The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Arkansas Razorbacks.
No. 41: Arkansas Razorbacks
Spring Practice Starts: March 1
Spring Game: April 7
Arkansas Razorbacks Spring Status
It’s the new era under head coach Chad Morris, and now the team is going to do what it tried to do under Bret Bielema, only not as well.
Under Bielema, Arkansas was supposed to be Wisconsin South, overcoming the lack of five-star talent factor with brute force. Instead, the offense threw it way too much, and the defense didn’t do anything.
So if you’re going to do that, why not have a head coach who does that, but better?
The Hogs have the receivers, and the offensive line is loaded with experience. Now they need a quarterback. The defense loses five starters, but as long as the offense is doing its part to bomb away, everything might just be okay.
At least, Arkansas will be interesting again.
Arkansas Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. The assumption was that big Cole Kelley was going to step in and be the triggerman for the high-powered passing game after throwing for 1,038 yards and eight scores with four picks – and rumbling for two scores – but Ty Storey is right there in the mix getting equal reps. And both have been just okay, not amazing. The Chad Morris quarterback has to be amazing.
Arkansas Biggest Issue
The defense has to be far more disruptive. It all tied together. The defense didn’t get into the backfield, there weren’t any third down stops, and there weren’t any key plays in the red zone. Defensive coordinator John Chavis knows how to bring the heat, and it had better for a D that came up with a paltry 48 tackles for loss and just 19 sacks.
Arkansas Biggest Positive
The receiving corps is loaded. The top ten receivers and tight ends return, with Jonathan Nance starting to step up as a No. 1 target for the deep group. There might not be any Courtland Sutton types like Morris had at SMU, but there are more than enough talents to get the passing attack rolling if the quarterback situation is solid.
Really, Why Are The Arkansas Razorbacks Ranked Here?
The Hogs will be better than 4-8. There still won’t be a whole lot of defense, but at least it’ll start being more disruptive. It all comes down to how quickly the offense can start to crank up the passing game to the level Morris is used to. The goal? Come up with a winning season, get back to a bowl game, and be dangerous enough to beat an Alabama and/or LSU and/or Auburn once in a while.