Only three months ago, I had the Razorbacks winning the SEC West and finishing the year in the top five.
Now, with the recent Bobby Petrino firing and the subsequent turmoil that has erupted in Fayetteville, it's difficult to get excited about the Hogs.
They're still a quality team, but not a champion in the most competitive division in college football.
Consequently, I expect the offense to be among the SEC's best, but not as dominant as last year's scoring O. Meanwhile, defense was never a strength under Petrino and that will continue into 2012.
The Razorbacks will have had a tough home game against Bama two weeks prior to the Sept. 29 meeting with the Aggies. They will play a home game against Rutgers between the two conference games.
The trip to College Station will be their first away game of the season.
As for the Aggies, I do not think they will sweep into the SEC and beat all comers. In fact, they will have already dropped their first conference game to Florida by the time Arkansas comes to town.
Furthermore, Texas A&M will break in its own new head coach in Kevin Sumlin, though that firing and hiring process went a bit more smoothly than Arkansas'.
With nine returning starters on offense, Sumlin will have the pieces in place to make some noise in his new conference.
He will have to replace quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Cyrus Gray, but he returns one of the most experienced offensive lines in the country, a strong group of receivers featuring Ryan Swope and a solid running back in Christine Michael.
He'll also return eight starters from last season's underachieving defense.
In 2011, the Aggies went 0-3 in games decided by a field goal or less and 1-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less. This included a 38-42 loss to then non-conference foe Arkansas.
In 2012, they will have at least one upset in them. My bet is that upset will come at the hands of the Hogs.