I’ve been getting really excited about the upcoming football season, and the AP preseason poll just got posted with the Hogs at No. 20!
The Hogs couldn’t quite pull it off in the close games last year, but ended the second half of the season red hot. With all that momentum going into spring, and after getting a new OC in Dan Enos, I predict the Razorbacks to go 8-4 in the regular season, adding on another win in the postseason. Game breakdown below:
UTEP – W (1-0)
The Miners will probably win 4, maybe 5, games next year, but it won’t be against the Hogs. Easy peasy.
Toledo – W (2-0)
Not as much of a cupcake as the season opener, but we know what happened last year when the Razorbacks got some MACtion. (Okay, in case you don’t know, Arkansas stomped Northern Illinois, 52-14.)
Texas Tech – W (3-0)
Red Raider fans only hope this season is better after (barely) finishing 4-8 last season. The Air Raid is no match for Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams running all over them again.
Texas A&M* – W (4-0)
This was a tossup because the Aggies just got Chavis, but Arkansas got Dan Enos.
@ Tennessee – L (4-1)
The Vols are the SEC East equivalent of the Hogs, in that they’re programs surging from obscurity under a new coach. Probably the most winnable of the away games.
@ Alabama – L (4-2)
Nick Saban did very bad things to Texas A&M last year after nearly dropping a game in Fayetteville. He’ll be sure not to let it happen again.
Auburn – W (5-2)
An offensive genius (Malzahn) and a defensive guru (Muschamp) against the Hogs’ own Dan Enos and Robb Smith should be very fun to watch. The Razorbacks lose a close one against Tennessee so the football gods give them this win.
UT Martin – W (6-2)
They’re an FCS opponent, so expect a 50+ point game from the Hogs, and maybe another Sebastian Tretola passing TD for good measure, to help the Hogs become bowl eligible.
@ Ole Miss – L (6-3)
Hugh Freeze was so sad at the end of last season’s 30-0 defeat. So. Sad. Landsharks will be hungry for some roast pig.
@ LSU – L (6-4)
LSU lost its DC but they’re really mad about last year and the Mad Hatter finds revenge in Death Valley.
Mississippi St. – W (7-4)
Although Dak Prescott returns, the rest of the team is virtually gone. Considering how close last year’s game was, I expect this one to be a win this year.
Missouri – W (8-4)
Everyone always counts Mizzou out. But they lost their two best players and are pretty young this year. They’ll finish 7-5 but that fifth loss comes from Arkansas.
After last year, I think everyone expects at least 8 wins out of Bielema. Sounds about right for this squad.
Not too sure on the bowl game, but it will most likely be better than the Texas Bowl… which, after the Razorbacks stomped the Longhorns so badly in December, should really be called the Arkansas Bowl.