LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas has what thoroughbred handicappers call a huge class advantage over its opponent in Saturday’s season opener:
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LITTLE ROCK — For Arkansas to win eight or more, certain minimums must be met and this look at a dozen numbers that will shape the season is suitable for saving until season’s end to be matched against the team’s W-L record.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Somewhere on the back nine of a charity tournament, the well-struck tee shot took a horrific bounce and wound up behind some trees.
LITTLE ROCK — Craving a Jordan Spieth-Rory McIlroy rivalry? Dream bigger.
LITTLE ROCK — A fan of SEC football with an unlimited budget and a hankering to see the best each week would be well served to set up headquarters near the Alabama-Georgia line.
LITTLE ROCK — Teased early in the week, the time is right to identify the nine Razorbacks who will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting this fall.
LITTLE ROCK — Interpreting a sports book shun of Kentucky and Vanderbilt, Alabama has the most difficult cross-division schedule in the SEC’s Western Division, Arkansas is No. 2, and LSU is No. 3.
LITTLE ROCK — On one side of the field, the three wide receivers might run some sort of route combination with a built-in screen pass while the receiver on the opposite side can make for the sideline or embark on a skinny post route.
LITTLE ROCK — Just in case, make sure to get No. 87’s autograph at Arkansas’ Fan Day a week from Sunday.
LITTLE ROCK — Upstaged by a creative co-worker, the options were to plagiarize, ignore or congratulate.
LITTLE ROCK — Spotted in January, a way-too-early Top 25 began with TCU. Another one in May was risk-free, endorsing Ohio State. Both were dismissed out of hand. Available online and in various publications, other predictions were given a cursory glance at best.
HOT SPRINGS — Just in time to promote Oaklawn Park’s generous upgrade to purses for the races leading up to the Arkansas Derby, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returns to racing this weekend.
LITTLE ROCK — Weighing the yeas and nays of a roundtrip to Fayetteville, the request for media credentials for Arkansas’ Sept. 5 season opener is on hold.
LITTLE ROCK — Perturbed that Arkansas is not represented on the media’s All-SEC first team, Razorback fans need only note the plight of these pairs: T.J. Yeldon and Todd Gurley, Mike Davis and Alex Collins, Corey Grant and Keith Marshall.
LITTLE ROCK — Aimed at high school football players, Bret Bielema’s message from Hoover, Alabama, is apropos for a much wider audience of young people.
LITTLE ROCK — In the dark ages, a cellphone weighed almost 2 1/2 pounds, ESPN was only a concept, the World Wide Web was more than a dozen years away, and the British Open was on TV for two hours … tape delayed.
LITTLE ROCK — Almost 400 miles removed from Hoover, Alabama, some observations about SEC Media Days:
LITTLE ROCK — In the unlikely case that an old prognosticator accurately predicts the participants in the SEC championship game, Jan. 9, 2012, will be cited often to support the theory that it is difficult to beat a team twice in one year.
LITTLE ROCK — The same lack of a last chance to impress that eliminated Baylor and TCU from consideration for the College Football Playoff could bite the new favorite for the Heisman Trophy.
LITTLE ROCK — Two solid rounds of golf, including one with an extremely positive asterisk, plus a venue with fond memories do not add up to Tiger Woods’ 15th major tournament title next week.
LITTLE ROCK — Deciphering seven numerals from 7 to 9.5, the conclusion is the Western Division of the SEC will be more competitive than ever.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas is one of four SEC teams that should be perfect against nonconference opponents this season, the last time that 4-0 will be darned near automatic for league teams.
LITTLE ROCK — Halfway through 2015, two winning streaks trump all other successes.
LITTLE ROCK — Instead of The British Open, “The Prequel,” the USGA production at Chambers Bay was a bad comedy.
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