Hogs' Petrino gets first taste of bitter rivalry; Longhorns, Hogs to play tomorrow

When Arkansas introduced Bobby Petrino as its new football coach, Razorbacks fans greeted him with frenzied calls of "Wooo, Pig! Sooie!"

Tomorrow, he'll stand in the middle of an unfriendly crowd of about 98,000 chanting "Texas Fight!"

Longhorns fans will conjuring up generations of hatred for Petrino's Razorbacks going back to the 1890s. He's about to get his first taste of 1 nasty rivalry.

The No. 7 Longhorns (3-0) and unranked Razorbacks (2-1) meet in the regular season for just the third time since 1991. And there have been plenty of old-time Arkansas players and fans telling Petrino about the rivalries glory days and the pride at stake.

The cross-border rivals used to play in the old Southwest Conference, and several national championships hinged on the outcome of their battles.

From 1961-1970, one or both teams were ranked in the top 10 eight times. Texas won two undisputed national titles that decade, and the Razorbacks won the Football Writers Association crown in 1964 with an 11-0 season that included a 14-10 win over Texas. No game was more famous than the 1969 matchup that Texas won 15-14 in front of a wild crowd in Fayetteville, including President Nixon.

The Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks will be playing right here on KLTV 7 at 2:30 pm tomorrow afternoon.

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