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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

South Carolina Preview Episode Up and Running

The latest edition of Razorpod is up for your listening pleasure one day earlier than normal. Follow the link.

CFN Takes the Hogs

The boys over at like the Hogs 28-20 over South Carolina. Their analysis is much the same as one Mr. Johnny Fayetteville's expert analysis on the latest episode of Razorpod.

Smart guys they've got over there at CFN.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Do You Know This Man?

If so, please call your local Weight Watchers facility immediately. PW Spite Sleeper picks: 0-1.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hogs Win! Hogs Win! Oh my God, Hogs Win!

The Hogs manhandled the Florida International Golden Panthers in Fayetteville yesterday by a final score of 58-10. Depending on which article you read in the Dem Gaz, the Hogs either played down to their opponent (per Wally Hall), or pretty much dominated, scoring 10 times in 14 possessions (per Tom Murphy). I have yet to watch the film, but I'm going to take Murphy's point of view. I at least think he probably watched and comprehended the game. Or it could have been that Wally wrote that column after media days and pulled it out and printed it and took a day off.

South Carolina suffered a tough loss last night in a great game against the Tennessee Volunteers. That sets up an ESPN matchup between a 5-3 Razorback squad and a 6-3 Gamecock team at 7:00 next Saturday. The game will be on either ESPN or the Deuce, and the network will announce which on Monday.

Great day of college football yesterday. Mississippi State pulled off the big upset against Kentucky. Georgia and Florida played a great one, with Georgia getting the win. Oregon got a late interception to seal the victory over USC. Tennessee followed General Neyland's maxims late night and won the kicking game in overtime to beat South Carolina. Lots of good games, lots of big plays, especially in the SEC.

This is Just the Damndest Thing I've Ever Seen

Down 24-22 to Trinity University with :02 left and on their own 39 yard line, Millsaps College runs a play that involves something like 14 laterals and takes, honestly, over a minute to complete. However, Millsaps scores with no time remaining to win the game. You've got to watch it to believe it.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Saturday's Schedule, The Cocktail Party, & Razorpod Crew's Picks

As October comes to a close, there is finally some semblance of a national title picture. It appears that Ohio State, Boston College, and LSU will be fighting for the two spots in the BCS Championship Game. Oklahoma, Arizona State, Kansas, Oregon, West Virginia, USC, and South Florida still have a shot, but they'll all need some help. This Saturday offers up some good games, and provides some interesting tests for many in the top ten. Also, the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party continues in Jacksonville, FL, when Georgia and Florida renew acquaintances. Technically, it's no longer supposed to be call the WLOCP, but I won't tell if you won't. Let's look at tomorrow's games by start time. Just like Saturday the Studio will be be open early and closed early.

The early games to watch (11:00 a.m. to noon kicks):

West Virginia at Rutgers (ABC/GP), Colorado at Texas Tech (ABC/GP), Michigan State at Iowa (ESPN2), Ball State at Illinois (BTN), Northwestern at Purdue (BTN), Indiana at Wisconsin (BTN), North Carolina at Wake Forest (GP), Pittsburgh at Louisville (GP), Mississippi State at Kentucky (LFS)

The afternoon games (1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. kicks):

USC at Oregon (FSN), Arizona at Washington (FSN Regional), Georgia vs. Florida (CBS), Nebraska at Texas (ABC/GP), South Florida at UConn (ABC/GP), Clemson at Maryland (ABC/GP), Minnesota at Michigan (ESPN Classic), Virginia at N.C. State (ESPNU),

The evening games: (5:00 p.m. and later kicks):

Ole Miss at Auburn (GP), UCLA at Washington State (FSN), Kansas at Texas A&M (ESPN2), South Carolina at Tennessee (ESPN), Ohio State at Penn State (ABC), Duke at Florida State (ESPNU), Cal at Arizona State (FSN)

Don't forget that ESPN will be broadcasting the Breeders' Cup races throughout the afternoon.

