Arkansas fans rejoice! John L. Smith has guided your Razorbacks out of the comedy club. Arkansas is no longer the laughing stock of the SEC.
Just as quickly as there are shifts in power at the top of the rankings in college football, there are shifts at the bottom. Auburn looked like a lost puppy for the fourth time in five games so far this fall.
The only Auburn game that hasn’t resulted in chuckles from the country has been the LSU game where the Tigers stood strong on all fronts. Well, maybe the Clemson game.
For Arkansas, there have been huge losses to Alabama and Texas A&M, and the unusual losses that came at the hands of Rutgers and Louisiana-Monroe. Overall, the Razorbacks have still had hope with Tyler Wilson and Cobi Hamilton.
Arkansas has also always had Dennis Johnson. Johnson is a back who has been consistent with ball security and has rushed for over four yards a carry in nearly every game. Arkansas remembered that Johnson was on the bench today, and the result was 17 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Those were big carries.
Arkansas went into Auburn as a 7.5-point underdog, and left a 24-7 victor. It was a great day for the Hogs.
Tyler Wilson and the offense had some key plays, but the story of the day for Arkansas was the defense. The Arkansas defense only allowed 40 rushing yards, giving up 281 yards through the air.
Arkansas was able to crush the Tigers' rushing game by getting sacks. The Razorbacks accounted for eight sacks in the game. The sacks led to big losses by both Tigers quarterbacks, creating long conversion attempts from Auburn and big plays for the Arkansas defense.
It looked as if the Hogs had finally found leadership and continuity on the defensive side of the football. It was the best game the defense has turned in all season. On top of the eight sacks, there were five turnovers.
This game was a battle for the bottom in the SEC, and Arkansas came out on top. Tyler Wilson’s 271-yard performance and a 20-of-27 day can lead to big things for the Arkansas offense.
Wilson has been strong with production but has lacked confidence until this Saturday. No matter how embarrassing the new head coach can be, he got a big win Saturday.
Arkansas has been delivered from the laughing stock to the dangerous dweller in the SEC. John L. Smith still won’t be around for much longer, but he is making a mark that puts Arkansas on the upswing.
This was a much-needed start to October.
Arkansas has a very winnable game at home against Kentucky next week, then they play host to Ole Miss and Tulsa. The Razorbacks have a shot at four-straight wins before a road game to No. 6 South Carolina.
This season is now looking a lot better than any Hogs fan expected—especially the You Tube lady.