The year 2012 just went from bad to worse for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. The formerly eighth-ranked team has dropped entirely out of the Associated Press top 25 in this week’s poll after losing 34-31 in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe. It is the second-biggest drop in the history of the AP Poll behind Michigan’s drop from number five after losing to Appalachian State in 2007. That was also the year UL-Monroe beat Alabama in Nick Saban’s first year as head coach.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was also injured in the first half of the game and did not play in the second half or overtime. His concussion-like symptoms forced him to stay in Little Rock after the game instead of heading back to Fayetteville with the team. His status is currently up in the air for one or two more concussions at the hands of Alabama’s defense on Saturday.
This latest disaster caps a horrible 2012 for the Razorbacks program after former head coach Bobby Petrino was fired for, among other things, nailing a coworker and giving her a better job with a bigger salary. This led to the team being entrusted to former Louisville and Michigan State coach John L. Smith, who immediately filed for bankruptcy and, of course, was in charge during the debacle on Saturday night, which included Wilson’s injury. Otherwise, I’d say things are okay in Fayetteville.
Next week’s game against Alabama is set to air on CBS despite the historic drop from the rankings by Arkansas. Really, they were going to get clobbered by the Crimson Tide either way, but now the Razorbacks will have already been unranked for a week before their second straight loss. Arkansas is currently 1-1 with a win over Jacksonville State last week and the loss to UL-Monroe.