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Run defense at premium

LITTLE ROCK — If Arkansas plays that ended with a too-flat pass and a too-high lateral received any attention this week from Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Jay Niemann, it was no more than a mention.

QB Allen Earns Kudos

AUBURN, Ala. — Hoping for tiny morsels of positive from this Arkansas football team, quarterback Brandon Allen served up a nice helping of the good stuff.

Pressure rests on Big Ten

LITTLE ROCK — Spotting the SEC and the Pac-12 both numbers and notoriety in the pursuit of a berth in the College Football Playoff, the Big Ten is in danger of falling further behind during the first two weeks of the season.

SEC Network tries to identify top game of each week

LITTLE ROCK — Inspired by the SEC’s announcement that all 14 schools will play football on the conference’s new network during the first four weeks of the season, the exercise in long-range planning was to identify the must-see game of the week while dealing with some self-imposed parameters.

Explanations for changing odds of CFP winner

LITTLE ROCK — Decades ago, when mutuel windows at Oaklawn Park were denomination-specific and the color of a ticket corresponded to a particular wager, a couple of guys with limited resources heard about a doctor from Little Rock who was in the know.