The Arkansas Razorbacks enter the 2016 college football team looking to return to a bowl game, like in 2015. The Razorbacks had a sloppy start to the 2015 season, before regaining their composure and changing gameplans.
The Razorbacks had been a run first, pass second style team in the past, but after injuries to their running backs, the Razorbacks made the change to a pass first team. This change won them many games, including the miserable victory over Ole Miss.
The Arkansas football team returns 9 of 11 starts on defense, but their defense was not what was winning games last season. The Razorbacks have to replace their starting QB, RB, TE, and three O-Lineman. That is a lot to replace.
The Razorbacks season rests on Austin Allen’s season. Does Allen struggle in the SEC spotlight? Or does he step up and take charge? Allen will set the tone for the Razorbacks this season.
Prediction: 6-6; sixth in the SEC West
I have Arkansas defeating Louisiana Tech, Texas State, Alcorn State, Auburn, and Florida. This game scares me as a Rebel fan, because Bret has had our number for years. I have yet to see the sun shine in Fayetteville either, as it is always raining or overcast when the Rebels roll in.
Arkansas continues the theme of an SEC team with a lack of quarterback experience. They have a grueling slate of games in the middle of their schedule where they can realistically go 1-6. This includes games against Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and LSU. Looks like a tough year.
Prediction: 5-7; 6th in the SEC West
No this is not because of the 4th and 25, but because of the massive loss of production for the Hogs. They lost their QB, top 2 RBs, top TE, top 2 OL, and top 2 defensive players. I believe, as all Bielema-led teams do, the Razorbacks will get better throughout the year, but I just don’t see them beating many teams, especially in the SEC, this year.
Prediction: 4-8; last in the SEC West
The Razorbacks lost a ton last year and this year looks to be a rebuilding year. They still have an Allen at the quarterback position but it’s the younger Allen. Hunter Henry was a true threat every play last year at the tight end position and probably made the play of the year in 2015 with a toss backwards that bounced right to running back Alex Collins to successfully convert a 4th and 25 vs Ole Miss to keep them out of the SEC Championship game. Arkansas will still be tough to play but don’t look for the Razorbacks to pull upsets over any of the SEC big boys
Prediction: 6-6; fifth in the SEC West
Next: SEC West: Auburn