Razorbacks Hit the Road for a Spooky Saturday to Face Texas A&M

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Donovan Lee, Assistant Sports Editor

Because of a bye week on the schedule, the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-2) will load up and take a trip down to the Lone Star State for their annual face off versus the Texas A&M Aggies (3-1). Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the setting will be different this time around. 

 

The Aggies’ beloved “12th Man” won’t be there in full force as the NCAA aims to abide by CDC guidelines. In addition, the game will be hosted in College Station this year at Kyle Field and not the usual venue, Cowboys Stadium, also known by many Arkansans as “Jerry’s World,” because of Jerry Jones’ ownership of the Dallas Cowboys and his connection to the Razorback football program.

 

Although the Hogs have not had the best luck with this rivalry, losing the last eight meetings between the two, they are looking to come upon a hopeful victory as they’ve shown improvements in their game with the new strategies instituted by new head coach Sam Pittman. On the other side of the ball, the Aggies have invested their hopes in their premier quarterback Kellen Mond, who is building his resume as a touted prospect at the next level.

 

Prior to their bye week, Arkansas would claim a victory against conference foe and neighbors to the east, Ole Miss. A controversial officiating call in the final minutes of the game a week earlier against the ranked Auburn Tigers slowed their momentum and possibly deterred them from a future national ranking. Through all the triumphs and marginal defeats, the Hogs’ coach believes they are getting better as the weeks go by and have come a long way from their past seasons of disappointment.

 

The odds heading into gameday favor the Aggies, but not as immense as in years’ past. With transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks under center and returning rusher Rakeem Boyd in the backfield, Arkansas plans to capitalize on both sides of the game and get a big-time win versus a ranked conference opponent, and propel themselves into bowl game conversations.

 

A primetime matchup, the game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network on Halloween evening. In a rivalry known for its “tricks,” this game should be a “treat” for football fans.