A Better Region 8: U of A and A-State?

ABR8: Univ. of Arkansas vs. A-State?

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - This week, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s athletic department discovered there were other campuses in their system and that those campuses also have athletic programs.

They immediately announced plans to play one of them.

The Razorbacks announced a football game with UA Pine Bluff in 2021. That’s great!

In-state games in almost every other state are some of the most watched and talked about games all season.

It's great for sports fans, it's great for in-state schools, and it's great for our state's economy. All of that money staying in state.

The Golden Lions have as much chance in beating the Razorbacks as the Red Wolves have in beating Alabama.

Now, the Hogs did play UAPB and UALR in baseball this season.

I would suspect a game with Central Arkansas would be next before I dare, say it: a game with Arkansas State.

The Red Wolves’ fans have been wanting a game with Arkansas with chants of “how long will the hogs run” for decades.

Arkansas has nothing to win and everything to lose, at least that seems to be their reasoning.

There’s a lot at stake. Just ask Arkansas State, which lost the last game they played in football to lower division UCA.

I'm still bitter about it, and waiting on the redemption game.

Isn't that what college sports is all about?

The rivalry, the fun and excitement of the backyard game with friends and family with pride and bragging rights at stake.

UCA beat Arkansas State in football, and this season, Little Rock beat Arkansas in baseball. The sun still came up the next day.

This is a great first step, but it’s past time for a game between Arkansas and Arkansas State in every sport.

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