It has been quite some time since we've seen an Arkansas football game with so much emotion and excitement. It really was a spectacle Saturday as I, along with what feels like the rest of the press box, stood on the sideline with the Razorbacks' season in limbo on more than one occasion in overtime. I couldn't help but constantly think the Hogs shouldn't even have had to go to the extra periods if only a couple of things had gone differently. While I'm in no way downplaying the win, Arkansas really made the win over Auburn more difficult than it had to be, and it was nearly – potentially – catastrophic to its season.
You really have to wonder how Arkansas will respond from last weekend's big win over Auburn as UT-Martin rolls into Fayetteville for homecoming on Halloween. The Razorbacks have some guys banged up, too. Brandon Allen walked into the mosh pit of reporters following the win with a noticeable limp, and Alex Collins certainly wasn't the same after fumbling toward the end of regulation. Plus, UT-Martin has lost just one game since its 76-3 loss to Ole Miss on opening weekend. They're not going to be a pushover.
Arkansas basketball season is just around the corner, people! Not only is Saturday – and the weekend as a whole – important for Razorbacks football, Malik Monk and Daryl Macon will be taking their official visits to Fayetteville this weekend. The Red-White game will be held Sunday in Bud Walton Arena. So, with hoops season getting cranked up, here's a neat feature ESPN's Myron Medcalf did on Nolan Richardson at the beginning of October. It's a bit old, but still a really good read.
Not only will Monk and Macon be in town on officials, but two big targets for Bielema and the football program will be in attendance for homecoming as well. D'Vaughn Pennamon and Manvel teammate Jordan Carmouche are scheduled to be in Fayetteville for UT-Martin. Pennamon is a running back the Razorbacks would like to have, but he's currently pledged to #TheNetwork. Carmouche, a linebacker, would be a very nice addition to Arkansas' second level.
Tweet of the Week
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arkansas will now stand on Auburn's forehead for 37 minutes</p>— Earl (@JasonKirkSBN) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonKirkSBN/status/657966598796480512">October 24, 2015</a></blockquote>
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It didn't work out this way – tweeted right before Allen's INT at the Auburn 4 – but at the time, you couldn't have described the game any better than this.