After Missouri Linebacker Eric Beisel made headlines for his comments about Arkansas, the predictable next step was to see how the Razorback players would react. Arkansas players and coaches were careful not to respond with bulletin board material of their own, but made it very clear that they heard what Beisel had to say, and they took note of it. Give Beisel some credit though, the comments did successfully add a little bit more intrigue to a game that few people outside of Arkansas and Missouri would pay attention to.
For a Missouri-centric preview, look no further than this one from the Kansas City Star. After a second straight disappointing season, this game is it for the Tigers and their seniors. They also have highlighted the matchup between the Arkansas running game and Beisel and the Mizzou linebackers as the thing to watch.
Arkansas fans know how quickly things can change in Fayetteville, the same can now be said of Missouri fans as well. The last time Arkansas made the trip north to Columbia, Missouri clinched an SEC East crown and were on their way to the SEC Championship game. Since that time the Tigers have gone just 2-13 in conference play and the athletic department has taken multiple hits during that time.
Now that we have hit Thanksgiving, we can now go from having absolutely no clue what the bowl picture looks like to changing it to “clear as mud.” We know Arkansas has pushed themselves above the Birmingham Bowl and Independence Bowl, and into the “Pool of 6” games. Right now Stewart Mandel has Arkansas heading to Jacksonville to play North Carolina.
We also have a much clearer picture of what All-SEC selections could be. Saturday Down South has projections for the first team, which includes Rawleigh Williams III and Dan Skipper. Jalen Hurts is the pick at quarterback but it will be interesting to see where Austin Allen ends up.