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Analysis: Arkansas Razorbacks to play most difficult schedule in college football

August 26, 2021 at 5:00 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are looking to make a big splash in the SEC in year two with head coach Sam Pittman.

While the Hogs want to be in contention for the SEC title, their schedule might not agree. Like last season, the Razorbacks will go into the 2021 college football season with one of the toughest schedules in their division.

According to ESPN's College Football Power Index, the Razorbacks have the #1 most difficult schedule in division one football. The Razorbacks are set to play five teams that currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Three of those games with opponents ranked in the top 25 are on the road. The Razorbacks will face 11 division one opponents who accumulated an overall record of 72-41.

Of all four non-conference games for the Razorbacks in 2021, the most difficult will be against the #21 Texas Longhorns at home on Saturday, September 11. Two weeks later, the Razorbacks will host the #6 Texas A&M Aggies, who was the first team short of making the College Football Playoffs last season. The following week, the Razorbacks will travel to face the #5 Georgia Bulldogs. The final three games of the 2021 regular season will be at #13 LSU, at #1 Alabama and then at home against the Missouri Tigers.

Last season, the Razorbacks accumulated an overall record of 3-7 in an SEC-only schedule season due to COVID-19. Arkansas played six ranked SEC teams last season that included two of the top SEC East teams in the #4 Georgia Bulldogs and the #6 Florida Gators. The Razorbacks were 1-5 last season against those ranked teams with their only win coming against the #16 Mississippi State Bulldogs.

This season will be the first time that the former conference foes in Arkansas and Texas will face each other since 2014. The Razorbacks beat the Longhorns in the 2014 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl with a 31-7 score. This game will renew the rivalry between the two programs before Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC in 2025.

Pittman is a hungry and determined coach that wants to bring relevance back to the Razorbacks program. He also looks to get Arkansas back into a bowl game for the first time since the 2016 college football season. The 2016 season was also the last time that the Razorbacks accounted for a winning record.

If Pittman wants to bring success back into the Razorbacks' program, he will have to make the team potentially able to upset one of these six currently ranked teams.

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