How could a team that has only lost to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Ohio State the past two seasons lose to a Sunbelt team that was 4-8 last season?
How could a team that was favored by 30 points, and had 17 starters back lose a 28-7 lead in the third quarter and then lose the game?
And how in the world – if they can't beat Louisiana-Monroe - are fans supposed to have any hope of beating Alabama, the number one team in the country and the defending national champion
? "To begin with I'd like to just say that obviously we're disappointed," Smith said. "We came back Sunday and sat down with the team and went through the things that we have to do to get better and talked about it as a team. We have to take the field starting tomorrow and continue to work. This is part of athletics that they know exists. If you're going to get knocked down, you have to get back up. You have to continue to fight.
"We have to try to analyze, try to decide what it is we've got to get better at and go out to the field and make sure that we get that done," Smith added.
Wilson had not been cleared as of Monday after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter of Saturday night's 31-28 overtime loss to the Warhawks.
That means Arkansas will have Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell – the former quarterback turned wide receiver – will be splitting practice snaps this week in place of Wilson, who did not play after halftime.
"Tyler was back for the meeting last night," Smith said. "Still has some symptoms, grogginess, whatever. But he will not go to the field until the doctors, of course, OK him and that he's symptom-free. That being said, we're making preparation with Brandon and Brandon at quarterback, which we have to do at this point. We have to kind of assume, and if we get Tyler back, then it will be icing on the cake for us."
Smith also updated the injury status of cornerback Tevin Mitchel and fullbacks Kody Walker and Kiero Small.
Mitchel and Walker were both taken off the field via carts in the fourth quarter on Saturday night.
"Tevin has been released from the hospital in Little Rock" Smith said. "He's on his way back. He'll be here today, and again, his is a deal where he'll meet with specialists here and discuss their findings. Everything that we get from the scans and all of that stuff was all very positive from the standpoint of, there's nothing wrong. So we're optimistic there. We'll just have to wait and see. But, again, it's a deal where he's not going to play this week for sure.
"Going to Kody, they ended up having to operate, having to fix his broken leg," Smith added. "And that means of course he'll lose the season. So, that being said, the rest of it is basically bumps and bruises, and injury-wise we should be ready to go over than that."
Small was lost to a foot injury in practice last week and likely will miss the rest of the season as well.
"Kiero is anywhere from six weeks at a minimum to 12 weeks probably at a maximum," Smith said. "So what you have to count on is somewhere in the middle there, 8 to 10, and that's usually a season. And he does have a redshirt available."
Smith said that tight ends Brett Weir and Austin Tate and the versatile Grady Ollison – who is working as an offensive lineman, tight end and fullback – will all get snaps at fullback along with walk on Morgan Linton.
He also addressed what some thought was a post-game snub of Louisiana-Monroe head coach Todd Berry when Smith didn't go find him to shake hands.
"To explain exactly what happened – we're closer to the 25," Smith said. " They go in the end zone, score, game's over. I start to walk towards the middle of the field, towards our locker room, and looking across, there is no one. And by the time I get to the middle of the field, I mean, I don't see Todd. If he was there, I mean, and I'm sure of this, not seeing anybody there, not seeing my coach, my belief was this — he's down with his team in the end zone celebrating, and probably patting that quarterback on the back, the one that just ran it in. And that's where he should be. Which made sense. At least to me.
"So, again, I think this, Todd and I are friends, and I think if I had done anything wrong, or, believe me, if I've offended anybody by that, I'm sorry about that," Smith added. "But we're good enough friends that I would expect him to call me if there was any offense taken. But like I said, I say nobody there, and I totally thought that hey, he's down where he should be. He's with his team in the end zone celebrating, so, that's what took place."
Smith knows that not many - not even Razorback fans - are giving his team a shot any shot at winning against the Crimson Tide.
He knows fans are leaping off the Arkansas bandwagon, but issued a plea for the support for the kids and the program.
"Well, this is the same football team, these are the same players, this is the same program, the same coaches that you were with on the bandwagon, I guess a week ago," Smith said. "They deserve your support. And again, you've supported his program in the past and continue to support us. We need your support, OK? You're either in the boat or you're out. ... It's like we try to tell our team, hey, we're all in this together."
Smith said that his team is not doing the little things that allow teams to win even if they made a few mistakes.
"That's what we tried to take to our team last night - ‘As we look at this film, you guys take a look, there's a block here that wins us the game. There's a catch here that wins us the game. There's a tackle here that wins us the game. Go take a look at that film and see that if we do the little things, OK, and we have a discipline to take care of the little things, we win that football game," Smith noted.
"So that was our message to the guys is that: ‘you have to take a look,'" Smith added. "We have to become more disciplined – alignment, alignment, discipline with our eyes, discipline with our tackling, discipline with our blocking, discipline with our catching, etc. And you win that football game.'"
Smith admits that the defense has not been up to par so far and definitely not as good as he expected.
"I think that brings us, you try to analyze are we doing too much?" Smith said. "Are we, do we have to simplify? So we try to analyze ourselves because we had a lot of guys that did miss some fall ball and are still rusty. So I think we've always taken a look at that and said, 'yeah, we have to do the simple things. We have to make sure whatever it is we do, we do it right. So... we're making too many mistakes."
He doesn't think the loss to Louisiana-Monroe made the Alabama mountain even taller to climb.
"I don't think it's any higher than it was," Smith said. "We just going to make the changes we're going to make. We're going to go to the field and prepare the very best we can and we're going to get after them."
Smith knows that a win over Alabama would not be a cure all this weekend, but knows it is certainly is better than the alternative.
"A win this weekend would be tremendous," Smith said. "A cure-all? I don't' know that you ever have that, you know? That's the great thing about athletics and sport is you get to go this weekend. You get to play it again. The bad thing is you have to go next weekend and play it again. If that makes sense. You're never as good, you're never as bad. And it's never as good and never as bad as you think. So… It's kind of the way we approach it."