I feel pretty good for the upcoming football season. A lot of people have heard me say the Hogs could have their best season since 2011!
Talk me off the edge or pump me up! Here’s mine clear Predictions for Arkansas in 2022.
Hogs go 11-1 with a single straight loss in the SEC game.
These are very bold predictions. I will say that Arkansas is ending its long losing streak against Alabama this season.
The schedule will be set with a road game in Mississippi state next week. Will Arkansas be ready to claim such a monumental victory?
Mike Leach’s team is expected to be solid offensively with his quarterback Will Rogers returning. The Air Raid Cowbell’s could make things interesting in early October.
The Hogs will get back on track with road plays at BYU and Auburn. Then finish with Liberty, Ole Miss and LSU at home before closing with Missouri in Columbia (Mo.).
11-1 is quite possible in the third year under Sam Pittman.
KJ Jefferson throws for 3,000 yards, rushes for 650 and totals 36 touchdowns.
Jefferson could also put up some Heisman numbers if you need him. His play against Ole Miss, LSU and Mississippi State last season showed he could be a top quarterback in the SEC.
In the biggest games, Jefferson will be even bigger.
The Razorbacks will also need him to stay healthy as they plan to go 11-1 and have a college football playoff appearance.
Arkansas’ defensive efficiency rating is the SEC’s top 3.
History has a way of repeating itself. Barry Odom also has a way of putting up top-notch defenses at every school he coaches.
This season, the Hogs return with Catalon, bumper pool and an inexperienced back line. The backend of the Razorback defense will boast talented transfers ready to star on this team.
My bold expectation is that the Hogs will score fewer than 24 points per game and be in the top five in yards given and turnovers. Call me crazy, but Odom has been known to do wonders on defense the longer he stays at a school.
Dominique Johnson finishes the season again with the fastest touchdowns.
There will be an increased Redzone focus with this team. This includes Johnson seeing some of his touches around the five-yard line. Johnson will have at least 10 touchdowns on the ground in 2022.
Most think Rocket Sanders will get the bulk of the carries, and that could be entirely true. However, it’s all about percentages and analysis. Johnson is a goal-line dream and will be very effective this season.
Dwight McGlothern returns two interceptions for touchdowns.
This one is for fun and because McGlothern is a very good defender. He nearly lobbied for the Razorbacks to drop out of high school, but chose LSU instead.
Arkansas let Busta Brown force five interceptions last season. I think it’s reasonable that this figure should at least be adjusted again. This time, however, McGlothern turns a couple into Paydirt. The junior transfer scored with a pick six in the Tigers’ win over Florida last season.
Chris Landers, Trey Knox and Jadon Haselwood become end zone monsters in goal-line situations.
Whether it’s blocking on the run or catching fades, the Razorbacks have plenty of size to get around. Haselwood is used in the role of Treylon Burks, where he is set up and succeeded in every receiver position, most likely a slot.
Knox has shown to be a factor in short yardage catches for first downs and the like. At 6’5 and a likely weight of 245 by September 3, Knox will be looking to leave a legacy and head into the NFL as a tight end.
Landers is a quick guy and will have the size to catch the 50-50 ball. Jefferson will have guns all over the field if they can figure out the separation issues.
This could be the best group of wideouts since the 2016 season.