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Three big games in SEC West

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.

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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.

Passing game missing from Arkansas’ repertoire

The Razorbacks had wrapped up another dominant win, beating Texas Tech 49-28 in Lubbock. It was the second straight week Arkansas had bullied an opponent with its bruising ground game, putting together a 438-yard rushing effort. But it also was the second straight game quarterback Brandon Allen didn’t have to ice his throwing shoulder after attempting only a handful of passes in a run-dominated offense.