Sunday, February 1, 2009

State Project #31 - Arkansas

Teams – 2
Winning percentage – 46% (11-13)
Bowl game winning percentage – 0%
Teams making bowl games – 0%
Conference championships - 0
Ranking points at year-end – 0
Summary – the Hogs started the Bobby Petrino era horribly, nearly losing to Louisiana-Monroe and the Western Illinois Leathernecks. They figured things out by the end of the year, beating a previously undefeated Tulsa team and upsetting LSU. Their last four losses were by a combined 19 points. Considering the coaching transition and losing three running backs to the NFL, the Razorbacks did okay this year. Arkansas State started off fast, upsetting Cash Machine U to start the season, and beating Texas Southern 83-10 the following week. However, the Indians were unable to navigate through the SunBelt conference with a winning record intact.
Best team – Arkansas (5-7)
Worst team – Arkansas State (6-6)
Highlight of the year – the Arkansas State victory over Texas A&M was the crowning W for the Indians this year. Hog fans argue the two Dick victory over LSU was the apex of an otherwise dreadful season.

Lowlight of the year – There are a few to choose from for Hog fans…coming from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Western Illinois…losing to Houston Nutt. Most important was Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett's loss to the NCAA in petitioning to not sit out a year before playing.

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