Alabama Game Notes

Arkansas returns to Southeastern Conference play this week with a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to battle the Alabama Crimson Tide. Both the Hogs and Tide return to the gridiron this weekend after sitting out last weekend when the SEC postponed all athletic events in light of the recent terrorist attacks and plane tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Arkansas is 1-1 after dropping its SEC opener on Sept. 8 to Tennessee 13-3. The Razorbacks earned a win in their season opener against UNLV (14-10). Alabama is 1-1 after falling to UCLA (20-17) in its season opener before holding off Vanderbilt 12-9 on Sept. 8 in the league opener for both schools.

Arkansas is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. In that listing the Hogs earned 3 votes and would rank 45th. Arkansas didn't receive any votes in the Associated Press poll after losing to Tennessee.

Alabama is receiving votes in both polls. The Crimson Tide earned 2 votes to rank 46th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. Alabama received 7 votes to rank 41st in the most recent Associated Press listing.

Neither the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls issue new listings last weekend as all Division I-A games were postponed.

For the third-straight time this season and the fifth consecutive appearance overall, Arkansas will play on national television when it takes on the Crimson Tide.

The Arkansas vs. Alabama game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports. VERNE LUNDQUIST will call the play by play of the game while TODD BLACKLEDGE will serve as the color commentator. JILL ARRINGTON will be CBS' sideline reporter.

PAUL EELLS will call the action on the 67-station Arkansas Razorback Sports Network. Eells is in his 24th season handling play-by-play for the Razorbacks. Former NFL tight end and Little Rock, Ark., native KEITH JACKSON is the analyst while former Hog quarterback QUINN GROVEY is the sideline reporter.

Arkansas and Alabama will meet for the 12th time when the two teams battle at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama leads the overall series 6-5. The Crimson Tide has actually outscored the Hogs in seven games, but Alabama was forced to forfeit a 1993 victory at Tuscaloosa.

Arkansas has won three of the last four meetings between the two schools with the lone loss in that span coming at Tuscaloosa in 1999. Six of the 11 meetings in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less. Arkansas won last year's matchup with a 28-21 victory at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Hogs scored the winning touchdown with 1:04 left to play in the game.

Arkansas is 4-1 against Alabama in games played in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Hogs first win at the Tide's on-campus home came by way of a forfeit in 1993. Arkansas posted back-to-back upsets in visits to Tuscaloosa in 1995 and 1997 as the Hogs recorded 20-19 and 17-16 wins respectively. Another frantic comeback effort fell just short in 1999 as the Hogs dropped a 35-28 decision to Alabama.

Arkansas will make its fifth-consecutive appearance on national television when the Hogs take on Alabama this weekend. The Hogs played in front of the national television cameras in the final two games of the 2000 season before appearing on the tube in the first two games of the 2001 season.

The Razorbacks' last appearance on CBS Sports started the string when the Hogs downed No. 24 LSU in the 2000 season finale in Little Rock. Arkansas battled UNLV in the Las Vegas Bowl on ESPN2 last December before meeting the Rebels in a rematch in the 2001 season lidlifter on ESPN. Arkansas hosted Tennessee in a game televised by ESPN2 in the Hogs' last outing.

Arkansas' season finale matchup with LSU is the only other game scheduled for national television (CBS) at this point, but a number of other games are still under consideration.

Arkansas has appeared on national or regional television 160 times in its history. The Hogs own a 73-85-2 mark in those contests.

Arkansas' 28-21 victory over Alabama last season didn't come without a price. Tailback CEDRIC COBBS and wide receiver GEORGE WILSON suffered season-ending injuries against the Crimson Tide. Cobbs suffered a shoulder separation after gaining 60 yards on 16 carries against Alabama. Wilson also was lost for the season after a shoulder separation. In addition, tailback FRED TALLEY was sidelined for three weeks with a broken hand. Talley returned but went down for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee later in the campaign against Mississippi State.

Last weekend's postponement of the Arkansas vs. North Texas game is believed to be the first time that a Razorback football game has been postponed in school history.

The last time in UA history that a game was seriously in question of being played was in 1970 when a plane crash killed 14 members of the Wichita State football program. The game was played as scheduled on Oct. 24, 1970. It was the first game back for the Shockers after the 14 players were killed less than a month earlier. It was originally thought that WSU wouldn't complete the season, however it did with its first game back taking place at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark. against the Hogs.

Arkansas' starters played only six plays before giving way to the reserves in a 62-0 UA victory. The crowd gave WSU a standing ovation prior to the game. After the final play, the Razorback squad joined the Shockers on their sideline to show its support.

When a UA record crowd of 70,470 braved the elements and filed into Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the Arkansas vs. Tennessee game, it ranked unofficially as the third-largest city in the state. According to 2000 census numbers, only Little Rock (183,133) and Fort Smith (80,268) are larger than the gathering in the Hogs' brand new $110 million home.


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