FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After a promising nonconference run, the Arkansas Razorbacks are right where they were predicted to end up — last in their division.
Arkansas has lost three straight games to begin its Southeastern Conference schedule, a skid the Hogs will try to end Saturday against Auburn. It was less than a month ago the Razorbacks beat Oklahoma and Texas in back-to-back weeks, but those wins won’t mean much if Arkansas can’t reverse its early SEC struggles.
The Razorbacks haven’t played since losing at Florida last Saturday, a break coach John Pelphrey hopes will help his inexperienced team.
“We needed the long week, more mentally than physically,” Pelphrey said. “We’re not making excuses, far from that, but this is the first time through this for a lot of our players.”
Arkansas’ slide began with a home loss to Mississippi State on Jan. 10. Suddenly, a team that was on the verge of joining the Top 25 was facing two road games and the possibility of an 0-3 SEC start. Sure enough, the Razorbacks lost at Ole Miss and Florida and are now at the bottom of the SEC West, where they were picked to finish in a media poll after losing their top five scorers from a season ago. [read more]