Published July 24, 2010 - 6:00am
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Arkansas enters the 2010 season with high expectations and is poised to challenge Alabama in the west. For Arkansas to win the SEC here are the headlines you will see.
1 – Ryan Mallet Heisman Winner: Ryan Mallet is the best quarterback in the SEC, and one of the best in the nation. Mallet has the potential to put up monster numbers this year, but his Heisman chances will depend on his teams success. If Mallet can dethrone Mark Ingram, he will need to beat Ingram and Alabama on September 25th at home. Look for Mallet to spread the ball around to one of his many talented receivers, or all-american tight end, and keep defenses on their heels all year long.
2 – Broderick Green runs for 1,000 yards: Everyone is well aware of the Arkansas passing attack, but the running game will need to be just as explosive for the Razorbacks to win the west. Broderick Green is a powerful back , listed at 6’2″ and 250lbs, who rushed for just under 500 yards last year. Arkansas will need to to be able to run the ball effectively and give their defense time to rest. Green will need to make defenses pay for playing the pass, and if he does so on a regular basis, the offense should be one of the nations best.
3 – Defense improves from last year: Arkansas defensive troubles from last year have been well documented, and they will need to improve vastly in order to win the west. The Razorback defense gave up over 400 yards last year, and their secondary was one of the SEC’s worst. In the SEC, and all college football, defense wins championships. While no one will argue that the Arkansas offense is capable of winning every game, its championship hopes will fall squarely on its defense’s shoulders.
4 – Win at home: Arkansas plays perhaps its two toughest western division opponents at home this year. An early match up against Alabama could favor the Razorbacks and their explosive offense. Alabama is replacing 8 defensive starters, and Arkansas will look to attack this inexperienced unit. Arkansas plays LSU at home the last week of the season, this game should decide second in the west and possibly first. If Arkansas can protect its home field and win against Alabama and LSU, they can punch their ticket to Atlanta.