Expectations really aren’t there for this year’s version of the Razorbacks after the sour taste left in fans’ mouths at the end of last season.
The 2017 unit faces yet another brutal schedule, and the bye week comes in Week 3 this year, before Arkansas has to play ten straight games, eight of which are in the Southeastern Conference.
Here’s my annual outlook of how it will go.
August 31 vs. Florida A&M (Little Rock)
For the first time since 2009, Arkansas will open the season in War Memorial Stadium on a Thursday night. That team obliterated Missouri State after Dennis Johnson took the opening kickoff to the house. I don’t think they will obliterate Florida A&M but they should take it comfortably.
Hogs win, 38-14.
September 9 vs. TCU
The Horned Frogs will have revenge on their minds when they come to Fayetteville and a CBS audience will get to see the new digs at Donald W. TCU hasn’t gotten a ton better since last year and I think Arkansas new 3-4 scheme may give Kenny Hill some problems.
Hogs win, 27-23.
September 23 vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)
Death, taxes, Arkansas finding a way to lose to Texas A&M.
Hogs lose, 24-20.
September 30 vs. New Mexico State
Can you say rent-a-win?
Hogs win, 51-7.
October 7 at South Carolina
Arkansas hasn’t visited Columbia since 2012, after playing there every other year since joining the SEC in 1992.
Will Muschamp may make South Carolina good again, not great. Tough place for Hogs to play first true road game of the season.
Hogs lose, 31-28.
October 14 at Alabama
This is the easiest game to predict besides Texas A&M.
Hogs lose, 41-21.
October 21 vs. Auburn
I still cannot believe Arkansas lost 56-3 and gave up 543 yards rushing to War Eagle last year. And no one lost their jobs that week! It won’t be that bad this year, but I don’t see a win.
Hogs lose, 35-24.
October 28 at Ole Miss
It shouldn’t have to take a 4th and 25 this time for Arkansas to emerge victorious in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Hogs win, 21-17.
November 4 vs. Coastal Carolina
What a tune up game for LSU.
Hogs win, 46-19.
November 11 at LSU
The trip to Death Valley two years ago was quite pleasant. I don’t see that repeating itself this time, even with Coach O stalking the sidelines.
Hogs lose, 37-23.
November 18 vs. Mississippi State
To me, Mississippi State is always the toughest game to call. Dan Mullen is a great coach, and if he’d had any semblance of a defense last year his Bulldogs might have been pretty good. This will be the ninth of 10 straight for Arkansas.
Hogs lose, 42-35.
November 24 vs. Missouri
The Battle Line will be decided on the day after Thanksgiving yet again. Arkansas needs to avoid another embarrassing defeat in the season finale.
Hogs win, 26-20.
Final result: 6-6. At least it’s a bowl trip! They’ve gone from Houston, to Memphis, to Charlotte. Methinks a .500 record nets the Razorbacks either a trek to Nashville or Birmingham.