I ain’t got nothin’ but love for Sam Pittman. As a Georgia fan, how can you not? He’s just a good guy and he was a great assistant coach in Athens as Kirby Smart built his program.
He’s also turned out to be a helluva head coach. That Brian Fremeau tweet I posted this morning about Georgia’s net ypp? Arkansas is fourth on that list, with a 3.16 net ypp in non-garbage time play. That is a well coached team, in other words. No, the Hogs don’t approach the Dawgs in the talent and depth department — something that might be exacerbated in Arkansas’ first road game of the season — but this team is no slouch. They’ve earned their 4-0 record and top ten standing.
And, to be honest with you, there is one intangible that concerns me. Sam Pittman is playing with house money right now. Nobody expected Arkansas to be in as lofty a position after four games as they are now, just like nobody is expecting them to run through their current four-game gauntlet (TAMU, Georgia, Ole Miss and Auburn) unscathed. A loss on Saturday isn’t going to be anywhere near the end of the world for Pittman and his team. That makes them dangerous.
A well coached team throwing out everything but the kitchen sink to pull off an upset is a little scary. Especially with a noon start. I expect Kirby will have his team ready to go. He’d better.