Arkansas (0-0, 5-6 in 2004) vs. Missouri State (0-0, 6-5 in 2004; Missouri State is formerly Southwest Missouri State, a Division I-AA school).
Where: Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville.
Time: 6 p.m.
Radio/TV: The ARSN network will broadcast the game on radio affiliates.
What James says: These are the type games that as a player you know you have to play. It’s a moneymaking game for the school, but as players and coaches you’re fearful of injuries and whatever. Also, you invariably know it’s going to be said that if you win by 60 you didn’t play anybody and if you don’t play well that you’re not any good. You have to get your execution and timing down with the first teams, get the game out of reach early and play your reserves.
?About Missouri State: They won six games last year and regardless of how small a school it might be, every football team has good football players. There will be some good football players on Missouri State and they will give their best effort. This is their time to get recognition and playing in front of 72,000 fans, it’s their bowl game. It’s imperative for Arkansas to take this game away from them early.
?The pick: 42-14 Arkansas. The Razorbacks pound them to death on the ground. Look for the running game and for Arkansas not showing much. Just go win the football game.
Watch former Arkansas All-American defensive end Bruce James along with David Bazzel and host Steve Sullivan on KATV, Channel 7’s “SportsWeek” Sundays at 10:30 p.m.
Gruesome news from Arkansas State University via Fox 16:
A freshman sorority member attending a rush party cookout Tuesday night at Kappa Alpha fraternity had the shaft of a broken golf club impaled in her neck in a freak accident.
At 3:20 a.m. today, the Fayetteville City Council voted 6-2 to approve a historic civil rights ordinance that includes LGBT people in its umbrella of employment, housing and accommodation protections. The vote followed 10 hours of comment from 140 people and poignant testimony from gay and transgender people about discrimination they've experienced.
The Jonesboro Sun reports that Sunshine Crump resigned as the newspaper's police reporter after a "tense" relationship with Police Chief Mike Yates. The newspaper has hired a lawyer and wants the chief fired.
Two people were killed with two trains collided near Hwy. 67 early this morning, and State Police are evacuating residents of the southern end of the city while the trains burn. U.S. 67 south of Hoxie and U.S. 63 are closed. The trains were carrying hazardous chemicals.
American Bridge, the liberal PAC formed by David Brock, the former Clinton foe now dedicated to round-the-clock Hillary Clinton defender, is out today with a new report on environmental impacts and layoffs from Koch Industries. The report focuses on the business activities of the Koch brothers — more famous for hundreds of millions in political spending aimed at slashing government services, regulation and taxes — in twelve states, including Arkansas. From the report: "The Kochs' extreme, self-serving agenda is bad for working families. And that reality is starkly embodied not only by their political persuasions, but by their business endeavors."
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I'm assuming that Hillary Clinton's running because of how ostentatiously she's not made up her mind. By sitting tight, she basically freezes potential Democratic rivals in place, passively using her lead in opinion polls to prevent others from raising money.
Fans of Arkansas's voter-identification law and similar laws in other states should pay homage to a Tulane University professor who rounded up all the evidence of why such laws are needed, which has been lacking in legislative debates and in courts where the laws are challenged.