The crew selected last night's game between BC & Va. Tech on Wednesday's show, so Patrick Williams and Jimmy G already have a correct pick this week.

PW (20-29) - Oregon, Florida, Penn State, Arkansas, TAMU

JF (25-24) - Oregon, Florida, Penn State, Arkansas, Indiana

TL (32-17) - USC, Florida, Ohio State, Arkansas, North Carolina

JG (27-22) - USC, Georgia, Ohio State, Arkansas, Cal

Thursday, October 25, 2007

White Out Controversy

The Phoenix Coyotes aren't letting go of the rope on the "White Out" controversy between the NHL franchise and Penn State University. The following article from the Arizona Republic discusses the hot topic and informs readers that Phoenix has trademarked the phrase "White Out" and has kept the trademark up to date. Much silliness will surely ensue.

New Episode is Posted

The new episode of Razorpod is posted here.  The crew discusses the Ole Miss blowout win and Patrick Williams revels in his prediction of an Arkansas landslide.  Jimmy G brings him back to earth by reminding him of his overall record.  High Comedy.  Game 1 of the World Series plays in the background, and Logan analyzes whether Penn State or the Phoenix Coyotes have a better claim to the "White Out."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Shocking news leaking into the Razorback Nation this afternoon. The experts over at have predicted a Razorback victory over the Florida International Golden Panthers! Details are sketchy at this point, but this post will be updated as more information is received. Please stay tuned.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cracking the TV Coverage Code

We tried to hack through this stuff on e-mail a few weeks ago, but I think it's a little clearer now. Saw this afternoon that LFS has picked up the Vandy-Florida game for the weekend of November 3rd. I have now officially seen more Vanderbilt football than I ever thought possible. Here is a link to the LFS website.

There are only two other SEC games that weekend, with the Alabama Crimson Tide playing host to the LSU Tigers. Per their website, CBS has "tentatively" picked up that game, but you have to think it's a no-brainer, given that both teams are currently 4-1 in the conference, the Nick Saban "you can't go home again" factor, and that the winner may very well go to Atlanta. Here is a link to CBS' website. It is also interesting to note that game is a 4:00 kickoff and I think ESPN has an option on the Oregon State-USC game that day. So unless we find ourselves on the Deuce, the South Carolina game may not be televised at all. That doesn't sound right.

It is also interesting to note that the following week, CBS has also "tentatively" picked the oldest rivalry in the south, Auburn-Georgia, but have also listed Arkansas-Tennessee as a possibility. I don't see it. That game screams LFS, given that South Carolina-Florida is also that day and we haven't been on LFS yet this year.

UPDATE: Per the SEC website, everyone passed on the Arkansas-South Carolina game. Therefore, the Hogs will go a MONTH without playing on TV by the time the Tennessee game rolls around. SOMEONE will pick up that game, right?

Hogs Handle Ole Miss

The Hogs got their first conference win over Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday by a final score of 44-8. Although Ole Miss did not show nearly the improvement they had in close losses to Florida and Alabama at home, Arkansas showed the sort of effort and gameplan we had expected to see most of the year: A good defense that was opportunistic and a passing game that didn't didn't necessarily rack up a lot of yards, but was efficient and effective, especially early in the game when Casey Dick threw for two early touchdowns. That got the Hogs a solid lead and opened even more running lanes.

In a sense, this game reminded me of the Auburn game last year, although against a much lesser opponent. Dick started out 7-7 for about 70 or so yards and 2 scores early in the game, which got us out to a nice lead and kept the Rebel defense from crowding the line too badly.

Although there's not a lot to take from this game, other than it was a good effort on the road by a team that could have really come out flat, it only adds to the "what might have been" nature of our season. After a pillow fight next weekend with Florida International, the South Carolina Gamecocks come to town. We'll see then if our defensive shuffling and Dick's efficiency are harbingers of improvement or a one hit wonder.

