So much of this:
Those people wanting Bret Bielema and company gone really bring out the stupidity and ignorance of some of the people in our state.
— The Arkansas Logo (@Arkansas_Logo) October 9, 2016
Any notion Bret Bielema is on the hot seat, or even a warm seat, or, you know what, anything more than a standard room-temperature seat, is absurd. Also, I won’t write “seat” again this entire Breakfast.
It’s ridiculous. Arkansas is 4-2. The team was ranked as high as its been ranked in a half-decade. The Razorbacks’ two losses are to teams a combined 12-0. Honestly, a lot of people thought the Razorbacks would be 3-3 at this point, myself included. The case could be made they’re overachieving.
Yet, here we are. Insane people calling for his job. Or defensive coordinator Robb Smith’s.
Listen, yes, the 2016 Razorbacks have issues. Some of them serious. Recruits haven’t panned out as much as hoped, especially at safety, linebacker and offensive line. Schemes look tired (side note: What in the world do most of us know about schemes? I mean, really. Unless you played college football, the argument that ‘I don’t like the scheme’ makes little sense unless further articulated. Plus, it’s lazy and generic), I’m told. The next four games on the Arkansas schedule are all lose-able.
Here’s the thing with that: They haven’t been lost. They may not be lost. What if Arkansas does what Arkansas has done under Bielema the last three years? This is a second-half-of-the-season team. Say they go 5-1 or 4-2 over the back half. All of a sudden, you have an eight- or nine-win team staring at a solid bowl.
What’s wrong with that? Arkansas is not Alabama. Arkansas will almost certainly never be Alabama. But you know what, that’s OK.
Now, the flip side is, if things go sideways, if they go awry, if Arkansas loses five of its last six, then maybe. Maybe at the beginning of next season, the talk of ousting the most-respected football coach this team has had in 20 years can begin.
Think about it that way.
Oh, hi, Ole Miss, missed you
Listen, I’m not sure how many of you have ever heard of this play, but it was a pretty big deal back in the day.
Clearly, I’m joking. It’s the most iconic play in, well, I’m going to say program history. I honestly believe that.
Seemed appropriate to show it again, what with this being Ole Miss week and all. No better way to start festivities than that, eh?
The Nutty Professor
The “oust Bielema” movement’s forerunner is, for now, this man: Lawton Lanier Nalley. Perhaps you’ve heard of him at this point.
Nalley is, for now (again), a professor at the University of Arkansas. Perhaps he is the most famous professor at the University of Arkansas today after going rogue and screaming obscenities toward Bielema following the Razorbacks’ 49-30 loss Saturday night.
Much has been written about Nalley and I won’t rehash for the sake of rehashing. However, one thing that bears watching is the outcome.
How will Bielema handle the question when he’s inevitably asked about it later on Monday? And what will come of Nalley? Bagging on a colleague, as tangentially related as Bielema and Nalley could possibly be, isn’t something that goes over well at most places of work. Doing it in such a public setting even less so.
If you’re needing tickets, by the way …
— Herb Lair (@herblair) October 9, 2016
Hurts So Good, but I’m All In on Allen
I realize that’s the worst subhead in the history of subheads, so apologies right off the top. Point stands.
As good as Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was against Arkansas on Saturday, it’s easier when you have as much time as you want to throw to any receiver you want. I’m not trying to take away from the freshman, either. He’s solid and a future star and potentially a national champion.
I’m, however, still hitching my wagon to Austin Allen.
No one asked me, but here is my SEC quarterback top 10 so far this year:
1. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
2. Austin Allen, Arkansas
3. Jalen Hurts, Alabama
4. Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
5. Luke Del Rio, Florida
6. Sean White, Auburn
7. Josh Dobbs, Tennessee
8. Drew Lock, Missouri
9. Jacob Eason, Georgia
10. Danny Etling, LSU
• Whew. As good as the Arkansas soccer team has been, the Razorbacks finally ran into a buzz saw. In a matchup of 6-0 teams (in league play), South Carolina defeated Arkansas, 3-1, Sunday to lift the Gamecocks to sole possession of first place in the SEC. Arkansas now sits a game back in the loss column, tied with Auburn. Coincidentally, those two play Friday night down in Alabama. Bears watching.
• The Arkansas volleyball team was blanked against Missouri on Sunday, falling 3-0 in the match and to 1-4 in the SEC. Missouri holds first place in the conference, but Arkansas has won just two games out of 14 in its last four SEC matches. The Razorbacks return to play Friday against the SEC’s other 6-0 team, Kentucky.
That dude up in that catch above, you know, the one against Ole Miss last year? Yeah, he’s now officially rocking it in the NFL.
Hunter Henry caught his second touchdown pass in as many weeks Sunday afternoon. Safe to say Operation: Find Antonio Gates’ Replacement is in good hands.
Here is an update on the other former Hogs in the NFL:
- Travis Swanson, Detroit center
Started for Lions at center in 24-23 win over Philadelphia
- Alvin Bailey, Cleveland offensive lineman
Started for Browns in 33-13 loss to New England
- Alex Collins, Seattle running back
Seahawks had bye in Week 5
- Knile Davis, Kansas City running back
Chiefs had a bye in Week 5
- Trey Flowers, New England defensive end
2 tackles and a quarterback hit in Patriots’ 33-13 over Cleveland
- Hunter Henry, San Diego tight end
3 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Chargers’ 34-31 loss to Oakland
- Darius Philon, San Diego defensive lineman
No stats recorded in Chargers’ 34-31 loss to Oakland
- Ryan Mallett, Baltimore quarterback
DNP in Ravens’ 16-10 loss to Washington
- Brett Goode, Green Bay long snapper
Played in Packers’ 23-16 win over New York Giants
- Jason Peters, Philadelphia offensive lineman
Started for Eagles in 24-23 loss to Detroit
- AJ Derby, New England tight end
Recorded no stats in Patriots’ 33-13 win over Cleveland
- Chris Smith, Jacksonville defensive end
Jaguars were on a bye in Week 5
- Martrell Spaight, Washington linebacker
Recorded no stats in Redskins’ 16-10 win over Baltimore
- Robert Thomas, New York Giants defensive tackle
- Jonathan Williams, Buffalo running back
- Jarius Wright, Minnesota wide receiver
4 catches for 32 yards in Vikings’ 31-13 win over Houston
- Brandon Allen, Jacksonville quarterback
Jaguars were on a bye in Week 5
- Sebastian Tretola, Tennessee offensive lineman