Arkansas head coach, Chad Morris, was supposed to bring an up-tempo, high-scoring offense to Fayetteville. The Hogs stumbled in year one under the new coach, falling to a 2-10 record and failing to record an SEC win.
The Razorbacks did have some moments and close games, losing by a touchdown or less to Ole Miss, LSU and Texas A&M. However, the offense sputtered, stumbled and bumbled along the way, averaging a scant 21.7 points per game while ranking last in the SEC and among the worst in the nation.
Arkansas has to replace three starting offensive linemen off a unit that was less-than-stellar. Quarterback is also an interesting position as two graduate transfers could be battling for the starting job. Ben Hicks, who came from SMU, and Nick Starkel from Texas A&M both have chances to win the starting job.
August 31 vs. Portland State
September 7 at Ole Miss
September 14 vs. Colorado State
September 21 vs. San Jose State
September 28 vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, TX)
October 12 at Kentucky
October 19 vs. Auburn
October 26 at Alabama
November 2 vs. Mississippi State
November 9 vs. Western Kentucky
November 23 at LSU
November 29 vs. Missouri (Little Rock, AR)
The Hogs will need to find some playmakers at tailback and wide receiver to help whoever wins the starting quarterback job. Arkansas’ defense looked solid in the spring game, but then again that might have been more because of the competition it faced from the Hogs’ offense.
The question coming into the season along with the offense is can Arkansas find six wins to get them bowl eligible? If the Razorbacks can grab an early-season win against Ole Miss and win the non-conference games, they might be able to grab one more upset victory and get back to a bowl.