11 a.m. — again

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Arkansas’ game against Mis­sis­sippi State will be the fifth 11 a.m. kick­off for the Ra­zor­backs, fol­low­ing games against Texas A&M, New Mex­ico State, Ole Miss and LSU.

The morn­ing starts are noth­ing new for Bret Bielema, who said in his first sea­son as head coach at Wis­con­sin all the Badgers’ games kicked off at 11 a.m, in­clud­ing a 17-14 vic­tory over Arkansas in the Cap­i­tal One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2007.

“We went 12-1 and all 13 games were at 11 o’clock,” Bielema said. “Ev­ery one of them. So, I was in­doc­tri­nated early on.

“In the Big Ten they’re a lit­tle bit more preva­lent than they are here. When we got here, we went for a stretch there where we didn’t have one for a long time.”

Bielema said the 11 a.m. games are good for re­cruits be­cause they get to see a full game, then af­ter­ward the coaches can spend time with them and their par­ents.

“Ev­ery­body would prob­a­bly say 2:30 is ideal, but from a lo­gis­tics and work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, 11 o’clock is pretty on time,” he said.

“You get to that 6 o’clock, 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock and by the time the coaches get done, ev­ery­thing is out the door and we’re a lit­tle bit lim­ited. An 11 o’clock game is very func­tional for us.”

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