LITTLE ROCK — One week into the football season, an adjustment on column content is necessary.

LITTLE ROCK — One week into the football season, an adjustment on column content is necessary.

Roughed out during the summer, the material published each Thursday was to be a thorough look ahead at Arkansas’ game. This week, 660 words of speculation about the Razorbacks vs. Nicholls State is overkill.

Know that Arkansas is allowed 22 more scholarships than Nicholls of the Football College Subdivision and that Nicholls gave up 539 yards rushing to the Air Force Academy last week in a 28-point loss to the Falcons who were 2-10 last year.

On Saturday, quarterback Brandon Allen will have a nice day throwing to Hunter Henry, Demetrius Wilson and others; Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams, and Korliss Marshall will threaten 100 yards rushing each, and the defense that surrendered 595 yards last week will look like world beaters.

In Arkansas’ season opener, there were questions about Auburn’s quarterback and how long the Razorbacks would remain in contact with the Tigers. The guesses were that the Tigers would throw more with Jeremy Johnson, that Nick Marshall would run effectively, and that Auburn would be leading by 10-14 after three quarters.

This week, there is no suspense.

Coach Bret Bielema says a team that runs for 210 yards or more and throws for 210 or more prevails 90 percent of the time. Arkansas should meet both minimums and win big.

Moving on.


LSU and Georgia reinforced the SEC’s reputation as the best football league in the country, beating a Wisconsin team that is predicted to reach the Big Ten championship game and a Clemson that supposedly has its best defense in years.

This week, the SEC can tread water at best because the schedule rivals the one on Nov. 22 for games of little interest.

The only conference game matches Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Arkansas State University at Tennessee might be the most competitive of the games vs. non-conference opponents. Like Arkansas, LSU and Texas A&M are playing FCS teams — Sam Houston and Lamar.

In Houston, the stats of LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings were far below average, but vastly superior to those of Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy. Jennings, who beat Arkansas with a last-minute TD pass last year, was 9-of-21 for 239 yards. A converted safety, McEvoy was 8-of-24 for 50 yards with two interceptions.

One reason LSU scored the final 21 points is that Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon only had two carries in the last 29 minutes because of a hip injury. A Heisman Trophy candidate, Gordon finished with 16 carries for 140 yards.


By default, the Pac-12 — second to the SEC in quality and depth — takes center stage this week.

Back to back on Saturday, USC plays Stanford and Michigan State is at Oregon. USC is the second choice behind UCLA in the South Division and Stanford shares top billing in the North with Oregon.

The second game matches teams in the Top 10 and is the perfect platform for the Ducks’ Marcus Mariota and the Spartans’ Connor Cook to begin their Heisman campaigns with some fourth-quarter heroics.


The media overreacted to A&M’s rout of South Carolina, jumping the Aggies from No. 21 to No. 9. The coaches were more sensible, voting A&M No. 13.

During the next three weeks, the Aggies will move up as they pile up the points vs. Lamar, Rice, and SMU. My over-under for the Aggies is 160 points for those games.

The week of the Arkansas game, the Aggies could be No. 6 or so in The AP poll.

Voters in the poll are not the only ones jumping on the A&M bandwagon. According to, odds on the Aggies to win the College Football Playoff plummeted from 75-1 to 18-1. Louisville was the only other legitimate contender with such a dramatic drop in odds, going from 150-1 to 50-1 after beating Miami.

Odds on LSU, Ohio State, Michigan State, USC and Baylor fell a few points.

Harry King is sports columnist for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. Email: