Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Smart guys they've got over there at CFN.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
South Carolina suffered a tough loss last night in a great game against the Tennessee Volunteers. That sets up an ESPN matchup between a 5-3 Razorback squad and a 6-3 Gamecock team at 7:00 next Saturday. The game will be on either ESPN or the Deuce, and the network will announce which on Monday.
Great day of college football yesterday. Mississippi State pulled off the big upset against Kentucky. Georgia and Florida played a great one, with Georgia getting the win. Oregon got a late interception to seal the victory over USC. Tennessee followed General Neyland's maxims late night and won the kicking game in overtime to beat South Carolina. Lots of good games, lots of big plays, especially in the SEC.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
There are only two other SEC games that weekend, with the Alabama Crimson Tide playing host to the LSU Tigers. Per their website, CBS has "tentatively" picked up that game, but you have to think it's a no-brainer, given that both teams are currently 4-1 in the conference, the Nick Saban "you can't go home again" factor, and that the winner may very well go to Atlanta. Here is a link to CBS' website. It is also interesting to note that game is a 4:00 kickoff and I think ESPN has an option on the Oregon State-USC game that day. So unless we find ourselves on the Deuce, the South Carolina game may not be televised at all. That doesn't sound right.
It is also interesting to note that the following week, CBS has also "tentatively" picked the oldest rivalry in the south, Auburn-Georgia, but have also listed Arkansas-Tennessee as a possibility. I don't see it. That game screams LFS, given that South Carolina-Florida is also that day and we haven't been on LFS yet this year.
UPDATE: Per the SEC website, everyone passed on the Arkansas-South Carolina game. Therefore, the Hogs will go a MONTH without playing on TV by the time the Tennessee game rolls around. SOMEONE will pick up that game, right?
In a sense, this game reminded me of the Auburn game last year, although against a much lesser opponent. Dick started out 7-7 for about 70 or so yards and 2 scores early in the game, which got us out to a nice lead and kept the Rebel defense from crowding the line too badly.
Although there's not a lot to take from this game, other than it was a good effort on the road by a team that could have really come out flat, it only adds to the "what might have been" nature of our season. After a pillow fight next weekend with Florida International, the South Carolina Gamecocks come to town. We'll see then if our defensive shuffling and Dick's efficiency are harbingers of improvement or a one hit wonder.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
PW (17-25 overall) - Tennessee, Florida, Texas Tech, Auburn, Arkansas, Kansas State
JF (21-21) - Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Arkansas, Miami
TL (28-14) - Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, LSU, Ole Miss, Rutgers
JG (25-17) - Tennessee, Florida, Texas Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss, Michigan State
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I remember listening to a post game report last season and hearing Schaeffer comment (and I'm paraphrasing), "2007 is the year for the Razorbacks. With all of this talent returning and a favorble schedule, a national championship is a possibility." Because national championships are hard to win at any school (and it's what makes winning one so damn impressive), I took Rick's comments with a grain of salt. But I did believe that 2007 would be an SEC championship type season, not matter how tough the rest of the competition in the conference was.
But things happened and the wheels came off. No more Mustain, Williams, Malzahn, passing game, efficient offense, etc., etc., etc. David Lee and that band of offensive bozos have not only ruined any hopes for an SEC Championships (something that has mysteriously eluded Nutt since he's been at Arkansas), but's obliterated McFadden's Heisman hopes. As they say, Atta Boy!
In almost as much time as Nutt has been at Arkansas, South Florida's had a football program. Today, they stand #2 in the BCS, and they control their own destiny. If the Bulls win out, they'll play for a national title. I raise this point because Arkansas fans bitch and moan about everything. It's South Florida! In a little over a decade, they've built a program into a national power. How? Coaching, that's how.
An e-mail chain went around last night about Nutt and what should happen. Knowing full well that the next two seasons will be losing ones for the Razorbacks (sorry fans, but the schedule is brutal and the Hogs talent level, thanks to Nutt's inept recruiting, is abysmal), why continue on this path? It will be 2010 before the Hogs will even sniff a bowl game, and probably an additional season or two before we can even talk about a BCS birth. At what point should we say, "this simply isn't working, we need to try something else."
