SEC Football Q&A: Who Will Win the Arkansas Quarterback Battle?

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 4, 2013

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Who will win the battle of the Brandon's for the Razorback QB job? RT @barrettsallee: Need one more question for SEC Q&A. Send 'em in!

— Tyler Woessner (@TylerWoessner) April 4, 2013

First of all, Arkansas quarterbacks have way too much crossover with their names. With Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell fighting for the job this spring and Austin Allen and Damon Mitchell joining the battle this summer, something has to change.

Bret Bielema said before last Saturday's scrimmage that Brandon Allen has a slight edge over Brandon Mitchell, but I'm not so sure it's going to stay that way forever.

Mitchell, a former quarterback who played wide receiver last year, was moved back this spring to fight for the top spot at the depth chart. The 6'4", 239-pound dual-threat weapon played well in limited snaps as a sophomore in 2011, completing 22-of-32 passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

He brings a different dimension to the Razorback offense and can give it a spark, much like Russell Wilson did when Bielema convinced him to transfer to Wisconsin prior to the 2011 season.

@barrettsallee Which team do you see having the largest dip in wins from last season's record?

— cfb_poindexter (@cfb_poindexter) April 4, 2013

A lot of people will use this space to say that LSU is rebuilding and that the Tigers are likely going to have the biggest drop.

Not me. In fact, I think LSU is squarely in the mix for the SEC title.

I'll say the Mississippi State Bulldogs will miss out on a bowl game and finish the season with five wins. The Bulldogs don't have the out-of-conference cakewalk that they had a year ago, with Oklahoma State awaiting Dan Mullen's crew in Houston to start the season. 

I'll also say that they'll lose that game; tough games versus LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama and Ole Miss; and split with Arkansas and Auburn. After all, those two programs can't stay down forever. That would put the program at 5-7—a three-game drip from last season's 8-5 record.

Other than that, I see this season following a similar script as last season, with Texas A&M, Alabama and LSU fighting it out for the SEC West title while Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will all be in the mix in the East. 

@barrettsallee How does a person watch a spring football game without losing his temper?

— Ryne E. Hancock (@RHancock19) April 4, 2013

Go to Florida's, which will essentially be an open practice.

Way too much is made of what happens in the spring game. Sure, coaches want to see how players react to a bigger stage (at least by spring standards). But for the most part, spring games are used more as a chance for the coaches to give the fans a taste more than anything else.

With most of these games on some sort of television, the last thing coaches want to do is put some of their secrets on tape for the rest of the coaches around the SEC to study. 

The way to not lose your temper is to not go in to it with your opinion of your team at stake. What you see is not going to make or break your team's fortunes. In reality, more quality work was done in the days and weeks leading up to the spring game. 


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