Haha, we better get with the program and take these yahoos seriously. It's a really big deal to them to beat us.
I've observed this as well. They will always be more fired up to play us than Ark is to play them. Definitely true for football and basketball.
There are other schools I would put in that category as well: Memphis and Oklahoma State.
Mizzou has a chip on their shoulder due to us taking some coaches, but I've observed they just tend to look down on Arkansas for some reason. They always seem fired up.
Ok St has a chip because they've always looked up to 'big brother' Oklahoma, and some of that carries over to 'big brother SEC team' Arkansas.
Memphis, mostly hoops, has always had a burr under their saddle being surrounded by bigger SEC schools like Ark, Tenn, Alabama, and Ole Miss.
My observations are over a long period of time...not just because Ok St drilled us this year, although that game is a good example. Those guys couldn't wait to play us.
Obviously Ark State would fit that category as well, but we will not schedule them. But when they finally had a chance to play us in the Women's NIT back then, they were frothing at the mouth at the chance. Of course, they won.