The Razorbacks performed well during the first few plays of this ballgame. The defense was stopping Alabama’s running game. A.J. McCarron was having difficulty finding receivers because the pass coverage was executed well, and the offensive line was protecting Brandon Allen well enough that he was able to make some throws.
That all changed after Alabama’s first touchdown.
After Alabama capitalized on the illegal kicking penalty, the entire game changed. The offensive line couldn’t block well enough for Knile Davis to make an impact, and A.J. McCarron magically had receiving options when he dropped back in the pocket.
Less than three minutes had dropped off the clock in the first quarter when the Razorbacks looked like the ballgame was over.
Has all the turmoil during the offseason damaged the mental state of the team to the point that any minor setback is blown up into a catastrophe?
Or, is it something simpler like physical conditioning? Is that the real reason why the Hogs couldn’t contain Louisiana-Monroe last week?
Regardless of whether it is a lack of physical or mental conditioning, a team that started the college football season ranked No. 8 in the country should not look tired during the first quarter of a football game.