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Arkansas will face Mississippi State at 11 a.m. inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Arkansas-Mississippi State: Pregame observations from Razorback Stadium

Trent Shadid

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas will host Mississippi State at 11 a.m. CT Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

To help get you ready for the game, SEC Country is providing pregame observations from the stadium until kickoff. You can also click here to see score predictions and players to watch, and click here for how to watch on TV or online.

Here’s the rundown of information gathered from the sidelines prior to kickoff:

  • 8:45 a.m.: The tailgating scene outside the stadium is almost non-existent. It doesn’t resemble anything like a normal game day in Fayetteville. The early morning, the cold and a bad team will do that.
  • 9 a.m.: As expected, redshirt freshman quarterback Cole Kelley is not with the team as Arkansas arrives at the stadium. Kelley was arrested early Sunday morning by the Fayetteville Police Department on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and careless driving. Bielema announced Monday he was suspended indefinitely.
  • 9:50 a.m.: The weather is not conducive to a good crowd, either. It’s misty, overcast and there is a rapidly-dropping temperature with big wind gusts. Great weather to play in. Fun. But not so great to sit in the stands and watch.
  • 9:56 a.m.: Scouts from the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants are watching Arkansas players warm-up pre-game. Per the media seating chart upstairs, too, the Candian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders are also here.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Roughly 30 recruiting visitors on the sideline before the game. Defensive end commit Isaiah Nichols of Springdale High and 2019 wide receiver Jadon Jackson of Bentonville West are the most notable.
  • 10:15 a.m.: They have five junior-college official visitors confirmed here, but they are not on the sideline now. One can only assume it may be because of poor crowd and/or the bad weather. This isn’t supposed to get better at any point today.
  • 10:21 a.m.: Here come the JUCO recruits.
  • 10:22 a.m.: TJ Hammonds is getting some kickoff-return work. Wonder if he will be back there with De’Vion Warren?
  • 10:30 a.m.: Arkansas center Frank Ragnow, who is out after having ankle surgery earlier this month, says he will not be healthy enough to play in the Senior Bowl in January. Ragnow received an invitation to the game two weeks ago.