkansas this season, those folks — those crazy, fringe-y folks in the corners of the Internet we, in reality, don’t acknowledge — who believe coach Bret Bielema should be fired, they’re going to suddenly sound a lot less crazy.
Per the preseason Associated Press poll, however, the Wildcats are more highly thought of than the Razorbacks.
That’s right. The AP voters think Kentucky football is better than Arkansas football right now.
This is why no one trusts the media, y’all.
Six SEC teams made the top 25. The six you’d expect: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The Vols checked in at No. 25. Then comes a big drop-off. Kentucky scored the next highest point total among teams in the SEC, garnering 4. Texas A&M followed immediately after with 3. Based off the hierarchy, Kentucky would be ranked 42nd and the Aggies 43rd. For what that’s worth (note: not much).
Arkansas was nowhere to be seen. That is not a total surprise, but it does have to sting a bit to see powerhouse football school Kentucky (ahem) and the team coached by perpetual occupier of the hot seat Kevin Sumlin collecting votes while the Razorbacks are not.
Not that it’s even wrong, per se. But it is a bit surprising.
Apparently those end-of-season losses to Virginia Tech and Missouri stuck in the craw of the voters, too, and not just fans. Those losses have zero to do with why I think Arkansas is an outside-the-top-40 team, but it definitely appears to be why lots of others think the Razorbacks fall outside.
Montaric Brown gives Hogs another 4-star recruit in the secondary
The Ashdown (Ark.) High product isn’t going to play this season. No question about it. But arguably the second-best defensive recruit the Razorbacks landed in the Class of 2017 is now, at least, on campus.
Bielema said Monday during the Little Rock Touchdown Club get-together that Brown arrived in Fayetteville this weekend and was set to practice ASAP. The safety is the second 4-star recruit the Razorbacks landed in their most recent class. Cornerback Chevin Calloway, the other, has impressed the coaching staff so much, he is the No. 4 corner just months after being in the system.
Brown is the last possible scholarship player to be on the team. His arrival gives the Hogs 85 players, the NCAA limit.
More importantly, his arrival ensures Arkansas landed the top in-state recruit yet again and shores up some depth at a position that has not been kind to the Razorbacks in recent years. Expect Brown, if he lives up to his billing, to be playing a bit in 2018.
Yep, it is, in fact, the best hoops schedule in the Mike Anderson era
The press release isn’t stretching the truth on this one.
Arkansas’ nonconference basketball schedule was officially released Monday. And, boy, is it a doozy.
Coach Mike Anderson’s bunch will play nine teams who had 20 or more wins last seasons. Seven teams on the schedule had an RPI inside the top 100. Four of the opponents made the NCAA Tournament. Another four made the NIT.
Throw in the massively improved SEC during the most important part of the year and you can’t say Arkansas will not have been tested by season’s end. Here’s a quick peek at the nonconference opponents:
- Samford (20-16 last season)
- Bucknell (26-9, made NCAAs)
- Fresno State (20-13, qualified for NIT)
- Oklahoma (11-20)
- North Carolina* (33-7, national champions)
- Portland* (11-22)
- Houston (21-11, made NIT)
- Colorado State (24-12, NIT)
- Minnesota (24-10, NCAAs)
- Troy (22-15, NCAAs)
- Oral Roberts (8-22)
- Cal-State Bakersfield (25-10, made NIT semifinals)
- Oklahoma State (20-13, qualified for NCAAs)
The asterisk denotes an “or” game for Arkansas. The Razorbacks head to Oregon to play in the Phil Knight Invitational. They play Oklahoma in the first game and will get either the winner or loser of UNC/Portland in the following game.
- Kerry Owens, a defensive end on Arkansas’ 1988 Southwest Conference championship team, died Saturday. Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has the details.
- Captains on a football team mean more for personal leadership roles than any action they take on the field. Doesn’t mean they’re not important though, as the AP’s Ralph Russo wrote. Bielema’s tactics for picking his captains are mentioned inside the story.
- Bielema is a salesman, that’s for sure. He was it at Monday in Little Rock, trying to bring out the masses for Arkansas’ season opener against Florida A&M, wrote freelance writer Nate Olson. The game is Aug. 31, by the way, at War Memorial Stadium. Given the opponent, the location and the date (the 31st is a Thursday), the crowd may be a bit small.
- The broadcast team for Arkansas-FAMU was revealed by ESPN on Monday. Dave Hart is on play by play, while Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic provide former player perspectives.
Tweets and the like
How does this make you feel as a fan? Are you OK with it? I feel like I’d want to know someone was the guy. But this approach makes a bit of sense. And, honestly, it isn’t surprising. It seems like Ty Storey has kept the backup QB job for now, but they’re waiting on Cole Kelley to take it from him. Still.
That could just me, though.
Nothing too compelling from Bielema but he says backup QB battle will be week to week and No. 2 May be determined by best matchup that week
— Nate Olson (@ndosports) August 21, 2017
Make your plans now, folks.
FYI the next solar eclipse in North America is on April 8, 2024 and will pass through Arkansas. https://t.co/s3LiqiML3b
— J Craig (@jcraigopro) August 21, 2017
Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas
Look, I’m not here to get into a debate about guns. They’re legal to carry. That’s all that matters, regardless of how I feel about them or how you do.
If they’re legal to carry, then they’re legal to use in a defensive manner. And this lady was not about to have some young would-be thief take her purse without a fight.
Show ’em the steel!
— AR Democrat-Gazette (@ArkansasOnline) August 21, 2017
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