This Week From The Bench…
The loud thud that Razorback fans heard on Saturday was the sound of their football program hitting rock bottom. The Hogs have not lost back-to-back games this ugly since Jack Crowe’s first season when the team lost to Texas 49-17 and then followed it up with another huge loss of 62-28 against Houston.
Or maybe it’s worse than that. A wise observer tells me the Razorback football program may be over. Remember that LSU game last year because it may be a very long time before we get to enjoy another victory in the SEC, especially one of that magnitude.
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that former Hog DB David Barrett (’95-’99), who now plays for the New York Jets intercepted San Diego QB Phillip Rivers and returned it for a touchdown last night. Thanks to Sportstalk with Bo Mattingly for the tip. Video is at the link below…
I’ve been MIA for about a week so here’s a recap of the week that was…
The Razorbloggers have their wrapup of the ugly loss to Alabama and the Good, Bad, and Ugly. Hog wide receiver Marques Wade will have surgery on his knee and will be out for the rest of the season. WR Lucas Miller suffered a concussion during the Alabama game as well. Michael Smith impressed with a 91 yard on 19 carries day.
The Expats suggest looking ahead to what’s infront of us….and reminds us of the best and worst games against the Horns.
Raycom has picked up the UA-Florida game for another 11:30 am start. Felix Jones scored another TD this past Sunday Night. David Lee brought the Wildhog to Miami and helped the Fins crush the Pats Sunday. The 2009 baseball schedule is out. The NCAA has denied the appeal of the sanctions against the Track and Field program. Finally AD Jeff Long now appreciates what the LR games bring to the University.
This Week From The Bench…
So it starts. On the always entertaining “Fifth Quarter” call-in show on 103.7 on Saturday after the Razorback embarrassment to Alabama, the hosts brought up the topic of play calling. If you have nothing else to talk about after getting beat 49-14, then why not question the coach’s play calling? It is something Arkansas sports fans are very good at. But play calling was not the only problem on the field, by far.
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I know the rolled-out explanation was for the security of players and fans. Just like that new fire taco at Taco Bell, I don’t buy it. Austin is very far inland from where Ike hit. I believe other motivations were the cause of the postponement, such as fans not showing up to the game so $8 popcorn couldn’t be sold, hotels not filled, and restaurants like Kerbey Lane not selling stacks of blueberry pancakes as planned.
The Horns looked at moving the postponed game to Friday or Dallas before settling on the Sept. 27th date. The Hogs are adjusting to their new schedule. The expats look ahead to Alabama with this awesome hit by Sam Olajubutu from a couple of years ago. Sam is now in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. ESPN’s Chris Lowe looks at Casey Dick.
Finally Oklahoma and Missouri highlight the just released Men’s Basketball Schedule.
Yeah, that’s Ike’s scheduled track for the weekend. The game has been postponed to Sept. 27th. So the Hogs will face Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Auburn without a break in between. That’s four top 11 teams. Ouch.
The Razorbloggers have their Texas Preview up. Hurricane Ike might make an appearance at Saturday’s Game. Here’s Audio from Bobby Petrino’s Monday Press Conference. Luigs thinks we can hang with the Horns. Here’s a look at Hog QB Casey Dick and Texas QB Colt McCoy. What are your favorite wins over UT? The Expats have the Hogs last in their SEC Power Poll Ballot.
Speaking of the Expats they have a Q&A up with former Hog RB James Rouse..Part 1 & Part 2. The Diamond Hogs are starting Fall Practice. Razorback Catherine White, of the Cross Country Team, was named SEC Athlete of the Week.
Finally, Felix Jones had a nice debut Sunday…D-Mac had a neck stinger end his debut prematurely Monday night. Peyton Hillis and Marcus Harrison also were in on big plays for their respective teams.
Welcome To Texas Week!
The Hogs-Tide game has been picked up by Raycom. Joe Adams is the SEC freshman of the week. Casey Dick is the SEC Big Man on Campus. Razorback Central’s Report Card for the ULM game is out. The Razorbloggers have the good, bad and ugly from Saturday.
