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The two roads to a Razorback national championship in 2011 jh83

An impressive 49-7 victory over the UT Vols helped the Razorbacks rise to #6 in the BCS. Now we need Oklahoma to beat Okl St and Auburn to beat Alabama and then Arkansas will have a road to the National Championship. With a victory over Miss St and LSU and then a victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game then Arkansas would climb to the either 1 or 2 in the BCS and qualify for the BCS Championship game.

The second road would be if we beat Miss St and LSU and Alabama goes to the SEC Championship game and loses to Georgia.

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson scored on two touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, helping the Razorbacks post a 49-7 victory over Tennessee and rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

Photo by Jason Ivester

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson scored on two touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, helping the Razorbacks post a 49-7 victory over Tennessee and rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

Below article from today’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

Monday, November 14, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has matched its highest Bowl Championship Series ranking at No. 6 in the latest standings released on Sunday night.

The Razorbacks also were No. 6 in the Nov. 19, 2006 BCS standings after a 28-14 victory at Mississippi State clinched the SEC West title and extended their winning streak to 10 games. Arkansas lost to LSU 31-26 in its next game to begin a three-game losing skid to end the 2006 season.

Arkansas (9-1, 5-1) moved up two spots from No. 8 in last week’s BCS standings thanks to a 49-7 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night Alabama (9-1) at .910, Oregon (9-1) at .876 and Oklahoma (9-1) at .840. The Razorbacks are at .797.

Arkansas moved up two spots in the human polls that form two-thirds of the BCS equation — from No. 8 to No. 6 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and the Harris poll.

combined with Boise State losing to TCU 36-35 and Stanford losing to Oregon 53-30.

Stanford fell from No. 4 to No. 9 in the BCS standings while Boise State fell from No. 5 to No. 10.

LSU (10-0) remains No. 1 with a .993 score, followed by Oklahoma State (10-0) at .946,

Arkansas remained at No. 6 in the computer rankings, which make up one-third of the formula, moving ahead of Boise State, which went from tied for 4th to 12th in the computers. Oregon, No. 8 in last week’s computer component, moved into a tie for fourth with Oklahoma after defeating previously unbeaten Stanford.

Arkansas moved over Stanford in the human polls, but the Hogs were already ahead of the Cardinal in the computer last week.

Overall, the Hogs added .050 to their BCS average, going from .745 to .795, the second-largest upward move of any team in the top six. No. 4 Oregon rose 1.047 after beating Stanford.

Arkansas’ move from No. 8 to No. 6 was to be expected after the losses of Stanford and Boise State. The Oregon-Stanford game was still being played while the Razorbacks did postgame interviews, but they knew Boise State had lost.

“It was good to see Boise State lose,” Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette said. “I’m not a big fan of theirs. Hopefully, we’ll take their place and just keep moving up.”

The Razorbacks actually took Oklahoma’s place at No. 6, but the opportunity is there for them to go higher in the next two weeks with games against Mississippi State on Saturday in Little Rock and at LSU on Nov. 25. If the Razorbacks win those two games, they possibly could play in the SEC Championship Game depending on what Alabama does in its final two games against Georgia Southern and at Auburn.

“Being 9-1 is great, but I think there’s still some wins left out there for us, and a lot of goals left out there to achieve,” Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said. “We’re going to keep pressing forward and really focus on finishing strong.”

The Razorbacks routed Tennessee in the final Fayetteville game for 17 seniors. Four of the seniors scored touchdowns: receivers Joe Adams and Jarius Wright and running backs Broderick Green and De’Anthony Curtis.

“It was just fun to watch,” Wilson said of the big plays by the seniors. “It’s fun to see the evolution of the entire program, where it was when we walked in and started a bunch of young guys.

“We really kind of got beat up that first year [in 2008], and to see where we’re at now, and send them out right, feels great.”

Bequette said he didn’t take any time Saturday night soaking in the scene at his last game in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

“This is all business right now,” Bequette said. “This team’s on a mission. We’re not taking any time to look around and enjoy the scenery.

“We’re 9-1 and we’ve got two big SEC games left. This was just one more win.”

The SEC has three of the top six teams in the BCS standings for the third time. The other two times were the fourth week standings in 1999 (No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 Alabama) and first week standings n 2005 (No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 LSU).

