Arkansas vs. Kansas State Open Thread

I am curled up with the family and Michaelyn, and we are all decked out in our Razorback finery.  We even went and acquired some stylish Hogwear for Michaelyn!

That’s hot.

Anyway, mom is making Razorback chili and we have Razorback shrimp salad.  We’re ready.

As for the game, here’s what sticks out to me.  Arkansas has four receivers who will play in the NFL (Jarius Wright [1st team all-SEC], Joe Adams [1st team all-SEC], Greg Childs, and Cobi Hamilton) as well as a quarterback that will play on Sunday (Tyler Wilson [1st team all-SEC]).  This amounts to one of the top offenses in the country which averaged 37.4 points per game in the nation’s toughest defensive conference.  They will be playing against the nation’s 104th ranked pass defense.  Kansas State’s two losses were to teams that gashed them passing the ball (Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. both had 500+ passing yards against the Wildcats).  That’s not a good sign for Kansas State.

So already Arkansas might be able to just outscore them.

So what could save the Wildcats?  Though Arkansas has the 37th-ranked defense overall, they have the 80th-ranked run defense.  Kansas State has a great running quarterback in Klein and a great rushing offense.  If they can stall and run the clock on offense to keep our offense off the field, then Arkansas might have some problems.  I strongly suspect Arkansas is going to be stacking the box every play though to make Kansas State go to the air.  Arkansas will happily go with a fast-paced, high-scoring game.  Yes, we might give up a few touchdowns through the air, but Klein will make mistakes throwing the ball.  The more offensive possessions Arkansas gets, the less likely they are to lose.

Anyway, here’s an open thread on the Cotton Bowl.  Go hogs!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM.

    Why do people follow minor league football?

    • JT Eberhard

      I enjoy it more. :) I like watching players who occasionally make mistakes busting their asses.

      • ‘Tis Himself, OM.

        I can understand watching the games, it’s the rabid “I’m an alum from the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, go Aarvarks!” that I find incomprehensible.

        I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I couldn’t tell you what the name of the football team is. I went to one football game because my girlfriend wanted to see it. The tickets were expensive (for a student) and the home team lost (again, they had something like a 1-9 or 2-8 season that year). I broke up with that woman shortly thereafter (albeit for different reasons).

        Sorry, the whole school spirit, yea team, win The Big Game™ stuff just passed me by. Maybe because my sport got minimal support from the school but the feetsball team hogged as much as they could grab. I sailed. The same year the feetsball team went almost winless, the sailing team won the Midwest Collegiate championship and placed fourth in the Nationals. We asked the administration for $1000 for a new sail boat (this was in the 1970s, when $1K was the price for a Flying Junior racing dinghy). We didn’t get a new dinghy but the feetsball team got an additional assistant coach.

        So okay, maybe it’s a bit of sour grapes on my part, but I’ve never been in the least bit interested in college football. One thing I like about major league baseball is they run their own farm system, not like the NBA and NFL which use colleges to provide their players.

  • Michael

    Woo pig sooie and Roll Tide Roll!

    • JT Eberhard

      Man, am I with you there! Has there ever been a more overrated coach in the history of football than Les Miles?

      • Gordon

        Luckiest football coach in history.

        • JT Eberhard

          No freaking joke.

          • Michael

            For sure. I seriously want some revenge for the last two games. I was at the game last year and i’ll be at the game on monday. But for the rest of the night I am for the Hogs!

  • Quigley

    Fellow Missouri State alumnus here. Great game ahead of us! My Wildcats were the underdogs in all but three of their games this year, and went 10-2 despite being outgained in several contests. These two teams have great heart and wildly different play styles. As they say in the boxing world, “Styles Make Fights!” Here’s to a Cotton Bowl to remember!

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  • Passerby

    Being as I spent quite a few years in Ft. Riley, did stories on the K-State/Fort Riley partnership and got to take sideline photos of their Spring game, I’m going to partake in some sacrilege:

    Bring on the Cats!

    Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m now writing this after reading about their 16-29 loss to the hogs. Eh, never was a football fan anyways #sourgrapes.