For Sam Pittman and the Arkansas Razorbacks, things aren’t looking good this afternoon. The unexpectedly undefeated No. 8 team in the country is trailing the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs 24-0 at the start of the third quarter. Pittman’s offense, which has been outstanding so far this season, has only accumulated 78 total yards on the day.
The second-year head coach’s frustrations have been obvious, especially after this play. Pittman ripped his headset off and pump faked a spike to the ground in response to another failed play for his Razorbacks offense. The earpiece and mic flew away in the process.
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Today’s matchup is significant for Pittman for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, a signature win over the Bulldogs would establish his team’s legitimacy as they attempt to make the College Football Playoff. Second, within the Georgia program, the veteran coach has numerous personal and professional connections. Pittman served as the offensive line coach for Kirby Smart’s team for four seasons, from 2016 to 2019. Back in Athens for the first time since taking over as head coach of Arkansas prior to the 2020 season, a respectable performance from the former Bulldogs assistant would have been far preferable to today’s flop.
Depending on how you look at it, today’s game either severely dampens Arkansas’ national title hopes or significantly raises Georgia’s stock as a national title contender. Nokia News