Game-time temps will be high on the field. With temperatures in the mid-90's, sun blazing, and a 3:00 kick-off, on-field temperatures will probably be easily in the 100-105 degree range. I wonder whose advantage that will be, or is it just bad for both teams? Look for lots of crams in the 2nd half of this game.
Arkansas has a new coach, new schemes, and an injury-riddled depth chart. Their opponent is coming off a bowl game and actually finished 9-4 last season.
Still, when Bret Bielema suggested this week that Louisiana-Lafayette will be a “tremendous challenge,” that had to just be coach-speak, right? He had to be kidding. (Wait, we already know he’s not a comedian.)
“This is probably not your typical opener seeing as it is against a bowl-win team that won nine games (last season), won 10 games before that…
I don’t think anybody’s expecting a free pass.”
Don’t forget, the Razorbacks fell 34-31 to Louisiana-Monroe last fall. You can ask the folks at Florida if Louisiana’s other directional school is similarly dangerous. The Gators had to block a punt and return it for a TD with two seconds left to play in order to subdue the Ragin’ Cajuns 20-13 in Gainesville last season.
According to ULL — we at MrSEC.com prefer U-La-La — head coach Mark Hudspeth, that game at Florida has given his team some confidence heading into Arkansas. “The way we at least played at Florida last year — we didn’t win the game, but we competed — I think gave our guys even more confidence that you know, we can compete on a bigger stage… They’re not by any means arrogant or cocky coming into this game, but they’re confident.”
So don’t chuckle, all you non-Hog fans, if you see Arkansas getting a little bit more from Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend than most expect. Bielema’s already sounded the warning bell for fans and for his team.