It’s Year Two of the trying to make Arkansas football a whole lot better.
It was going to take some rebuilding and reworking under new head coach Chad Morris, but there are losing seasons, and there’s the first two-win campaign for the first time since 1952.
The Hog defense wasn’t anything great, but Morris is supposed to know and do offense, and the thing got worse and worse, closing out with six points in the final two games.
But this appears to be a year of transformation – if everyone can get back healthy after what turned out to be a rough spring session.
Texas A&M transfer Nick Starkel and SMU transfer Ben Hicks improve the quarterback situation right out of the box, and the talent – again, as long as health in September isn’t an issue – is there to start boosting up the attack. That’s why Arkansas was on this list last year – the idea was that the Morris O would be enough to overcome other issues.
The defense isn’t going to be Alabama, but seven starters return, to go along with the seven expected back on the offensive side.
Playing Portland State, Colorado State and San Jose State early on should ensure more wins than last year, and facing WKU will double the total.
The goal, though, is for the offense to take off and be able to beat someone good when everything clicks the right way.
Hog fans might be ready for success on a consistent basis, but they’ll take a bowl appearance, which should be coming.