I keep picking up fan, radio talking head, and blogger predictions that the Texas Aggies will score 40+ against Arkansas this weekend. Why are so many people leaning this way?
Better A&M offenses in the past two seasons didn’t come close to 40+ in regulation against the Razorbacks.
They scored 45 on us in 2013 (we were bad) and 58 in 2012 (ditto).
This year’s Aggies scored 24 in regulation against UCLA and 29 at Auburn. So we’re supposed to be a couple of touchdowns worse than Auburn on defense.
Really, I thought I would hear radio talk people take this game seriously this week, and they didn’t. Finebaum and his guests were outright dismissive of us. They already decided that A&M is the only challenger to Alabama.
I’m ready for more than simply playing even with Texas A&M. It is time to beat them, beat them in every aspect of the game. I want this game to be a showcase of Arkansas’s planning and preparation. Plus improved talent.
We might not be there yet, but that is what would feel really good right now. Being disregarded sucks.
None of that matters unless the aggies hear and believe it, but I doubt that is the case. Do any of those folks know more about The Hogs than Clay? Does what they say put points on the board? Until you answer yes to those things, don’t worry about it.
I’m not the least bit surprised by that attitude based on our recent years. We have either started slow with losses or our program was perceived to be in disarray (and maybe was for a couple years). The only way to gain the respect to put an end to that attitude is to win consistently. Yes, we have done that since the Alabama game last year, except for the blocked field goal. But we’re Arkansas, not Bama, and we simply have to keep winning, especially games like A&M, to shut people up. Then it’ll start again before the Bama game. As Al Davis said, just win, baby…
I don’t think that they believe that Arkansas is that bad, rather they do not believe that we are good enough to beat a top ten team in their home state. Win decisively Saturday, and that will definitely change. I personally don’t mind this team winning as an underdog, but next year I want us to be feared (favored) in every game that we play (and to win them all!).
I have never understood why people compare offensive lines, or DBs, or WRs. It doesn’t matter whether their receivers are better than ours, if our DEs are better than theirs. They’re never on the field at the same time. What does matter is if their receivers are better than our DBs, if our OL is better than their DL, etc., etc.
It’s good enough for me, but actually for outsiders I don’t think it is. String together a two or three 10 or 11 win seasons (incl. bowl wins) and stop caving to MsSt and the Aggies, then the pundits should get on board.
For one thing, we don’t have an offensive line that meets SEC standards. Proof is we couldn’t make a foot in five attempts against a goal line defense. Our offensive line has size but either they are not SEC athletes or else they are poorly coached and most likely the first.