From a Razorback perspective, Ole Miss' 31-30 victory over Florida last Saturday was probably the worst possible thing that could happen at this point in the increasingly-depressing season. Sure, some part of that is because it's never fun to see photos like this of your controversial ex-coach while your controversial new coach is presiding over a complete meltdown against a historic rival. Ultimately, though, that stuff doesn't really matter anymore.
No, the main reason that game sucks for us is that a fired-up and angry Tim Tebow now faces Arkansas with something to prove. Instead of catching the Gators looking ahead to LSU and possibly holding them to, say, a 30 point defeat, we're treated to quotes like this:
"I'm sorry. I'm extremely sorry," [Tebow] said. "We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida's never done here. But I promise you one thing: a lot of good will come out of this.
"You have never seen any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of this season and you'll never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of this season, and you'll never see a team play harder than we will the rest of this season."
Granted, Tebow was probably salivating the thought of attacking the Hogs' Kleenex-thin defense even before he was stopped on that crucial 4th-and-1 late in the game against Mississippi but now he's going to play extra-hard? This could be ugly...has a player ever racked up 1,000 yards of total offense in a single game before?