Don't these two states even give it up? In the spirit of the old South-Western Conference, made up of seven universities from Texas and the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Star Gazette reports that the final three contestants on USA Network's country-music series Nashville Star consist of two contestants from Texas and one from Arkansas. Although the voting is complete, the winner will not be announced until Saturday night at 9.

The Texans are 19-year-old Miranda Lambert and 41-year-old John Arthur Martinez, who has performed in both English and Spanish. The other candidate is Buddy Jewell from Osceola, Arkansas ... and the Star Gazette is unabashed about its rooting interest for its homeboy.

We wish all of the contestants good luck and only wish to express our regret that the University of Arkansas defected from the SWC to the SEC, ending the multiple annual renewals of the mutual rivalry.