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78. That's the number of times Arkansas and Texas—old SWC rivals—have played each other. Starting with a 54-point blowout in 1894, cruising through to The Game of the Century in 1969, and most recently landing on an easy Razorback victory in the 2014 Texas Bowl... this is a matchup that was circled on all our calendars as soon as it was announced.
Fayetteville will play host to Matchup #79 this season as ESPN comes to town and flips on the bright lights for a nationally televised game.
Here are three things you might not know about the Longhorns coming into this season... and how the team can get one over against an old rival:
▶️ Missing Anchor: Texas will have four of their starting offensive linemen back. That sounds like big trouble for the Razorbacks... until you realize the one the Longhorns won't have back is All-Big 12 left tackle Samuel Cosmi. That's a big loss for an offense that will be led by one of several inexperienced signal-callers.
▶️ Quarterback Carousel: The only Texas quarterback that new head coach Steve Sarkisian has tape on is junior Casey Thompson, who came in when starter Sam Ehlinger was injured during the Longhorns' win in the Alamo Bowl last year. Sure, Thompson threw four touchdowns on just 10 passes, but he led just 10 drives all last year. He's likely the starter going into this game, but we won't know for sure until likely next month.
▶️ Thin Up Front: Texas' defensive line had just 17 sacks in 10 games last year and the only player (Joseph Ossai) who finished with more than 2.0 sacks was drafted. Mix in the fact that the team's leading tackler (Juwan Mitchell) entered the transfer portal and you've got a recipe for success if Coach Pittman & Co. want to run the ball effectively or get the short-passing game going.
SEC Media Days is scheduled to start on Monday, July 19th. Leading up to the event, we'll be breaking down all 12 of the team's opponents in 2021. Up Monday? Georgia Southern!