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We have had some great information this week and two weeks ago when we were first slated to roast the pigs, so here is a recap for you.

Arkansas at Texas
2:30 Kickoff
Televised on ABC

ABC Regional Coverage Map
Also available on ESPN360.com if you don’t have a TV but do have a computer and the right high speed provider

Last Meeting: #7 Texas 22, Arkansas 20 (Sept. 11, 2004; Fayetteville, Ark.) Game Recap if you forgot
Texas leads the all-time series 55-21. Texas is 28-11 in Austin. Srr50 tells the story on this one-sided rivalry.

From the Texas Game Notes,

Texas has outscored the Razorbacks 1,713-972 in the 76 previous meetings. Texas and Arkansas have played 33 games that were decided by 10 points or fewer with the Longhorns holding a 21-12 advantage. Texas owns a 36-11 mark in games decided by 10 points or more. Texas’ average margin of victory in the series is 18.1 points, while Arkansas’ is 11.0 points. There have been 17 shutouts in the series, with Texas winning 16 of those contests. The Longhorns blanked Arkansas in 10 of the first 13 meetings in the series, including the first four games between the teams. The last shutout in the series came in 1957 with Texas claiming a 17-0 win.

We are retiring the numbers of #60 Tommy Nobis and #20 Bobby Layne during a halftime celebration. Barking Carnival historians looked back on both men two weeks ago.

Srr50 broke down the historical significance of the 1965 Orange Bowl and Tommy Nobis' role in the outcome.

TaylorTRoom had a great piece on The Blond Bomber, #20 Bobby Layne. This is a must read before the ceremony tomorrow.

Mark Rosner of the Statesman also wrote a tribute to #20.

"He had one of the most incredible wills to win I ever saw," said Bill Sansing, the team's publicist during part of Layne's career at Texas. "He had talent, but his competitiveness outshone his talent."

Prior to the game, Longhorn two-time consensus AA OT Jerry Sisemore will also be recognized as a member of the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002). He is also member of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and Longhorn Hall of Honor.

BRAGGonUT recommmends Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming to the Barking Carnival readership. The book does a tremendous job of placing the game into its historical context – there were four current or future US presidents in the stands that day with the political backdrop of the Vietnam War protests on the campus and the societal unrest relating to segregation.

RazorbackExpats.com had a good write-up on the "Great Wins" on the rivalry from their perspective. And better yet, they also pulled the scabs off of the crushing defeats at the hands of the Longhorns.

I haven't personally seen the Razorbacks play yet this year, so I can't offer much in the way of advice on their ballclub but it is safe to say that they have been real bad thus far. Their season consists of two come-from-behind wins over directional schools and a thumping at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

I have seen the following quotes:

"This could be a really long year for Arkansas. There are problems all over the place and just about the time one liability looks improved, another one springs up."

"The Razorback defense recorded its first turnover of the season (although it was against a second-string quarterback)." -- That was in their third game.

"This could be a rough year for the Razorbacks...Immediately ahead on the schedule are three more games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 10.

Arkansas looked overwhelmed in facing its first Top 10 opponent of the season."