Arkansas football would love to make everyone eat crow at this point
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Arkansas can shock the world … or, at least, the Razorbacks fan base
Only the most strident of optimists are picking Arkansas to beat Auburn on Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas is a two-touchdown underdog to the Tigers and, based off the way the Razorbacks have played, almost no one expects them to show anything other than why they’re underdogs.
My colleague Trent Shadid and I both picked Auburn wins. Trent by 13 and me by 18. Our SEC Country Arkansas podcast host, John Nabors, who also happens to be our resident Arkansas fan, also has the Razorbacks falling, but by even more. He has it 48-21, Auburn.
Nabors’ prediction is not dissimilar to others I have seen from the fan base. All over Facebook and Twitter, Arkansas fans are predicting the worst. Part of that is the nature of fandom. Things are either happy and positive or gloom and doom. There is very little in-between with ardent supporters. Write something negative when things are up and you’re persona non grata. Write something positive when things are in the dumps and you’re a jock-sniffing homer. Trust me, I know.
Arkansas fans aren’t giving Arkansas a chance. Arkansas media isn’t giving Arkansas much of one, either.
But the Razorbacks need not prove or show anything to us, any of us. They believe they can win. They believe they can go bowling. So, they’re going to do everything they can to make us all eat crow.
Hope for Arkansas’ future with 2018 class?
There is no quick fix for the Arkansas football team. There are lots of depth issues at several different positions.
But that doesn’t mean Arkansas is about to fall off the map.
My guy Shadid was asked if the 2018 recruiting class can be expected to jump in and immediately contribute. Or, rather, how many can.
It’s a decent question, too, because it looks like the Razorbacks, defensively and on the offensive line, especially, could use all the extra bodies they can get.
Time to get a first look at Arkansas basketball
So many people have mentioned to me how they’re just finished with the football season. An Arkansas win over Auburn wouldn’t even save them. Not really. They’re just waiting on basketball.
I caution them on that. The Razorbacks are good, no doubt, but they lost a lot and the SEC is loaded. Arkansas was picked sixth in the conference during SEC Media Day on Wednesday. Lots of fans cried foul, the pushing of North Carolina to the final minute still fresh in their minds.
Well, for those who are ready for hoops, you can head out to Bud Walton Arena on Friday night. The Razorbacks have their annual Red-White scrimmage a day before football looks to upset Auburn.
Admission is free and doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tip is at 7 p.m. The school is asking fans to bring a nonperishable food item to donate.
See you out there.
- Speaking of basketball, forward Arlando Cook is back and practicing. Coach Mike Anderson announced his return Thursday. Cook will play in the scrimmage but won’t play in games until there is clarity on his legal status.
- Shadid also took a look at the projected Razorbacks 2018 offensive class.
- These 10 things happen and Arkansas could pull the upset, wrote Clay Henry with WholeHogSports.
- A stream-of-consciousness batch of notes on Arkansas’ open basketball practice Thursday from Jimmy Carter with WHS.
- Nabors talks about the possibility of Gus Malzahn heading to Arkansas in his Borderline Erotic podcast.
- Injured Arkansas cornerback Ryan Pulley gave an update of sorts on his status. Pulley is out for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle in the season opener.
Tweets and the like
• The past with the future here. Former Arkansas and current Texas A&M coach Gary Blair and former Arkansas assistant and current Razorbacks head coach Mike Neighbors met up at SEC Media Day for women’s basketball. Neighbors was Blair’s assistant when the latter was coaching in the early 2000s in Fayetteville.
— Razorback WBB (@RazorbackWBB) October 19, 2017
• For what it’s worth, Memphis’ coach is Mike Norvell, who played at Central Arkansas and has connections to Tulsa, as well. Cough, cough.
What a comeback by Memphis! Incredible second half — 42 points after scoring 0 in the first half.
— Bart Pohlman (@SportsTalkBart) October 20, 2017
• Might want to skip the 2016 Auburn-Arkansas game, though.
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 19, 2017
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