Friday, November 9, 2007

Arkansas - Tennessee Preview

Arkansas 6-3 (2-3) vs. Tennessee 6-3 (3-2)
Saturday, 11:30 CST on LSF

In case you haven't paid too much attention to the saga in Knoxville this week over Tennessee Center Josh McNeil, here is the link that will catch you up to date on the bizarre broken window / three intoxicated women in his bed (or on the floor) / police investigated event, and his cry-baby retaliation at a press conference later in the week.

(Vol center Josh McNeil has this threesome of Tennessee cheerleaders just waiting on him for some post-game partying after his Vols get Razorsmacked Saturday afternoon)

Some quick stats concerning the two best backs in the country:

Felix Jones leads the country in yards per carry at 9.3 (almost two full yards more than second place Stafon Johnson of USC at 7.5 yards per carry).
Rushing Yards: McFadden 3rd, Jones 20th
Rushing Attempts: McFadden 7th
Rushing Touchdowns: McFadden 16th, Jones 22nd

Saturday in ...

Here's what will happen...
Darren McFadden runs onto the field and realizes he's not facing the horrible South Carolina Gamecock defense this week. Instead, it's the Tennesse Volunteer defense. Even better! Only Ole Miss and Kentucky have given up more points this year and are ranked below Tennessee among SEC teams in team defense! This alone is enough to fire up McFadden, Felix Jones, Peyton Hillis, and Michael Smith. Hillis and Smith can both smell easy 100 yard performances, but they realize D-Mac is riding the Heisman tidal wave and needs his 25-30 carries and 200 yards to avoid wiping out. McFadden gives a stiff arm to Smokey on his first run out of bounds and basically demoralizes the entire puke orange crowd by doing so.
Casey Dick's arm is well rested after not having to throw a pass since the first half of last week's game against South Carolina and comes out looking like Brett Favre as he throws for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns... in the first half.
Tennessee center/stud/crybaby Josh McNeil is crying by the time the second quarter starts because his girlfriend is having to watch this Razorback massacre and he doesn't feel she should be subject to this unfair torture.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Luigs is out-centering McNeil with quick, precise, accurate snaps and outstanding blocking and pass protection in the battle of the best centers in the SEC and it's all the announcers can talk about for most of the game. The Dave Rimington Award for college's best center is all but locked up by Luigs and everyone can see it as Arkansas rolls to 7-3.
Luigs is the player of the game and McFadden and Jones are just a side note as they combine for 450 yards rushing.

(It's going to be little smokies for the pre-game meal and the kicking one big Smokey during the game)

Arkansas 83 Tennessee 76 in 11 overtimes

Oh, and I'm sure you wanted an Arkansas - Wofford prediction for tonight's first official basketball game didn't you?
Hogball 199 Wofford 18.
Steven Hill records the first ever individual NCAA game with 20 dunks, 20 blocked shots, and 20 rebounds.

Give 'em Pel!

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