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HED:Clinton won't be only excitement in Arkansas
By Todd Vinyard
President Bill Clinton's scheduled appearance isn't the only added excitement to the Ole Miss at Arkansas contest Saturday.
Clinton plans to visit his home state for the Arkansas Homecoming festivities. Meanwhile, the game has some far reaching implications in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
Arkansas leads the division at 4-0. If Ole Miss, 3-2 in the SEC, hopes to win the West they must win at Arkansas, and get some help. Then the Razorbacks would have to lose another conference game, and the Rebels would have to win out.
"We are going to have to lay it all on the line," Ole Miss cornerback Gary Thigpen said.
Ole Miss has games with Arkansas, Georgia, and Mississippi State left. Arkansas must play Tennessee, Mississippi State, and LSU. Mississippi State, at 3-1, remains in the hunt. Besides Ole Miss and Arkansas, Mississippi State has Kentucky and Alabama remaining.
How wild has the West been? A preseason poll of sports writers had Arkansas finishing last with Ole Miss third and State fourth in the West. Ole Miss ended preseason favorite LSU's title chances. But the Rebels don't have long to celebrate.
"I wish we could celebrate this longer, but we've got to get ready for a tough Arkansas team," Rebel quarterback Romaro Miller said.