After beating Texas A&M, Arkansas shows its potential for SEC contention under Sam Pittman

ARLINGTON — While Jimbo Fisher remains steadfast in his pursuit of Alabama’s Nick Saban at the top of college football’s salary scale, it appears he has other SEC coaches in his way, at least for the 2020 season, when it comes to catching Saban on the field of play.

And one of them is named Sam Pittman.

Arkansas’ second-year head coach ended a long streak of suffering at AT&T Stadium when the Razorbacks stormed out to an early 17-point lead and then held on to upset the Aggies 20-10 Saturday afternoon. It ended the Aggies’ eight-game win streak over Arkansas here — they also beat the Razorbacks in College Station last year. A&M’s 11-game win streak overall going back to last season also disappeared. The Aggies’ top 10 ranking (7th in AP, 5th in the coaches poll) will vanish next.

“I don’t know what it means to the program,” Pittman said. “I know that we’re 4-0 and we beat 15 [Texas] and we beat 7 or 5. I believe both Texas and A&M are pretty good. But I believe the Razorbacks have a really good football team.”

It has been a minute since anyone thought that, let alone said it out loud. I don’t know if you would say Pittman is making people remember Ken Hatfield or forget him, but, either way, Pittman is the first Arkansas coach to beat the Longhorns and the Aggies in the same season since…

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