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- calling_the_hogs - 05-09-2002 12:00 PM

I'm hoping this one attracts a lot of attention.

With a team's SOS counting in the national championship equation, teams know they have to play some big name schools to help bolster those BCS dreams. However, with 1 or 2 losses counting for everything, you hope your schedule doesn't get loaded with competitive non-conference teams; otherwise, with your conference schedule still to face, you have a difficult road to a title.

So, you're the schedule-maker for the Razorbacks. What 3-4 non-conference teams would you pick to give the HOGS the best chance to win all 3-4 games, while giving UA the best SOS rating possible?


- calling_the_hogs - 05-09-2002 12:30 PM

Oops, forgot my 3-4 teams to pick. If I was the schedule maker, and could re-pick the 3-4 non-conference teams Arkansas played, they would be...

1) Indiana - have former LSU coach Gerry DiNardo bring his new team here to Fayetteville. The Big 10 media and coaches, both of which make a large presence in their respective polls, will hear about us, while DiNardo's SEC ties keep the southern interest. DiNardo's a pretty good coach, despite the bad final year at LSU and the fiasco called the XFL. However, get his team this year, early, and with no Randle-El, and I'd think you'd have an Arkansas win over a Big 10 program.
2) Duke - sure they're a gigantic cream puff, but every team needs a softie, so why not get one from a decent conference? Duke will attract the East Coast attention, plus it sounds better on the schedule than Louisiana-Lafayette or any school with a direction in its name. We'd even play the game @ Durham....no worries, a solid HOG win and some East Coast attention to boot.
3) Southern Cal - now UA has a 2 game series with USC, starting in 2005. I think it's a good idea. SC isn't the program it used to be, but it's still SC, and brings loads of West Coast attention, a large fan base, and name recognition. Arkansas right now is a better program than the Trojans imo, so give us a win, in Fayetteville, and that takes care of the West Coast.
4) Missouri - We handle the Big 10, the East and West Coast areas. Time to take care of the prarie region. Missouri actually would make for a really good rivalry; a border state who's a little bit down in football right now. The basketball rivalry was a fierce one that I kinda wish we had back. I think Frank, who once coached at MU, should schedule a long-term deal with the Tigers. It'd be a great inter-conference border war that could really help recruiting in the Big 12 areas.

Anyways, my two cents. How about yours?


- JoltinJacket - 05-09-2002 05:52 PM

I agree on scheduling somebody like Duke. If not them, schedule another lower team in major conference like Rutgers or Baylor.

Then throw in a "borderwar" game, either against Texas Tech or A&M.

Next, I'd go with either a WAC or Mtn West team like UNLV (remember the Hogs stole that game last year against the Rebels) or Louisiana Tech. They aren't big name schools, but they're consistant winners.

With the last pick, play a team from the Big 10...a game against Michigan State or Iowa would be a good choice. Both teams are on the rise.


- JoltinJacket - 05-11-2002 03:34 AM

BTTT!


- georgia_tech_swagger - 05-11-2002 09:57 AM

If Duke ever gets the slightest bit of talent - they'll be dangerous because NOBODY gets up for them. You could play 2nd string and still slaughter them because they are like a I-AAA high school team.


- calling_the_hogs - 05-13-2002 04:08 PM

Hogcall, we've scheduled TCU for a home-home in 2008-2009. There was once talk of having an annual Arkansas-Texas A&M game in Dallas, to complement Texas-Oklahoma, but that talk has fizzled for now.


- calling_the_hogs - 05-20-2002 05:53 PM

NC coach John Bunting is in Arkansas for the AAA HS all-star football game. Seems as if maybe the HOGS and Heels could start a series sometime soon. Wouldn't be a bad one I think.