Other SEC teams in this week’s BCS standings are are No. 12 South Carolina, No. 14 Georgia and No. 24 Auburn.

Tom Murpy’s ballot

  1. LSU 2. Oklahoma State 3. Alabama 4. Arkansas 5. Oregon 6. Oklahoma 7. Clemson 8. Georgia 9. Wisconsin 10. Virginia Tech 11. Stanford 12. Boise State 13. S. Carolina 14. Nebraska 15. Mich. State 16. Southern Cal 17. Kansas State 18. Houston 19. Michigan 20. Florida State 21. TCU 22. So. Miss 23. Virginia 24. Notre Dame 25. Georgia Tech

DROPPED OUT

Penn State, Cincinnati, Texas

Sports, Pages 15 on 11/14/2011

 

Arkansas has convincing win over Vols

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson scored on two touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, helping the Razorbacks post a 49-7 victory over Tennessee and rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

Photo by Jason Ivester

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson scored on two touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, helping the Razorbacks post a 49-7 victory over Tennessee and rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

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My son Wilson and I enjoyed watching this game since we have only beat the Vols 4 out of the last 16 times we have played.

Here is the story from a Tennessee perspective:

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Near the end of the third quarter Saturday night, Justin Worley had more passing yards than one of the SEC’s most prolific quarterbacks.

Tennessee, as a whole, had already surpassed its SEC season high in total offense thanks partially to a running game that was as effective as it’s been all year.

And all the Vols had to show for it were seven points.

Opportunities and second chances abounded during the Vols’ 49-7 loss to No. 8 Arkansas, but they mostly went squandered. Faced with a tall task against a Razorback team still in contention for a share of the SEC West title, the Vols had only themselves to blame for a number of self-inflicted wounds on the way to their fourth single-digit scoring effort of the season.

“When you don’t answer the bell at some point, it’s hard to sustain it,” coachDerek Dooley said. “We had a lot of chances to answer the bell. And it just wears on you.

“It probably wears on (reporters) watching it. Doesn’t it? Yeah, well we’ve got the same feeling watching.”

The Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) ran for their most yards (138) since their Oct. 1 rout of Buffalo and their most in SEC play since last month’s 111-yard effort against No. 1 LSU. They had the ball in their possession nearly 15 minutes longer than the Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1), had two fewer penalties and notched three plays of 45 yards or longer en route to posting their highest yardage total (376) — by nearly 100 yards — of the conference season.

Rajion Neal’s 11-yard touchdown run, though, was the only thing that kept the Vols from being shut out by one of the SEC’s lowest-ranked defenses.

“It hurts,” said Neal, who finished with 87 yards of offense. “You’re so close but then you’re just so far away.

“As time goes on, we’re going to find that bond and that rhythm where we all can just play together and make the big plays we’re capable of.”

No play demoralized the Vols’ offensive efforts more than Worley’s interception in the second quarter, his second inside the opponent’s 10-yard line in the last three games.

On the 14th play of a 72-yard drive, Worley, on third-and-goal from the Razorbacks’ 5, was flushed out of the pocket before he tried to force a pass across the middle to DeAnthony Arnett. Arkansas’ Tramain Thomas came from the opposite direction of Arnett to pluck the pass out of the air and prevent the Vols from making it a one-possession game heading into halftime.

“All it is is making the perfect throw and I’ve missed them a couple of times against South Carolina and Arkansas,” said Worley, who completed 15 of 29 passes for 208 yards before he was benched in favor of Matt Simms in the fourth quarter. “I’ve just got to go in and work on that week in, week out.”

The perfect throw was there for a number of double-digit strikes to Da’Rick Rogers during the first half. It just wasn’t there on third downs, where the Vols converted just four of 18, or on fourth downs, where the Vols converted just one of four.

Given new life early in the first quarter after a Rogers fumble deep in Arkansas territory was overturned by a booth review, the Vols moved back a yard during the next three plays before a failed fake field-goal attempt.

Conceivably, the Vols’ final shot at keeping the game close — midway through the third quarter and trailing 28-7 — ended when Worley threw the ball between two receivers on a fourth-and-1 from the Vols’ 40-yard line.

One play later, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson made the perfect throw, a 40-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams, and yet another second-half rout was on.

