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Tyler Wilson is back for 2012 in Arkansas, but can he lead the Razorbacks to a victory over LSU or Alabama?
The scandal that led to the firing of head coach Bobby Petrino put the Arkansas Razorbacks in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons during the spring, but this does not appear to be a cause for concern to fans of the program in Fayetteville, as expectations are higher for the team now than they have ever been.
After all, the Razorbacks will have one of the nation's most dangerous offenses in 2012, led by first-team All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson returning and explosive running back Knile Davis, who missed the entire 2011 season with a left ankle injury.
The defense should be even better than it was last season as well, with one of the most experienced linebacking corps and defensive lines in the entire country.
All of this has Razorback fans expecting their team to be playing for the BCS National Championship in January; however, Arkansas will not be able to navigate the SEC West unscathed.
The Razorbacks were dominated by LSU and Alabama in their only two losses in 2011, and given the fact those two teams are not expected to take a step back this season, there is no reason to believe Arkansas will be able to keep up with the nation's elite programs again.
Arkansas will also have to make road trips to Auburn, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Mississippi State. Given the Razorbacks' struggles on the road last season against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, none of those four conference road games are going to be a walk in the park.
Look for the Razorbacks to take care of business against the middle-tier SEC squads; just do not expect to turn your television on in mid-September and late November and see Arkansas pull off victories against Alabama and LSU.