LITTLE ROCK — Trying to figure how the heck Mississippi State ascended to the top of the college football world, recruiting was the logical place to start.
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LITTLE ROCK — Mississippi State-Florida State or Florida State-Mississippi State, either way 1-2 goes down easy. The one-loss teams that will be third and fourth in the initial rankings for the College Football Playoff, that’s a different story.
LITTLE ROCK — On Monday evening, members of the selection committee charged with ranking college football’s best teams will exit their meeting room and move into an adjacent room for a working dinner.
LITTLE ROCK — Despite being all too familiar with the modern-day proverb about the risk in using the word “assume,” Arkansas being 4-4 going into November is chiseled in stone.
LITTLE ROCK — Picking football games, the gathering of late-breaking intel might be overrated.
LITTLE ROCK — An onerous assignment from day one, isolating the top four teams in college football is even more difficult because of the doings of Arizona, Ole Miss, TCU, Mississippi State, Utah, Notre Dame, Michigan State and others.
LITTLE ROCK — Well-versed in the pr of politics, the proprietor of Poolsville crafted a diversion when confronted about his master plan to use an alias to take down the season-long college football pool.
LITTLE ROCK — Unwittingly, Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema will often paraphrase Denis Whatley during the next two weeks.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dump the Aggie jokes.
LITTLE ROCK — Supporting the conclusion that the first impression is a lasting one, well-educated people have authored papers and addressed conferences on the subject.
LITTLE ROCK — For good reason, the owner of I Spent It wants another crack at a colt already identified as a contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.
LITTLE ROCK — Fretting about an early deadline, timely delivery of the copy was made easy by Arkansas’ dominance of Northern Illinois.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Those who are writing the Big Ten out of the College Football Playoff, use a pencil.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas 49, Texas Tech 28 is no reason for Razorback fans to get all giddy.
LITTLE ROCK — Flip-flopping on the outcome of Arkansas vs. Texas Tech, causation is the number 277 and the name Aaron Jones.
LITTLE ROCK — Inside Marcus Mariota’s good but not great numbers vs. Michigan State, a Heisman Trophy moment can be found.
LITTLE ROCK — Given the autonomy to help student-athletes, the five power conferences should expand their agenda and provide more attractive schedules for fans by banning football games against FCS schools.
LITTLE ROCK — One week into the football season, an adjustment on column content is necessary.
LITTLE ROCK — Scrunched between the keyboard and the printer, a printout of a column predicting the finish of all 14 teams in the SEC was earmarked for late November.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Auburn by 35-17 or 28-24 comes with unsolicited advice — don’t read too much into the margin.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Stop reading if you’ve heard the one about Bret Bielema building a fence for his family’s hogs.
LITTLE ROCK — Playing only one game against both Kentucky and Florida cuts both ways for Arkansas’ basketball team.