FAYETTEVILLE — The Southwest Basic collection might need an expiration date on it after the 2024 recreation, however the head coaches on either side of the rivalry talked up the attraction of the impartial website recreation at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this week.
The No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0, 1-0 SEC) would be the visiting crew towards No. 23 Texas A&M (2-1, 0-0) for Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff within the twelfth assembly in Arlington.
“These video games are electrical,” College of Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman stated in reference to huge impartial website video games. “You don’t usually stroll right into a stadium and it’s even-Steven followers smart.
“Lodges have comparable variety of occupants from each groups. It’s actually cool. Being in Mr. [Jerry] Jones’ stadium is admittedly neat. … There’s actually one thing neat about that, there actually is, when each fan [bases] meet in a city.”
Pittman has taken half within the Southwest Basic, the Purple River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas in Dallas, and the annual Florida-Georgia recreation in Jacksonville, Fla.
Texas A&M has made it clear it will just like the collection to return to the campuses when the contract runs out in 2024.
The sport has been performed outdoors Arlington 3 times since each colleges bought along with Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones to forge the collection for the 2009 season.
Texas A&M officers needed the sport at residence of their first yr within the SEC in 2012 and the Razorbacks bought a house recreation in compensation the next yr. The 2020 recreation was performed in College Station, Texas, as a result of the SEC mandated residence websites solely in the course of the covid-19 pandemic season.
Aggies Coach Jimbo Fisher stated he thinks the sport in Arlington carries worth.
“I really like the house and residential, however on the identical time, I don’t thoughts taking part in it [in Arlington]. I actually don’t,” Fisher stated. “I feel it’s good for our guys to get a impartial website recreation. It’s one thing totally different.
“Numerous them on this state dream of taking part in in that stadium as a result of plenty of them wish to play in state championship video games.”
Fisher introduced some humor into the dialogue Monday.
“This yr, I want it was right here. Subsequent yr, I want it was in Arlington,” he stated, laughing. “If we may get that organized, I’m all for it.
“You hate to surrender a house recreation, you hate to go on the highway, however on the identical time, these are neat issues.”
Arkansas junior defensive again Myles Slusher practiced once more Tuesday, this time and not using a inexperienced no-contact jersey like he wore Monday.
Slusher’s return ought to have a bearing on an Arkansas secondary that struggled to include the go the previous two weeks with Slusher out and security Jalen Catalon out for the season.
On Tuesday, Slusher lined up on the within together with Simeon Blair and Jayden Johnson on the primary unit throughout fastball begins, whereas Dwight McGlothern and Malik Chavis manned the cornerback spots. Chavis and Hudson Clark rotated at cornerback final week.
Defensive finish Jashaud Stewart was in his purple No. 58 jersey, indicating he must be good to go for Saturday after lacking the 38-27 win over Missouri State because of an undisclosed concern.
Chris Paul and Jordan Criminal took first-team reps with the protection in the course of the fastball begin, which has not been unusual with veterans Bumper Pool and Drew Sanders generally held out of that drill.
The primary offensive unit had restricted success in the course of the three performs of fastball begins. Raheim Sanders was stacked up working to the appropriate on the primary snap.
KJ Jefferson stored over the appropriate aspect on the following play however misplaced the deal with on the ball and the protection recovered. Jefferson correctly didn’t get down for the ball on the substitute turf with defensive gamers diving for it close to his legs.
The junior quarterback is coming off the primary two-turnover recreation of his college profession. He had the ball clawed free and recovered by a linebacker within the first quarter, then had a go tip off the palms of Trey Knox right into a diving defenders arms for a 3rd quarter interception.
Jefferson accomplished a go to Knox on the appropriate edge on the third play of fastballs.
Quincey McAdoo’s good palms catch on a barely excessive slant go from Malik Hornsby highlighted the second unit’s efforts. AJ Inexperienced had a between-the-tackles carry and Hornsby stored the ball on the left edge on the primary and third snaps.
Let it go
Coach Sam Pittman stated receiver Matt Landers took his dropped go towards South Carolina two weeks in the past fairly arduous, struggling to get it out of his head. The deep ball was past the Gamecocks defenders close to the sideline and it may have gone for a landing if he had stayed in bounds.
“It was actually simply letting it go, shifting ahead, placing it in my thoughts it received’t be the final alternative I get,” Landers stated was his method to turning the web page.
Landers bought loads of alternatives final week, catching seven passes out of eight targets for 123 yards, his first 100-yard recreation as a Razorback.
“Actually simply taking part in our model of football, doing what I do,” Landers stated triggered the large recreation. “Simply regardless of the coach known as in, simply getting open and doing my finest to get open.”
Jordyn Adams, the son of Arkansas line of defense coach Deke Adams, hit an reverse area residence run Monday for the Rocket Metropolis Trash Pandas, the Class AA minor-league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angles, and it made his papa proud.
Deke Adams re-posted a brief video of the opposite-field blast on social media and borrowed a tag line from Sam Pittman to explain it: “Yesssirrrr! “ whereas additionally tagging his son’s Twitter deal with.
Arkansas particular groups coordinator Scott Fountain and Texas A&M Coach Jimbo Fisher had been on the identical crew at Samford in 1987.
Samford, a Christian faculty based mostly in Birmingham, Ala., competes within the Southern Convention on the FCS stage.
“Their particular groups man performed football with me,” Fisher stated. “I do know him. I do know him very well. Scott Fountain does a extremely good job with their particular groups.”
• Sam Pittman is the primary Arkansas coach since Lou Holtz in 1977-78 to win his first seven video games towards non-conference opponents. Pittman’s listing contains some highly effective names, together with Penn State within the Outback Bowl and No. 23 Cincinnati on this yr’s opener.
• Saturday’s attendance of 74,133 marked the very best in Arkansas historical past towards an FCS opponent.