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2013 meltdown leaves Razorbacks hungry

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 3:07 a.m.

Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Arkansas needs only to look at the bookend opponents on its football schedule -- Auburn and Missouri -- for a reminder that its fortunes in 2014 don't have to follow the dire course that will be assigned to it by many.

Arkansas schedule

DATE - OPP - TIME/TV

Aug. 30 - at Auburn* - 3 p.m/SECN

Sept. 6;Nicholls State* - 3 p.m./SECN

Sept. 13 - at Texas Tech - 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 - Northern Illinois - TBA

Sept. 27 - Texas A&M*# - TBA

Oct. 11 - Alabama* - TBA

Oct. 18 - Georgia* (LR) - TBA

Oct. 25 - UAB - TBA

Nov. 1 - at Mississippi State* - TBA

Nov. 15 - LSU* - TBA

Nov. 22 - Ole Miss* - TBA

Nov. 28 - at Missouri* - TBA

*SEC game #at Arlington, Texas

Arkansas glance

LAST SEASON 3-9, 0-8 (seventh in SEC West)

COACH Bret Bielema (3-9 in second year at Arkansas, 71-33 in ninth year overall)

RETURNING STARTERS Offense 7, defense 7, special teams 1

KEY RETURNING PLAYERS QB Brandon Allen, RB Alex Collins, TE Hunter Henry, DE Trey Flowers, DT Darius Philon, S Alan Turner, RB Jonathan Williams

SEC TITLE SCENARIO Arkansas will have to reverse its horrendous turnover margin trend of the past two years for starters. Quarterback Brandon Allen will have to be much sharper and find go-to receivers to balance out the offense with the Hogs’ formidable run game. The linebackers will have to make major improvements and the defense must generate a pass rush to help out a thin secondary.

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