Thought #1 - I am a little disappointed to see fewer posts after a win than after a loss. It just does reinforce what cable news channels have known for a long time (all political viewpoints, mind you): people are much more communicative when angry or fearful than when happy. And thus consume more communication. Pretty sad. That said, THANK YOU for those that did post on this “day-after” a big win.
Thought #2 - I realize Trey Biddy runs a different board, but he’s also on YouTube, Drivetime (thank God) and other places. I really liked his take that yesterday was a “must not lose game.” My best friend back in NLR was saying that if we lost his entire church just might not show up the following morning. I think yesterday was one of those games that a coach really needed in order to give himself just a little bandwidth to keep building. If we lose…the heat is so unbelievably stifling today, I don’t know how any of them could have functioned. Fortunately, they won’t have to find out. So, from that perspective, yesterday was a GREAT win. Might prove to be the biggest of Morris’ Arkansas carer…kinda like Nolan versus Arkansas State.
Thought #3 - Colorado State is not some kind of perennial cupcake that everyone beats up on. Yes, they have been down of late. But its pretty clear they have a serious offense. That is a school and program with tradition. They have always given Colorado fits. This is a program that has been to 16 bowl games since 1990. I am not saying they are a national power. But they aren’t some sort of horrible program our fanbase should expect to just destroy. Especially where we are right now in our rebuild. I am not thrilled we gave up 34. But a 21 point final point spread is bigger than what I expected!
Thought #4 - Starkel is the best QB since BA. Who was far better than our fanbase ever gave him credit for being. Starkel might turn out to be even better…though he won’t match BA’s career. But Nick is a stud. Dudley…you wuz right.
Thought #5 - We are playing a super talented freshman DE who is under weight due to being a freshman, who is obviously inexperienced, and who is playing with a broken hand. Teams are exploiting him. Its not his fault he’s having to play. But be patient. Mr. Soli will turn out to be the best D-end we have has since Trey Flowers.
Thought #6 - How bout Devwah! he has never seen subtle creases like we all want him to. But give him something more obvious, and he stomps through there like a pissed off elephant. I was so happy to see him run like that. Kid deserves it. That said…Rakeem! Woh. Kid has jets.
Thought #7 - I don’t care how many yards or points we gave up…the defense looks better. Faster. More athletic. But…inexperienced defenses give up big plays. They just…do. They will tighten that up as they mature. But strap in. There will more big plays against us. And…if Chief starts playing soft to protect against big plays, teams will just drive down methodically and score and the fan base will lose its mind for that. Plus…CSU has a good offense. Possibly better than Ole Miss. Now their defense…well…
Final thought - The offensive line played well. Yes…against a weak d-line (even Colo State writers bemoan their defense)…but they are coming around. As they improve, the Arkansas Razorbacks will improve. We have elite skill players now. Truly elite. At every skill spot. Its been awhile since we could say that! As the o-line develops, we will have some fun watching.
It does feel good to win. I screamed so loud when O’Grady scored my dogs thought I was mad.
Great game Hog players that might have seen this. You made us proud.