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Arkansas Predicted to Take Step In Right Direction This Season

Iain MacMillan
Jun 9, 2021, 4:52 PM EDT
Jalen Catalon will play a role in improving the Arkansas defense in 2021.
Jalen Catalon will play a role in improving the Arkansas defense in 2021. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Arkansas football hasn’t had a winning season since 2016, but there are reasons to be optimistic about the program moving forward. In fact, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility for them to finish the 2021 season with a winning record.

WynnBET has released projected win totals for the 2021 college football season, and the over/under for the Razorbacks is set at 5.5. While that’s not where Arkansas fans want it to be at, it’s worth noting that the over is favored with -160 odds.

This is a small victory for a school that has a combined seven wins over the past three seasons.

Sam Pittman took over as head coach last season, and he led Arkansas to three SEC victories, the most since 16. The Razorbacks were set to take on TCU in the Texas Bowl, but the game was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The biggest positive for Arkansas in 2021 is that all five of its starting offensive linemen from last year will be back this season. This is welcoming news as the Razorbacks have consistently had one of the worst offensive lines in the SEC during their recent down years.

The main focus for Arkansas this season should be on improving their defense, as they ranked 103rd in the country in opponent yards per game last season, allowing an average of 451.7. That’s not going to win you a lot of games in the SEC.

The Razorbacks won’t be competing for a conference championship just quite yet, as they’ve been given +7500 odds on WynnBET to win the SEC this season, but there are certainly promising signs that Arkansas fans can be optimistic about heading into the 2021 campaign.