North Texas vs Arkansas : The North Texas Mean Green and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet in college football action from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday afternoon. NCAA Tournament will be on the line Sunday when No. 1 seed North Carolina plays No. 8 seed Arkansas at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.
NCAA College Football
North Texas vs Arkansas
Date : Saturday, 15 September
In just 21 minutes of game time, a honeymoon ended and an offseason of slogans and identity-building went by the wayside. Arkansas’ 34-27 loss to a really bad Colorado State drains much of the momentum Chad Morris was working on, especially since some horrendous coaching decisions drove this loss. It’s one thing to lose. It’s another to lose like that.
The game recap is almost comical: Bret Bielema’s Chad Morris’s Hogs blew a 24-7 24-7 24-0 27-9 third-quarter lead to lose a tough game. Momentum shifted after John Henson Cole Hedlund Connor Limpert missed a field goal that likely would have iced it. Chris Ash’s Robb Smith’s John Chavis’s defense looked solid for the better part of three quarters before completely collapsing, while Arkansas’ offense went to sleep. Playcalling and decision-making were questionable.
This game is most eerily similar to the 2013 Rutgers game: a road game against a bad team that featured an inept passing game and a blown three-possession lead. And the first loss for the new coach. The Rutgers game became a template for how Bielema-coached teams would lose. Fans put up with that for five years. I doubt Morris gets that long if this is how Arkansas is going to lose.
Still, Morris will get time. This roster needs both general fixes The Hog quarterbacks clearly have not mastered a complicated scheme that requires a really smart QB, which is one of the reasons that Arkansas’ offense looks like it is only using a small section of the playbook. And the defense is just bad, although it did manage to buy enough time to give the offense a chance to deliver the knockout blow. So we’ll see progress in time.