Lots of folks have called talk shows, posted on social media and made their opinions known to anyone who would listen how Arkansas can stop Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
They range from the ridiculous to the sublime:
Have defenders wave $100 bills at him and when he takes them, tackle him.
Force a fumble when he sticks the ball out.
Ask for his autograph.
Find the equivalent of former Razorback star Steve Atwater in the secondary. (A clue: there is no equivalent of Steve Atwater in the secondary for the Hogs this year).
Confuse him. Yeh, right.
Make lots of noise. Yeh, right. (Where he plays, they have yell practice).
One ploy the Hogs are possibly implementing is to take the Aggie band out of the equation.
Arkansas officials have said that because of limited time at halftime for a presentation and for the need for in-house recognition, there is no time for the Aggie band to perform. Reveille, the Aggie mascot, will also not be there to add his bark and bite.
Is that really a ploy to mute some of Manziel’s enthusiasm? Is it a way to play with his mind?
Is this a psychological ploy for the Hogs?
The real losers are the fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Aggie band is great, always a treat to watch. Contrary to some bands in college football, this band marches all the time. And their precision is amazing.
In the old Southwest Conference days, many fans stayed in their seats at halftime to watch the Aggie band.
Now, halftime is sometimes about bands and a lot about presentations and honors and feel-good, fluff.
Whether Manziel has a band behind him will not likely make much of a difference in the game.
He sometimes marches to a different beat but seems to be able to strike the right chord.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at email@example.com or 505-1235. Follow him on Twitter @dmaclcd).