It’s no secret that the SEC is physical, so playing for eight straight weeks with half of those coming against some of the conference’s best will take its toll on the body. Several players are nursing injuries this bye week, and is the big talk among local media right now. There is a long list of players here that are going through recovery, and more info here about how Austin Allen’s knee is recovering. All reports on that front sound like good news and, not surprisingly, Allen says he will be good to go against Florida next weekend.
With the Hogs out of action this Saturday, you can sit back and relax while watching some other big SEC matchups. ESPN has their weekly look at what to watch for in Week 9. Florida/Georgia is the marquee matchup but it will also be interesting to see if Auburn can continue to ride that mountain of momentum they have against Ole Miss and if Kentucky can stay in second place of the SEC East. (Yes that’s a real thing, look it up.)
If you absolutely must have some Razorback sports in your life this weekend, then head over to Bud Walton Arena for the basketball team’s first exhibition game. Sure it’s against a DII team and won’t be very competitive, but with how many new faces are on the team it would be good to take a look at how the team is meshing together and who will be the new impact players.
In a quick bit of ProHogs news, A.J. Derby has a new home, getting traded to the Denver Broncos for a draft pick. Derby had been with the Patriots since graduating but hadn’t gotten much playing time, and hasn’t recorded a catch yet.
The Razorbacks also released their baseball schedule today. Arkansas gets SEC Series at Baum Stadium with Mississippi State, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt so it is a very stacked home slate. They also get non conference games against several good teams like Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Kansas State all at neutral sites.