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    ASU would ‘move mountains’ to juggle schedule for game with Razorbacks

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    We’ll just go ahead and get the obvious question out of the way up front now because Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson will play Arkansas anywhere, any time.

    “We would move mountains to make that happen sooner than our schedules are available,” Anderson told Derek Ruscin and Zach Arns (Ruscin & Zach) on ESPN Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon.

    The whole matter of the Razorbacks playing the Red Wolves is something likely down the road. It would be interesting to see if there’s more money for both teams playing each other even with contract buyouts.

    “It would be great for the state,” Anderson said. “It’s a risk for them if they play us but it would be great for the state.”

    Honestly it should have happened years ago. It’s been a rather ridiculous argument the two schools haven’t played for about 20 years or so.

    When the game happens (and note I’m not saying if) the game should and likely will be played in Fayetteville. It’s not my decision and the whole Little Rock issue is for another time but the guess is that’s the first item.

    And it doesn’t make any difference to the folks in Jonesboro. They would probably play the game in a parking lot.

    “It would be huge,” Anderson said. “It would sell out in about five minutes. I do believe it will.”

    He’s right about that and it would be good for football in the state.

    ASU is also planning on getting the season started on time.

    “Our guys are all back,” he said. “We went through the testing, quarantine and all those steps. Happy to say everybody is doing well and working out.”

    Like the rest of the college football world, he’s looking ahead and preparing for a complete season starting on time at Memphis on Sept. 5.

    Which, really, is about the only way coaches can look at it.