After all, Nebraska's headed in that direction. Shouldn't the Hogs follow their lead?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Since the blog needs to be updated, here we go. The Hogs lost to the Auburn Tigers 9-7 Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It was a hard fought, defensive, old-school SEC game. The Hogs took a 7-6 lead on Casey Dick's touchdown pass to Lucas Miller with 1:26 left in the game. A kickoff out of bounds and subsequent penalty, followed by a good return, put the ball at Auburn's 48 yard line. The rest of the game was a mere formality, as the gassed Hog defense could not keep the Tigers out of field goal range. Auburn's 20 yard field goal with :21 remaining gave the Razorbacks their third SEC loss of the season. The Hogs' chances at repeating as Western Division champions, believe it or not, was still alive after LSU's loss earlier in the day to Kentucky. No longer after the heartbreaking loss. Also gone are Darren McFadden's Heisman chances after being held to 43 yards on 17 carries.
It's time to tell it like it is, sports fans. Is the program where it needs to be after 10 years with Houston Nutt as head coach? Can we honestly say that this season has been anything other than a huge disappointment? Top 15 preseason in many polls. The Heisman front runner. No offense to Nolan for stealing his line, but can't we honestly say that a blind man can see what our offensive weaknesses are? Our passing game is flat killing us against good defenses. We still can't get defenses more than 10 feet off the line of scrimmage, because they are not scared of our passing game at all. We have held leads in the final :8 against Bama, the final :21 against Auburn, and the final 4:00 against Kentucky, yet we have found a way to lose. We are under .500 in SEC play at home since the expansion of Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Is this where we expected to be?
We aren't going to make a change midseason. Not this season. Not ever again after Jack Crowe and The Citadel. And we shouldn't. And I'm not sure if the axe will fall on Nutt this year. Most coaching changes occur the first week of December. Broyles won't do it, and I feel fairly certain Jeff Long will not do it when he takes over January 1, 2008. By that time, most coaching changes will have been made, all dominoes fallen, and the Hogs being the odd man out. For all he has had to endure, and I feel that much of it has been out of line, mean-spirited, bad for the program and recruiting, and simply wrong, I think he still wants to be the head coach at Arkansas and will not resign. Maybe I'm wrong. But it's time to take a good, hard look at where we are. This season is not over, but it is teetering on the brink of a precipice we have not seen in 10 years.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
"I think the best player in the country is probably (Darren) McFadden. He's done what was expected and he's doing it with a mediocre team and poor coaching," Schroeder said.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
"Through five games, Casey Dick and Nathan Emert have completed 46% of their third down passes for about 4-1/4 yards per throw."
One intersting note, other than the North Texas game, our average yards per carry have gone down every week. That suggests that our passing game is worrying less and less people.
"No TV at Ole Miss
All TV options have passed on the Arkansas-Ole Miss game Oct. 20 at Oxford. So the game will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Rebels' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Off on Monday, Arkansas resumes drills in full pads today prepping against Auburn."
Monday, October 08, 2007
"The one thing that stood out is, boy, just the lack of execution," Nutt said.
Nutt said he had an idea that Saturday might not go so smoothly after watching his players stumble through a practice earlier in the week. That lack of concentration followed the Razorbacks (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) to Little Rock.
"(The players) thought they could just roll that Razorback helmet out there in front of a great crowd and do exactly what they did against North Texas," Nutt said. "It just doesn't work that way."
It continues to amaze me that he doesn't ever, ever, publicly take blame for a bad performance. Even if he didn't believe it, you'd think that he'd do it from time to time. Although at this point, no one's opinion of him would be changed anyway so it might not be worth bothering.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Buford - Ky, OU, UGa, LSU, UA, Nebraska
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Carson Newman 29 Chattanooga 17
Jacksonville State 33 Chattanooga 19
Chattanooga 45 Georgia Southern 38
The Citadel 41 Chattanooga 16
Looking forward to Auburn week.
Monday, October 01, 2007