Arkansas is aiming to keep building after a 9-4 season under Sam Pittman but it won’t be easy; the Razorbacks, with a over/under win total of 6.5 in college football betting, plays one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Only 10 starters are back, including dangerous dual-threat quarterback KJ Jefferson, but some receiving weapons will need to emerge. The defense will rely heavily on a great linebacking duo of Bumper Pool and Drew Sanders.
Pittman pulled off a fantastic coaching job a year ago, but proving to be contenders in the SEC is the next step that this group is looking to make. Can they remain a force in this conference, or was 2021 a one-year wonder thanks to the magical powers of Treylon Burks and a sound defensive scheme?
Here’s a look at Arkansas’s schedule with dates, times, opponents, and analysis:
Week 1 – vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: September 2
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
The Bearcats are fresh off the first playoff appearance ever for a Group of 5 program. Luke Fickell will have his squad prepared, but at home in Week 1 is the perfect time to catch a team that returns only 11 starters and ranks 92nd in returning production.
Week 2 – vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: September 10
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
The Gamecocks have a ton of positive momentum under Shane Beamer and look to surprise with new quarterback Spencer Rattler and a host of other weapons. This will be a more challenging test than it has been recently when playing South Carolina at home.
Week 3 – vs. Missouri State Bears
Date: September 17
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
This should be a cakewalk that helps the Razorbacks build momentum and hopefully rest key players in the second half heading into a showdown with the Aggies in Week 4.
Week 4 – vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Date: September 24
This will be a neutral site game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but one that will likely have a crowd that is in Texas A&M’s favor. Getting A&M and Alabama back-to-back is never fun.
Week 5 – vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: October 1
This sets up nicely for Arkansas due to the fact that it’ll be Week 5 and they still haven’t played on the road. That gives them time to hopefully build momentum heading into this showdown with Alabama, a team they hung close with in a 42-35 defeat in 2021.
Week 6 – at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: October 8
The Razorbacks’ first true road game doesn’t occur until Week 6 of the season. Crazy, isn’t it? These teams played a wild game a year ago that ended in a 31-28 Arkansas victory thanks to some Mississippi State special teams woes.
Week 7 – at BYU Cougars
Date: October 15
The Cougars are no slouch and are similar to Arkansas in that they play a very difficult schedule, so both teams will be ready. Playing in Provo is unusual for an SEC team and this will be a stiff test against a veteran Cougars team that returns 19 starters and ranks second in returning production
Week 8 – BYE
Week 9 – at Auburn Tigers
Date: October 29
It’s been a wild offseason (not in a good way) for Bryan Harsin and the Auburn Tigers, but they still figure to be a tough out. Three road games in a row are never fun in the SEC, but the Hogs have an extra week to prepare for this matchup as they look to avenge a 38-23 loss from a year ago.
Week 10 – vs. Liberty Flames
Date: November 5
Liberty is no slouch and is one of the better non-Power 5 teams around, but they return only 12 starters and rank 121st in returning production. How will this offense look without Malik Willis?
Week 11 – vs. LSU Tigers
Date: November 12
Arkansas won this matchup on the road in a sloppy 16-13 game a year ago. Brian Kelly is in town and brings in a ton of transfers, and there’s a chance the Tigers are clicking at this point in the season.
Week 12 – vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Date: November 19
Lane Kiffin and the Rebels return only 11 starters but brought in one of the best transfer classes in the country.
Week 13 – at Missouri Tigers
Date: November 25
Arkansas handled business in this rivalry game a year ago with a 34-17 victory. Nothing will be easy with this schedule, but Missouri will look much different without Connor Bazelak and Tyler Badie.
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