The third in a series leading up to fall camps takes us to Soo-Pig country.
Arkansas Razorbacks 3-9 (0-8) in 2013
Coach Bret Bielema's first season in Hogville was less than spectacular. The Razorbacks sleepwalked their way to 3-0 over La-Lafayette, Samford, and Southern Miss followed by a ill-fated trip to lovely Piscataway Township, NJ. Up 24-7 over Rutgers with 2+ minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Arkansas lined up to punt. 58 return yards later, the season was over. Rutgers would go on to win 28-24 and the Pigs were circling the drain. And it was still September.
Running backsand were the only real bright spots of the 2013 season racking up a combined 1,926 yards. The defense had the consistency of a wet paper bag giving up almost 31 points per game.
Some might've thought the 52-7 loss to South Carolina was the season's lowlight but a week later they lost to the Crimson Tide 52-0. In those two games and into the first quarter of the Auburn game, Arkansas gave up 111 straight points.
C (Round 3, Lions), DE Chris Smith (Round 5, Jaguars), RB Kiero Small (Round 7, Seahawks), K Zach Hooker (Round 7, Redskins), DT Robert Thomas (UFA, Redskins).
RB Alex Collins, RB Alex Collins, and RB Alex Collins. Also RB , DE Trey Flowers, OT Brey Cook, OT Dan Skipper, OG Denver Kirkland, DT Darius Philon.
DT Bijhon Jackson, OT Brian Wallace (Bama recruited this kid hard) , ATH Jojo Robinson, OT Frank Ragnow.
Aug. 30 at Auburn - L
Sept. 6 Nicholls State - W
Sept. 13 at Texas Tech - L
Sept. 20 Northern Illinois - W - This could be a toss-up but being a home game tilts it Arky's way.
Sept. 27 vs. Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas - L
Oct. 11 Alabama - L
Oct. 18 Georgia - L
Oct. 25 UAB - W
Nov. 1 at Mississippi State - L - location, location, location.
Nov. 15 LSU - L
Nov. 22 Ole Miss - L - don't be looking ahead to the Egg Bowl, Rebels.
Nov. 29 at Missouri - L
Let's go Bowling! Afraid not.
Another 0-SEC? How patient should you be with a coach? Granted Bielema inherited a dumpster fire from Bobby Petrino's scandal and John L. Smith's spectacular one-year face-plant but ol' Bert might be in some SERIOUS trouble in Fayetteville. At least he has a hot wife.