Number of top 25 foes for Nutt, Petrino and Bielema

The Arkansas media guide is the source.

Houston Nutt

1998- 3

1999- 4

2000- 5

2001- 4

2002- 4

2003- 2

2004- 5

2005- 4

2006- 7

2007- 6

Bobby Petrino

2008-5

2009-4

2010- 6

2011- 6

Bret Bielema

2013- 6

2014- 8

2015- 4

2016- 7

Hate to correct the media guide, but there was 5 in 2009:

Sep 19 - #20 Georgia
Sep 26 - #3 Bama
Oct 10 - #17 AUB
Oct 17 - #1 Florida
Nov 28 - #17 LSU

The guide had Ga at #23.

I will point that out to the UA.

Bobby and Bret faced about the same number of teams per year…5.5 Nutt about 4.5

We all know that the competition is a little tougher than it was 10-15 years ago. Everybody would probably concede that point, I think.

The positive point I see is how much tougher can it get? Not much, surely. We just have to figure out a way to compete better…the $64,000,000 question. How?

By recruiting better football players. Simple really.

Simply said, not necessarily simply done. But you are right; better players is a good place to start.

Nothing worth doing is easily done. But BB’s salary indicates he is capable of doing it. Did the AD get it wrong?

[quote=“seeker”]

By recruiting better football players. Simple really.
[/quote]You mean — like those Texas players that now go to T A&M instead of Arkansas since they joined the SEC after Petrino was gone ? Those players that Nutt and every other Arkansas coach had a good shot at if they wanted to play in the SEC since either us or LSU were the closest teams ? Everybody minimalizes that. But it is a huge problem that our administration arrogantly allowed to happen some how. We may never recuperate from that. That was our recruiting base, sad as that is to say.

[quote=“dm919”]

You’re FUNNY! The REST of the SEC is capitalizing on TEXAS players since aTm came into the league…

Arkansas can still recruit Texas. Ask baseball coach Dave Van Horn is you can recruit Texas from Fayetteville. Look at his roster. It’s full of Texas players.

I spent a little time with these numbers yesterday. Neither Nutt no Petrino faced as many ranked opponents in any four-period than Bielema.

Highest number of ranked opponents in any four-year period for Nutt was 22 (his average in any given four-year period was about 17). Petrino faced 22 in his only four years. So far (3 years plus 10 games) Bielema has faced 25. If the bowl game opponent is ranked, it’ll be 26.

I don’t think there’s much doubt that, while Petrino had more success than the other two (or, in Bielema’s case, so far), Bielema’s has had the toughest schedules.

…and? Does the schedule justify poor results? I’m asking what the purpose of this post/thread is?

What is the purpose of your incessant negativity?

Bobby?? That you?

These numbers do not make much sense, because they are about game-week rankings not final rankings. A lot of intraseason rankings are bad wrong.

Number of opponents that finished with at least 9 wins, excluding bowl games:

1998 - 1
1999 - 3
2000 - 2
2001 - 3
2002 - 4
2003 - 4
2004 - 4
2005 - 5
2006 - 4
2007 - 3
1998-2007 average - 3.3

2008 - 5
2009 - 5
2010 - 6
2011 - 3
2012 - 6
2008-12 average - 5

2013 - 6
2014 - 6
2015 - 6
2016 - 4-5 possible

Number of opponents that finished below .500 (or were FCS):

1998 - 6
1999 - 6
2000 - 3
2001 - 3
2002 - 4
2003 - 5
2004 - 4
2005 - 5
2006 - 7
2007 - 4
1998-2007 average - 4.7

2008 - 4
2009 - 4
2010 - 6
2011 - 6
2012 - 3
2008-12 average - 4.6

2013 - 4
2014 - 2
2015 - 3
2016 - 3-4 possible

We just need to get a D Coordinator with strong Texas recruiting ties…that would go a long way to to fixing two problems.
More Texas players are important, just look at Running Back.
Woo Pig

[quote=“dm919”]

Do you really think our vote was the difference in A&M joining the league? Do you really think A&M’s 25 scholarships means we can no longer recruit Texas? Do you really think A&M was getting no top notch recruits out of Texas before they joined the SEC? Joining the SEC helped A&M, but that doesn’t mean it’s hurt us.

[quote=“Neastarkie”]

I disagree with your last sentence. In theory, it did help aTm, but it also hurt us. You hear kids all the time say they want to play in the SEC. When Texas didn’t have a team in the SEC those kids wanting to play in the SEC looked at us, now they have a Texas school to look at first. I’m too lazy to look up, if we are getting more or less guys from Texas, but if someone has time maybe they can look and see.

Our recruits from Texas (according to 247) counting walkons (aTm joined league in 2012)

2011: 5
2012: 6
2013: 8
2014: 2 (one never arrived)
2015: 4
2016: 4
2017: 2 (so far)

I don’t know how to look up the kids that went to ATM because they’re now in the SEC.

I suppose its possible some kid chose A&M who might have otherwise picked us because A&M is now in the SEC, but if that’s so, I’d bet it’s no more than a couple. I think the biggest reason for our overall drop off in recruits from Texas is this staff hasn’t concentrated as much on Texas, not A&M’s arrival into the SEC. This staff has gotten several from Fla. We never got any from there before. It’s an area where CBB & his staff have had ties.

I kind of thought that when I looked up the numbers. As for Florida, I think we need to keep landing kids from both there and Texas. Both really good hotbeds.