Friday, October 19, 2007


You see the Razorpod Crew's predictions posted below. What are the predictions of the wacky Pod posters? The winner gets an autographed Johnny Fayetteville Swimsuit Calendar.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Real Men of Genius

I know everyone has seen this already, but it's pretty funny. The commercials have always cracked me up, and this is just as good. Houston, this Bud's for you.

CFN Says . . .

Hogs over Ole Miss. 34-24.

I'll believe it when I see it.

National Picks

The Razorpod Crew's picks for the Third Saturday in October:

PW (17-25 overall) - Tennessee, Florida, Texas Tech, Auburn, Arkansas, Kansas State
JF (21-21) - Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Arkansas, Miami
TL (28-14) - Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, LSU, Ole Miss, Rutgers
JG (25-17) - Tennessee, Florida, Texas Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss, Michigan State

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pel, Yes!

Thank God basketball season is upon us. Houston Nutt's tumultuous tenure may be coming to an end, and the '07 football team is on the verge of going from preseason SEC and National Title contender to Independence Bowl bound or worse. However, John Pelphrey and the hoop Hogs are returning everybody from last year's NCAA Tournament team. Luke Winn of rates Arkansas No. 14 in his preseason power poll, and the Hogs are the 2nd highest rated SEC team behind only No. 3 Tennessee.

Stewart Mandel

His thoughts on the dead man walking (his words, not mine).

Yes, Elisha, it is the famed Third Saturday in October

The Third Saturday in October. That simple phrase has only one meaning in the Deep South - Alabama is playing Tennessee. Unfortunately, if you live outside the South, you will only hear about this game, because it will not be on national television. Fortunately, the Razorpod Crew will be able to see this game, and keep their eye on several other intriguing games this weekend - no, I'm not talking about the Hogs vs. Ole Miss. The national games that the Crew will be predicting includes the aforementioned Tennessee/Alabama game as well as Florida at Kentucky, Texas Tech at Missouri, and Auburn at LSU. The Studio will be tracking all of these games throughout the afternoon, but will have to close early due to a primetime fiesta. Studio Patrick Williams will be the setting for the following:

Auburn at LSU. 8 p.m. kickoff. Death Valley. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

How has the college football landscape changed in the past couple of years (or past six weeks)? Miami at Florida State and USC at Notre Dame are on tap for this Saturday, and those two games aren't even close to mattering in the national title chase. However, if you're a college football diehard, those games still stir the emotions and may even wake up a few echoes.

Don't forget about the Thursday night game. #2 South Florida travels to last year's national darling, Rutgers, to see if the Bulls can keep their national title hopes. PU Alum Chris Fowler will endure the Pony and Doug Flutie for three plus hours as the rest of us root on the Scarlet Knights to finish off USF.

Other games to keep an eye on this weekend: Penn State at Indiana, Vanderbilt at South Carolina, Cal at UCLA, Michigan State at Ohio State, Mississippi State at West Virginia, Kansas at Colorado, Oregon at Washington, and Michigan at Illinois.

Where has the creativity gone?

Asks the Morning News. Even the most ardent Nutt supporters have to realize that Malzahn made the offense better last year. He's not the only guy who could have done it I'm sure, but it was the heighth of arrogance for Nutt to fire the OC who led him to his best ever in conference record. "We're 7-1 in conference - let's shake things up! Malzahn, you're out, Lee you're in. Campbell, you're out. Vaughn, you're in." The man's love affair with himself has been his undoing.

Where do we go from here?

It's no secret that the Razorbacks are in real trouble. Standing 0-3 in the SEC in a year when many, including Sunshine Rick Schaeffer, Frank Broyles and HD Nutt himself thought a national championship was a legitimate possibility. And when many of these comments were made, in the aftermath of back-to-back losing seasons, Razorback fans everywhere wanted to believe it. When Nutt landed America's best high school quarterback and a trio of impressive receivers to complement superstars McFadden and Jones, Razorback fans really started believing it.

