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Smiting the Spartans: Preview of Arkansas vs. San Jose State

The Spartans visit the Hogs in Week 4. Can Arkansas pull off a 4-0 start?

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We’re beautifully close to football season, and even though last year was the worst year of all time, there’s actually some reason to be hopeful. For that reason, we’re breaking down each game we’ll play this year, and exploring a little bit about each opponent. Ultimately we’ll make some levels of predictions about our chances, for better or for worse. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ArkansasFight to keep up with all the latest posts, and don’t forget to sign up to be a pollster for our site!

Week 4- September 21, 2019


San Jose State


Nestled high in the Ozark Mountains at the corner of Razorback Road and Maple Street, in the glass and brick façade of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at a time to be determined.

Their Coach:

Brent Brennan will be entering his third year as the Spartan head coach, taking the helm from Leonidas after suffering a blowout loss at Thermopylae that saw him blow a 300 point lead. It’s been, uh, a less than stellar start for Brennan, as the Spartans have gone a combined 3-22 in his tenure. The expectations at San Jose State likely aren’t that high, but perhaps you should consider this record when you think Arkansas has it bad.

Our Record Against Them:

Arkansas has never played San Jose State. However, Arkansas as an entity has played Santa Clara, which is very close to San Jose. Arkansas boasts an 0-2 record against Santa Clara though, so this will serve as a grudge match against the techno-fops of Silicon Valley. These games took place in 1938 and 1951, so you know the University has long been devising a strategy to destroy the Boys from the Bay Area.

Key Players:

Josh Love: The Spartan quarterback is relatively mobile and has been nominated for the Wuerffel Award Watch List, so he’s at least a high character guy, as the winner of that award “best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.” That’s pretty cool.

A Very Short Recap of Their Last Season:

The Spartans went 1-11 with their one win coming against UNLV. That answers the question of who would win in a fight: a rebel or a Spartan.

How We Feel About Our Chances:

This should be another win. There will be major questions if Arkansas drops this game. My hope is for the young guys to get play time, and for no one to get hurt. If Arkansas is able to put away Ole Miss, they could be looking at a 4-0 start, which would be massive as they prepare to re-enter conference play.

Thanks for checking out the first part of our series on Arkansas’ 2019 Football Season, be sure to sign up for our SB Nation poll, and follow @ArkansasFight on Twitter. For other opinions and hopefully more joke-bits, follow @TuckerPartridge.