1. Much-Needed Bye: Arkansas suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Texas A&M last Saturday.

1. Much-Needed Bye: Arkansas suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Texas A&M last Saturday.


Now they have two weeks to get over it.


The Razorbacks, which fell 35-28 in overtime in Arlington, Texas, will try to capitalize on their first bye week before returning to play Alabama (4-0, 1-0 in SEC) on Oct. 11. Arkansas (3-2, 0-2 in SEC) plans to use the time off to recover both mentally and physically after watching a 14-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter, leading to its 14th straight SEC loss.


"We can’t let them beat us twice," Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers said. "We’ve got to go into this off week, prepare for ‘Bama and just keep our heads up."


Penalties, a missed field goal, late defensive lapses and other mistakes led to Arkansas’ collapse last Saturday The Razorbacks were on the verge of a breakthrough win, which would’ve helped them secure a top 25 ranking. But the self-inflicted wounds helped Texas A&M score the game’s final three touchdowns.


"We feel like we let one go," Arkansas tight end AJ Derby said. "Obviously that’s a really good football team and they came to play (Saturday). We had them right where we wanted it, but we let it go in the end. But we feel like we’re going to bounce back in this bye week and really come back for Alabama strong."


The Razorbacks has gotten some rest this week after being off Sunday and Monday. Arkansas will hold bye week practice today, Wednesday and Thursday before breaking away again. The Razorbacks will return to their normal game-week schedule Sunday, preparing to face the Crimson Tide in Razorback Stadium.


Coach Bret Bielema said it’s a good time for the break. Arkansas has played five games and will begin a four-game stretch (Alabama, Georgia, Alabama-Birmingham, at Mississippi State) when it returns Oct. 11. The Razorbacks will take another break on Nov. 8, then play their final three games (LSU, Ole Miss, at Missouri).


"If we do what we’re capable of doing, maybe we’ll have a chance to play another game," Bielema said in reference to reaching a bowl game for the first time since the 2011 season. "It really is laid out as good as we possibly can. … You couldn’t ask for anything more. So we’ll take full advantage of it."


The first priority, of course, is getting over the Texas A&M debacle.


"It hurts," Arkansas safety Alan Turner said. "But at the same time, we just want to fix the things we did do wrong. We had some positives and we know that. We just want to go into this bye week and just put it behind us."


Bielema said there were a lot of "broken hearts" in the locker room after blowing the lead. But he said they can be mended if handled the right way this week.


"This is a really good time for a bye week and something we’ve got to maximize for coaches and players. And probably fans," Bielema said. "Fans probably invested a lot in (Saturday’s) game and I apologize we weren’t able to give you the win. But there’s a lot of really good things coming. This could be a very exciting time ahead of us."


2. Sumlin on Offense: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Arkansas’ offense had improved before the teams met in Arlington, Texas. His thoughts didn’t change after the game.


"It’s a nightmare," Sumlin said. "They just don’t just line up and run over you. They formation you, unbalance, tight ends, motion. And all that time, when you’re doing that, you know, you have to fit the gaps properly. And all it takes is one guy to be out of one gap, and — those backs are good. They had a great plan."


Arkansas finished with 484 yards, including 285 on the ground. But the Razorbacks’ success dried up in the fourth quarter when they were held to 80 yards.


Sumlin still was impressed by Arkansas’ offensive performance in the loss.


"They create a lot of problems for you defensively," Sumlin said.


3. Kickoff TBD: Arkansas will have to wait until Sunday to find out when it will play Alabama on Oct. 11. CBS, which has a doubleheader set for 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on that date, announced Monday it was exercising its six-day option.


CBS will choose its 2:30 matchup among five games: Arkansas-Alabama, Auburn-Mississippi State, LSU-Florida, Georgia-Missouri and Ole Miss-Texas A&M. ESPN then will have two selections for games on its networks scheduled for 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Then, CBS will choose its game for an 11 a.m. kickoff.


The SEC Network will televise the remaining game at 6:30 p.m.


4. On the Road: Bielema said Arkansas had a "recruiting plan" for the bye week and it sounded as if he had a busy day on the road Monday. Bielema, who pushed his weekly news conference to Tuesday, updated his whereabouts via Twitter on Monday.


The schedule, according to Twitter, included stops in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Bielema also said last week he planned to spend time in Texas.


— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau