Another Big Game in Arlington: A Preview of Arkansas vs. Texas A&M

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This Saturday, fans of the SEC will be treated to two great football rivalries. The games will hopefully help to answer the question of SEC and college football fans in general, “can any team challenge Alabama and their recent dominance?”

Starting at 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN the 17th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks will travel to “Jerry’s World (AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys), to face the 10th ranked Aggies of Texas A&M. A rivalry that dates back to 1903, when each team was in the old Southwest Conference, it ended in 1992 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC. In 2009 it was renewed and played exclusively at neutral sites, dubbed as the Southwest Classic, and once again became a conference rivalry when the Aggies left the Big Twelve for the SEC in 2012. Arkansas leads the all-time rivalry 41-28, but the Aggies have one every game since joining the SEC.

The Razorbacks hope to end the Aggies recent dominance. Two weeks ago, they used incredible effort to end the game and force overtime against the recently solid Horned Frogs of Texas Christian, before winning in double overtime against the then undefeated and 15th ranked Horned Frogs (Arkansas was not ranked at that time). It was a large improvement over their sloppy week one victory against Louisiana Tech, who they only defeated by one point, winning 21-20. Last week they crushed their opponent 42-3, although that team was Texas State. Now against their biggest and most hated historical rival, the Razorbacks hope to use the same grit to start another “Woooo! Pig Sooie!” chant in the heart of Texas.

The Aggies are looking to once again show that they currently own football in the state of Texas, and the Razorbacks. They bring a lot of talent once again and are heavy favorites to soundly defeat the Razorbacks, as they’ve been one of the best offensive teams in college football the past few seasons. However they have not really been tested since their huge week one win against then 16th ranked UCLA (the Aggies won at home 31-24, breaking up a pass in the end zone on the final play of the game), who was supposed to be one of the top teams in what is becoming a very weak PAC 12. In week two, they cruised to victory over FCS team Prairie View A&M 67-0, and last Saturday defeated Auburn 29-16 in their first conference game of the season.

Things could get a little wild in this one night, if the Razorbacks and Aggies first few games are any indication of what’s to come. The teams are pretty evenly matched on paper, so we should see hard hitting, amazing offense, and hopefully a great ending to what could potentially be one of the best games of the season, which is pretty common for games in Arlington. Or the Aggies might once again go hog hunting.
 
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