FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two weeks is a long time to stew in emotion. Nothing but bad news and negativity have come out of Arkansas since the Razorbacks’ 28-7 loss to TCU in Week 2. Now that it is officially Week 4, game week against Texas A&M, only six more days of lying in verbal filth remain.
Some prefer this status. As the great Lloyd Dobler of Say Anything once said, “If you start out depressed, everything is kind of a pleasant surprise.”
If that isn’t you when it comes to Arkansas football, take solace. Most of what we have seen in the past two weekends of football suggest things may not be quite as dire as before. The following may not make the Razorbacks any better, technically. But they could score a better season than the loss to TCU suggested because of a plain and simple reason that never would have been written even a couple years ago.
The SEC stinks.
What was once the unquestioned best conference in college football now looks like the Big 12. Teams are tripping over themselves to stay out of the Top 25, practically.
Tennessee and Florida played a game Saturday that set back offenses 10 years.
South Carolina and Kentucky’s pillow fight scared no one.
Auburn and Texas A&M needed superior second halves to put away such powerhouses as Mercer and Louisiana.
Ole Miss lost to Pac-12 also-ran Cal. Missouri was absolutely embarrassed by Purdue.
You know who is flying the SEC flag? Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
Everyone else looks they have serious problems. Even those four are far from infallible.
If there was ever a year for Arkansas to make a move in the SEC, it’s this one. Teams are ripe for the picking.
Now, Arkansas has had its issues, too. The TCU game was a pathetic effort. The Razorbacks have their own in-house cleaning to take care of. But they also have one more week to do it, and Texas A&M isn’t exactly looking like it will take the world by storm all of the sudden.
Say Arkansas wins. I know it’s a big ask given Texas A&M hasn’t lost to the Razorbacks since joining the SEC, but still. New Mexico State isn’t as good as Arkansas, and those Aggies come next. Then it’s off to Columbia, S.C., against the Gamecocks. No Deebo Samuel means USC isn’t nearly as scary as it once was. Besides, Kentucky handled South Carolina in Week 3 and it’s, frankly, Kentucky, for crying out loud.
A 4-1 record heading into Alabama week will erase lots of these bad feelings that linger from TCU. I’m not picking it that way, but it also wouldn’t shock me.
Of course, say Arkansas doesn’t beat Texas A&M. Say it slips past New Mexico State. Say the Gamecocks win, the game being at home and all. A 2-3 record heading into Alabama week would be a death knell.
Welcome to SEC 2017.