Forgive us our absence last week. But we thought it would be nice to give the Hogs a well-deserved week off so we all could sit back, take a deep breath, and prepare for the last third of the season.
That’s what happened, right? We all took a week off and everyone’s refreshed and reinvigorated?
While this particular post did indeed take a week off, the Hogs showed up in Tuscaloosa as scheduled and well, let’s not rehash. It went about as expected. In typical Razorback fashion (of late, anyways), we found creative ways to help seal the outcome.
This team is better talent-wise, yet somehow still can’t seem to get out of its own way. Strange days indeed, on the Hill, right now.
Does Chad Morris hand the QB duties to freshmen (redshirt) John Stephen Jones and (true) K.J. Jefferson, or does he think Ben Hicks gives us the best shot to win moving forward? (We’re presuming Nick Starkel is out of the picture until he gets right in the head.) Two and maybe even three winnable games await, and Morris may be coaching for his job. Lose out and Hunter Yurachek (well, the PTB) may see his (its collective) hand forced. New rules afford Jefferson, the heralded recruit who has yet to see the field, the chance to play in these remaining four games and retain his redshirt. It’d be a crime not to take advantage of this free preview, right?
Expect Hicks to start and give way to Jones/Jefferson at some point. Jones proved his mettle at Alabama. What that could look like in terms of an actual SEC start, who knows? But if KJ (and other talented, redshirting freshmen) don’t see the field, then we’ll know Morris believes he indeed is coaching for his job. Even so, we think the freshmen give us the best chance to win regardless. Lots of storylines swirling in the autumn air these strange days.
Here’s our wish list: Jones and KJ take all the snaps (which arrive safely); Rakeem Boyd runs the ball 20 times or more; future pros Treylon Burks and Trey Knox are targeted more than a handful of times; and we get a chance to see what a rested second-half defense looks like.
And of course, a win. A very, very much needed win.
Despite the current self-loathing taking place in Razorback Nation right now, this one is winnable. We’ll be there at the end. But until we finally pull out a close one, I see more wailing ahead. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.
Prediction: MSU, 20-17.