FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After opening the season with a victory against an overmatched opponent, the Arkansas football team is girding for its first real test of the 2017 season. Texas Christian visits Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday, and Las Vegas oddsmakers have it pegged as a close game.
As close as last year? It will be difficult to live up to that. Arkansas won in overtime that saw a blocked field goal, an accusation of a throat-slash gesture and Austin Allen’s authoritative game-winning touchdown.
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Arkansas and TCU played a classic in Fort Worth last year. Can this game match the drama?
Probably not. But it feels like a more important game for Arkansas in 2017 than it did last year. The Razorbacks are underdogs in their stadium, in their home opener no less. What happens if they start 2-0? What happens if they lose with Texas A&M up next?
In this episode of the “Sound Off” video series, Eric Bolin and Trent Shadid discuss the implication of Arkansas-TCU and how the Razorbacks can make the most of their chances in a game few observers outside the state of Arkansas expect them to win.
Here are some time stamps to help you navigate the video:
- Start – We recap Arkansas’ blowout win of Florida A&M. The Razorbacks didn’t take much out of it, so fans shouldn’t, either.
- 3:30 – The Hogs opened as a one-point favorite against TCU, but that has changed. The Horned Frogs now have the edge. Vegas is usually spot-on about such things.
- 6:00 – How important is this game? If the Hogs lose, things could quickly go from happy to tenuous in the following game against Texas A&M.
- 7:00 – Kamren Curl looks like the starter for the injured Ryan Pulley. That’s a big test for a freshman with one career game.
- 9:00 – Brian Wallace/Ty Clary/Johnny Gibson. The Razorbacks have three candidates for two spots on the right side of the offensive line. How does it shake out?
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