After win vs. Ole Miss, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says he 'likes the growth of our program'
For the first time since he took over Arkansas’ football program in 2013, Bret Bielema felt like everything went according to plan.
Arkansas’ 34-30 win over Ole Miss was its third straight over the Rebels, but prior to the 2016 season, the Hogs had 10 losses in games that finished within one score. They’re 3-0 in that category this season, and Bielema felt like Saturday’s performance was the “first time” everything just felt right.
“I do like the growth of our program. The game itself, the way it unfolded, the way it led up to it and the film on Sunday, for the first time as a head coach, I was like, ‘That is how we planned out,’” Bielema said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “Our type of offense, our type of defense, being able to capitalize in the kicking game. All those things added together.
“We’ve had some big wins, don’t get me wrong. We’ve knocked off some good teams and ranked teams on the road, but this is one where it was truly how you designed it, and hopefully it plays out that way again.”
Despite two early losses in SEC play, Arkansas — which ranks No. 17 in the latest AP poll — can still compete for a New Year’s Six bowl bid, but will likely need to win out its schedule in order to receive an invitation. However, ESPN’s FPI projects the Razorbacks to lose their next three games (all against ranked opponents) and finish 7-5 for a second straight season.
Arkansas will travel to Auburn this Saturday for a 3 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.