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The Pittman Effect: Hogs Back In National Spotlight

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NCAA Football: Mississippi at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Long overdue is the best explanation for the Arkansas football program’s absence from the college football spotlight in recent years. Razorback fans have longed for excitement for a decade, and the moment has finally arrived. Coach Pittman’s Razorbacks enter their bye weekend with the crown of Mississippi after decisive victories against Mississippi State and Ole Miss to begin the season. The eyes of college football are now locked on Fayetteville as the Sam Pittman bandwagon continues to gain momentum.

​On Monday, Kirk Herbstreit released his weekly review of college football’s top performers. For the second time this season, the Razorbacks were ranked in his top teams of the week with the likes of Alabama and Texas A&M. Additionally, Sam Pittman, Barry Odom, and Grant Morgan assumed their positions as top coaches/players in Herbstreit’s rank.

​On Tuesday, Pittman joined SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to discuss the Hog’s early success and his desire to stay in Fayetteville for the long haul.

“This statement is probably going to cost me a little bit of money one of these days, but this is it for me,” said Pittman. “I’m not interested in any other program…Arkansas is truly the greatest program in America to me.”

​With the blink of an eye, the spotlight is back on the Razorbacks. Expectations for this team were low outside of the Natural State entering the 2020 season. However, fans from all conferences are now alert to the quick progress taking place on the hill.

The Hogs will take a breather this weekend to prepare for their next matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies. The bye week occurs at an opportune time for the banged-up Razorbacks, but many fans will miss seeing the Hogs take the field this weekend.

SEC Network Anchor Peter Burns took to Twitter to describe how we are all feeling:

Ryan McGee also got in on the Razorback fun with his virtual visit to Fayetteville!

The Hogs will travel to College Station, Texas, next weekend to battle the Aggies at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network.