January 18th, 2011 01:34 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas, LSU
Tags: Especially Arkansas, Hogs Tigers, recruiting, Turkey Day
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.
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