FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The embattled Arkansas football team could have happier destinations this weekend. Instead, the Razorbacks are headed to No. 1 Alabama seeking to a halt a 10-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas is a 28-point underdog as of Wednesday . Only East Carolina, getting 35 points at Central Florida, is a bigger underdog this week.
SEC Country beat writers Eric W. Bolin and Trent Shadid discuss Saturday’s game, which on the surface appears to be a significant mismatch.
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The lumps are coming. How will Arkansas respond?
An upset against the top-ranked team in the country would shock the world, while a loss probably won’t change anything.
Expectations are so low for Arkansas right now that even getting curb-stomped at Alabama probably wouldn’t send things into a bigger spiral. The Razorbacks are a team with nothing to lose.
Below are time stamps for specific topics that we discuss:
- Start – The wheels have come off. You can count the number of Bret Bielema supporters on one hand among the fan base. Was the South Carolina game as bad as it looked?
- 2:15 – Bielema said on Monday that his team was still “close.” He isn’t completely wrong. The Razorbacks aren’t as far away from respectability as some haters think.
- 3:30 – In a span of seven games, Bielema went from top of the world, moving Arkansas in the right direction, to a man who most Hogs fans want fired. How does it happen that quickly?
- 4:45 – This team was supposed to be a 5-7 team this year. Bolin wrote that all summer. This was always going to be a down year, but one thing stands out as most troubling: the offensive line
- 6:15 – If Arkansas gets a bowl berth at 6-6 or 5-7, can athletic director Jeff Long realistically get rid of Bielema at that point? It’s a worst-case scenario for fans who want Bielema out.
- 8:45 – No matter who is coach next year, the schedule gets easier.
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