Arkansas Razorbacks Internet Chatter: September 23, 2013 - Bowl Chances, Brandon Allen, A&M Spread

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

News, notes and interesting stuff from around the internet.

The loss to Rutgers on Saturday hurt. It really hurt. Up 24-7, defense is playing well, Arkansas has executed TWO trick plays, then before you know it it's 28-24 and Rutgers is victorious. So what does this mean for Arkansas' bowl hopes? Team Speed Kills took a shot at answering that question. A nice picture of Chris Gragg, who had nothing to do with the game, is included free with the article.

Other than "what the hell happened Saturday?", Brandon Allen's status remains the primary question for Arkansas. AJ Derby didn't play awful in the loss to Rutgers, but didn't wow either. Allen's status remains questionable for this weekend with #10 Texas A&M, Bret Bielema said. He also stated Allen was nowhere near being able to throw on Saturday. Great.

One bit of good news from the Rutgers game, Alan D'Appollonio was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. D'Appollonio is the Hogs' long-snapper, and the fake punt trick play Arkansas ran in the first quarter resulted in his 24-yard reception. This is the fifth time a Razorback has been an SEC Player of the Week this season, most in the SEC.

With a top-10 team coming into Fayetteville this Saturday, especially being the explosive A&M offense, I was curious as to what the point spread would be for Arkansas. Arkansas being a 10-14 point underdog early on would be understandable, but there is confusion. Check out what's listed for the A&M game. Someone has some faith in Arkansas (maybe?), but we can't find a Vegas book that's taking bets on that line. Other game spreads are available if you're into betting on the kids.

I like to read the gossip after Arkansas games. Hogville is often where I come to realize I'm one of the few sane ones out there. Rutgers message boards provided some humor/frustration for me this week. Just read the topic headline. The "Birthplace of College Football" had some fans bail early on Saturday apparently.

It's the time of the week when Athlon comes out with its weekly SEC power rankings. I'll be honest, I'm a little offended at where Arkansas is. Tennessee better than Arkansas? Laughable. But despite eeking past a pesky North Texas team, Georgia is ahead of an LSU team that controlled Auburn for 3.5 quarters. I don't agree, but it is what it is.

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