I remember listening to a post game report last season and hearing Schaeffer comment (and I'm paraphrasing), "2007 is the year for the Razorbacks. With all of this talent returning and a favorble schedule, a national championship is a possibility." Because national championships are hard to win at any school (and it's what makes winning one so damn impressive), I took Rick's comments with a grain of salt. But I did believe that 2007 would be an SEC championship type season, not matter how tough the rest of the competition in the conference was.

But things happened and the wheels came off. No more Mustain, Williams, Malzahn, passing game, efficient offense, etc., etc., etc. David Lee and that band of offensive bozos have not only ruined any hopes for an SEC Championships (something that has mysteriously eluded Nutt since he's been at Arkansas), but's obliterated McFadden's Heisman hopes. As they say, Atta Boy!

In almost as much time as Nutt has been at Arkansas, South Florida's had a football program. Today, they stand #2 in the BCS, and they control their own destiny. If the Bulls win out, they'll play for a national title. I raise this point because Arkansas fans bitch and moan about everything. It's South Florida! In a little over a decade, they've built a program into a national power. How? Coaching, that's how.

An e-mail chain went around last night about Nutt and what should happen. Knowing full well that the next two seasons will be losing ones for the Razorbacks (sorry fans, but the schedule is brutal and the Hogs talent level, thanks to Nutt's inept recruiting, is abysmal), why continue on this path? It will be 2010 before the Hogs will even sniff a bowl game, and probably an additional season or two before we can even talk about a BCS birth. At what point should we say, "this simply isn't working, we need to try something else."

After all, Nebraska's headed in that direction. Shouldn't the Hogs follow their lead?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ESPN Bowl Projections

Ivan Maisel doesn't have the Hogs in one. Mark Schlabach has us in the Independence v. A&M.

Houston listed third by Pat Forde as Coaches in Trouble

No surprise

Scott Faldon

Good read.

Brutal Truth

Since the blog needs to be updated, here we go. The Hogs lost to the Auburn Tigers 9-7 Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It was a hard fought, defensive, old-school SEC game. The Hogs took a 7-6 lead on Casey Dick's touchdown pass to Lucas Miller with 1:26 left in the game. A kickoff out of bounds and subsequent penalty, followed by a good return, put the ball at Auburn's 48 yard line. The rest of the game was a mere formality, as the gassed Hog defense could not keep the Tigers out of field goal range. Auburn's 20 yard field goal with :21 remaining gave the Razorbacks their third SEC loss of the season. The Hogs' chances at repeating as Western Division champions, believe it or not, was still alive after LSU's loss earlier in the day to Kentucky. No longer after the heartbreaking loss. Also gone are Darren McFadden's Heisman chances after being held to 43 yards on 17 carries.

It's time to tell it like it is, sports fans. Is the program where it needs to be after 10 years with Houston Nutt as head coach? Can we honestly say that this season has been anything other than a huge disappointment? Top 15 preseason in many polls. The Heisman front runner. No offense to Nolan for stealing his line, but can't we honestly say that a blind man can see what our offensive weaknesses are? Our passing game is flat killing us against good defenses. We still can't get defenses more than 10 feet off the line of scrimmage, because they are not scared of our passing game at all. We have held leads in the final :8 against Bama, the final :21 against Auburn, and the final 4:00 against Kentucky, yet we have found a way to lose. We are under .500 in SEC play at home since the expansion of Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Is this where we expected to be?

We aren't going to make a change midseason. Not this season. Not ever again after Jack Crowe and The Citadel. And we shouldn't. And I'm not sure if the axe will fall on Nutt this year. Most coaching changes occur the first week of December. Broyles won't do it, and I feel fairly certain Jeff Long will not do it when he takes over January 1, 2008. By that time, most coaching changes will have been made, all dominoes fallen, and the Hogs being the odd man out. For all he has had to endure, and I feel that much of it has been out of line, mean-spirited, bad for the program and recruiting, and simply wrong, I think he still wants to be the head coach at Arkansas and will not resign. Maybe I'm wrong. But it's time to take a good, hard look at where we are. This season is not over, but it is teetering on the brink of a precipice we have not seen in 10 years.

