Arkansas had hoped to get some revenge on Auburn for a one-sided 56-3 loss in Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2016, but on Saturday night it was a similar result in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Arkansas had hoped to get some revenge on Auburn for a one-sided 56-3 loss in Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2016, but on Saturday night it was a similar result in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Auburn expanded a 17-6 lead to take a 52-20 victory over the Hogs. Only a 100-yard kickoff return by true freshman De'Vion Warren and a late touchdown run by Devwah Whaley prevented it from being almost exactly like last season as far as the scoreboard. Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema had to once again talk following a loss.

"Obviously very disappointed," Bielema said. "The guys had a good week of practice. I thought our guys were excited to get in the game, and obviously the first half, other than the last touchdown we gave up defensively, come in there at halftime here in a battle. Would have liked to have scored a couple of touchdowns, but we did kick two field goals."

Following each game it seem Bielema talks about a good week of practice. For whatever reason(s) the so-called good week of practice isn't transferring to the game on Saturday. Arkansas' two quarterbacks Austin Allen and Cole Kelley have been sacked 19 times in four SEC games. Arkansas is 0-4 in the SEC for only the fifth time since beginning league play in 1992. Bielema has had three of the five.

Since the conclusion of the 2016 season when Arkansas had second-half meltdowns against Missouri and Virginia Tech the message was how the Hogs had worked to learn to play for four quarters. That was supposed to be the focus of the winter conditioning, spring ball, summer workouts and then preseason. So what happens against the first real opponent TCU in Week 2? Arkansas was shutout in the second half and saw a 14-7 TCU lead at intermission finish up 28-7. Trailing at half? Arkansas is 0-18 when trailing at intermission under Bielema. In just SEC games, Arkansas has been outscored 116-57 in the second half this season. 

The Arkansas offensive line saw its fourth different starting lineup in the past four weeks on Saturday night. Is this a good time to ask why it took six games to reinsert junior offensive tackle Brian Wallace back in the lineup?

Bielema was asked about his job security and if he expects to be back next season. He answered it about the only way one can answer that question.

"Yeah, obviously it's unchartered waters for me," Bielema said. "I've never been in that situation where we're 2-5 and disappointed where we're at. The greatest thing about a coaching position is this: You just worry about the day in front of you.  I know it's probably not the answer you want or the thing you want to write, but I do....you just get in there and go to work. I know we're close."

It did feel Arkansas was truly close in 2015 when they closed out the season winning six of the final seven games to finish 8-5 after a rugged 2-4 start. But since the 58-42 victory at Mississippi State on Nov. 18 last season the Hogs are 2-7 with the lone wins coming over Florida A&M and New Mexico State. 

Maybe hidden in some of those losses were signs they are close, but the outside world is having a difficult seeing the same thing as Bielema in that regard. Kelley started his second game in a row subbing for the injured Austin Allen. He struggled against Auburn completing 15 of 26 passes for 163 yards and fumbled the ball away twice. In fairness to Kelley he was running for his life most of the night. He was sacked six times and hit countless times. He was asked following the game how the Hogs can turn it around.

"We have the coaches and players to do it, we just have to do it," Kelley said. "We talk about it too much and we don't do it."

The next chance to do it will be on Saturday when the Hogs travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff televised on the SEC Network.