An historic day for the Razorbacks
After waltzing to a couple of easy wins over two of those “beat ’em up” teams the Razorbacks routinely pad the out-of-conference schedule with, Arkansas started off Southeastern Conference play with a bang by beating Georgia on Saturday, 31-24.
That victory may, in fact, be the most significant win for head coach Bobby Petrino thus far. Why? Before Saturday, Arkansas had only beaten once Georgia since joining the SEC in 1992. That’s right — the Hogs beat Georgia 20-10 back in 1993 when Danny Ford was the head coach and lost to the Bulldogs in 1992, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2009. Eight regular season games and one crummy win in there for the Razorbacks.
Furthermore, Arkansas has historically been awful on the road, making the team’s victory over Georgia in an away game all the more significant. Here’s another thing — Arkansas is ranked in the top 10, thanks to the victory over Georgia — high rankings are a bit rare in these parts, too.
Hopefully the Razorbacks will handle an incredibly good Alabama team that comes to Arkansas on Saturday. We’ll just have to wait and see there, won’t we?
Meanwhile, the Razorback’s former head coach, Houston Nutt, is screwing things up at Ole Miss. Yes, a lot of us Razorbacks fans love it because we’ve seen the Nutt method before — his first two seasons here were great (1998 and 1999) and things started to go wrong after that.
He had two great seasons at Ole Miss and his third has been shaky so far. The Rebels started off the season by losing 48-49 in triple overtime to Jacksonville State. That one was particularly fun as Jacksonville State is coached by Jack Crowe, a man who was fired as Arkansas’ head coach in 1992 after bungling the season opener against The Citadel.
On Saturday, Nutt displayed his odd difficulty of beating Vanderbilt when his team folded 14-28 against the Commodores. Perhaps Ole Miss will have an easier time against Fresno State on Saturday, but Razorbacks fans who were frustrated by Nutt for years know one thing — you just never know what to expect from the man.
Ole Miss comes to Arkansas on Oct. 23 and you’d better believe we’ve circled that date here in the Natural State. Arkansas has dropped the past two games against Ole Miss and are hoping that trend starts to reverse in October.
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