Realistically, it will be a tough go for the Hogs who will be treading a conference only schedule beginning September 26th. With a 19-game SEC losing streak, a new coaching staff and multiple transfers and incoming freshman to bolster the depth chart how can we really predict how the 2020 season goes?
What we do know is that this long suffering fan base could see a win or two this season with the new conference only schedule.
Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M, LSU, Kentucky have all played Arkansas since the losing streak began with a 33-10 loss to the LSU Tigers on November 11, 2017. With the addition of a solid Georgia team and an experienced South Carolina team likely to be on the schedule as they were the next teams in line for SEC East opponents, the Hogs will have a hard road to reach a .500 record or even just improving on back to back 2-10 seasons.
Who can the Hogs be competitive with? Ole Miss seems to be a team middling themselves amongst the bottom of their division. The Rebels have just as many problems and their head coach reportedly fishing in Florida everyday does not help their cause in year one under a new staff, too. Arkansas really upgraded their positions so maybe one SEC win is in store for the Hogs... fingers crossed right?
If you want to see a second win in conference look no further than Missouri. A team that has been a thorn in Arkansas’ side since 2016. With their former head coach as the Hogs defensive coordinator I expect Barry Odom will try to “stick it to ‘em” in his first season or every season until the inevitable happens.
Finally, Arkansas and South Carolina have had a great history since they joined the SEC together during the ‘92 season. Arkansas actually leads the all-time series against the Gamecocks 13-10 but recent history has shown that the Birds have been much better as of late. The Gamecocks have won the last three matchups dating back to 2012 under John L. Smith.
So, what say you? Do the Hogs pull off any SEC wins this season under Pittman and company? Let me know!