2013 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview

By Scott Sergent

The Good: Hmmm, there is not much in Fayetteville these days to feel good about.  However, there is light at the end the tunnel as Bret Bielema is now in charge after several successful years at Wisconsin.  His first order of business is to put as much distance as he can between his team and the Bobby Petrinoregime, plus the lame duck John L. Smith tenure.

Given a few years, he should be able to do that, especially if he can have some success against teams they are capable of beating.  Beating the likes of Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M will have to wait a few years, however.

The Bad: Only three starters return on offense, but that might not be a bad thing because their offense was really awful last year. Senior Kicker Zack Hocker was only 11 for 18 on field goals in 2012.

The Ugly: This was a team that a few years ago finished in the Top 5 with their only losses to Alabama and LSU.  Last year, they went 4-8, and were blown out by Alabama (52-0), Texas A&M (58-10), South Carolina (38-20) and Mississippi State (45-14).  They also lost to Rutgers and UL Monroe.  That’s actually REALY ugly.

Starters Returning: 3 – Offense/7 - Defense.

Schedule: Not good.  The Hogs have road games at Florida, Alabama, and the season ending clash with LSU.  That will not do wonders for their optimism.  The first fourgames are winnable as UL Lafayette, Samford and Southern Miss are at home, and a road game at Rutgers.  However, reality returns the next week as Texas A&M comes to town and that won’t be easy.

2013 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview
Apr 20, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA: Arkansas Razorback head coach Bret Bielema walks on the field during the Red vs. White spring football game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Photo courtesy by Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports.

Outlook: It is going to take some time, but Bielema will turn the Arkansas program around and get them back into contention.  This year, however, they are going to take their lumps, and in the SEC West, that means the hammer is about to be dropped.  The offense is going to change as Bielema will bring in a power drive blocking attack that will help the running game, but that will take time to get the right pieces in place.

Prediction: 7th SEC West.


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Individual 2013 SEC Football Team Previews and Predictions (Listed in Order of Predicted Finish):

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  2. 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview
  3. 2013 Georgia Bulldogs Football Preview
  4. 2013 Florida Gators Football Preview
  5. 2013 Texas A&M Aggies Football Preview
  6. 2013 LSU Tigers Football Preview
  7. 2013 Ole Miss Rebels Football Preview
  8. 2013 Tennessee Volunteers Football Preview
  9. 2013 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Preview
  10. 2013 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Preview
  11. 2013 Auburn Tigers Football Preview
  12. 2013 Missouri Tigers Football Preview
  13. 2013 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview
  14. 2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview

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