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Uh-oh — Arkansas football could go 3-9 this season

Eric Bolin

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They won’t go 3-9. But it’s possible.

It’s almost like John Nabors and I work together or something.

Nabors, on his Borderline Erotic podcast for SEC Country on Monday, talked about what he thought was the worst-case scenario for Razorbacks football this season. Well, more he talked about what would be termed an “unsuccessful” season.

Now, Nabors’ threshold and mine are not similar. Nabors’ threshold for success is not similar to a lot of people in the Arkansas media. And that’s A-OK. We shouldn’t all be the same. Group think and the like (although, at the same time, more members of the media think like he does than like, say, I do — but that’s another story for another day).

But a real worst-case scenario would look something like this:

  • Florida A&M — Win
  • TCU — Loss
  • Texas A&M — Loss
  • New Mexico State — Win
  • at South Carolina — Loss
  • at Alabama — Loss
  • Auburn — Loss
  • at Ole Miss — Loss
  • Coastal Carolina — Win
  • at LSU — Loss
  • Mississippi State — Loss
  • Missouri — Loss

A 3-9 record isn’t out of the question. Isn’t likely, either, of course. But, really, it’s out of the realm of possibility. Just would take a lot going wrong. Thus, “worst case.”

If you’re looking for SEC Country’s real predictions on what the season will hold, check back next week when Jason Kersey, Trent Shadid and I provide our picks for the year, game by game.

Trust me, it won’t be 3-9. Don’t worry.

Turns out Mike Anderson likes his basketball team for coming season

Bullish on Arkansas basketball in 2017-18, Mike Anderson is.

And why not? The Razorbacks coach just came off his most successful season so far in Fayetteville. Arkansas was moments away from beating eventual national champion North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. A misstep or two is all that kept Arkansas from its first Sweet 16 since 1996.

Anderson welcomes back two potential All-SEC guards in Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon. The two junior college transfers were the team’s second- and third-leading scorers last season. They put their names in for the NBA draft but removed them before the deadline. Now, they’re back to lead one of the top 3 backcourts in the conference.

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Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford is back. (Courtesy of Arkansas Athletics)

Sophomores C.J. Jones and Adrio Bailey are likely to see increased roles. Bailey is the freakish athlete; Jones the get-hot-in-a-hurry scorer.

Freshmen Daniel Gafford, Darious Hall and Khalil Garland are all in-state products who have the goods to contribute sooner rather than later.

Signs point to a team trending upward, and Anderson senses it. He said as much during an SEC Coaches Teleconference on Monday.

“I think things just seem like it feels right,” Anderson said. “Probably going to be one of the more senior-orientated teams … I’ve got six guys that have actually played. It’s not like they haven’t played. We have to get these guys to step up to another level. I’m looking forward to the competition still taking place on this team.”

The SEC is a better league when Arkansas is good. Next season, the SEC is a better league, anyway. It’s going to be a blast to see it for a whole season.

ICYMI

Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas

Steven Dishman — who crawled through a river — and came out clean on the other side … until 32 years later when he was caught.

An Arkansas man was busted Sunday for escaping from prison. Thing is, he escaped from prison in 1985.

Dishman was visiting his mother in Springdale — my town, baby — when police caught up with him. According to his mother, he had been living in southern Arkansas. Apparently, he was staying out of trouble all this time, too.

He was serving time for theft and burglary. No word on how long his sentence will be extended, but you can read more in the Associated Press story.

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