LSU, Alabama Will Be Tough For Razorbacks, Others To Beat In SEC West (Inside the 2011 Football Preview)

by Staff  on Monday, Jul. 18, 2011 3:24 pm  

Veteran LSU Coach Les Miles, who last claimed a national title in 2007, may have all the pieces in place for another run. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Remember how wide open the Southeastern Conference East Division race was in 2010? Expect more of the same, and maybe even a crazier finish in 2011.

Meanwhile, the only team with the talent to duplicate Auburn’s 8-0 SEC record last year is LSU, which won 10 games last year while ranking 107th in the nation in passing, and in 2011 will lean heavily on its ultra-fast defense and power running game against a manageable schedule. Auburn will have to replay last year’s magical highlights on its video board for its fans to enjoy this season. Alabama and Arkansas have the pieces in place to repeat their 10-win seasons of a year ago.

How does sees it playing out? Jim Harris breaks it down in the 2011  Football Preview:

Here's what Harris says about Arkansas:

The Hogs learned to run last year to complement Bobby Petrino’s brilliant passing scheme. Quarterback Tyler Wilson will move the chains with his accuracy and great corps of receivers. Arkansas’ defensive front may be the best it’s been for Petrino. And the schedule is favorable, though the Alabama and LSU games are on the road. Other key returnees: RB Knile Davis, DE Jake Bequette, LB Jerry Franklin, OG Alvin Bailey, C Travis Swanson. Starters returning 15 (6 offense, 7 defense, 2 specialists).

Harris also breaks down the SEC Match-Ups That Matter The Most and the Nonconference Games for SEC Teams That Matter The Most.

Also, Dave Bar of Hog Sports Radio examines sees SEC Quarterbacks Are The Key To Title Chances and Harris tabs Five SEC Players Who Will Make A Difference.

You can pick up a copy of our primer for the 2011 season today at locations across Central and Northeast Arkansas. There is still a limited number of copies available though print versions of the magazine are going fast. Click here for a map of locations. Remember, the magazine is free.

Can’t get your hands on a copy of the print edition? We’ve still got you covered with our digital edition of the 2011 Football Preview.

Veteran sportswriters Chris Bahn and Jim Harris and the rest of our contributors have compiled the inside information, features and commentary you want to read about Arkansas’ college and high school teams. This year we’ve zeroed in on 32 Central Arkansas high school teams to go along with our previews of 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A classifications. We’ve expanded coverage of the Razorbacks, the Southeastern Conference, the Red Wolves and Sun Belt Conference, plus preview the coming seasons at for the UCA Bears, UAPB Golden Lions, Arkansas Baptist Buffaloes and teams in the newly created Great American Conference.



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