College football may not have a preseason, but Arkansas will use the first two contests against Jacksonville State and Louisiana-Monroe to work out the kinks before Alabama comes calling on Sept. 15.
The Razorbacks—who begin the season ranked No. 10—had quite an offseason with turnover on their roster and the saga surrounding Bobby Petrino that ended with his messy exit from Fayetteville and the arrival of interim head coach John L. Smith.
With so many questions at positions like wide receiver on offense and finding difference-makers on defense to replace the likes of departed stars defensive end Jake Bequette and safety Tramain Thomas, the Hogs will get two games to try and gel together before welcoming the defending national champions in week three.
Still with weapons like quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis, the Razorbacks have a tremendous opportunity to knock off one of the SEC’s titans and take a giant step towards getting a leg up in the race for the Western division.
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