Week five of the football season already. Time flies.
The Razorbacks played Texas A & M last Saturday. An embarrassing blowout was a possibility given the the presence of that freak of nature, Johnny Manziel. It was a loss but not a blowout. Not a moral victory but there were reasons for encouragement.
Reasons for encouragement:
Manziel didn’t dominate the game. We managed to stop them and him at least part of the time.
Our offense put up a lot of points. Brandon Allen has a great arm. He knows how to run an offense.
If not for the interception just after the half and that crazy hail Mary that turned into points for them we might have won the game.
Reasons for concern:
Allen sometimes seems to decide who he will throw to before the snap. He needs to get better at that and I’m sure he will.
We scored a lot on probably the worst defense in the SEC.
We couldn’t run much in the second half. What happens when we face a good defense, like Florida?
Maybe we should throw more on first down. I don’t know. I’m not the coach.
We played freshmen on the offensive line. That may have been part of it. In spite of what Bielema says about winning this year I think he’s building depth for later in the year and next year.
They ran on us a lot in the second half. That’s supposed to be our defensive strength. I’ve got an excuse for that too.
Our defensive line was probably playing to contain Manziel and that made them vulnerable to quick hitting up the middle runs. We won’t see anybody like Johnny Football the rest of the year.
Chasing somebody like the afore mentioned savant can wear out a line where there is no depth. I didn’t say idiot savant. I didn’t.
Playing freshmen. See above about building depth.
Reasons for hope:
South Carolina had a hard time against a nobody. Florida could only manage 20 points against Kentucky. Old Miss is not living up to the preseason hype. We will stand a chance against everybody on the schedule except Alabama and LSU.
Sometimes LSU acts like they didn’t know there was a game that day. You never know.
And some say Alabama is not as good as last year. Last year they were NFL playoff caliber. But maybe. Just maybe.