Published February 21, 2012 - 9:29am
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The 2012 Arkansas Razorbacks will likely enter the season with a top ten ranking. Bobby Petrino has himself a nice program on his hands, and 2012 could be the best opportunity for the Hogs to get over the hump and win the SEC West. While LSU will be loaded with talent, Alabama definitely takes a step back with the losses to either graduation or the NFL. While Arkansas’ schedule is by no means a cake walk, they do get both LSU and Alabama at home this year.
2012 Arkansas Razorbacks Schedule
- Sep 01 – Jacksonville State Gamecocks
- Sep 08 – ULM Warhawks
- Sep 15 – Alabama Crimson Tide
- Sep 22 – Rutgers Scarlet Knights
- Sep 29 – at Texas A&M Aggies
- Oct 06 – at Auburn Tigers
- Oct 13 – Kentucky Wildcats
- Oct 20 – BYE
- Oct 27 – Ole Miss Rebels
- Nov 03 – Tulsa Golden Hurricane
- Nov 10 – at South Carolina Gamecocks
- Nov 17 – at Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Nov 24 – LSU Tigers
- 8 Home Games – 6 games in Fayetteville / 2 games in Little Rock (ULM, Ole Miss)
- 4 Road Games
- 1 Legitimate non-conference game (Rutgers)
- 3 Cupcakes (Jax State, ULM, Tulsa)
- 3 top 25 opponents (#2 Alabama, #3 LSU, #10 South Carolina) using ESPN’s early top 25 estimate
- 4 top 25 opponents (#1 LSU, #5 Alabama, #7 South Carolina, #23 Auburn) using an early SI poll
- SEC West: 6th
- SEC: 10th
While ranked 10th, the Hogs have themselves a very challenging schedule. They do benefit from 8 home games vs 4 away games and most importantly, home games against Alabama and LSU which are they key games to winning the west. While the Hogs got Kentucky in their SEC East draw, they also must play South Carolina which looks to be another top ten team.
The three game stretch to finish the season is very tough. Arkansas could be looking at a very good record and a very high ranking going into the South Carolina game on November 10th. At Columbia, at Starkville then LSU at home is a tough way to finish the season. If they will the SEC West, they’ll have earned it.
Arkansas also just added Rutgers as a non-conference opponent on September 22nd. While Rutgers is no cupcake, Petrino’s squad should have no problem winning this game at home.
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