The Alabama Crimson Tide.
The greatest college football program EVER.
Since 2008, they have claimed the national championship five times. Also at the conclusion of the year, Nick Saban has seen his team outside of the top 10 ZERO times in that same period. This my friends, is a dynasty. To consistently be this elite is truly remarkable. But don’t tell Coach Saban that. He still believes his team has many ways to improve. Weird, right?
The Hogs are in the midst of a tough stretch against Alabama, with their last win coming all the way back in 2006. Former Hog coach Bret Bielema gave Alabama all it could handle in 2014, with the Tide escaping Fayetteville with a one point victory. It will take a similar performance on the defensive end if the Razorbacks have any hopes on taking down Goliath.
For the first time in a really long time, I felt upbeat and positive with the direction of our program immediately following a loss. Arkansas played their best game of the year, hands down. Take away the special teams catastrophic miscue on the opening kickoff and the ending could have been different. De’Jon Harris and Dre Greenlaw led the defense with 29(!) tackles. The former Fayetteville Bulldog claimed the two Kellen Mond interceptions to add on to his monster performance.
Out of all of the individual performances and stat lines, there was one portion of the game that makes me most excited for the future. In the 4th quarter after big stops on defense and key conversions on offense, I saw a passionate and motivated football team that cared. They were jumping up and down, itching to celebrate with their teammates as they came off the field. Yes, those are things you expect from a football team. But I can not sit here and say I saw the same energy in games last year. It was just so refreshing to see that it could not be overlooked. They showed heart, grit, and resilience. Those are all characteristics of a group of young men that believes in their head coach, Chad Morris.
Unfortunately for the entire country, Alabama is on a different level than everyone else. Including Arkansas.