As we near the end of July and into the training camp-filled days of August, I am quite sure that all you Razorback fans have heard the meaningless babbling of the media who heap excessive praise upon teams that have yet to play a down of football together.
As you pore over preseason predictions by writers who likely have never strapped anything other than a bicycle helmet (and, to be fair, I deserve to be included in that category as well), you may be wandering one thing like I have:
Why are the Razorbacks being so disrespected by the SEC media?
At the recently completed 2011 SEC Media Days, the Razorbacks were tabbed to finish third in the SEC West behind the first-place Alabama Crimson Tide and second-place LSU Tigers.
Those well-versed in the art of preseason predictions know that they are largely based off of three things: A team's record from the previous year, amount of returning starters, and (perceived) difficulty of the schedule.
Yet, there are a multitude of less (and sometimes more) tangible factors at play that can predict a team's success in the upcoming season.
Here are four such reasons why the team that will win the SEC West in 2011 will be chanting "Woo Pig Sooie" instead of "Roll Tide."