Saturday, September 13, 2008

No lipstick on these pigs ...

My favorite college football team, the Arkansas Razorbacks (what did you think I was going to talk about?) is getting the weekend off because of Hurricane Ike, but it's just postponing the inevitable.

Arkansas was supposed to lose to Texas today. The game at Austin was moved to Sept. 27 because they didn't want anybody to get killed when Ike roared through. Very good move.

The Hogs are 2-0, but they had to pull both victories -- against Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe, no less -- out of their asses with late fourth-quarter comebacks.

Now I'm all for new coach Bobby Petrino (we're not going to get into his nasty exit from the NFL's Atlanta Falcons) and am willing to give him some time installing his program. But the schedule after Alabama next week and then Texas is a killer: Florida, at Auburn, at Kentucky, home against Ole Miss and former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. Nutt did a fine job in Fayetteville, but it was time for a change. Should be an interesting homecoming.

Arkansas closes with its traditional day-after-Thanksgiving game against LSU.

Ideally, I think the best this team can do is 7-5 and a fringe bowl game; 9-3 could happen, 5-7 is more likely.

Boy would I love to be proved wrong.

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