In non football news…
The coach who inspired Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” philosophy, Don Haskins, has died. UA freshman Ethan Tracy made his Razorback debut memorable leading the men’s golf team to victory while earning medalist honors at the Maryland Intercollegiate in Cambridge, Md., Sunday. The Women’s Soccer team improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating Samford 1-0 in double overtime Sunday.
This Week From The Bench…
Let’s start where the day began. After dire warnings that the War Memorial Golf Course would be a mud pit for the Razorback football game, the predictions did not come to fruition after a deluge from the hurricane-turned-tropical-depression that parked itself over Arkansas. Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for college football and tailgating. Games in Little Rock in early September often turn into a sweating mess, but the temperature for this one was just right.
Alex Tejada had a bad game. Jim Harris of AS360 says enjoy this win…they’re won’t be many more this year. Want to relive the magic of the comeback…I wouldn’t either but if you do here’s 3 live blogs…Official Site, AS360, Slophouse. Finally, the Razorbloggers have their roundup posted (it’s continuously updated).
Oh yeah, the Women’s Volleyball team lost to #25 Michigan.
P.S. Arkansas St. showed that last weeks win over Texas A&M wasn’t a fluke with a 83-10 stomping of Texas Southern.
Two big notes…The 4 and 1 fake to Michael Smith/bomb to Chris Gragg to the ULM 7-WOW. That’s why you hire Bobby Petrino. Second, Casey Dick just became the first Razorback to post back to back 300+ yard passing games.
the AP recap is HERE!
The Morning News previews the ULM game. AS360 makes a prediction. The Expats do Research. Want to pay $35 to watch the game? Here’s ordering info. The Morning News sits down with Freshman FS Elton Ford. Arkansas has self-reported 2 minor violations in the football program, beyond the Michael Smith’s Textbook violation, to the NCAA since March. Former Member of the Springdale Five, Andrew Norman is transferring back to Arkansas from Tulsa and will join the team as a walk-on. He’ll sit a year and have two years of eligibility remaining. I usually don’t do a lot of recruiting news, but, the hogs have commitments from 2 of ESPN’s top 10 Cornerbacks for this recruiting class.
Former Hog Jason Peters has ended his holdout and has reported to the Buffalo Bills. Darren McFadden says “It’s strictly Raiders and Razorbacks for me!“. One of the Expats will be in attendance for Monday Nights Raiders (D-Mac) Vs. Broncos (Hillis) matchup. He promises a full report.
Away from Football…
The Women’s Basketball Schedule has been Released. A pair of Tennis Hogs grab preseason rankings. Arkansas Volleyball loses a tight one at Georgia Tech. Arkansas Women’s Soccer improves to 3-1 on the season after shutting out Jacksonville St. 4-0. Finally, for the second time in as many seasons, Arkansas Razorback sophomore Catherine White won the 4K race at the Arkansas Dual.
Ronnie Brewer makes a gift to the Fulbright College. DMac is looking forward to his season opener against the Denver Broncos. Speaking of Denver, Peyton Hillis has been named their starting Fullback!
ULM is looming on the schedule (the game is ESPN’s pillow fight of the week!) so we’ve got predictions (Razorbloggers & Slophouse) and previews (Hog Blog & Razorbloggers). Here’s a look at Freshman WR Greg Childs. Willy Robinson says the defense is growing up and getting healed. The rain in Fayetteville (hello Gustav) hampers only the Special Teams Prep. FYI…ESPN’s Forde still doesn’t like Petrino. The Expats rank the SEC…the Razorbloggers rank everybody.
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I don’t know how they do it in Conference USA, but running the ball 13 times a game in the SEC is going to get this Razorback team beat a lot. In this instance, it led to poor clock management against an inferior opponent that had a decent rushing game and dictated clock all night. An inferior team can often keep a game close with a running attack and solid kicking game, and the Leathernecks did that all night.