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  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

    College Football on MSG: Amidst Controversy, OK State Looks to Go 3-0

    The Arkansas Razorbacks will try and extend their record to 3-0 when they face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon (MSG, 12 PM) in their third non-conference game.

    While the Razorbacks are breezing through their early-season schedule with new coach Brett Bielema, Southern Miss has not been as fortunate, as their new head coach, Todd Monken now owns an 0-2 record at his new post.

    The Golden Eagles enter Saturday’s game losing 14 straight games after dropping this season’s two opening games, including losses to Texas State (22-15), and Nebraska (56-13).

    "It's 0-2," Monken told the Mississippi Press. "I wasn't here for (last year) and a lot of our players weren't here for that. I can only speak to what we are now. We're 0-2, and we're disappointed. It's not where we thought we'd be, but that's what we've earned. We've earned an 0-2 and we've got to fight like heck to not get to 0-3."

    It won’t be easy however.

    The 2-0 Razorbacks defeated Louisiana in the season opener, 34-14, and last Saturday defeated Samford 31-21.

    Saturday’s game will mark the first contest between these two schools, which are going in different directions.

    Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State Cowboys hope to make headlines Saturday -- on the field -- as they play the Lamar Cardinals at Boone Pickens Stadium (MSG+, 7:30 PM).

    The Cowboys have recently been in the news, as Sports illustrated came out with a report that several OSU players have been the recipients of improper benefits; a charge dating back to 2001.

    Although an NCAA investigation will undoubtedly ensue, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy will do his best to keep his team’s focus on the field.

    "There won't be any further comment from me concerning this issue," Gundy said at his press conference with the media on Monday. "I will say that we, our staff and myself are focused on our team doing the right things. I'm very proud about what we've accomplished here, on and off the field."

    Oklahoma State has been impressive on the field so far, crushing Mississippi State 21-3 and then defeating Texas-San Antonio 56-35, earning their No. 12 ranking in the country.

    Lamar demolished Oklahoma Panhandle State 75-0 in its season opener, however dropped a tough tilt at Louisiana Tech last Saturday, losing 27-14.

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