“Coach (Darin) Hinshaw does a good job of saying ‘White piece of paper.’ Just forget about that play and go play the next play,” Worley said. “That’s what we all have to do. It is tough when things are piling up. But we’ve got to pull out of it.”

The Vols haven’t scored in the second half in their last five games. In SEC play, the Vols have been outscored 118-22 in the second half.

“We’re getting a lot of scars this year, a lot of learning,” Dooley said. “This is like we’re in advanced football school of beat-down learning. Lot of learning going on. Lot of teaching.

“I don’t know how much we’re learning from it.”

Andrew Gribble may be reached at 865-342-6327. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/gribble

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Arkansas fans pull against Alabama every week for chance to get back into SEC West race jh40

Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze (4) is brought down by Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph (37) after a catch in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Tuscaloosa Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazmore)

Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze (4) is brought down by Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph (37) after a catch in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Tuscaloosa Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazmore)

I really was pulling for Tennessee last week. When I heard the score was 6 to 6 at halftime, I became the biggest Big Orange fan of all-time.  I know that Alabama needs to lose for Arkansas to get back in the SEC West title race. Harry King hopes that Arkansas can take care of business and get to the 10-1 record which would possibly make the Arkansas at LSU game very important. (King pointed out we probably would not win a tie-breaker.)Most people have said that no team except Alabama and LSU has a chance to win it all this year. I do mean win it all. If you win the SEC the last 5 years then you naturally will play in the National Championship game and will win it too.

Trent Richardson and Alabama will try and run away from LSU in the game of year on Nov. 5.

Will history repeat itself this year? We will see. I am shocked that Arkansas went backwards in the BCS after the road victory at Ole Miss. Arkansas was jumped by Kansas State and Oregon this week in the BCS.

BCS

HarrisUSATodayComputerBCS
Rank Team Record Rank Pts % Rank Pts % Avg Avg Last Week
1. LSU 8-0 1 2854 .9927 1 1457 .9878 .930 .9702 1
2. Alabama 8-0 2 2777 .9659 2 1434 .9722 .950 .9627 2
3. Oklahoma St. 7-0 3 2559 .8901 4 1301 .8820 1.000 .9240 4
4. Boise St. 7-0 5 2410 .8383 5 1213 .8224 .830 .8302 5
5. Clemson 8-0 6 2346 .8160 6 1174 .7959 .860 .8240 7
6. Stanford 7-0 4 2523 .8776 3 1327 .8997 .660 .8124 8
7. Oregon 6-1 7 2136 .7430 7 1121 .7600 .560 .6877 10
8. Kansas St. 7-0 10 1764 .6136 12 827 .5607 .830 .6681 11
9. Oklahoma 6-1 8 1866 .6490 9 964 .6536 .690 .6642 3
10. Arkansas 6-1 9 1851 .6438 8 974 .6603 .670 .6581 9
11. Michigan St. 6-1 11 1760 .6122 10 932 .6319 .370 .5380 16
12. Virginia Tech 7-1 15 1343 .4671 15 729 .4942 .640 .5338 12
13. South Carolina 6-1 14 1378 .4793 14 730 .4949 .530 .5014 14
14. Nebraska 6-1 13 1508 .5245 13 798 .5410 .250 .4385 13
15. Wisconsin 6-1 12 1731 .6021 11 867 .5878 .110 .4333 6
16. Texas A&M 5-2 17 1040 .3617 16 520 .3525 .570 .4281 17
17. Houston 7-0 18 975 .3391 18 507 .3437 .420 .3676 19
18. Michigan 6-1 16 1072 .3729 17 519 .3519 .300 .3416 18
19. Penn St. 7-1 19 769 .2675 19 448 .3037 .350 .3071 21
20. Texas Tech 5-2 21 407 .1416 22 180 .1220 .340 .2012 NR
21. Arizona St. 5-2 20 542 .1885 20 253 .1715 .130 .1633 NR
22. Georgia 5-2 22 337 .1172 21 208 .1410 .220 .1594 NR
23. Auburn 5-3 30 60 .0209 38 3 .0020 .370 .1310 20
24. Texas 4-2 25 152 .0529 26 49 .0332 .270 .1187 24
25. West Virginia 5-2 23 330 .1148 24 155 .1051 .000 .0733 15
Others Receiving Votes:
Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms (12) drops back to pass against Alabama during the first half of a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill)Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms (12) drops back to pass against Alabama during the first half of a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)