The folks at Athlon Sports, who have been publishing preseason magazines for what seems like as long as there’s been football, get coaches to open up about other teams. As long as they are anonymous.
As an example, here’s what one coach said about Arkansas:
“They are going to be terrible. What they are doing now, it’s the product of bad recruiting. They have a long way to go. That’s nothing against the new coach (Bret Bielema). But they are going to be terrible in Year 1.”
“(Quarterback) Zach Mettenberger, to me, is very average. It’s going to be really interesting because their offensive coordinator was the offensive line coach, so they had single receiver play-action and just loaded up on the ball.”
This is the kind of stuff we reporter-types would love to get on the record, but the best quotes almost always come when the recorder is off and the notebook is closed.
Read what the coaches say and come back here with your thoughts.