You shouldn’t be surprised by Arkansas’ 2-5 record, but you can be angry about it
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Hope for Arkansas football is hanging by a string
The 2-5 start for Arkansas football is not surprising. If you believe it is, you weren’t paying attention. You should read Breakfast more often.
What is surprising is just how beaten the Arkansas football team has looked in those seven games. Not even just the five losses. The wins over Florida A&M and New Mexico State left a lot to be desired, too. The Razorbacks don’t appear close to hanging with the middle of the SEC pack and forget about fighting with the Alabamas and Georgias of the world for an SEC championship.
A 32-point loss to Auburn on Saturday was just the latest in a season full of worse-than-expected performances. Losing games is one thing. Getting jackhammered is another.
Yet, that’s what’s happened this season. It isn’t completely fair to head Hog Bret Bielema, but fairness is moot in college football. On one hand, you have a man who has taken the Razorbacks to three straight bowls. Decent ones, too. But on the other hand, you have one of the losingest coaches in school history.
Only games against Coastal Carolina and Missouri look immediately winnable the rest of the season. That’s more bad. One more victory, likely against Ole Miss (if there was another win to be had), would get Arkansas to a bowl. That’s more good.
Whichever way you want to lean, there’s an option for you. Neither one is wrong.
Just don’t call this season a shock.
Arkansas isn’t shocking because it’s bad. Arkansas is just shockingly bad.
This is only going to end badly
Back near the beginning of the season, before things really hit the fan with the Arkansas football team, Bielema already had the 11th-best approval rating among all SEC coaches. Well, 11th best or third worst, depending on how you want to look at it.
I fear where it’s going to be now.
But, as we do every month, we’re giving you an opportunity to sound off about it. Make your monthly vote here.
A lack of mental toughness is another way to say a team has ‘quit’
My boy Trent Shadid came with the strength Sunday in his follow-up to Arkansas’ blasting Saturday. He wrote that Arkansas teams lack that fortitude and Bielema is the reason why.
That’s different than blaming Bielema for it. No one at SEC Country Arkansas is doing that. But it comes down to a simple thing: It may not be the coach’s fault, but it’s ultimately his responsibility.
The 0-19 record when trailing at halftime is going to ultimately be what end’s Bielema’s tenure. If it were just, say, 5-14, or whatever, we aren’t having this conversation today, this season. When the Razorbacks get down under Bielema, they fail to get up.
It’s a problem no matter how you slice it, no matter what word you use to describe it.
- Shadid keeps track of every stat line from each Arkansas commit in the Class of 2018. Here’s his roundup from this past weekend. One local product, from just down the road in fact, had a good Friday night.
- USA Today columnist Dan Wolken is an Arkansas native. He wrote over the weekend that Arkansas is “just plain bad.” He isn’t wrong, though I’m still wondering how or why anyone thought otherwise.
- Former Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, who played under Houston Nutt, has been one of the most outspoken critics of Bielema during the last few weeks. That continued over the weekend.
- If there was one bit of good news for Arkansas, it’s that it won’t have to face the SEC’s leading passer this weekend. Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson is done for the season after tearing up his knee. Bummer for Ole Miss. Positive for the Hogs.
Tweets and the like
• Ex-Hogs basketball player Bobby Portis is suspended after getting into a fight with a teammate. That news came out last week. Portis addressed the suspension this past weekend. Not sure which part is my favorite — Portis going third person or the number of times he said the word compete.
Bobby Portis addresses his suspension pic.twitter.com/DFr547ITIY
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) October 21, 2017
• Good luck to former Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette on his new journey.
Former Razorback and New England Patriot, Jake Bequette answers the call of his country. Just completed basic training at Ft. Benning. pic.twitter.com/PGEnJkE0xa
— Jim Carr (@JimCarr_HU) October 22, 2017
• Here’s Jones’ tweet.
changes have to be made… i don't want to hear about how we r so close… changes have to be made… coach B should be embarrassed
— mj9 (@donslims) October 22, 2017
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