Sound Off: Arkansas football program sits at tipping point

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Oh, boy. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Arkansas football program.

And this comes after a win, no less.

The Razorbacks beat Coastal Carolina last Saturday, Arkansas’ second consecutive victory. The problem is that the Chanticleers are a one-win team in its first season of FBS football — and Arkansas needed a fourth-quarter rally, including a successful two-point conversion, to win 39-38.

So, no. Things are not exactly going swimmingly in Fayetteville.

Of course, if Arkansas can somehow pull an upset this weekend against LSU, the Razorbacks are suddenly a .500 team on a three-game winning streak. Stranger things have happened in the Hogs-Tigers rivalry. Some bad Arkansas teams have beaten some better-than-this LSU teams.

Still, it isn’t likely. SEC Country reporters Eric W. Bolin and Trent Shadid focus on the big picture, including what the future holds for the Razorbacks program, in this week’s “Sound Off.”

Below are time stamps for specific topics:

  • Start – Goodness, gracious. Raise your hand if you think coach Bret Bielema and athletic director Jeff Long are safe. Didn’t think so.
  • 2:00  –  The Razorbacks likely have to two of their last three games, maybe even win out completely, to save those jobs. With LSU upcoming, and Mississippi State and Missouri after that, i’s easier said than done.
  • 3:45  – The Razorbacks’  talent level would suggest the they can win at least one of those three games. The return of Austin Allen will help. So should the breakout of T.J. Hammonds.
  • 6:30  –  “Why don’t you support the team?” Heard that argument before? Wanting what’s best for the program  is supporting the team.
  • 7:45   – Arkansas will almost definitely make a move. Likely with Bielema. If that happens when it’s expected — after the Missouri game — the Razorbacks will probably have a new coach  within three weeks .
  • 10:00    The Hogs are 16½-point underdogs on Saturday. Are we picking them to beat LSU?

Check back with  SEC Country all season for everything you need to know about  Arkansas football, including weekly videos from Eric and Trent breaking down the biggest Razorbacks stories of the year.

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