Friday, October 12, 2007


On the sidelines during the Tennesse Chattanooga Game after being ordered out of the Coaches Box during the Kentucky game.
Feel free to caption the photograph in response.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pick the Tigers.

Another Midseason Report

This from the Shreveport Times quoting several sports writers from across the country. McFadden still getting plenty of pub for best player, despite playing on a stuggling team.

"I think the best player in the country is probably (Darren) McFadden. He's done what was expected and he's doing it with a mediocre team and poor coaching," Schroeder said.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

SEC MidSeason Report

From Ron Higgins on Arkansas wins the most disappointing team award. Felix wins most valuable player. And the SEC is projected to have 10 bowl teams.

Ft. Smith Commentary

This article from the Southwest Times Record underscores how important the Auburn game is to Houston Nutt.

Razorbacks ranked 34th

In Stewart Mandel's power rankings.

Hogs finish 9-3

At least according to one pundit. Another has the Vols running the table.

Darren Still No. 1

He needs a win Saturday almost as much as Houston.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

SEC Coach's Salaries

Houston's fairly low on the list, but only LSU pays their coordinators more. The good news, Shibest is dead last on the list.

Arkansas Sports 360 Stat Analysis

Interesting read.

"Through five games, Casey Dick and Nathan Emert have completed 46% of their third down passes for about 4-1/4 yards per throw."

One intersting note, other than the North Texas game, our average yards per carry have gone down every week. That suggests that our passing game is worrying less and less people.

No TV for Ole Miss

Per Nate Allen's report

"No TV at Ole Miss

All TV options have passed on the Arkansas-Ole Miss game Oct. 20 at Oxford. So the game will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Rebels' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Off on Monday, Arkansas resumes drills in full pads today prepping against Auburn."

Actually a Decent Wally Article.

Talks about football strategy and stuff. Somebody must be ghostwriting for him.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Good Column by Rob Keys

Comparing Nutt and Tubby.

Nutt: It's the players' fault

A couple of quotes from yesterday's press conference pretty much shows where Nutt believes the blame lies:

"The one thing that stood out is, boy, just the lack of execution," Nutt said.

Nutt said he had an idea that Saturday might not go so smoothly after watching his players stumble through a practice earlier in the week. That lack of concentration followed the Razorbacks (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) to Little Rock.

"(The players) thought they could just roll that Razorback helmet out there in front of a great crowd and do exactly what they did against North Texas," Nutt said. "It just doesn't work that way."

It continues to amaze me that he doesn't ever, ever, publicly take blame for a bad performance. Even if he didn't believe it, you'd think that he'd do it from time to time. Although at this point, no one's opinion of him would be changed anyway so it might not be worth bothering.

Auburn Notebook

From Some good information about injuries. Groves practiced some Monday.

Arkansas 34 UTC 15

It was ugly, but every win is "precious."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Saturday Ramblings

Some random thoughts on this Saturday's big slate of college football:

1. Finally, there are some entertaining early kickoffs. The 2007 season has provided few exciting 11:00 a.m. games outside of App. State's win over Michigan in the Big House. That change's tomorrow. No. 5 Wisconsin visits Ron Zook and his 4-1 Fighting Illini in what should be a good indicator of where both teams stand nationally and in the Big Ten race. Wisconsin is viewed as a paper tiger what with less than convincing wins against less than convincing opposition, while most people on the sane side of the lunatic asylum just can't wrap their head around Ron Zook actually improving a program's fortunes. I'll take Wisconsin and their vast experience in playing 11:00 a.m. games over the Illini. Other intriguing early starts - Kansas visits K-State (give me K-State over the Manginas), Auburn hosting Vandy while on super letdown alert (I'll take Auburn on a late FG), Ga. Tech visits Maryland (Ga. Tech over the suddenly resurgent Terps), and Miami visits their former head coach Butch Davis and UNC (Miami in a defensive slopfest)

2. The lack of hype for the OU-Texas game is appalling. Sure, these teams are coming off losses, but this is the Red River Rivalry. What tops the antiquated Cotton Bowl, the final weekend of the Texas State Fair, and 75,000 OU and Texas fans cramming themselves equally into the stadium for a blood feud? I'll tell you what - nada. Just thinking about the teams heading thru the tunnel and down the ramp onto the field gives me goosebumps. Boomer Sooner this year as the two game Texas win streak in this game comes to an end. Can the cry for Mack Brown's job be far behind?

