SEC Breakdown 2009: How Will Arkansas Fare This Season?

L.C. May@lcmay474Correspondent IMay 28, 2009

The 2009 season should be one of the most exciting seasons ever. The first week will be very exciting because of games like Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome.

Personally, Arkansas comes to mind when you think of the upcoming season.

After the 2007 season, Houston Nutt was fired from Arkansas. He didn't have to go far, because shortly after that, Ole Miss hired him.

Bobby Petrino became the third SEC coach to leave the NFL and come to the SEC. If you can not figure out the coaches, then you now know that the three are Nick Saban, Petrino, and Steve Spurrier.

Arkansas started the season with very curious fans. They were wondering how Petrino would fare in his first season.

Well unfortunately for them, Arkansas started out the 2008 season rough, with a very tough loss to Alabama and barely beating Western Illinois and Louisiana Monroe.

However, they regained their fans' trust by beating teams like Auburn and LSU. So is there hope for Petrino and the Arkansas Razorbacks?

The answer is most likely yes.

Despite quarterback troubles in the past, Michigan transfer Ryan Mallet should make an immediate impact at quarterback. He might have to get use to Petrino's offense, but he should be fine. They should also be fine on offense all around.

Arkansas should be very impressive on the offensive line and receiving core. The only thing to worry about on offense is running backs.

When Daren Mcfadden and Felix Jones entered the NFL Draft, it really hurt the running back core. They should be able to recover due to good recruiting.

On the defensive side of the ball, Arkansas should look pretty good. One of the biggest problems for Arkansas last year was their defense.

Allowing an average 26 points per game, the defense should be much better this year on that side of the ball.

Basically, what I am saying is Petrino will lead Arkansas to some glory days. I am also saying they should be much better than last year so watch out for the Arkansas Razorbacks in the SEC West.