Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview & Predictions

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The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming off one of the worst seasons in program history, finishing 2-10 in 2018. That was the first season under Chad Morris, in which the school had one of their best-recruiting classes in history, finishing top 20 in the country. This season will feature a lot of new faces on the field. The staff did a really good job bringing in some impact players that can make contributions right away. But Arkansas is still a long ways away from being a contender for an SEC title.

Offense

Ty Storey and Cole Kelley both transferred from Arkansas. The staff brought in two transfers in Nick Starkel and Ben Hicks. The QB battle is going to be interesting to watch. I expect Starkel to be the starting QB come week 1. The QB play will be much better in 2019. The offensive line is going to be key and needs to get better if they want to win more than 1 or 2 games in the SEC. Solid young receiving core in Trey Knox, Treylon Burks, and Hudson Henry, as well with experience with guys like CJ O’Grady. I looked forward to watching these guys develop as the season goes on. Running backs are good if they can stay healthy. Rakeem Boyd and Devwah Whaley need to stay healthy for this team to make a bowl game. Overall, the offense will be much improved from 2018.

Defense

The Defense is coming off a horrible campaign in 2018. Last year the defense gave up way too many big plays, pass and run defense struggled, and not enough forced turnovers. The D-Line has depth and should be fun to watch. McTelvin Agim and TJ Smith look to have big seasons. Arkansas’s leading tackler from last season is returning in De’Jon Harris. I feel confident in saying that Arkansas’s front 7 will be able to do a solid job. The only question I have is if the mostly inexperienced secondary will be able to hold their own against other talented receiving cores.

Game by Game Predictions

Aug 31 vs Portland St – W

Sep 7 @ Ole Miss – W

Sep 14 vs Colorado St – W

Sep 21 vs San Jose St – W

Sep 28 vs Texas A&M – L

Oct 12 @ Kentucky – L

Oct 19 vs Auburn – L

Oct 26 @ Alabama – L

Nov 2 vs Mississippi St – L

Nov 9  vs Western Kentucky – W

Nov 23 @ LSU – L

Nov 29 vs Missouri – L

Overall, I see Arkansas finishing 5-7. The second game of the year against Ole Miss is going to show a lot about this football team. If they win that game, a bowl game is entirely possible, if they don’t look for it to be another long season.

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