It’s time to go shopping for some penny stocks. There’s value to be had as we enter into Week 7 of the college football season and one of the best places to look for that value is rock bottom.
In a year where first-year coaches are struggling all over the country, the bar has dipped the lowest at Nebraska, Arkansas and UCLA, three proud programs without an FBS win among them. That’s going to change soon.
Here’s a bold ‘buy’ rating for you for each: None will finish with fewer than three wins by season’s end. A group that is 1-15 through their first 16 games will go no worse than 9-11 through their next 20. It’s always darkest before the dawn, and here’s why the sun could be coming out for three struggling programs.
We’re not at rock bottom anymore in Fayetteville. That took place in week three after a 44-17 loss to North Texas. Since then, here’s what Arkansas has given us:
It lost to Auburn by 31 points but outgained the Tigers by 65 yards, held Auburn to 225 yards of offense and fell victim to Auburn scoring drives of 27, 1, 10, -10 yards and a kick return touchdown.
It lost to a Texas A&M team that is starting to round into form as a top 15 caliber squad by only one touchdown despite giving up a kick return touchdown on the opening boot.
It took its beating against Alabama but never laid down, producing more offensive production than any other Alabama opponent to date in terms of total offense (405 yards), yards per play (5.7) and points (31).
It has finally settled in on a quarterback in Ty Storey, a guy that has improved each of the last three weeks in terms of quarterback rating, completion percentage, touchdown-to-interception ratio and yards.
The back stretch of Arkansas’ schedule features winnable games against Ole Miss, Tulsa and Vanderbilt followed by a grueling three-pack against LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. While LSU and Mississippi State appear to be unrealistic wins on the surface, both teams