Arkansas-UTC: Hogs Leave Something To Be Desired

James MoseleyCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2007

IconThe Arkansas Razorbacks limped their way past the Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs Saturday night.

When you get right down to it, nobody can make excuses for them.

The coaching staff in Fayetteville would never admit it, but I believe the Hogs were looking past Tenn-Chattanooga to Auburn.

And rightfully so.

When the Tigers roll into D.W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday, the Hogs will need all the preparation they can get. The Razorbacks were lucky to come away with a win last Saturday, but if they play the same way this coming weekend, it could be bad...really bad.

The Auburn Tigers are coming to play, regardless if the Hogs' defense has an off week, or their offense struggles. It's time for the Hogs to man up and play SEC ball.

Darren McFadden had pedestrian numbers last weekend, and could only be found somewhere in the shadow of Felix Jones.

I'm not knocking D-Mac, but from what he has shown us over the past two years, his performance was lacking, to say the least.

I know, I know, he's running the ball with eight or nine guys stacked in the box at the line of scrimmage. But if you look at his numbers, you will clearly see that he's racking up good yardage against SEC teams. On the other hand, against teams that he should be running circles around, he's averaging only about 20 more yards rushing than I would.

The Hogs have always, to a point, played down to the competition...but that's just part of the game, I suppose. Regardless of how the team plays, the fans keep cheering and we have something to talk about come Monday morning.

But it would be nice to have a legitimate reason for cheering in Arkansas, instead of settling for mediocrity.