Monday wasn’t officially "Old Coaches Day" in Arkansas, but it sure seemed like it with Lou Holtz speaking to the NWA Touchdown Club as Houston Nutt spoke to the TD Club in Little Rock. By all accounts both were entertaining and worth the price of admission.
It is particularly ironic that Holtz, the man who coached Arkansas to its most memorable upset victory in the 1978 Orange Bowl, was in town just as Bret Bielema’s first Razorback team prepares for a brutal four-game stretch. Holtz knows a thing or two about circling the wagons and taking on the world. "Do they play them all on the same day?" was his response when asked to comment on the subject, and in typical Holtz fashion perfectly summed up the way the Hogs must look at the next four weeks. The only way to survive is to take a snap by snap, possession by possession, game by game approach.
The good news this week is Texas A&M has to come to Fayetteville. A sellout crowd fueled by a full day of tailgating should provide a great atmosphere. The Aggies have given up some yards in the running game, and you can bet the Razorback offensive line is being challenged in practice like never before.
All that matters this week are the Aggies. Texas A&M has parlayed its move to the SEC into a spot among the nation’s elite. They’ve not just passed the Longhorns in the Lone Star State, they’ve left them in their dust and accelerated UT’s demise. But they are not invincible, and if Arkansas can control the ball enough to keep it away from Johnny Manziel, who knows?
The point Holtz was making Monday is that the college game is as unpredictable as the bounce of the ball itself. Strange things can happen on Saturday nights. It’s way too early to determine the worth of this season, but the way this team bounces back this week will certainly provide an early return.