Last week didn’t go as planned.
Arkansas was embarrassed.
I understand the growing pains of a new coaching staff and the new schemes on both sides of the ball, but for the 6th best team in the state of Texas to bully a SEC West opponent is just plain embarrassing. The worst part of last week wasn’t due to the fact they lost the game, it was how Arkansas lost the game. They didn’t even look competitive. They looked bad. Quite honestly, it looked like a John L quality team. Don’t get me wrong, things will get better. They have to. The rebuilding process will be a tad longer than most people anticipated. But remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Undeniably, Chad Morris has a helluva uphill battle in his path these next few years at the University of Arkansas.
The Gus Bus is the next hurdle on this tough year. Auburn is coming off a heartbreaking, walk-off field goal by the leg of the LSU Tigers in Death Valley. Jarrett Stidham leads the Auburn offense in his junior year, and second as the Auburn gunslinger. Surprisingly, the Auburn offense has looked suspect thus far. In the Tigers two games against Power 5 opponents, they have scored 21 points each time. LSU was able to confuse Stidham by dropping a lot of guys into coverage, forcing Auburn to beat them on the ground. Watch for DC John Chavis to draw up a similar game plan for Saturday.
On a positive note, Arkansas will get back DB Kevin Richardson. The senior will be making his season debut due to a leg injury suffered in fall camp.
Regarding the QB mess, Cole got his shot last week. Coach Morris went with him as long as he could to see if he could prove himself and lead a comeback in the second half. He was unsuccessful, meaning Ty Storey will be given the same treatment this weekend in Auburn.
War Eagle has lit up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree against Woo Pig Sooie, scoring a minimum of 45 points in the last four contests. This year will be no different.