Arkansas-7 Missouri-38

The end of the Nutt era mirrored much of what drove most Hog fans crazy about much of the Nutt era. Poor special teams play, turnovers, lack of offensive creativity, sloppy tackling. All that and more was on display during this Cotton Bowl performance. As someone said later New Years Day, “At least Petrino will have something to do for the next 9 months.”

There are many other writers who can say this much better than me so is the best essay I’ve read on the game a roundup link…

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Weekend Trough

Pelphrey’s Hogs Beat Northwestern State 90-59 Wednesday. They’ll be playing Appalachian St. Saturday in N.Little Rock. Pelphrey told the players they’re plans for a Christmas at home with their families depends on this win. Reggie might be headed to Texas A&M. Patrick Beverley is accused of being a baby’s daddy. Ben Cleveland is Happy with Petrino. McFadden is an International Star. Three former hogs have made the NFL Pro Bowl. All the Hogs are eligible for the Cotton Bowl and the kickers had a pressure packed practice. Finally a Twist on a Christmas Classic.

Non-Grobe Trough

Tebow and McFadden split the Media and Coaches SEC offensive player of the year honors. Their both in Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards tonight. Jonathan Luigs and Felix Jones are nominated for awards also and accompanied McFadden to Orlando. More Ranking of the Bowls…this time the Cotton ranks 5th and 3rd respectively. 3 Ole Miss assistants on the hog staff have returned from Oxford with Ole Miss cell phones. Current Auburn Defensive Coordinator, and Broyles Award Finalist, Will Muschamp was DC for LSU during the Saban years of 2001-2004. I’ll let Whole Hog Sports finish the tale…

That means he was in charge in 2002, when Matt Jones hit Decori Birmingham for a 31-yard touchdown pass as time expired in Little Rock, vaulting Arkansas to the SEC Championship Game.

“I was responsible for the Miracle on Markham,” Muschamp said. “Nick fired me three times over the headset.”

Monday Trough

Houston kills plan for Hog Assistants Recruiting for Ole Miss. Tracking those Razorback Planes. What Would Orville Write? Step inside a Wally Hall Time Machine (Destination 1997). Rob Keys doesn’t like Houston Nutt’s Presence. Final BCS Rankings (Arkansas is 27th). Arkansas is 24th in the coaches poll, 25th in the AP. College Football News ranks the best bowls (Cotton Bowl is Ranked 7th). The SEC’s successful season. Sonny Weems will be back for Missouri State. Ladybacks basketball match best start in school history.

Arkansas Accepts Cotton Bowl Bid

AT&T Cotton Bowl

Arkansas will face Missouri in the Cotton Bowl Classic. The Tigers were the odd man out of the BCS with Oklahoma heading to the Fiesta and Kansas in the Orange (a conference can only have 2 teams in BCS games). This is the 11th time the Hogs will be in the Cotton Bowl. Arkansas a record of 3-6-1 in the bowl. The next most frequent bowl the Hogs have been to is the Sugar with 5. The last time the Hogs played in Dallas they lost to Oklahoma 10-3 in 2002. The last time Arkansas faced Missouri was in an 27-14 Independence Bowl win in 2003.
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Hogwired Tickets Story
UPDATE:The Sporting News

Sunday Trough

With an interception return for a touchdown, LSU clinched the SEC title and (apparently) punched Arkansas’ ticket to the Cotton Bowl. Les Miles also announced he was staying at LSU and has already worked out a contract extension. (Thanks Les) This leaves Tommy Tuberville open to accept the Arkansas Head Coaching Job (We’ll See). Also, there is reaction coming in about the 4 Rebels on the hog coaching staff recruiting for Ole Miss while still employed by Arkansas. Wally sounds upset.