In the state of Arkansas, people take the Hogs very seriously. Every fan wants the Hogs to win every game, which I'm almost certain is on par with fans of every other sports program.
And some games just add a touch of fuel to the fire.
Whether it's added incentive to beat LSU because the Tigers coach just can't seem to speak properly, or it's time to renew the old SWC rivalry with Texas, or in this case the old SWC rivalry with the Aggies of Texas A&M.
One thing is for sure, Cowboy Stadium will be Fayetteville-South come October 9, 2010.
Arkansas fans travel very well, whether it's Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, or even the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Hog fans will travel at great lengths to support their beloved Razorbacks.
The fans are a staple of the University of Arkansas.
Just as "The 12th Man" is to Texas A&M.
In last year's game two great fan bases came together in Dallas, Texas to watch the renewal of an old rivalry between the Hogs and Aggies. Although, most of the students at either University, don't share the knowledge or hatred that most long time fans have.
Many younger fans of Arkansas hear rivalry and think LSU, or Ole Miss.
As I'm sure most of the younger fans of the Aggies think Texas or Texas Tech.
They don't realize the long running rivalry that dates back as early as 1903.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have a 39-24-3 edge against the Texas A&M Aggies, with the longest winning streak between the two, being nine games that spanned from 1958-1966.
The two were only annual rivals between 1934 and 1991 in the Southwest Conference, before Arkansas left to join the Southeastern Conference.
This rivalry has seen both teams win National Championships, and spans through generations of alumni and fans.
The rivalry that these two programs have built over the last century, has also helped build what we call college football today.
With that little history lesson I hope that younger fans will appreciate exactly what it is that they witness when they travel to Cowboy Stadium this year to see the Hogs and Aggies.
This year looks to be a better contest than the last, Arkansas tuning Texas A&M to a final of 47-19 in 2009.
With Arkansas having a bye week, Coach Bobby Petrino will undoubtedly be focused on improving the running game, which quite possibly cost the then no. 10 Hogs, a shot at upsetting no. 1 Alabama.
Texas A&M travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma this Thursday to take on Big 12 foe Oklahoma State before the Southwest Classic next Saturday.
The Aggies led by Head Coach Mike Sherman will head into Stillwater boasting a record of 3-0, with wins over Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Florida International University.
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson has gone 64 0f 109 for 865 yards, with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Johnson's counterpart, Ryan Mallett will enter the Southwest Classic having gone 95 of 138 for 1438 yards, with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Arkansas is coming off of a disappointing loss to no. 1 Alabama, dropping the Hogs from no. 10 to no. 15 in the nation.
The Aggies will face their first real test this season on Thursday, after a come-from-behind win over FIU last week.
I'll give you a closer look at how these two foes match up on paper in the coming days.
Week 5 of the college football season looks to be a good one, with many teams delving into the always treacherous conference schedule.
Thanks for the read and look for part 2 of my look into the Southwest Classic.
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