Arkansas is coming off its best season in the three years that Bret Bielema has ran the show in Fayetteville, and it finished 2015 by winning six of its final seven games and finishing 8-5.
But in the mind of CBS Sports college football analyst Tom Fornelli, it’s difficult to see the Razorbacks being a contender for the 2016 SEC West title, especially considering that the division may be college football’s most treacherous.
Fornelli, appearing as a guest on The Forum with John Nabors radio show in Arkansas, did say it’s possible that the Razorbacks have a chance to pull off a couple of upsets this season, given a number of their toughest games will be played at home. That list includes contests vs. Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU and Florida.
“There’s a lot of question marks surrounding Arkansas’ schedule that if things break right, having all these game at home could work out to their benefit,” Fornelli said on the show. “I’m still not considering them a real threat to Alabama in the division, but maybe a second-place finish isn’t totally out of line.”
A second-place finish in the SEC West would not be anything to be ashamed about. That would be the first time that’s happened in the Bielema era. But it is interesting to hear one voice say that the team’s threshold will not be any higher in 2016.