Arkansas Razorbacks 2021 College Football Preview

I know someone that’s a diehard Arkansas Razorbacks fan and since Bret Bielema is long gone from Fayetteville, I can write about them and don’t have to worry about rooting against them.

The Arkansas Razorbacks had a promising year 1 under Sam Pittman, despite finishing 3-7 in 2020, and with a full offseason working in the system, the Razorbacks have realistic aspirations of returning to a Bowl Game.

Arkansas had mixed results in terms of wins and losses in the weird 2020 season. Arkansas was competitive and beat some of the middle-of-the-road SEC teams, which is a significant improvement for the program, but lost to the best teams on their schedule.

It’s incredibly difficult to evaluate most, if not all, teams from 2020 and the Razorbacks should benefit from the much more normal offseason. Arkansas has higher expectations in 2021 than they’ve had in recent seasons and a good season would result in their first bowl appearance since 2016.

Key Players:

Quarterback: KJ Jefferson (sophomore)

Jefferson has made eight career appearances with one start in each of his first two years. He has 72 career pass attempts, completing just 47.2 percent of his passes for 492 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Jefferson is a former four-star recruit and as a duel threat, he should make a big difference with his legs.

Wide Receiver: Treylon Burks (junior)

Burks has been big impact player for this offense the last two seasons with 51 receptions for 820 yards and seven touchdowns. He and Mike Woods developed into a solid wide receiver tandem, but Woods has since transferred to Oklahoma. Burks will need to prove he can perform at a high level each week with the defense focusing on him.

Linebacker: Grant Morgan (senior)

The strength of the Arkansas defense should be the linebacker positions and Grant Morgan should be among the best players at the position in the SEC this season. Morgan and Bumper Pool should be the leaders of the defensive unit. Morgan broke through with 110 tackles in 2020, including 7.5 for loss with two sacks and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

Odds from Draft Kings (since I could only find it on there):

To win National Championship: +50000

To win SEC: +1000

Win Total: 6 (Over +130, Under -167)

One comment

  1. We are really liking what we’ve been hoping for years: a good Arkansas team able to beat other SEC teams. The coach is doing a great job. The players are all on board. That defense, something Arkansas hasn’t had in awhile, is stifling. If the offense and special teams can continue growing, we see big things. Love to see them get a good bowl this year.

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