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Posts Tagged ‘Sugar Bowl’

Annnnnnnnnnd We’re Back

Posted by Brett Kincaid on January 3, 2011

Did you miss us?

Welcome to 2011, folks.  We all hope you had a great holiday break and are ready to attack the new year.  The Hogs hope to attack 2011 with a vengeance by completing the Big Ten sweep by SEC teams this bowl season.  With about 36 hours to go before kickoff, the entire state is buzzing.

If you believe all those OSU players suspended for the first 5 games in the 2011 regular season – but playing tomorrow night – plan on coming back, there is a good chance you bought a bunch of subprime mortgage backed securities in 2007.  That’s a nerdy way of saying you are dumb.

Chris Low does not expect the Hogs to shy away from the big stage, and neither should you.

 

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Sugar Bowl, Razorback Nation, Happy to be Together.

Posted by Adam Butler on December 7, 2010

Kevin Spain of the New Orleans Times Picayune (which, for my money if the coolest-named newspaper in America) writes that unlike the last few SEC participants in the Sugar Bowl, Arkansas’ players, coaches and fans, seemed absolutely giddy to be headed to NOLA (I know I am–at least as much as I can ever be considered “giddy”).

I found it interesting that Florida failed to sell out it’s full allotment of tickets last year for Tim Tebow’s last collegiate game. By “found it interesting” I mean I shared a mean-spirited laugh with my inner hater when I read that.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year……

Posted by Adam Butler on December 7, 2010

Will B. will sign with your school in 15 years for 180,000 hair dryers.

for Bowl Swag. I’ve always wanted a Helen of Troy Hair Dryer. Maybe one day Will B. will play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

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Sugar Overload

Posted by Brett Kincaid on December 6, 2010

Where to start?  Four weeks from tomorrow the Hogs will kick off their first BCS bowl game in school history.  It’s the first time they’ve played in one of the bowls that now make up the BCS since the 1987 Orange Bowl.  And this is the first Sugar Bowl for Arkansas since 1980.  Obviously, this is a big one for the program.

Over the coming four weeks we will feed you with plenty of information and our own takes on the game.  For now, here is some of the initial feedback from the national press.

College Football News 1

(I)t would be even more important to officially announce that the program is among the elite of the SEC elite under Bobby Petrino. The Hogs lost just two games with a heartbreaker against Alabama that came down to the end, and a shootout to Auburn when star quarterback Ryan Mallett got knocked out early. Since then, they’ve won six in a row including a blowout of South Carolina and a win over LSU

College Football News 2

Ohio State, it’s time to finally beat an SEC team in a bowl game. The Buckeyes’ only loss came to Wisconsin on the road, but they didn’t beat anyone of note. Winning at Iowa doesn’t seem like that big a deal now, and beating Miami wasn’t anything to get fired up over. However, beating an SEC team in a BCS game would exorcise plenty of demons, while a loss would be devastating; at least it would for the message board types. The Hogs boast one of the nation’s most effective offenses, able to play any style. A win over the Buckeyes would make Arkansas the IT team going into 2011, even if Ryan Mallett is off to the NFL.

USA Today

Arkansas was the Sugar Bowl’s first at-large pick, selected to replace SEC champion Auburn, which is playing in the national title game. If Auburn had lost the SEC title game to South Carolina, Arkansas might have been left out of the BCS party. When Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was asked if he rooted for Auburn on Saturday night, in typical deadpan he said, “We really didn’t root for Auburn yesterday; we rooted against South Carolina. That made it easier for us.”

NOLA.com

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said the school already had at least 10,000 more tickets requests than the school’s official allotment of 17,500. Last year, an estimated 55,000 Razorback fans attended Arkansas’ Liberty Bowl game against East Carolina.

“This is uncharted territory for us as far as being in a BCS bowl, so that makes it very exciting for our fans,” he said. “Then, New Orleans is within driving distance or a short flight for our fan base. We’re going to have a lot of fans coming down there without tickets.”

WDTN.com (Dayton, OH)

“I think the game will be exciting for everyone,” Tressel said. “An Ohio State/Arkansas match will capture the interest of everyone. I don’t know too much about them other than the fact they had two losses to Alabama and Auburn and they are two of the best teams in the country. Arkansas is a great football team.

“Ohio State vs. Arkansas…that’s an exciting thought.”

Columbus Dispatch

While traveling to the game won’t be cheap, it’ll be a relative bargain, travel agents said. And, really, what price can you put on revenge?

The last time Ohio State played in New Orleans, the Buckeyes lost in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game to Louisiana State University of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Ohio State also lost the title game in 2007 to the SEC’s University of Florida.

The opponent this time was confirmed last night – Arkansas of, yes, the SEC.

The O-Zone

Lloyd Carr retired after the season and the Wolverines opted to bring in spread-option guru Rich Rodriguez from West Virginia. It took Mallett all of 10 days after the season before he announced his decision to transfer.

“What was my reaction when he left? I’m not gonna lie, I was happy,” Tressel said Monday, recalling the emotions of his archrival losing their most dangerous weapon.

“I thought I was done with Ryan Mallett.”

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