The Razorbacks first met the Rebels in 1908 and played sporadically until 1981 when the two teams began playing annually. Ole Miss is also geographically the closest school to Arkansas in the SEC, which brings fans from both schools to the games making it a fun one to watch.
The winner of the matchup between these two SEC West foes is awarded the Golden Boot, a 24-karat gold trophy in the shape of the two states. Although the rivalry is not the most heated, there have been many spectacular moments in this series including Arkansas beating top-ranked LSU in triple overtime in 2007.
The Longhorns and Razorbacks haven’t played regularly since the early 90s, but the rivalry is still considered to be one of the fiercest in the eyes of Razorbacks fans. The most notable encounter between these two teams came in 1969 when the played the “Game of the Century.” The #1 ranked Longhorns came back from a 14-0 deficit after three-quarters and won 15-14 ultimately leading to them winning the national championship. Arkansas won the latest meeting between these two teams 31-7 in 2014 and has won three of the five meetings since the turn of the new millennium.
Razorbacks Tailgate Guide
The University of Arkansas offers a couple of different options regarding tailgating that allows for a great game day experience. Fans can tailgate in the surrounding lots of the stadium but the earlier you get there, the better off you’ll be as it fills up fast. Everyone gets up bright and early to get their game day parties started early here in Fayetteville.
Typically alcohol is not allowed on university grounds, but as long as you’re respectful and responsible, there should be no issue with it on game day. Arkansas tailgaters like to have fun but are also a bit more relaxed in their pregame rituals than you’ll find at some other rowdier schools. Come prepared to have a good time at a Razorbacks tailgate where you can grab some drinks and shoot the breeze with friends and fellow fans.
One of the best places to tailgate at Arkansas is The Gardens. This grassy area is filled with tents, grills, and massive tailgate vehicles as far as the eye can see. Located on the east side of Razorback Road, the space here will allow you set up a great tailgate and take part in all the best sights and sounds an Arkansas tailgate has to offer. Make sure to get here early though to claim your spot as The Gardens fills up early.
Finally, when attending a Razorbacks game, make sure to wear white and red and respond to the Hog Call around the stadium so you’ll fit right in with the crowd.
Located inside the Gardens, Fan Zone offers a fun, family friendly experience. Fan Zone features live music (for specific games), inflatable games for children of all ages, and big screen TVs showing all the major games of the day.
Where to tailgate
The GardensThis is the main tailgating spot for Razorback fans and is located on the east side of Razorback Road. People will come out to the Gardens as early as 7 am to get their pre-game celebration started in this grassy area that offers a ton of non-reserved lawn space. The Razorback shuttle will also take you to the stadium if you don’t feel like walking from the stadium
AT&T Fan Zone at The GardensLocated inside the Gardens, Fan Zone offers a fun, family friendly experience. Fan Zone features live music (for specific games), inflatable games for children of all ages, and big screen TVs showing all the major games of the day.
Victory VillageThere are two locations for the Victor Village tailgate, the east and north sides of the stadium. Victory Village offers reservable tented space, which includes a tailgate space, catering packages, and large tents that can accommodate many tailgaters.
Razorbacks Stadium Guide
Arkansas Razorbacks have called Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium home since it opened in 1938. The stadium opened as Razorback Stadium and sat 14,000 fans, however, today when attending a Razorbacks game you’ll be part of a packed crowd of over 70,000 screaming Arkansas fans.
Like all SEC schools football is king at Arkansas. The fans here are loud and passionate about their team, and fandom is passed down from generation to generation. Arkansas fans come out in particularly strong numbers to support their team when they play SEC rivals. However the fans who show up to nonconference games are the real die-hards who provide most of the noise on game day.
One of the things that sets attending a game at Razorback Stadium apart from other SEC schools is the beautiful scenic backdrop provided by the Boston Mountains. The mountains aren’t the only giant thing you can see from inside Razorback Stadium as here you’ll find one of the largest scoreboards in the SEC. There is a lot to take in at a Razorbacks game, so keep your eyes and ears peeled to not only the action on the field but also the beauty around you.
The stadium itself is a treat to visit as it is one of the most modern and beautiful in the SEC. The brick and glass facade gives Razorback Stadium a very modern look that is commonly associated stadiums that house NFL and MLB. Inside the stadium, the Razorbacks proudly show their strong college football tradition throughout the eastern, western, and southern concourses. You’ll see a rich tapestry of banners and tributes to teams of the past as well as all-time great players.
The gorgeous views, rich history, and die-hard fans make attending an Arkansas Razorbacks game something that every college football should do at least once.
Razorback fans will start the hog call by raising both hands in the air, waving their fingers as the volume gets louder, and saying “wooooo.” The arms go down with the word “pig” which immediately follows and then go back into the air in a fist motion during the word “sooie.” After the third time, the word “Razorbacks” will follow.
This tradition is special for any and all University of Arkansas Razorback fans, players, and marching band members. Arkansas’ massive marching band will conclude their pre-game performance in an “A” formation, in a tribute to Arkansas. The players will then run through the A as they enter the field.
Live hogs have been a part of the Razorback tradition as early as the 1920s but weren't a staple of the University until forty years later. Currently, a 380-pound Russian boar named Tusk is the live mascot for the Razorbacks, and he attends all home games.
The original style of one of the most recognizable pieces of fan apparel is a hard plastic hat with a long snout, rough razorback ridges across the top, and a sharp, pointed curley-cue tail. Modern versions of the hog hat are made with softer materials but regardless, no Razorback fan’s closet is complete without the hat!
Pure as the dawn on the brow of thy beauty Watches thy soul from the mountains of God Over the Fates of thy children departed Far from the land where their footsteps have trod. Beacon of hope in the ways dreary lighted; Pride of our hearts that are loyal and true; From those who adore unto one who adores us- Mother of Mothers, we sing unto you. We, with our faces turned high to the Eastward, Proud of our place in the vanguard of Truth, Will sing unto thee a new song of thanksgiving- Honor to God and the Springtime of Youth. Shout of the victor or tear of the vanquished; Sunshine or tempest thy heart is e’er true; Pride of the Hills and the white-laden Lowlands- Mother of Mothers, we kneel unto you. Ever the Legions of Sin will assail us, Ever the Battle in Cities afar; Still in the depths will thy Spirit eternal Beckon us on like a piloting Star. Down in dim years do thy dead children call thee, Wafted to Sleep while the Springtime was new; We, of the Present, thy hope of the Future- Mother of Mothers, we pray unto you.
Hit that line! Hit that line! Keep on going! Take that ball right down the field! Give a cheer. Rah! Rah! Never fear. Rah! Rah! Arkansas will never yield! On your toes, Razorbacks, to the finish, Carry on with all your might! For it’s A-A-A-R-K-A-N-S-A-S for Arkansas! Fight! Fight! Fi-i-i-ight!