The last Road Trip of the Week was one of many things washed away by Hurricane Matthew, so just to be on the safe side, let’s venture to the western part of the SEC this time.
Fayetteville, Ark., is our destination of choice this week for a meeting of the Razorbacks and Ole Miss Rebels (7 p.m., ET, ESPN). We’re pleased to report that weather isn’t likely be to an issue.
Google Maps suggests a hearty 401-mile drive that’s slated to take just under 6 hours, which doesn’t account for bathroom breaks or sightseeing.
Let’s have a look at the route:
Why on earth one would choose to add 76 miles to the journey by dipping down through Greenville is anyone’s guess. If you’re looking for a faster option, there are flights available from Memphis to Fayetteville for about $380 per person.
Why the game could be good: For Ole Miss, it’s important to not give any more ground in the SEC West standings. The Rebels have a 1-1 league record (with a loss to tied-for-first-place Alabama). A second SEC defeat would put them 2 games back of the Tide and equally unbeaten Texas A&M.
Chad Kelly & Co. need to win out and hope the Aggies defeat Alabama on Oct. 22. That would create a three-way tie atop the SEC West standings at the end of the regular season — and some fun for the mathematicians.
Arkansas, on the other hand, needs to bounce back from its home loss to Alabama last week. Running the football more effectively would be a nice start. The Razorbacks were held to 73 yards on the ground.
This is also a rematch of one of the most exciting games of 2015, a 53-52 win for the Razorbacks in overtime. Remember Arkansas’ fourth-and-25 conversion? Crazy:
Stop for food: It’s tempting to stop in Memphis, but that really isn’t close enough to halfway to be practical. No one would blame you for eating at Huey’s or at one of the many amazing barbecue joints, though.
Little Rock is a more suitable place to break up this drive.
What to see along the way: If you’ve never seen it, check out Graceland when you’re passing through Memphis. In Little Rock, you actually can hold $1 million in your hands. Leaving with it might be a bit tricky, though.
What to do besides watch football: Should you arrive in Fayetteville on Friday, there’s a performance of I and You at TheatreSquared at 7:30 local time.
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and Wilson Park are pretty good places to whittle away an afternoon, too.
Tailgating options: Find The Gardens and hang out there. Technically, alcohol isn’t allowed at Arkansas tailgates, but rumor has it that well-behaved fans have little to fear.
Parking: Come early and bring your wallet. Parking is $20, and spaces tend to fill up quickly. Learn more here.
Need a postgame drink? Want to celebrate a big win (or drown your sorrows)? Yelp has a few bar suggestions for the weary traveler.