Sound Off: It’s not a lost season for Arkansas — yet

Eric Bolin

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas football team, for the first time this season, has a golden opportunity to change its perception.

The Razorbacks host Auburn at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday night, and while Arkansas is a struggling program, Auburn is trending the same direction. In fact, Auburn may be in a more tenuous spot with its coach than even the Razorbacks.

At least, that’s what Auburn fans think.

SEC Country beat writers Eric W. Bolin and Trent Shadid discuss Saturday’s game in this week’s edition of “Sound Off.”

Could Auburn be a hinge game for Arkansas?

As much as some Razorbacks backers are ready to get rid of Bret Bielema, the Arkansas coach is still Arkansas coach. Barring something completely unforeseen, he will be until at least late November.

Arkansas is a team that still believes. The Hogs can still win eight games this year. Fans might not believe it, but the locker room still does. Accordingly, they players are going to do everything they can to get there.

All of it starts this week against the Natural State’s own Gus Malzahn and the Tigers.

Below are time stamps for specific topics that we discuss:

  • Start – Alabama week is, thankfully, over. But even as bad as it was, did it change anything?
  • 1:00 – Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is, undoubtedly, on the hot seat. But after Auburn blew a lead against LSU last week, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is, too. What does this game mean for both coaches’ future?
  • 3:00 – It would be ironic if Bielema, on his hottest of hot seats, were to pull an upset against a man who is perpetually on a hot seat. That alone wouldn’t save Bielema’s job, but it would help.
  • 4:30 – What are the chances Arkansas does pull the upset? Auburn is a 15½-point favorite as of Wednesday, but that number is lower than some observers expected. Things could turn here.
  • 6:15 – A lot of people already assume Bret Bielema is out the door. Well, he isn’t. This is a team that still thinks it can make a bowl and a coach who believes he’s the right man for the job. They’re going to push for it.
  • 7:30 – To make things happen, though, Arkansas is going to have to consider changing some things, such as instituting more up-tempo offensive play.

Check back with SEC Country all season for everything you need to know about Arkansas football, including weekly videos from Eric and Trent breaking down the biggest Razorbacks stories of the year.