Auburn, a team ranked 33rd in the country against the run, completely shut down the No. 2 rushing attack in the nation.
Arkansas, a team that was averaging 338 YPG, was held to a scant 67 total yards rushing.
Now, I don't want to say that was the final nail in the coffin for Arkansas' season...but it pretty much was.
To make matters worse, Darren McFadden's Heisman campaign took a dive off the top of D.W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
When you have 17 carries for a lackluster 43 yards...yikes!
D-Mac's trophy chances were already on the brink, but I believe this performance, or lack thereof, sealed the deal.
I'll tell ya, I was sitting at my favorite watering hole with a few friends watching that last scoring drive for the Razorbacks, and while everyone was yelling and cheering, I couldn't stop looking at the clock.
About two seconds after Casey Dick lobbed the touchdown pass, I looked at my friend and said, "This is Alabama all over again."
And sure enough...
I won't go so far as to say the Arkansas Razorbacks are horrible, but they sure could use some improvement.
There are always those fans who say, "We'll get 'em next year," but that's what we've been hearing ever since Houston Nutt walked onto Arkansas' campus.
If you come to Arkansas and promise 10-win seasons, conference championships, and a national title—well, you'd better deliver.
Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles is retiring, and the new AD will take over on Jan. 1st, so my advice to Houston Nutt is simple:
Nutt has been here for 10 years. Some of them have been good, but most of the success came with Danny Ford's players.
In my opinion, Arkansas will never develop into a SEC title or national title contender as long as Nutt remains head coach. His plays are far too conservative, and his calls could be sniffed out by a first-year high school coach.
Just ask Gus Malzahn.
But my point here isn't to bash Nutt.
My point is, no matter what Arkansas does this year, I believe the Hogs will end up 6-6—provided they don't choke against either Mississippi team.
I don't think they'll be able to stop South Carolina, Tennessee, or LSU.
But then again...look on the bright side:
There's always next year, right?
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