Arkansas will travel to Dallas, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, where they’ll face conference rival Texas A&M in a highly anticipated SEC West matchup. Some have even said, other than the Alabama and Ole Miss game, Saturday’s matchup between the Razorbacks and Aggies is one the biggest games of the year in the SEC West, with major implications on the line, I’d say that statement is correct. Both Arkansas and Texas A&M come into Saturday’s game ranked within the top 25, and with a lot to prove.
For Arkansas, they look to prove that their win over Texas was no fluke, and they belong in the conversation with the upper tier of the SEC West, which is something that Head Coach Sam Pittman has taken it upon himself personally to prove. Arkansas proved two Saturdays ago that they could play with anybody as they welcomed the Texas Longhorns to Fayetteville, where the Razorbacks dominated Texas 40-21. It was a game where the Razorbacks put the rest of the College Football on notice, that the 2021 season was one where the Hogs were to be taken seriously and not overlooked for the scrub of a program they once were.
Fast forward two weeks later, Arkansas has yet another shot at taking the College Football world by storm by beating another top ten opponent in Texas A&M. Not only would it make things a lot more interesting in the SEC West, but it would also give Arkansas everything they needed to crack into the top ten in both polls. It would be the Razorbacks’ second win over an AP top ten program in three weeks, and it would give Coach Pittman all the ammunition he needed to motivate this program to reach new heights, that some said in the preseason would be impossible to reach.
So can the Arkansas Razorbacks find magic in the bottle once again and get another win over a Texas school? The answer is simple, Arkansas can do it, Coach Pittman has this team ready to take that next step, but the next four weeks for the Razorbacks will determine how this team will be remembered. Starting with Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, then the Razorbacks will travel to Athens to take on the second-ranked Georiga Bulldogs, before traveling to Oxford to take on the Rebels and returning home to take on Auburn. There is a legitimate shot at Arkansas going 3-1 over the next four weeks. In that case, the excitement on the Hill will reach an all-time record high! In that case alone, Razorback fans could be looking at one of the most magical seasons in Arkansas Football history.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s a far-fetched idea that we could be watching a situation where Arkansas is in the conversation for a New Year’s Six Bowl game, or even better in the conversation come late November to be in the hunt for the SEC West crown.
Overall, no matter what the next four weeks may bring to those in Fayetteville, the job that Coach Pittman has done to rebuild this program in just a season and a half is nothing short of amazing. Like anything, the Southeastern Conference is better when Arkansas is good at football. There’s something about hearing the fans Call those hogs that just hits differently.
There’s no doubt that Coach Pittman will have his Razorbacks ready to go to war on Saturday as they turn their sights to the Texas A&M Aggies. That game will be televised on CBS with the 2:30 kickoff time.