You would think that some people would learn their lesson after an embarrassing moment, right? Well, when it comes to Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, that certainly isn’t the case.
Last week, Bielema criticized the defending national champions Ohio State by saying that they had a weak schedule and that they wouldn’t be able to compete in the SEC. This was just days before Arkansas got embarrassed by the Toledo Rockets, who had never won a non-conference game on the road against a Top 25 team, when they lost 16-12 and fell completely out of the AP rankings.
Bielema was back at it again on Monday when he tried to subtly compare his team’s season to how the Buckeyes’ started last year. Bielema said he wouldn’t comment on other teams’ schedules, which is a good idea, but he did say that other teams started off the way they did right now and had a good season in the end.
Bielema: I'm not going to comment on any other team's schedule, but there were teams last year that lost early but came back later in season
— Andrew Hutchinson (@NWAHutch) September 14, 2015
I can see where Bielema is coming from, but there is a huge difference between the 2014 Buckeyes and the 2015 Razorbacks.
In the second game of 2014, the Buckeyes played Virginia Tech, a traditional power from a Power Five conference. In the second game of 2015, the Razorbacks played Toledo, who, while having success in the MAC in years past, still play in a Group of Five conference and probably won’t make any sort of noise when it comes to the College Football Playoff.
Maybe if Bielema spent less time looking at other teams’ schedules, then his team might not be 1-1 with an embarrassing loss on the board. The Razorbacks play Texas Tech at home. They better be ready for a much bigger challenge this week.
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