We can’t pick and choose our rivals. Ask Arkansas and Missouri about that. Rivalries are a matter of mutual animosity that transcends win/loss records. They’re not temporary. There is equity. There are shared experiences and there is the passage of time. Louisiana and Appalachian State aren’t rivals. South Alabama and Troy are. The animosity is mutual.

On September 11, the Tigers darken The Cent in Butchboro. The win over UCA was jolly good fun, sure. But the stakes are higher on Saturday, somehow. We don’t share a conference. We have few common opponents. Though we claim the same recruiting grounds, the beef between the two programs is more personal than professional – especially with Memphis recently enjoying the national success Arkansas State has always wantonly craved.