Power Rankings: No. 11 Arkansas
August, 8, 2012
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
The offseason bombshell wasn't what anyone wanted or expected at Arkansas, but the Hogs remain as committed as ever to breaking through in the SEC's Western Division and taking their shot at the national title. John L. Smith moves in for Bobby Petrino, who was ousted in April after guiding the Hogs to 21 wins in the past two seasons. The players wanted athletic director Jeff Long to stay within the family in replacing Petrino, and Long obliged. At the skill positions, the Hogs have very few peers. Quarterback Tyler Wilson, running back Knile Davis, receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg form the nucleus of what should be an explosive offense. The big question is on defense, where Paul Haynes takes over as the Hogs' coordinator. Can they play at a championship level in the key games, namely when Alabama and LSU come to town?
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12:00 PM ET UAB Arkansas 3:30 PM ET 1 Mississippi State Kentucky 4:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Missouri 7:15 PM ET 3 Ole Miss 24 LSU 7:30 PM ET South Carolina 5 Auburn 7:30 PM ET 4 Alabama Tennessee