Pressbox Roundtable: Bruce James, Media Look Ahead to Hogs' Second Half, Surprises, Disappointments, Red Wolves' Bowl Chances

by Jim Harris  on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 3:15 pm  

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been among the surprises at the midway point of the 2011 season. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Each week during the football season, the’s staff of Chris Bahn and Jim Harris conduct a no-holds-barred “pressbox roundtable” with selected experts/guest columnists for, including former Razorback All-America defensive end Bruce James.

This week, we look at Arkansas' 5-1 start, the surprising plusses, the met expectations and the disappointments in the first six games, Arkansas State's start and its bowl game possibilities, and the best and worst of the SEC so far at the season's halfway point.

Join in the conversation in the comments section below.

Jim Harris: With Arkansas at its half-season "break," have the Hogs reached this halfway point as you expected?

Chris Bahn: Predicted 5-1 in the preseason. And that was pre-Anthony Oden being arrested and booted off the team, Knile Davis being lost for the season and the rash of injuries that have plagued this team, including five starters on defense. So to be 5-1 through all that, this team has actually probably exceeded expectations in that regard.

Bruce James: Yes. I really was not going to be surprised if they lost both the A&M and Alabama games. Didn’t expect them to beat Alabama at Tuscaloosa. As far as wins and losses, they are right on tack.

Mark Carter: Yes. Not as hoped, but 5-1 is where most thought they should be.

Justin Acri: About yes. I would have taken 5-1 before the season if you offered it for sure.

Mickey Ryan: To me, the win at A&M really defines the first half of the season... It hasn't been pretty at times but they're getting the job done. With all the injuries they've had-it makes their current record stand out even more.

Brent Birch: Right where they should be in the W-L column. Some things could go a little better on both sides of the ball but what matters is they won the winnable games. Arkansas isn't the only team Bama has and will throttle this season. That one is over and done with. Moving forward with a string of winnable games. Just have to handle business.

TJ Carpenter: Amazingly, yes. I thought the loss of Knile Davis would result in more than just the loss of offensive production in the ground game. I thought it would result in losses. But the Razorbacks found ways to supplement that loss and win games against Texas A&M and Auburn. The toughest part of their schedule is now over and they'll have a shot at 11-1 at the end of the season when they take on LSU. Will they get that win? It's hard to say yes at this point, but right now Arkansas is at the least a 10-win team.

Jim Harris: What Razorback player or players have surprised you to this point?



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