Thursday, October 16, 2008
I remember Arkansas games of the past... overtime thrillers... shootouts... so much offense you'd think you were watching Arena Ball. Gone are the ghosts of Houston Nutt and Darren McFadden. Andre Woodson isn't walking through the door, either. What you have is two teams, neither of which have a losing record, but both of which might be playing some of the most uninspired, inept football this side of Washington State.
For Kentucky it's been a season of defensive intensity, offensive frustration, and injuries like I cannot remember. I'm just waiting for the headline that says someone spontaneously combusted at practice.
For Arkansas, it's just been a season to forget. They did just defeat Auburn... but is that really worth bragging about? I will say this now, and get it out of the way... I hate Bobby Petrino. Hate. Hate. Hatehatehate. I think the man is the lowest douchebag on the entire spectrum of douchebags. I am a firm believer that Petrino was a habitual line stepper in terms of the rules at Louisville, as evidenced by the sheer amount of thugs that played there. Hate. With. A. Passion.
Having said that, the SEC best get its licks in now on Bobby P. while they can. Within 5 years he'll have either left for a new job, gotten busted by the NCAA for cheating, or have a consistent winner. It's the Petrino way. On to the game...
Offense: Yes, Kentucky has problems on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line has looked porous at times. The run game has been questionably called and executed. The Cats haven't averaged more than 6 yards per pass in a game all season. Mike Hartline makes me want to punt kittens. Lather, rinse, repeat. Arkansas is more of the same, really. It's the first year in a new system, a horrible rush game, and no real vertical threat to speak of. Casey Dick is still Casey Dick, only this year doesn't have the luxury of teams putting 9 in the box to stop Felix Jones or McFadden. Dick and company will struggle against Kentucky's defense. Mightily. Epically. And I will laugh in Petrino's general direction.
Advantage: If only for the defense they're going against.
Defense: Arkansas has given up 212 points through 6 games. Kentucky has given up 63. The good news for Akransas is they aren't facing a Texas or Alabama. Still, though, the defenses are not close, and they won't be for several years. Defense was never really Petrino's thing at Louisville, and it certainly wasn't his bag with the Falcons. Unless you count defending himself for sucking.
Coaching: Brooks versus Petrino. The guy who gave Spurrier an "Aw... bullshit" versus the guy who wants so badly to be Spurrier he can't stand it. Petrino is a poor man's version of Spurrier... no-class, arrogant, douchey, and universally hated by most not in the fanbase or his immediate family. The difference is Spurrier is a winner, and Petrino has won nothing, save for a Big East title. Oooooooo. Color me unimpressed, Bob.
Advantage: Push. If it were personality, it's no contest, but Petrino knows x's and o's offensive football. Still, the guy is a turd.
Random Page 1 Google Image search for Razorback:
Random Page 1 Google Image search for Wildcat:
Advantage: Let's take a look at these pictures... For Kentucky, there's a nice little kitten. Hopping through a field of wildflowers. Awww. For Arkansas, HOLY SHIT!!! What the hell is that thing?! Is it a hog? A cow? Ralph Friedgen? And more importantly, sweet cowboy hat.
Overall: If you're looking for exciting football, I'd stay away from this one. This looks to be one of those 10 point or so games, not very exciting, probably a lot of punts. Boredom. Yawns. Left tackle, right tackle, incomplete pass, punt. But this game is epic for the Wildcats, as a loss means you can go ahead and call it basketball season. A win leaves them in the hunt for a Bowl Game, and gives this team some needed momentum for the upcoming games against the meat of the SEC.