2013 meltdown leaves Razorbacks hungry
Posted: July 17, 2014 at 3:07 a.m.
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.
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
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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