I hate losing to those guys! Literally can not stand Ole Miss. But the reaction on the board implied we were favorites. We were 6.5 or so point underdogs. If you look at sites that compare spreads to % likelihood of winning, that implies Ole Miss was expected to win at a 70% rate. I know most of our local pickers selected the Hogs and maybe that was part of the letdown.
I also know many will say, “Who cares about the spread, it’s all about Wins and Losses.” I agree, but we know this is a long term transition. We’ve gotten better and now our fans expect us to take the next step and win. But the smart money didn’t. And it was closer than they expected. We’ve covered against A&M, Alabama and now Ole Miss all in a row. I’m not a bettor but I do look at it as a proxy for what the smart money expects out of us.
Just for what it is worth. Let’s do our best to keep the disappointment in perspective.
[quote]Bielema perfected this art and Morris is continuing the tradition.
Jhawg, I am gonna disagree slightly. There is indeed a very fragile mental and emotional make-up to this team in the 4th quarter. But I disagree that Morris is “continuing the trend.” Rather, he hasn’t been able to alter the trend he inherited. There is a difference in my opinion. Morris didn’t create the fragility and shattered confidence. It is his job to fix it…and he hasn’t been able to yet He might not ever, and if he doesn’t he’ll ultimately be fired. But I think he will.
IMHO its going to take some players who aren’t scarred from past failures to rise up and make some plays at crunch time. I think that would have happened if Ty and Boyd and Agim and Devwah were all available. But they weren’t.
It may literally take some brand new players whose confidence hasn’t been shattered to go with our best current playmakers.
Not really that down. I said going into the game that in the long run, it really didn’t matter, but thought we had a chance. I did not see anyway our very poor defense could stay with those receivers. The QB scrambles and draws were better than I expected (is it a rule the past several years that Arkansas must leave the middle of the field open?).
As the game developed, I thought we had a chance if we could keep scoring TDs. When Boyd went down, I feared that would not be the case. Then we lost the number 2 back and felt the only way we would win is if ole miss beat themselves. They didn’t.
I wanted the win for the players who have given so much and got so little out of it (and to beat ole miss, which is always great - hey ole miss, there is another Henry Tight End coming for you!).
You either have speed or you are chasing it. We lost what little speed we have and that was that.
all about how we lost to me…OM made adjustments on defense to stop the run and we continued to try to run without our 2 best RB’s and defense seems to always give up big plays so I am not surprised at that but No way in heck a depleted OM defense should have held us to 6 pts for 2 1/2 qtrs…no excuse for that IMO.
The run game was ineffective especailly late in the game and even Froholdt said they made adjustments and did a good job of stacking the box,the slant was wide open b/c they were all looking for the run.nothing we can do about it now just wished we could have taken chances against a VERY inexperienced secondary and tried to throw over the middle to get the LB’s to back off the run game and give us a better chance to run it.once a coach always a coach you always look for things you could have done better to make you less predictable. that’s all I was doing.
When we took over with 13:47 remaining, I predicted that Ole Miss would win, but we would win if there was 12 minutes or less remaining. I figured we would keep the ball a total of another 9 or 10 minutes leaving Ole Miss at least 4 minutes. That would be enough time for them to score twice since it takes them less than two minutes to score. And, that what happened.
It’s the second game we’ve given away. Just looked to me in both Colorado st and ole miss we took pedal off the gas and defense went into the prevent victory defense.
Hate ole miss, a shame we had to lose, injuries or not. They lost a couple of players also. It was exactly like watching last years team. Just because you have a lead doesn’t mean you can shut it down and try to run clock. I guess they teach all coaches this somewhere in the I wanna be a coach class.
Also surely defensive coaches can look and see we gave up two big leads playing whatever defensive scheme they were playing. Just sick and to be honest, kinda lost interest. We’re worse than last year. Only hope is recruiting. We might win this next game, might. I wouldn’t pick us. All air let out of the balloon.