It has been – just not the kind the Razorbacks and their fans had in mind.
Texas A&M rolled up a whopping 716 yards of total offense – an SEC and school record of 557 by redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel - and hammered Arkansas 58-10 before 86,442 fans at Kyle Field.
With the loss, Arkansas (1-4, 0-1) became only the second team since 1984 to be ranked in the preseason top 10 and then lose four games in September.
"There is are no excuses," Razorback head coach John L. Smith said. "...I told the team that we are going to turn the page and get ready for Auburn.
"...It is very troubling how many yards we gave up," Smith added. "We couldn't stop the vertical route and Johnny Manziel ran around us. He did a very good job. He is very athletic. We have to cover better, we have to tackle better and maintain gap control."
It is the first four-game losing streak for Arkansas since 2004 and the first time it has started 1-4 since 1992 when Jack Crowe was dumped as head coach after one game.
The Razorbacks – who had 515 yards total offense of their own - have been outscored 110-10 in its two SEC games this season with Alabama and Texas A&M.
"We just had a bad game," Razorback senior tailback Razorback tailback Knile Davis said. "We have to play better, get some practice in and keep fighting. The season is going south, but we have to resurrect it. We as a team have to get better. It is not one guy; it is us as a team struggling. I don't know where we went wrong. We had the momentum flowing, but it turned away from us.
"We can't quit," Davis added. "I have never quit and I am not surrounded by quitters. We played hard the whole game, but we just didn't get it done. We are going to continue to fight and not give up."
It was the most points ever scored by the Aggies (3-1, 1-1) against the Razorbacks in the 69-game series and also ended a three-game losing streak to Arkansas – all of which had occurred at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
"Our older guys, they wanted it badly because they had never beaten Arkansas," first-year Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said.
Manziel – who was 29-of-38 passing for 453 yards and three scores and ran 14 times for 104 yards and another score - broke the SEC total offense mark of 540 of Ole Miss' Archie Manning and LSU's Rohan Davey.
"He's different because he is such a good athlete," Sumlin said. "His ability to create offense when things break down – that is what makes him different. Our receivers are getting a feel for him, we (the coaches) are getting a feel for him. He continues to progress every week as a quarterback instead of a guy who is just out there."
Despite his success, Manziel is not allowed to talk with the media after games yet so offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury talked him up.
"I felt like it was the best game that he has played in the pocket," Kingsbury said. "He still got out and did the same when it wasn't there. But he really studied the film all week, knew the game plan and it was by far the best grasp of it that he has had all season. He was able to stand in there, be confident with his throws and be accurate."
Arkansas actually led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Texas A&M scored the final 51 points of the game in notching its first ever SEC win.
The Aggies took a 27-10 lead into the half and did not stop scoring until Trey Williams dashed into the end zone from 13 yards away with 2:57 left in the game.
They were passing deep into the game.
"It's not their job to keep the score down," Smith said. "It's our job to keep the score down."
A&M led 35-17 at halftime of last year's game before Arkansas roared back to win 42-38. There would be no comebacks this time.
"We got that monkey off our back today," Sumlin said. "Everybody is talking about what happens to us in the second half. It was just a lot of different things. These guys were determined all week to play.
"…Our players and coaching staff did a nice job and had good plans in all three phases, but execution is the key," Sumlin added. "Any time you win a game like that in that fashion, you are going to get some turnovers. Our defense forced turnovers and we took care of the ball on offense and executed very, very well."
The last four quarterbacks the Razorbacks have faced have connected on 107 of 156 passes for 1,451 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Manziel started the game with a four-yard TD pass to Johnny Evan and had scoring strikes of 11 to Ben Malena and 80 yards to Ryan Swope while the Aggies were outscoring the Razorbacks 20-0 in the second quarter.
He capped his day with a 6-yard TD run to make it 50-10 early in the fourth quarter in which he literally ran circles around the Arkansas defense.
"That was a phenomenal play by him to get in," Kingsbury said.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was 29-of-59 passing for 373 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Those 59 passes broke the previous school record of 52 by Clint Stoerner against Alabama in 1999.
Cobi Hamilton – who had a school-record 303 yards receiving last week – had 11 catches for 162 yards against the Aggies as he topped 2,000 in career yardage. His 465 yards in the most in any two-game stretch ever by a Razorback and broke Derek Holloway's mark of 337.
"We tried to contain Cobi Hamilton as much as we could," Sumlin said. "He is a fabulous player when the ball is in the air."
Davis had 18 carries for 65 yards and also took a screen pass 64 yards for a score.
But he also had a fumble that was returned 28 yards for a touchdown by Aggie defender Tramain Jacobs to make it 44-10 with 7:06 left in the third quarter.
That came just 12 seconds after Christine Michael had crashed into the end zone for the home team.
The Razorbacks have now committed 15 turnovers this season while coming up with just two.
True freshman tailback Jonathan Williams had nine carries for 40 yards, Ronnie Wingo four for 23 yards and Dennis Johnson – whose 56 kickoff return yards allowed him to become the SEC's all-time leader with 2,718 yards – had five carries for 22 yards. Johnson played despite sustaining a broken hand against Rutgers.
The Hogs were playing with a injury-riddled secondary. Senior cornerback Kaelon Kelleybrew was injured in the first quarter while making a tackle. That left true freshman Will Hines and redshirt freshman Davyon McKinney at cornerback. Veteran safety Eric Bennett was out with a leg injury. The starting safeties were sophomore Alan Turner and redshirt freshman Rohan Gaines.
Dennis Johnson tries to pull away from an Aggie.
Tyler Wilson looks for a receiver.
Cobi Hamilton had 11 catches.
Jonathan Williams rushed for 40 yards.
A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel scrambles for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Byran Jones, left, DeQuinta Jones and Alfred Davis show their frustration on the bench during the fourth quarter.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated