John L. Smith has endured criticism from fans due to the Hogs' downward spiral during the last two games.
He has one excuse that has kept Razorback fans at bay until now: he has not had his star quarterback in the lineup for the entirety of those two games.
Wilson only played one half in the upset to Louisiana-Monroe during Week 2. He did not feature at all for Arkansas during the blowout against Alabama.
While fans have been angry about the Hogs’ performance on the field, they have been somewhat understanding since Wilson’s injury. A team ranked in the Top 10 in preseason polls cannot be expected to deliver Top 10 performances without all elements in place.
Fans expect a new head coach come January, but if the team does not win against the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, there will be even louder calls for Smith to be fired during the season.
Athletic director Jeff Long has been able to ignore the angry masses up to this point.
With Wilson in the lineup, the Razorbacks are almost at full strength. Long will not be able to ignore the call for a new head coach if the game on Saturday results in another Arkansas loss.