As a sports fan, I love it when fall kicks into gear. Many sports teams around the state hit the field again for exciting seasons. With a mix of larger university teams and smaller colleges competing, nearly everyone in Arkansas can find a sport they enjoy. Read on for just a sample of the fall sports on offer for fans and players alike.
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Football is a force in itself in the fall and the Razorbacks lead the way this year as head coach Bret Bielema returns for his fifth year. When the Hogs take the field on Aug. 31, fans will be watching to see how they perform. Of course, the Razorbacks aren’t the only football team in the state. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are looking to improve upon the 2016 season, which started off shakily but ended with a win over the University of Central Florida in the Cure Bowl. Fans can catch the first home game Sept. 9. You can find plenty of opportunities to watch football this fall, including the UCA Bears, the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, the Harding Bisons and the Southern Arkansas Muleriders.
On the women’s side, volleyball is one of the most anticipated fall sports, and there are plenty of teams to watch. The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions look to improve on their 9-15 season from 2016 and return quite a few starters. The Little Rock Trojans are picked to finish 4th in the Sun Belt West division this year. The UA-Ft.Smith Lady Lions are the team to watch, though. Even after losing all its starters from the 2016 season, they are heavily favored to win the Heartland Conference. The Lions have won the last five regular conference seasons and the last six conference tournament titles. They begin their title defense Sept. 1.