There was a time when Jen Bielema, wife of current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, tweeted “#karma” at the University of Wisconsin, when her husband’s former team lost a heartbreaking game to Arizona State back in 2013.
There’s now an even better example of #karma, and this one directly involves her hubby.
Earlier in the week, Bret was apparently asked about the fact that there were 10 SEC teams ranked in the top 25 – one of them being Arkansas – after one week of action. According to AL.com, he then used the moment as an opportunity to rant on Ohio State’s weak schedule.
“I spent a lot of time in that other conference [the Big Ten]. Ohio State’s ranked No. 1 and they have one game remaining on their schedule that has anybody ranked right now – Michigan State. We’re going to play eight straight opponents that are ranked.”
“It just goes to show: Jeff Long and his committee has a huge task in front of them because if you truly do put a weight on strength of schedule, to get through this conference, everybody can make a joke about it but it’s truly unprecedented what every team in this league can bring,” he added. “If anybody tries to argue with it, they’re completely nonsense. It’s a whole other level when it comes to competitive nature and balance.”
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But before the 18th-ranked Razorbacks could make it to their SEC schedule, they were tripped up Saturday – by the Toledo Rockets. At home. Yes, they were stunned 16-12 by an Ohio school just days after their head coach went off on another school from the Buckeye State.
That, my friends, is #karma.
Saturday wasn’t a banner day for the SEC. After opening the season 12-1 in Week 1, the conference saw Arkansas lose to Toledo, Missouri struggle at home against Arkansas State and Auburn need overtime to hold off Jacksonville State. Factor in Florida’s scare at home against East Carolina and Tennessee’s complete meltdown against Oklahoma, and there are plenty of reasons to doubt whether the SEC was deserving of 10 ranked teams entering this week.
Of course, who could forget the SEC West going 2-5 in bowl games last year? Perhaps we should have tapped the brakes on giving the SEC the keys to the AP Top-25.
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