Wild Hog scenario: How Arkansas can win the SEC West
Arkansas finds itself in the same situation as last year. The Razorbacks need to win two of their final four games to become bowl eligible. If that happens, the fan base may be OK with a minor bowl game considering how the season started and how injuries have piled up.
But what if Arkansas runs the table and finishes with a 6-2 SEC record? Could the Razorbacks end up in a tie for first in the SEC West? Here’s a weird, wacky and wild SEC West scenario that features the Razorbacks wreaking havoc — and perhaps disrupting the national playoff scene.
Enjoy this scenario that can get your Hogs to Atlanta for the SEC championship. Hey, crazy things happen in college football, right?
Current SEC Standings
Ole Miss 4-1
Texas A&M 3-2
Miss. State 2-2
Saturday, Nov. 7
Arkansas defeats Ole Miss: The Razorbacks, last year, found out how to shut out then-No. 8 Ole Miss. There might not be a shutout this season, but the Hogs know how to beat the Rebels.
Mississippi State defeats Missouri: It’s a Thursday night game in Columbia, Mo., and Missouri desperately needs a win. But the Bulldogs will take advantage of Missouri’s disappointing season.
LSU defeats Alabama: Yes, you read that right. LSU can do it, and nobody else on the Tide’s schedule will. This also gives the Tide that needed second conference loss for this scenario.
Texas A&M defeats Auburn: The Aggies continue to improve with Kyler Murray.
Updated Standings: LSU 5-0, Ole Miss 4-2, Alabama 4-2, Texas A&M 4-2, Arkansas 3-2, MSU 3-2, Auburn 1-5
Saturday, Nov. 14
Arkansas defeats LSU: Teams that play Alabama struggle the following week, especially when it comes to play on the line of scrimmage. The Razorbacks shut out LSU last year and can beat them in Baton Rouge, where four of the last six meetings have been decided by four points or less — including two overtime games.
Alabama defeats Mississippi State: Nick Saban hardly ever loses back-to-back games.
Auburn defeats UGA: The game’s in Auburn and UGA’s struggles continue.
Updated Standings: LSU 5-1, Alabama 5-2, Arkansas 4-2, Ole Miss 4-2, Texas A&M 4-2, MSU 3-3, Auburn 2-5
Saturday, Nov. 21
Ole Miss defeats LSU: Ole Miss gets revenge at home for last year’s upset loss in Baton Rouge.
Arkansas defeats Mississippi State: The Hogs return home to get their fifth-straight win and claw their way into a tie for first in the SEC West.
Texas A&M defeats Vanderbilt: If Houston beat Vandy, 34-0, imagine the points the Aggies will pile up.
Updated Standings: Arkansas 5-2, Alabama 5-2, LSU 5-2, Texas A&M 5-2, Ole Miss 5-2, MSU 3-4, Auburn 2-5
Saturday, Nov. 28 weekend
Arkansas defeats Missouri: Razorbacks get revenge, and a share of the SEC West title.
LSU defeats Texas A&M: The Tigers have owned the Aggies since Texas A&M joined the SEC. The streak continues.
Alabama defeats Auburn: The Tide remembers 2013’s Kick Six. Alabama goes out early and wins big.
Ole Miss defeats Mississippi State: The Rebels win a close one to clinch their share of the title.
Final SEC West Standings:
Ole Miss 6-2
Texas A&M 5-3
Miss State 3-5
Of course, this would create panic throughout the SEC. Paul Finebaum’s head might explode and Verne Lundquist would probably break his own Guinness World Record of saying “My Goodness” and “Oh My.”
Florida wouldn’t need four practice squads to prepare for the SEC championship, and there’s no need for mathematicians, engineers and armchair quarterbacks to figure out the SEC West representative in the title game. The conference uses this tiebreaker formula.
In a four-way tie, the first tiebreak is head-to-head records against the other teams in the tie. In this wild scenario, Arkansas would be 2-1 against LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama. Each of the other three teams would be 1-2.
The Razorbacks would go to Atlanta to play for the championship.
This is just one scenario. The keys in this one are Arkansas winning out, LSU beating Alabama and Ole Miss beating LSU.
Slow down on arranging hotel accommodations, however Arkansas would still need to win its remaining games for this fantasy to come true. Enjoy the remainder of the season as anything is possible in the SEC West.