For the first half of the season, Austin Allen had been a positive revelation for the Hogs, making the move at quarterback from his older brother a smooth transition. The past few games have been tougher times for Allen though, and Offensive Coordinator Dan Enos diagnosed some of the issues that Allen is going through right now. Not surprisingly, the amount of hits that he is taking is starting to wear on his performance. A man can only stand there and take so many hits before it starts to have a cumulative effect.
Traveling to Starkville makes for one of the more evenly matched games the Hogs appear to have this season, read up on the keys to victory, all 10 of them! The top two have been the biggest keys for Arkansas all season. First keep Austin Allen upright and make sure Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald doesn’t burn you on the ground.
ESPN put together a very nice story on former Razorback Travis Swanson who has had a nice season for the Detroit Lions. This season Swanson has been writing the initials of former Hog Garrett Uekman who died in 2011 and his father-in-law who passed earlier this year. Swanson and Uekman were very good friends while on the Razorback football team and the two sets of initials are constant reminders of those two who had a huge impact on his life.
If you’re into conference banter, Jon Solomon makes the case that the Big 10 has finally surpassed the SEC as the top conference in the land. I’m sure plenty of opinions can be made for both conferences. The SEC clearly isn’t as dominant as it was, the East Division certainly isn’t, that much is apparent with each College Football Playoff Rankings that come out. Despite that from top to bottom there are a lot of good teams and good football players in the conference.
Not being able to get the best in state players has been one of the biggest difficulties facing the Razorback basketball program. The class of 2017 will not have that issue. Now that the early signing period has passed the Hogs now officially have 3 of the top players in the state not just committed but signed to be Hogs next season. It is a quality class too, there is a long ways to go in signing players, but the Hogs currently have the 20th ranked class according to 247 Sports.