If you haven't, get on the Mustain Train
In case you didn't notice (or visit the site about 7 minutes ago when Ron posted the news), the Razorbacks of Arkansas "upset" the Auburn Tigers about 20 minutes ago. I'm here to implore you, nay, request that you do like I do... hop on the Mustain train.
True, I have a disdain for Houston Nutt, but who doesn't. And yes, I'll miss the Nutt, Johnson, Dick QB controversy jokes like everyone else in America, but don't let those little things cloud your judgment.
In case you live in a bubble or just don't care about high school football, you'll know that Mitch Mustain was the top QB for this year's freshman class. He made a bit of a stir during recruiting by waffling on his commitment to Arkansas, but eventually he made Houston Nutt...'s dream come true (and undoubtedly saved his job).
However, it seemed like we would be seeing Nutt yank Johnson and Dick in and out all season (had to) as he searched for that winning QB. Well, that ended quickly as Arkansas got blown out 50-14 to USC (the USC, not the Cocks... which would have been far too many Nutt jokes in 1 game... though we still have the matchup later). But for those of us still up at like 12 something at night, we saw the beginning of something special, the Mitch Mustain era. Mustain led Arkansas right down the field beautifully on USC's second team D (he would later throw an interception on the next drive). Nutt realized what everyone else in Clintonville already knew: Johnson and Dick may not prevent you from winning games you were supposed to win, but Mustain will help you win games you weren't supposed to.
Since then, Mustain and crew have been a modestly oiled machine (like a car at the 1k mile mark after an oil change), with conference wins over Vandy and Alabama under their belts. Enter a struggling Auburn team, a team who looked very vulnerable against a meekly talented Steve Spurrier squad.
And suddenly, here we sit, Mitch Mustain leads the Backs to an upset of soon to be former #2 Auburn Tigers. Yes, it was more about the running of Jones and McFadden, but Mustain was 7-10 for 1 TD. He did what the other Arkansas QB's probably couldn't have done... not lose to Auburn.
So what does all of this mean? It means Arkansas is in the drivers seat in the SEC west. With LSU's impending loss to Florida (a bit presumptuous i know, but I won't back down from my pick), that would leave LSU with two losses on that side of the pack. Alabama is sitting on two losses. They hold the tie break over Auburn. Let's not even consider the Mississippi JUCOs. Things are setting up nicely for Arkansas.
But lets assume the fail in their quest for #1 this season, they're pretty well set on offense for the next few seasons. Mustain is obviously a true freshman. McFadden is a sophomore and was probably the most exciting SEC Freshman running back since Herschel Walker laced them up. They brought in Mustain's crazy OC and his wide receiver. There's no reason to think Arkansas won't be near the top of the SEC West for at least the next two to three seasons (depending on how long their stars stick around).
The SEC West just got a whole lot more interesting, and will no doubt further the argument for a playoff... or maybe the survivor should just be given a spot in the BCS title game.