Arkansas football: Predicting the rest of Razorbacks' schedule
We’re not even halfway through the season, and it has already been an exhausting one — from the lackluster victory right out of the gate against Portland State, to the flop at Ole Miss, followed by an uplifting win over Colorado State, to the inexplicable loss to San Jose State, and then, most recently, the heartbreaking defeat to Texas A&M.
At 2-3 coming out of the bye week, a bowl berth looks to be out of the question — although Sports Illustrated still has faith that the Hogs will visit Shreveport the day after Christmas.
We’re not so optimistic. But in the same breath, we’re saying there’s a chance, and SI backs it up. There are four winnable games left on the schedule: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and Missouri. Whether the Razorbacks take advantage of that remains to be seen.
Here’s how we see the remainder of the 2019 season playing out.
Oct. 12 at Kentucky (L)
In a pivotal game that could swing the season and give the Razorbacks hope for a chance at postseason play, the ‘Cats get this one at home. Kentucky has played well so far at Kroger Field, winning two of three games, with the only loss a one-score defeat to Florida.
Chad Morris wants his Hogs to “find a way” to win games like these. If their search is successful here, it could quite possibly be season-changing for Arkansas.
Oct. 19 vs. Auburn (L)
The Tigers are just too strong. Even at home, it would take a Herculean-type effort to knock off one of the top teams in the country. It shapes up to be a long day for the developing Arkansas offensive line against perhaps the nation’s top defensive front.
Oct. 26 at Alabama (L)
Back-to-back games against two of the nation’s best teams can be a daunting task, to say the least. Predicting a bowl berth is one thing, but to believe at this point that Arkansas matches up with Alabama is something even SI, in all probability, wouldn’t touch.
Nov. 2 vs. Mississippi State (L)
Another pivotal game that, should the Razorbacks get past Kentucky on the road, could lead to a bowl bid with a victory. The Bulldogs have won the past three games at Reynolds Razorback Stadium by a combined 15 points. This one follows suit, with Bully coming away by a razor-thin margin.
Nov. 9 vs. Western Kentucky (W)
The losing streak is snapped with a home victory over a sacrificial cupcake out of Conference USA. On the other hand, San Jose State says hello. It’s true, nothing is a given, but we believe the Razorbacks will have learned their lesson well enough to post one final victory in the 2019 season.
Nov. 23 at LSU (L)
An overconfident band of Tigers on their home field is really the only chance Arkansas has of pulling off what would be the upset of the year. That’s unlikely to happen, and LSU prevails with its dizzying newfound passing attack.
Nov. 29 vs. Missouri (L)
Missouri has won the past three games in this series and four of five since joining the SEC. But Arkansas is 1-1 all-time against the Tigers in Fayetteville, and maybe this one can be competitive as well. In the end, however, Arkansas falls and finishes the 2019 season with a 3-9 record — a dismal showing, but still one game better than the 2-10 season of 2018.