Texas A&M has started the season off doing its part to make the old Southwest Conference rivalry game against Arkansas, now played as SEC members, relevant but the Razorbacks have not. The difference in fortunes have not stopped the game from getting a marquee time slot on Sept. 26.
The Aggies have started the season 2-0, kicking things off with a big 38-17 win over then-No. 15 Arizona State. Texas A&M followed up the statement win with a solid beating of Ball State by a score of 56-23.
Arkansas on the other hand toppled UTEP 48-13 in its opener and then fell flat in Little Rock against Toledo, losing 16-12. The road to Arlington, Texas, to face Texas A&M on a neutral site in Week 4 now looks a little more daunting for the Hogs. In order to enter that game at 2-1 Arkansas must first defeat pass-happy Texas Tech at home this coming Saturday.
Betting lines for Texas A&M’s game against Nevada in Week 3 opened with the Aggies favored by 25, but then soared to -34 after bettors jumped on the wagon. Arkansas, despite Saturday's poor showing, is still favored by 11.5 to 10.5 points, depending on the service, against the Red Raiders.
The exact time slot is still fluid, as is the channel, but the time is set for either 7 or 7:30 p.m. ET with the game slated to be shown on either ESPN, ESPN2 or the SEC Network. A final determination will be announced on Sunday.
The Aggies kick off against Nevada at noon ET this Saturday for a game that can be seen on the SEC Network, while the Texas Tech vs. Arkansas matchup is slated for a 7 p.m. ET start on ESPN2.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.