This was a game that Kentucky had a chance at winning. John L. Smith and the Razorbacks started the season in the top 10 and have floundered famously. After losing to Louisiana Monroe, Smith has had one of the hottest seats in America. The other hottest seat belongs to non other than Kentucky’s own Joker Phillips.
Now Arkansas is on a one game winning streak after trouncing Auburn on the road. Kentucky, on the other hand, is still continuing down a troubling spiral. With mounting injuries on both sides of the ball and freshmen firmly in the starting line-up, the game in Fayetteville is again in doubt.
Kentucky Wildcats (1-5, 0-3) at Arkansas Razorbacks (2-4, 1-2): Saturday October 13th, 7:00 PM
What is there to say at this point about the Wildcats? They can’t score and they can’t stop other teams from scoring. I would say that Randy Sanders needs to open up the playbook with Jalen Whitlow but that might actually be to the quarterback’s detriment. If Sanders gets too cute with Whitlow and runs an option style offense in which he sprints out more, then that means that there will be a greater chance of him getting hurt. So expect the playcalling to be as safe as it has been all season.
As for the Razorbacks, they actually have a season that they could possibly salvage. They are still ranked 24th in passing offense and Tyler Wilson has had a very solid season despite missing a few games due to injuries. After Kentucky, Arkansas plays Ole Miss and Tulsa. Before you know it, John L. and his team could be 5-4. It won’t be enough to save John L. Smith’s job, but it will give their players and fans something to be positive about.
With the talent that Arkansas still possesses in their passing game, and the freshmen that Kentucky will be starting in the secondary, it’s looking like it will be another long night for the Wildcats.
Arkansas Razorbacks 34-Kentucky Wildcats 13