Big-time football returns to Hog Heaven

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Big-time football has returned to Fayetteville.

In a word, this place is jumping … and has been all week.

The Arkansas students started setting up their tents just outside Gate 17 at the student entrance to the stadium on Monday, and by Friday night, there was a sea of tents stretching all the way past Bud Walton Arena.

A home football game is always a big deal when the Hogs are playing at Razorback Stadium. They’re as close as it gets to a state’s professional team in the SEC.

But the buildup and anticipation to Saturday’s game with No. 1-ranked Alabama has been three times what it normally is around here.

Good luck in finding a ticket.

The best seats were going for close to $500 two hours prior to the game. Even the seats in the upper deck were going for $200.

Fans were everywhere outside the stadium looking for tickets, and we’re talking well into the thousands.

Hey, it’s been 31 years since two Top-10 teams played a game here.

And if Friday night on Dickson Street was any indication, this place is going to be raucous.

Let's hope the game itself holds up its end of the bargain.