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Bielema Says QB Allen Is Arkansas’ “Best Option”

Brandon AllenFirst-year starting quarterback Brandon Allen began the season about as well as Razorback fans could have hoped.  In two games against UL-Lafayette and Samford, Allen was 24-of-39 passing for 355 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney couldn’t have scripted things better.  And with Allen passing well, the Razorback run game thrived, with each phase of the offense supporting the other.


In a Week Three win over Southern Miss, Allen injured his throwing shoulder.  He missed a loss at Rutgers.  And since returning to action three weeks ago, SEC defenses have made life tougher on the sophomore than those non-conference foes at the top of UA’s schedule.  Against Texas A&M, Florida, and South Carolina, Allen has gone 38-of-89 for 476 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions.  Against the Gamecocks last Saturday he completed just four-of-12 passes for 30 yards and a pick.  Not good.

Bret Bielema still has his starting QB’s back, however:


“There is no doubt in my mind that he gives us the best option, 100%, to move forward.  I think Brandon Allen is going to be a good football player and we have to have patience…

Obviously Florida’s and South Carolina’s defenses made him look a certain way and we just have got to get up to (that) level.  It’s not him.  Our throwing game — one of our three offensive goals last week was to be better in our execution.  Protections, reads, routes, delivery and catch, all those things factor into it.”


Chaney says Allen has got to learn not to dwell on bad plays.  “I thought going into the (Carolina) game he was fine, but I thought after the one (interception) he three, he got a little shaky again.  It’s part of the development, man.  You have to learn that when you make a mistake, so what?  You have to go clean slate at quarterback.”

Allen will have a clean slate on Saturday when the Hogs travel to Alabama.  With Arkansas now on a four-game losing skid and Bama still undefeated atop the national polls, that slate isn’t likely to stay clean for long.

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The BCS Title Game Is Almost Guaranteed To Feature Two Of The Current Top Four Teams

Take a good, long look at the current top four in the BCS standings: Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon.  All are 8-0.  And if history is a guide, it’s almost a lock that the BCS Championship Game will feature two of those four squads.

Oh, sure, we tell ourselves that upsets happen and that those teams still have some losable games left on their schedules.  But a quick check of the BCS standings over the last 14 years suggests that even if there are upsets, the two teams who’ll reach Miami and battle in the title game are already ranked among the top four.

We went back through all of those standings lists so you wouldn’t have to.  We compared the standings from Week Three of the BCS rankings — because the current rankings are indeed the third standings chart released this year — to the final standings in every year from 1998 through 2011.  The BCS formula has been tweaked and shuffled a few times since it’s inception, so what we found can’t be considered a pure apples-to-apples comparison.

But our findings were still telling.  Very telling.

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UGA’s Murray Has His O-Line Playing For Ice Cream

Aaron Murray knows how to get the attention of an offensive lineman — offer him food.  And that’s just what Georgia’s quarterback did after being sacked five times in the Bulldogs’ first two games.

Before facing Florida Atlantic in Week Three, Murray promised his protectors that he’d take them out for ice cream if they kept his jersey clean.  He’s only been sacked once in two games since and he blamed that one on himself for holding onto the ball too long.

Left tackle Kenarious Gates — all 318 pounds of him — had this to say on the matter:


“It’s motivated us.  We’re playing for each other, and you always have that ice cream in the back of your head.”


Murray said last week’s ice cream trip went on his mom’s credit card to the tune of 50 or 60 dollars.  Which means UGA fans can start worrying about an NCAA investigation… now.  (Kidding.)

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