The University of Arkansas plays men’s football against top-tier teams. That’s because the Razorbacks (yes, that’s their name) compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This conference may be the most dominant in all of college football.
The Razorbacks have had seasons in their history where they were on the “top of the food chain,” among the best teams in their conference and in the entire country, as well. It enabled this squad to earn invitations to the most prestigious bowl games, some of which they won.
The University of Arkansas has not been able to match its glorious past in recent years. That said, this team has still been competitive and, for the most part, a consistent winner. Consider what happened last year, in 2014.
The Razorbacks, under the capable leadership of third year Head Coach Bret Bielema, completed a winning season. The team’s Won-Loss record was 7-6. Its performance against Conference foes, however, was anything but stellar. This squad lost six of eight conference games.
Its seven wins made the University of Arkansas bowl-eligible and the Razorbacks were rewarded with an invitation to the Texas Bowl. In that game, the Razorbacks beat the Texas Longhorns by a score of 31-7.
The Razorbacks played the first two games of the new 2015 Season at home and had mixed results. On September 5th, the team from the South overwhelmed the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) by a score of 48-13. The very next week, on September 12th, theRazorbacks were upended by the University of Toledo by a score of 16-12.
The Razorbacks continued their schedule yesterday when they hosted Texas Tech University in a night game. Other home games still to be played include a visit from 17th ranked Texas A&M on September 26th, 18th ranked Auburn University on October 24th, the University of Texas-Martin on October 31st, Mississippi State University on November 21st and the 22nd ranked Missouri Tigers on November 27th.
Road games for the Razorbacks include several dangerous stopovers. This tough and resilient team will visit the University of Tennessee on October 3rd, 2nd ranked Alabama on October 10th, fifteenth-ranked Ole Miss on November 7th and the rugged and always ready Tigers of Louisiana State University (LSU) on November 14th.
True to their nature, the Razorbacks have put together a schedule that features one tough and dangerous opponent after another. Winning games will take maximum effort with few mistakes. The fact is that when good teams meet on the gridiron turnovers usually impact the score and decide the outcome.
The University of Arkansas is going to have to play error-free football if it wants to have a winning season.
Courtesy of Arkansasnews.com