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Arkansas-LSU Moves Back To Friday

After a two-year layoff, the battle for the Golden Boot will return to its rightful place — the Friday after Thanksgiving — this fall.  That’s great news on the recruiting front for LSU and Arkansas.  Especially Arkansas.

From 1995 through 2008 the Razorbacks and Tigers played on the Friday afternoon after Turkey Day.  CBS tabbed the Iron Bowl for that slot the past two seasons.  But this year’s Hogs-Tigers game is already on the books for a 2:30pm ET kickoff… back on Friday.

Bobby Petrino — knowing that this homestate recruiting pool is awfully shallow — has made it clear that he wanted that Friday game back.  While LSU already has a strong recruiting base to begin with, Arkansas needs the extra exposure.  And playing on Black Friday puts the Razorbacks front and center before thousands of recruits off from school and hungry for some holiday football on the tube.

The 2010 season was a good one for the Razorbacks for many reasons.  The defense improved, the offense lived up to its preseason billing, and the Razorbacks reached their first BCS game in school history.  All great.  And now landing that Friday slot in front of national TV viewers is the icing on the cake. 

Or the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie as the case may be.

 


7 comments
Robert
Robert

I understand Cal's point, because many of those SEC fans would watch all three New Year's Day games, if they weren't on at the same time.

Glad to see the Arkansas-LSU game moved back to where it belongs, btw.

hojo
hojo

Oh, sorry, I forgot another delacacy: GATOR ON A STCK!!!

hojo
hojo

Hey guys, don't foget, CBS controls everything during the year, so if they want you at 2:30 on a Sat afternoon, your there. We strongly dislike playing home games in the afternoon in BR, not enuff time to COOK pork ribs, pork loins, pork chops and ELEPHANT JERKY!!!!

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Cal...

But ESPN/ABC owns all three games. They're getting every SEC viewer they would get anyway... they're just spreading them out. Think of it as one big pie. ESPN/ABC owns the pie. You can cut the slices any way you like, but the pie is still the same... and ESPN/ABC owns it.

John

Cal
Cal

Makes sense. I just always thought that television ratings drove the networks to a certain extent. I guess that ESPN has so much money that they no longer need to worry about ratings because they have the market cornered.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Cal...

The SEC has no problem with ESPN's schedule as the network funnels big cash to the bowls... who in turn funnel that money right back to the SEC.

As we've discussed here previously, the SEC is "roadblocking" the college football world on New Year's Day. By playing three games at just about the same time, the SEC and Big Ten make it clear that they are the kings of the football world on the sport's biggest day. Turn your tv on... Big Ten vs SEC. Change channels... Big Ten vs SEC. Flip again... Big Ten vs SEC.

For recruiting purposes, it doesn't hurt to have three league teams playing opposite one another on New Year's afternoon. It insures that America will associate big-time New Year's Day football with the Southeastern Conference (and the Big Ten). Stinks for fans, but I would be surprised if the league asked for changes.

John

Cal
Cal

Works for me! But one thing that is upsetting is how ESPN dictates the start time for SEC games. It was hard to watch the SEC on New Years Day this season because Bama, Florida and Mississippi State were all playing at 1:00 or 1:30. Wouldn't it make more sense for ESPN to schedule these games at different times for ratings purposes? I'm guessing that I'm not the only person that wanted to watch all three of those teams bowl games and judging by the ratings the SEC bowl games were drawing it only makes sense to me that they should have started those bowls at different times. I used to enjoy watching the Outback Bowl at 11:00 a.m., didn't enjoy getting up for it when I went to the game however, but that game was fun to watch New Years morning (sure beat the heck out of the Rose Parade). My only problem with ESPN is they times that they have games starting. Too many regular season games are on at the same time also (usually 7:00 p.m. EST). How about a little variety so the football junkie doesn't have to choose one game every Saturday night or buy three tvs for the same room?

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