Students Make Predictions About Game Day Outcome
Students across the UA campus predicted which team in tomorrow’s matchup against the University of Kentucky will win their second Southeastern Conference victory.
Kentucky has a 1-5 record, and Arkansas has a 2-4 record.
Kentucky has a long history of mediocre seasons. Since the program’s first season in 1881, Kentucky has an overall win percentage of just over 50 percent, but from 2008-2010, UK had three consecutive eight win seasons, the most since 1947. They have attended 15 bowl games and were 8-7 in those games, according to the UK website.
Students said they thought Kentucky was not a strong football school.
“When I think of Kentucky, I think of basketball,” said Hunter Thomas, business major, “and when I think of Arkansas, I think of football.”
Other students agree.
“Kentucky is not well-known,” said Amanda Compo, history and archeology major. “I don’t even know where Kentucky is.”
The UA has a slight statistical advantage over UK in program history. The Razorbacks have an overall win percentage of almost 70 percent. The past three seasons for Arkansas were considered by many to be some of the best in recent years. At least 10 wins were posted during each of those seasons, and new records were set in passing and receiving.
Last year, Kentucky posted a 5-7 record, while Arkansas was 10-2 with the only two losses coming from BCS championship teams Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama.
What once would have been considered an easy game for the Razorbacks is predicted to be a close contest by students after Arkansas’ collapse against the University of Louisiana-Monroe and the ensuing downfall over the following games.
“I think it will be a close game, especially because of the way we are playing now, but you never know,” Compo said. “I thought the ULM game would be easy.”
Most students have lost confidence in the Razorbacks’ ability to win games.
“It’s not looking too good so far,” Thomas said. “We’ve managed to blow it against the other teams we’ve played. I think it’s an overall morale shift. They’re just used to losing. We come into the game with an attitude of trying not to lose.”
Other students have the same opinion.
“I don’t think it’s going to be very pretty,” said Jacob Bennett, animal science major. “We just don’t play well as a team.”
Some students have an even gloomier outlook.
“I think we are going to lose,” said Nicole Roman, business major. “We’re not playing well, and I understand that Kentucky is not that good of a team, but we are playing horrible right now. I don’t think we stand a chance against anyone.”
However, some students are choosing to remain positive.
“I’m a true Razorback, and that is why I always think we are going to win,” said Adrian Ordorica, civil engineering major. “I am an optimistic person.”