3. SEC Saturday looms with the aforementioned Vandy/Auburn game along with UGA visiting Tennessee and Florida heading to Baton Rouge to play LSU in a primetime CBS game. If you're so inclined, you can watch SEC football for ten straight hours, leave the rest of country outside, and not miss anything important (other than OU/Texas, of course). Begin your SEC day at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 11:30 a.m. on LFS, then head pretty much due north to Neyland Stadium for the 2:30 p.m. kick on CBS between Georgia and Tennessee (just be sure to bring your own copy of Neyland's Seven Maxims - Press the Kicking Game for Godssakes!), and finally, wind your way southeast to Death Valley and Baton Rouge for Florida/LSU at 7:00 p.m. Jimmy G likes Tennessee and Florida to survive this weekend.

4. Not to be forgotton is the late night showdown between Big XII North foes Nebraska and Missouri. Show up drunk, fat, and late to this 8:15 p.m. kick on ESPN after you've watched Florida pull off the win over No. 1 LSU and enjoy the offensive fireworks. Mizzou's offense will overwhelm the Huskers below average defense, and Born Red will be left to plan his late December trip to Shreveport for the Independence Bowl.

5. Enjoy your Saturday of college football whether be at a friendly stadium or a comfortable couch. Please drink irresponsibly and let somebody else drive you home.

Jimmy G

Thursday, October 04, 2007

New Episode of Razorpod Is Posted

The new episode of Razorpod is is posted here.  The crew discusses North Texas (66-7 win) and the upcoming game at WMS against the Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs (not to be confused with the Mocks).  Also, the crew teabags OU for the loss to CU and goes around the horn with the rest of the upsets from the past weekend.  JimmyG takes major props for his Auburn pick and 5-1 week.  Logan still leads after the first month of the season, and Patrick Williams is mired in last. 
Here's hoping our midterm grades will really boost our average.

Razorpod Game Predictions - Week 5

The crew's picks for this week's Arkansas game, the national games, and the sleeper game with guest analyst, Big Red's picks included:

PW - Ky, OU, UGa, LSU, UA, Va. Tech

JF - Ky, OU, UGa, LSU, UA, OK State

TL - SC, OU, Tenn., LSU, UA, Wisconsin

JG - SC, OU, Tenn., Fla., UA, Wazzu

Buford - Ky, OU, UGa, LSU, UA, Nebraska
Big Red - SC, OU, Tenn., LSU, UA, ND

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Looking less and less likely that we'll see him this year.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Finebaum on Tuberville

In today's paper, Paul Finebaum talks about Tuberville and his possibilities after this year. Arkansas is mentioned, but A&M may be the front runner for Tuberville's services.

Tough Week

Not much action on the blog since the weekend. It's hard to have back to back games against terrible non conference opponents. Not much to talk about after pasting North Texas. And what can you say about this weekend's game? Chattanooga is not only a 1-AA team, they're a bad one, standing at 1-3 on they year. So far, Chattanooga's results are:

Carson Newman 29 Chattanooga 17
Jacksonville State 33 Chattanooga 19
Chattanooga 45 Georgia Southern 38
The Citadel 41 Chattanooga 16

Looking forward to Auburn week.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Hogs and Tigers going Primetime

ESPN has picked up the Razorbacks' game with Auburn, and the kickoff is now at 6:45 p.m.

Arkansas 66 North Texas 7

Again, not news at this point, but the blog needed to be updated. The game doesn't tell us much, but it was a thorough drubbing. It was good to see the defense keep a team under 20. That's probably the biggest positive from the game.