The end of the Alabama game marked the end of the first half of the Razorback football season. Right now they sit at 4-2 with both losses to top-10 teams. The second half of the season is where the Hogs will make or break their season, however. With all of the remaining games being conference games, Arkansas can have a huge season, or a forgettable one.
It may have felt like a crushing loss, because well, thats what Alabama does to teams, but even from their perspective there were some positives from the Hogs. There were times Austin Allen was able to take advantage of the Tide’s secondary. Nick Saban made it very clear that despite the three interceptions he wasn’t pleased with his secondary’s performance. Arkansas was able to hold on to the ball and shorten the game. Two major things you have to do to beat Alabama, as long as you don’t give up two defensive touchdowns.
Arkansas’ defense is still finding itself in need of a regroup after the game as well. They will be missing Dre Greenlaw for an extended period of time, even though there is a chance he isn’t lost for the season like originally thought. Guys like Scoota Harris and Dwayne Eugene are mentioned that did step in an improved second half effort and will need to continue to do so.
During the game Saturday, Bret Bielema was extremely upset with umpire Stan Weihe in the second quarter. It was to the point where Bielema was penalized and needed to be led back to the sideline. Monday he said he doesn’t plan on seeing him calling any Arkansas games in the future and that is just fine with him.
One of the nicer moments captured at the game was Nick Saban going to Frank Ragnow to support him after his father’s passing. Saban was in a similar situation when he also lost his father in college so after the game he went to Ragnow to speak with him. This will be right up there with the classiest moments you’ll see in SEC Football this year.