Predicting the 2013 SEC Football Season: Arkansas Razorbacks

The only way to go is up for Arkansas in 2013. - USA TODAY Sports

With less than 100 days until the college football season begins, it's never too early to look at the 2013 football schedules and make wild blind predictions.

In a series leading up to fall camps, I have purchased a German predicting octopus to help me figure out how it will all unfold in the upcoming season. I have named him Rocko.

To heighten anticipation, I will leave Alabama for last. Otherwise, we will go alphabetically. First up is...

Arkansas Razorbacks 4-8 (2-6)

Synopsis: The Razorbacks' 2012 season ended the moment Bobby Petrino uttered the words "wanna go for a ride?" Petrino's scandal, fibbing, and firing in April 2012 left quite a wake. The Hogs were suddenly without a head coach, a gameplan, or much confidence heading into spring practice. After losing to La-Monroe, Arkansas was humiliated at home by Alabama 52-0. Though they later rebounded with wins over Auburn and Kentucky, 2012 was an epic fail and a season most Hogs fans would like to forget.
Key Losses: RB Knile Davis, WR Cobi Hamilton, QB Tyler Wilson, OG Alvin Bailey, S Ross Rasner, QB Brandon Mitchell (transferring)
Key Returners: QB Brandon Allen, DE Trey Flowers, S Rohan Gaines, C Travis Swanson
Newcomers: Head coach Bret Bielema, TE Hunter Henry, RB Alex Collins

The Schedule:

8/31/13 Louisiana (Fayetteville, Ark.) - Win
9/7/13 Samford (Little Rock Ark.) - Win
9/14/13 Southern Miss (Fayetteville, Ark.) - USM pulled a rare feat with a winless season one year removed from 12-2 (6-2). Don't expect a rebound year. Win
9/21/13 Rutgers (Piscataway, NJ) - The Hogs will have a lot going for them: 3-0 confidence and revenge. Is it enough? Rocko thinks so: Win
9/28/13 Texas A&M (Fayetteville, Ark.) - Reality check 1: Loss
10/5/13 Florida (Gainesville, FL) - Reality check 2: Loss
10/12/13 South Carolina (Fayetteville, Ark.) - Reality check 3: Loss
10/19/13 Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) - Reality check 4: Loss
10/26/13 bye
11/2/13 Auburn (Fayetteville, Ark.) - How will Arky handle four tough weeks in a row? Fortunately for them, they have a bye before this game. This was a tough one to pick but the octopus is taking the home team. Discuss: Win
11/9/13 Ole Miss (Oxford, MS) - The Rebels or Bears or whatever the bleep they are calling themselves these days should probably have 4 losses by this point. A bye week gives OM time to regroup: Loss
11/16/13 bye
11/23/13 Mississippi State (Little Rock, Ark.) - The Pigs need this one to get into the Phil's Feed & Supply Bowl in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ain't gonna happen: Loss
11/30/13 LSU ( Baton Rouge, LA) - Loss

Let's go Bowling? Sorry, not this year.

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