Last week against Toledo, Allen passed for 408 yards, yet it seems most of Arkansas exhorts Bielema and Enos forcing the issue running the football, regardless of Texas Tech’s defensive alignment in Saturday’s 6 p.m., ESPN2-televised game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
If Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is looking for a respite from the ribbing he is enduring for losing to Toledo just days after criticizing Ohio State for its weak schedule, the National Football League isn’t the place. Texas Tech, meanwhile, pasted UTEP 69-20 last time out and has put up 128 points in its first two games of 2015.
“It is not by design that we are scoring that fast, we really just play our game”. So we are going to try to do what we do, the best we can.
Patrick Mahomes has 786 yards through the air for Texas Tech to go along with eight touchdowns. “There are a couple of things that he has got to clean up”.
The timing of these wide receiver injuries is less than ideal for Arkansas, who is coming off of a 16-12 loss against unranked Toledo despite passing for over 400 yards on the day. So there are not a bunch of rah-rahs about past year.
Through two games, 94 individual players on Football Bowl Subdivision teams have more sacks than the Razorbacks, with Iowa State’s Dale Pierson at a national-leading five. And Jonathan Williams basically jogged into the end zone with no obstacles in his path. Arkansas went on to rush for an astounding 438 yards, exposing the Red Raiders as soft while further amplifying the notion that the Big 12 was merely a finesse conference.
“This is a setback, but I don’t think anyone is jumping off the ship or anything”, Allen said.
Bielema has spent much of this week answering questions about the struggling running game, with much of the focus being spent on an offensive line still trying to find the physical identity it was known for a year ago. It also makes you wonder if the defense will ever be successful as a standalone entity or if they will always just be around so the other team doesn’t score 60, or at least less than Tech does. The senior is fifth in the country with an average of 366 yards passing per game, including back-to-back career bests of 308 and 412 yards through the air. “So I think we’re getting better at that”. “We’ve got to be more coordinated there”.
“You get what you emphasize”, Pittman said.
Prediction: I want to believe this team has improved enough to stroll into Fayetteville and come out with a win.
“I think you have to pick your spots there”, Smith said.