LITTLE ROCK — Barely 20 minutes into the game, perfect role playing by Arkansas and UTEP cleared the conscience of those who chose to stay home and check out three SEC West teams rather than drive to Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE - Even without a healthy Jonathan Williams Arkansas’s offense was supposed to be a run-oriented bunch.
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas wide receiver Jojo Robinson saw his suspension for the Razorbacks’ season opener increase.
FAYETTEVILLE – Every game may count the same. But quality is easier on the eyes.
FAYETTEVILLE – Contender. Pretender. Somewhere in between.
FAYETTEVILLE – Each Friday before the Arkansas football game we will take a look at the Razorbacks’ opposition through another set of eyes.
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas spent last week installing its preparation for the Saturday’s season opener against Texas-El Paso. At the time, UTEP hadn’t named a starter at quarterback.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas has what thoroughbred handicappers call a huge class advantage over its opponent in Saturday’s season opener:
FAYETTEVILLE – Khalia Hackett didn’t say a quiet “thank you” when he was told he was moving back the strongside linebacker spot. He thought about it, though.
FAYETTEVILLE – Near dusk Tuesday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Stadium grounds it wasn’t the Arkansas football team preparing for the regular season. It was the local high schoolers kicking off theirs.
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas released its post-fall practice depth chart Monday with more than a couple of surprises ahead of the season opener Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE – Game-week preparations have begun in earnest. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is somewhat antsy, even, to start the season. Six more days is all the waiting that remains.
LITTLE ROCK — “Weird and unpredictable,” one of the best reporters I’ve ever been around told CNN.
FAYETTEVILLE - An Arkansas football reserve was arrested early Saturday morning on alcohol-related charges just about 24 hours after another Razorbacks player was booked on charges, as well.
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas freshman tight end C.J. O’Grady was arrested early Friday morning on four charges, including two alcohol-related.
FAYETTEVILLE – There is something in the voice of Jonathan Williams that makes people automatically believe him. Forget his on-the-field skill. It’s that sincere tone and the team-first type words that earned Williams so many captain votes from his teammates.
LITTLE ROCK — Working out before 8 a.m. Monday, a regular at the neighborhood gym planned to complete his routine, clean up, and then hightail it downtown to grab a parking spot before the flood of people for Bret Bielema’s appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
FAYETTEVILLE – Any expectation to see Alex Collins’ workload increase with the loss of stablemate Jonathan Williams can be quelled.
FAYETTEVILLE – The first Associated Press college football poll of the 2015 season places Arkansas at No. 18 in Football Bowl Subdivision it was revealed Sunday.
FAYETTEVILLE – That was more like it.