In anticipation of tomorrow's battle against Florida, we consulted Rasputin, our staff soothsayer, to get his forecast for the game. A Russian immigrant who claims to be hundreds of years old and who sleeps every night in a chamber of pure oxygen, Rasputin has been a rabid Razorbacks football fan since the program's debut in 1894.
Needless to say, it's been a tough week for our trusty soothsayer. After ingesting a Black Sea-sized amount of high-octane vodka after the Florida loss, Rasputin spent much of the week in the attic of our headquarters, watching "Doctor Zhivago" and wallowing in a hollow-eyed depression. Slowly though, with the help of repeated listenings to the Beatles' remastered "Help" and "Revolver" CDs, he stepped back from the abyss. In fact, he arrived at this week's prediction by listening over and over to "Tomorrow Never Knows," which, with its instructions to "turn off your mind, relax and float downstream," sets the perfect mood for prognosticating. Here's Rasputin himself ...
"Oh mighty hangover, how honorable of thee to flee. One can only hope that the Hogs' hangover shall disspiate as well.
Visions are cloudy, often difficult to discern, but seem to say that the pig-emblazoned warriors will arrive focused squarely on the moment at hand, with thoughts of heartbreak in Gainesville banished from mind and spirit.
Chief warrior Nutt will be focused on task at hand, and his army shall bring much energy and passion for the task at hand.
Chief warrior Nutt will spend much time chewing his nails, as will Hog fans. In the end, though, I see those who shower affection on the Hogs celebrating and those who shower affection on the Rebs wailing ...
The mighty warriors of Arkansas 28, the mighty warriors of Mississippi 24."
Well, that's enough from Rasputin. Let's hear from you, both in the poll and in the comments thread.