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23 NWA COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW | 8.28.2022 www.NwafoodbaNk.org Main Square option We are thankful for the continued support we receive from Arkansas Razorback Athletics for our organization and for those we serve. HAVE A GREAT SEASON! http://www.bentonvilleglass.com/ 507 South main St. • bentonville, ar 479-273-5545 residential • automotive • commercial Bentonville Glass Inc. serving nw arkansas since 1971 Window Tinting for your home and car! the fourth time. The Aggies won the first meeting, 70-14, at Miami in 1944. The Hurricanes then swept a home-and- home series in 2007-08, winning 34-17 at home and 41-23 on the road. 5. ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M, SEPT. 24, ARLINGTON, TEXAS After several close calls, the Razorbacks finally ended their misery against Texas A&M by beating the Aggies 20-10 last season in AT&T Stadium. Arkansas stopped its losing streak in the series at nine games and beat the Aggies for the first time since A&M joined the SEC in 2012. It will be the SEC opener for Texas A&M and the first of four consecutive conference games away from College Station. After playing Arkansas, the Aggies are on the road at Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi State, so they can ill afford to lose to the Razorbacks. Sam Pittman became the first Arkansas coach to beat Texas A&M since Bobby Petrino in 2011 when the Razorbacks rallied to win 42-38. Despite the Aggies' recent domination, Arkansas leads the all-time series against its former Southwest Conference rival 42- 33-3. Arkansas hasn't won back-to-back games in the series since taking three in a row from 2009-11. 6. TEXAS A&M AT ALABAMA, OCT. 8, TUSCALOOSA, ALA. Alabama already had plenty of incentive for this game after the Aggies upset the Crimson Tide 41-38 in College Station last season on a last-play field goal. Then Texas A&M Coach Jimbo Fisher gave Alabama enough bulletin board material to fill Bryant-Denny Stadium. After Alabama Coach Nick Saban, speaking to a group of businessmen in Birmingham in May, accused Texas A&M of buying its No. 1-ranked recruiting class through Name, Image and Likeness financial collectives bank-rolled by boosters, Fisher called a press conference the next day and ripped his former boss. Fisher, who was Saban's offensive coordinator at LSU, claimed Texas A&M had done nothing wrong. He accused Saban of being "despicable" and called him a "narcissist" while implying he has cheated to get to the top of the college football mountain and stay there. Saban apologized for his comments and the two have since downplayed their verbal spat, with Fisher saying it was unfortunate their disagreement became public. Apparently, Fisher forgot calling a news conference makes it difficult to keep things private. Alabama's star players — quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson — were asked at SEC Media Days about Fisher's comments regarding Saban and essentially said they'll do their talking when the Tide play the Aggies. That makes it a "must see" game. 7. FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA, OCT. 29, JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Florida Coach Billy Napier, the latest former Nick Saban assistant to land an SEC job, will face Georgia and Bulldogs Coach Kirby Smart — also a former Saban assistant — for the first time. Smart and Napier worked together at Alabama from 2013-15 when Smart was the defensive coordinator and Napier See GAMES, Page 25 850-434-6159 https://hogbite.com/

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