Chad Morris’ first year at Arkansas could be failure
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Question of the Day: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The good news for first-year Arkansas coach Chad Morris is the bar is set rather low. Former coach Bret Bielema won four games last season and just one in the SEC. When he arrived, he didn’t win a single SEC game and just three overall. Still, Bielema coached at Arkansas five seasons.
Arkansas is too good, talent-wise, for another three-win year. That would definitely qualify as a disaster. Even a repeat of Bielema’s four-win season a year ago would be a major disappointment. Five wins are probably enough to satisfy and be termed as acceptable.
The number makes sense. Wrote on Monday how Arkansas has a shot in seven of its 12 scheduled games this year. Anything more than seven would be overachieving. Anything less than five would be underachieving. Sweet spot is right there in the middle.
Several weeks back, on Twitter, I sat the over/under for Arkansas wins at six. That’s how it should be in Las Vegas, too. So many people came back with “exactly six.” That isn’t how over/under is played. The number is set exactly, or as close to exact, where the most bettors will figure. The trick is picking around that number.
Anyway, on that over/under, I picked the under. Reason being, right now, Ole Miss is probably a choice to beat Arkansas. That would leave the Razorbacks with five projected wins. Five wins. The mark of break-even, though some will say that’s a disappointment, too. Those are the people we like to call the Never Satisfied.
Just because Bielema left doesn’t mean they did.