5 Cool Facts: Arkansas

Five cool facts about Arkansas, Texas Tech's opponent in Saturday's contest at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

The SEC is coming to Lubbock this weekend as the Red Raiders take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. The last time Texas Tech took on an SEC team was Ole Miss in the 2008 Cotton Bowl. Here are more facts to know before Saturday’s game.

SWC Rivalry Renewed
Lets go back in time to when Texas Tech and Arkansas were both in the Southwest Conference that was the last time these two teams met up. This was the season of 1991 when Texas Tech beat Arkansas in Lubbock and the very next season the Razorbacks joined the SEC. These teams played each other 35 times in the SWC, dating back to 1957, creating a rivalry between them. The Red Raiders will take it back to 1990’s by wearing throwback uniforms on Saturday.

Tough Schedule
When the 2014 Texas Tech schedule was released it was arguably the best home schedule in school history. On the other hand, according to the NCAA, Arkansas has the toughest schedule in the nation this season. They are the only team in the nation to play seven conference games against teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25. All of Arkansas’ SEC opponents have yet to lose in the first two weeks.

Woo Pig Sooie
Only in the south would you have a football chant that is a hog call. Where did that even come from? The exact date is unknown, but legend has it in the 1920’s after Arkansas changed its mascot to the Razorbacks they were struggling to get a win , that prompted a group of farmers to start squealing like pigs for encouragement. Arkansas won that game and for every game after that the Hog Call became their official cheer. Woo Pig Sooie.

Bielema and Kingsbury Meet Again
This will not be the first time the current head coaches of Arkansas and Texas Tech meet; the last time was in the Alamo Bowl in 2001. Bret Bielema was a young linebackers coach of Iowa and Kingsbury was Texas Tech’s quarterback under Mike Leach. The Hawkeyes beat the Red Raiders 19-16. Bielema mentioned this first meeting and said Kingsbury did a lot of impressive things as a player and has transformed into an outstanding football coach. Now the two will meet in their second year as head coaches for these two teams.

Razorbacks Who Call Texas Home
The Lone Star State is the most represented state on the Razorback’s roster besides Arkansas. There are 19 Arkansas players that will be visiting their soverign state this weekend. There are player connections that include Arkansas sophomore wide receiver Eric Hawkins and Texas Tech junior linebacker Pete Robertson who both went to Longview High School. Also, Texas Tech senior defensive linemen Jackson Richards and Arkansas’ senior kicker John Henson both are from Southlake Carroll.

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