I'm not sure what it is I'm supposed to say exactly. Saturday's loss at No. 1 Mississippi State was typical for this season. I think that's very fair. The same things reared their heads again like they in a majority of Arkansas' losses. Missed field goals, punting from the 32-yard line, stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. But amidst all the frustration, let's give credit to Robb Smith's defense and Trey Flowers, who deserved to win more than anyone. What did you learn from Arkansas' near upset? For me, it's that Arkansas is really close. Just correct the little things and who knows what could happen.
Here is a good read on the ESPN SEC Blog from Alex Scarbrough following Arkansas' narrow loss in Starkville. Trying to decipher whether Arkansas is actually a really good team or the top of the SEC is weaker than usual is what Scarbrough tries to tackle. It is rather telling of Arkansas that they remain in the top 20 in ESPN's Football Power Index despite being 4-5 (they're the only sub-.500 team in the top 30). I'll go on record saying Arkansas is a good football team; good enough to beat several top teams. But the little things, man. If you don't do them, it really doesn't matter how good you are.
It's almost basketball season, you guys. Friday marks the first exhibition game for Mike Anderson and Arkansas. Central Oklahoma is the
tackling dummy opponent for the unofficial opening of the Hogs' season. Expectations are high this season. And I realize how cliche it sounds, but it's true. Arkansas was inserted in Athlon Sports' preseason top 25, and No. 1 on ESPN Jeff Goodman's most underrated teams in America list. Now, more focus is on Arkansas and Bobby Portis and company to make the leap as one of the SEC's elite teams.
You may have seen him, but don't quite know who he is. In several of the pictures Arkansas Fight has posted of Bret Bielema, you may see an unfamiliar face standing/jumping near him. His name is Aaron Henry, a former Wisconsin Badger under Bielema. Henry is in his first year as a graduate assistant with the Razorbacks, and loves every moment of being on staff with his former coach and seeing just how close Arkansas is to breaking through in the SEC.
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