Skipping past the salacious stuff, Paul Myerberg focuses on the important question about Arkansas – post-Petrino, how will that program fare in this year’s SEC West?
As he notes, even when Petrino was calling the plays, there were already limits on the upside. Those limits are called Alabama and LSU, both of which handled Arkansas with ease last year. But even with those two aside, I’m not sure things are as rosy in 2012 as Myerberg makes out in his conclusion.
… Teams like South Carolina, Texas A&M, Auburn and the like can’t afford to take Arkansas lightly. Why? Because even when running at less than full capacity, the Razorbacks still have more than enough in the tank to run with every team in the SEC — minus the Tide and Tigers. Sadly, up until the minutes before Petrino’s accident, Arkansas was basing its entire season on how it fared against those two divisional powers.
Eh, maybe. Arkansas wasn’t a great defensive team last year, which is something Petrino recognized when he replaced defensive coordinators. What are the odds that Paul Haynes is a talented enough coach to make up for the loss of one of college football’s best playcallers?
I don’t think Arkansas should be taken lightly, but it’s hard to see the Hogs as a BCS bowl threat, either.