Is Arkansas really an eight-wins-or-better team this season?
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If Arkansas goes 4-0 against this crew, watch out
homer Arkansas alum podcaster (really, all of the above) John Nabors is not afraid to go out on limbs. And in typical Nabors fashion, he is proclaiming the Razorbacks will go 4-0 against Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
If that happens, it’s a guaranteed seven-win season for coach Bret Bielema’s bunch. And very well likely to be staring at eight wins.
As to whether it happens or not… well, Nabors and our Trent Shadid think so. Yours truly? Not so much.
Another broken foot
Arkansas linebacker Josh Harris has been down a few days after undergoing surgery on his broken foot. The news didn’t make a ton of waves because Harris is a walk-on who hasn’t logged significant time just yet. Personally, I think he stood a better chance at getting linebacker PT than Jamario Bell, whose broken foot came a couple weeks ago, yet the Bell news blew up. But what do I know?
Anyway, turns out, the foot injury is no joke. Harris is missing real time.
Arkansas and dual-threat QBs … are they a fit?
Coach Bret Bielema has long touted his offenses, at Arkansas and Wisconsin before that, are pro-style offenses. The misnomer is they are ground-and-pound offenses. And while there are seasons the Razorbacks and Badgers have gone run-heavy — at least, relative to most other college football teams — they have been rather balanced under Bielema’s watch.
One thing that hasn’t happened under the coach, though: dual-threat quarterbacks. Russell Wilson was the closest thing to a dual-threat quarterback under Bielema, and I’m not sure I’d classify him as such. Nowadays, seems like “dual threat” means someone whose feet aren’t made of stone.
The question is, why not? Why haven’t Arkansas offenses signed more dual-threat types? Or, more importantly, why haven’t they panned out when it has happened (Duwop Mitchell, anyone?)? We tackle that question and more in our weekly recruiting mailbag.
New ‘Voice of the Razorbacks’
Don’t worry. Chuck Barrett is still your primary voice on radio for football and basketball. The man *is* Arkansas sports to lots of folks on the radio. Florida State hasn’t poached him yet.
But on television, Razorbacks fans will hear a new voice, that of Brett Dolan. If you’re an Astros fan, you’ve probably seen or heard him. I’m sure he has some great Dallas Keuchel stories, anyway.
These new guys can play
Earlier this year we gave you our list of Arkansas newcomers who were likely to see some time on the field in their first season. Jimmy Carter over at WholeHogSports did the same Thursday.
Most of the names are the same: Chase Hayden and Chevin Calloway, most notably. But there are a couple surprises in there, too.
Darren McFadden is a $3 player?!
Look, I’ve been around a year with SEC Country and more than three years on the beat as a whole. Y’all know I’m not exactly Mr. Rose-Colored Glasses. I leave that to everyone else. But this just ain’t right, now.
ESPNU put out a fun tweet giving fans $15 to “buy” four players and a coach. Five options at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defense and the head man.
Somehow the man who was hosed out of (at least) one Heisman Trophy is ranked as the third-best running back? Pffft. Give me a break.
15 DAYS TIL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON!
How would you spend your $15? pic.twitter.com/0ZHahkhn5r
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) August 10, 2017
Tweets and the like
Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports has a lot of friends in Arkansas. Ahem. He made more of them after his radio appearance on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Thursday. I mean, he has the Razorbacks with more wins than I do. *shrug*
Sallee: I’m not high on Arkansas’ switch to the 3-4 … Overall, I think they’re a 6- or 7-win team.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) August 10, 2017
FTR: I think the world of Barrett.
OK, this one is weird. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Arkansas in a bowl. That isn’t the weird part. He has the Razorbacks in the Liberty Bowl (where they were two years ago) against Kansas State (the same exact team they played two years ago). Not sure how in the world that happens.
Projecting the bowl matchups. https://t.co/0ePCEjc6w9
— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) August 10, 2017
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