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State of play: Only Hogs rebuff intrastate matchups

By Brooks Kubena

This article was published September 13, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson, left, and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema are shown during these 2014 file photos.

Last time SEC schools played in-state opponents in out-of-conference play

SEC team;year;opponent;result

Alabama;1944;Samford;W, 63-7

Arkansas;1944;Arkansas A&M;W, 41-0

Auburn;2016;Alabama A&M;W, 55-0

Florida;2015;Florida Atlantic;W, 20-14

Georgia;2016;Georgia Tech;L, 28-27

Kentucky;2017;Eastern Kentucky;W, 27-16

LSU;2014;Louisiana-Monroe;W, 31-0

Mississippi State;2015;Southern Miss;W, 34-16

Missouri;2017;Missouri State;W, 72-43

Ole Miss;1984;Southern Miss;L, 13-10

South Carolina;2016;Clemson;L, 56-7

Tennessee;2016;Tennessee Tech;W, 55-0

Texas A&M;2016;UT-San Antonio;W, 23-10

Vanderbilt;2017;Middle Tennessee State;W, 28-6

Arkansas and Arkansas State officials were nearly 150 miles apart Monday, but statements illustrated the programs are further apart on philosophies.

Last time SEC schools played in-state opponents in out-of-conference play

SEC team;year;opponent;result

Alabama;1944;Samford;W, 63-7

Arkansas;1944;Arkansas A&M;W, 41-0

Auburn;2016;Alabama A&M;W, 55-0

Florida;2015;Florida Atlantic;W, 20-14

Georgia;2016;Georgia Tech;L, 28-27

Kentucky;2017;Eastern Kentucky;W, 27-16

LSU;2014;Louisiana-Monroe;W, 31-0

Mississippi State;2015;Southern Miss;W, 34-16

Missouri;2017;Missouri State;W, 72-43

Ole Miss;1984;Southern Miss;L, 13-10

South Carolina;2016;Clemson;L, 56-7

Tennessee;2016;Tennessee Tech;W, 55-0

Texas A&M;2016;UT-San Antonio;W, 23-10

Vanderbilt;2017;Middle Tennessee State;W, 28-6

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Jfish says... September 13, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.

If you are a confident Division I program, you should not shy away from playing anyone, especially on your own campus or in Little Rock. I believe with the UA's current philosophy and non-conference schedule, they are beginning to lose fans. This is your program Jeff Long, not Frank Broyles' now.

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KingCoyote says... September 13, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.

Not for a minute do I believe that stuff about splitting the allegiances of the state by playing in state rivals. UAF is simply afraid of losing to a smaller in state college. This could very well be one of the years an A-State sticks it to UAF. Besides, you should keep the money in the state instead of paying $750,000 to an out of state institution.

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Delta2 says... September 13, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

Although not consecutively, LSU has played Tulane and other Louisiana schools in football (and other sports) long before 2014, and occasionally losing to some. Is there any doubt which program in Louisiana is dominant?

UAF is NW Arkansas' team as far as I'm concerned, and this only cements the idea. To me they might as well be in Ohio.

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jwat2000 says... September 13, 2017 at 8:23 a.m.

UAF paid Florida A&M $750,000 to travel from Tallahassee to Little Rock for a game. A comparable school, UAPB, is down the road and could have used that money. Heck, UAPB could have slept in their own beds, ate at the school dining facility and car pooled to Little Rock for the game. The game would most likely been sold out. All that money would have stayed in state.
Oh well.

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nc72211 says... September 13, 2017 at 8:35 a.m.

Jeff Long has a couple of problems. First, he was pretty stupid to comment in a manner that brings this up in the first place. His response should have been about the progress and enhancement of his program. Is AR really worried about their limited support? A game with ASU is going to hurt Them in support and money? BS. Second problem is big Jeff is losing his central and southern AR support, not from playing ASU, but by string them along over a period of years about the game in LR he wishes he could have cancelled a few years back. He has a unique way of saying it's about the money. This is really Jeff's bigger problem. he has a self created screw up with the LR fans. He has a solution in front of him. He could have a contract with ASU playing every other year in LR . He gets a full stadium at higher ticket prices and a home game at Fvlle every other year. Jeff proves you don't have to really be smart to make the big bucks

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hah406 says... September 13, 2017 at 9:12 a.m.

You all make me laugh. You complain about the Hogs not playing quality opponents and use it as an excuse to not go to games. Someone let me know when ASU or UCA are on par with a TCU, or Mississippi State. You complain about ticket prices, but then suggest we could charge much higher prices for a game against ASU and sellout the stadium. I don't believe that for one minute. And from the look of the stadium last Saturday, everyone from LR and southern Arkansas saying they won't go to Fayetteville to games isn't a problem. 75,000 fans in attendance.

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tomrob says... September 13, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.

who would want to see 2 mediocre at best teams play anyway???...yawn

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NoUserName says... September 13, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.

~70% of those 75,000 aren't from NWA according to UAF's own published data. Be careful what you wish for.

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hurricane46 says... September 13, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.

Arkansas is one of less than 30 programs in the country that don't take state money or charge students fees for athletics. But it's funny, with all that money they still put out a mediocre product, hell, even the great Ohio State is not afraid to play an in-state school.

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TravisBickle says... September 13, 2017 at 10:31 a.m.

There goes Long talking French again. Who is the "we" that he keeps referring to? "WE" feel like it divides people within the state." I've got news for you, Long, people in this state ARE divided on their loyalties to a particular program. Broyles is gone, it's time to join the 21st century. As bad as the Hogs are faring in the SEC at least it would give their fans something to brag about in-state. @nc72211, you got that right about Long. He's just a carpetbagger.

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