Let’s be honest. Since Arkansas joined the SEC back in 1992, we have not had a true “hate” rival. LSU and “The Boot” were forced upon us by David Bazzel. And a rivalry has to go both ways. LSU has never considered us a true rival.
That went by fast. Saturday is the final home game of the year for what has been a Razorback football season that may be best remembered for a year of soul-sucking losses that at least delivered a win over LSU and a celebration around The Boot.
12:12 a.m., Sunday. The celebration is over. I’m already feeling the hangover and I haven’t even gone to bed. My eyes look like road maps, my head is pounding, and my tongue feels like a nine pound swab of cotton. But feeling bad has never felt so good.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday (Nov. 13) that defensive lineman Hjalte (pronounced: Yelda) Froholdt has signed a financial-aid agreement and will join the Razorbacks in January 2015 for the spring semester.
A member of the Tusk to Tail crew predicts the Hogs will upset Mr. Dak Prescott and his football friends at Mississippi State. The Hogs, who are on a 16-game losing streak in the SEC will, according to this Tusk to Tail-er, upset the #1 cow bell-ringers at their place.
We head to Starkville, Miss., Saturday to see the Razorbacks take on the number one team in the country. Not many of us are going on this trip, so the HogFather Craig May and I decided we would forgo getting hotel rooms and just go down and back on the day of the game.
Early kickoff, weak non-conference opponent, and the Hogs were riding a new four-game losing streak. There were myriad reasons why tens of thousands of Arkansas fans may have chosen to stay home Saturday.
Saturday could be the last football win for the Hogs in the 2014 season, and would give the team a better record than the previous season. Until Bielema-ball is cranking on all cylinders, such sad realities are what keep the Tusk to Tail crew motivated. And alcohol. Especially alcohol.
It wasn’t the outcome a lot of us were looking for in Little Rock last Saturday. The Hogs continue to make costly penalties and turnovers that are game changers, just too much for a young team to recover.
The atmosphere was electric as the sun shone brightly Saturday on the War Memorial golf course. Grills were grilling, children were throwing footballs on every green and tee, and drinks were flowing faster than Sherman passing through Atlanta.
When Arkansas running back Kody Walker crossed the goal line without the ball early in the first quarter, it wasn’t just foreshadowing a game of missed opportunities. It was also a critical point in Tusk to Tail history.
Will it be an Alabama butt-whoopin’ for the Hogs this week? The previous six weeks of the college football season may have been a strange trip already, but Tusk to Tail says the odds are slim for a classic upset over Sabin’s Crimson Tide.