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King: A&M Game Suddenly Became Bigger

LITTLE ROCK — More about anticipation than revelation, the first Saturday of college football provided one irrefutable truth — Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray is a fast freshman with a high excitement quotient.

King: Arkansas, UTEP Play Roles

LITTLE ROCK — Barely 20 minutes into the game, perfect role playing by Arkansas and UTEP cleared the conscience of those who chose to stay home and check out three SEC West teams rather than drive to Fayetteville.

King: Bielema Draws, Keeps Big Crowd

LITTLE ROCK — Working out before 8 a.m. Monday, a regular at the neighborhood gym planned to complete his routine, clean up, and then hightail it downtown to grab a parking spot before the flood of people for Bret Bielema’s appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

King: Reading Between The Odds

LITTLE ROCK — Interpreting a sports book shun of Kentucky and Vanderbilt, Alabama has the most difficult cross-division schedule in the SEC’s Western Division, Arkansas is No. 2, and LSU is No. 3.

Decisions, Decisions For ASU QB

LITTLE ROCK — On one side of the field, the three wide receivers might run some sort of route combination with a built-in screen pass while the receiver on the opposite side can make for the sideline or embark on a skinny post route.

King: Coaches Poll Resonates

LITTLE ROCK — Spotted in January, a way-too-early Top 25 began with TCU. Another one in May was risk-free, endorsing Ohio State. Both were dismissed out of hand. Available online and in various publications, other predictions were given a cursory glance at best.

King: Preseason All-SEC Misses

LITTLE ROCK — Perturbed that Arkansas is not represented on the media’s All-SEC First Team, Razorback fans need only note the plight of these pairs: T.J. Yeldon and Todd Gurley, Mike Davis and Alex Collins, Corey Grant and Keith Marshall.

King: An Overseas Duel

LITTLE ROCK — In the dark ages, a cell phone weighed almost 2 1/2 pounds, ESPN was only a concept, the World Wide Web was more than a dozen years away, and the British Open was on TV for two hours … tape delayed.

King: Predicting the SEC

LITTLE ROCK — In the unlikely case that an old prognosticator accurately predicts the participants in the SEC championship game, Jan. 9, 2012, will be cited often to support the theory that it is difficult to beat a team twice in one year.

King: Not So Fast

LITTLE ROCK —Two solid rounds of golf, including one with an extremely positive asterisk, plus a venue with fond memories do not add up to Tiger Woods’ 15th major tournament title next week.

King: SEC vs. Power 5

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas is one of four SEC teams that should be perfect against non-conference opponents this season, the last time that 4-0 will be darned near automatic for league teams.