The Arkansas Razorbacks are starting to wonder why they broke the bank to get Bret Bielema. In four seasons at Arkansas, Bielema is 25-26 and has been far less successful than either Houston Nutt or Bobby Petrino were here. Arkansas was supposed to get back to the power running game that defined it for decades, but the rushing numbers have gone down in each of the past three seasons and the Razorbacks seem set to pass even more this season. That begs the question about whether or not this will be Bielema’s last season with the amount of money he’s making.
2016 Record: 7-6 SU, 5-8 ATS, 6-6 O/U
2017 Regular Season Win Total: 7 Under -155
National Championship Odds: +40000
Odds To Win SEC: +8500
If only Arkansas could get past Texas A&M, perhaps its luck would change. The Razorbacks haven’t been able to beat them for five straight seasons as the Aggies do just enough to get the victory. This has typically been Arkansas’ first conference game and it continually gets off on the wrong foot in SEC action with a loss.
Austin Allen was one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC last season. He threw for nearly 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns and was one of the few quarterbacks to find success against Alabama’s defense. Allen was helped in the backfield by Rawleigh Williams III who averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
Last year’s defense had nine returning starters, but still backslid from their 2015 numbers. Arkansas was mangled along the defensive line, allowing 5.9 yards per carry. The nadir came in a loss to Auburn. The Razorbacks allowed the Tigers to run for 543 yards in a 56-3 loss. The blowout dropped Arkansas from the polls permanently and they couldn’t even get back in following an upset win over Florida.
The Razorbacks were dealt a big blow when it was announced that Williams wouldn’t be able to return for one more season. Williams couldn’t get medically cleared after suffering a second neck injury and now Arkansas must rely on Devwah Whaley.
Allen should be one of the SEC’s best again, but could struggle early on breaking in a new set of receivers. Six of last season’s top seven receivers have departed, leaving Jared Cornelius as the only wide-out that he has a rapport with.
At least the offensive line should be good. The Hogs return four along the line and every one of them is at least 310 pounds. That should help the running game, but if the Razorbacks are down the whole time, how much will they be able to run?
Paul Rhoads is now in charge of the defense, but he was on this staff last season when they had so much trouble stopping the run. Rhoads hasn’t been a defensive coordinator since 2008 and there are concerns over whether or not he can be a good fit. The secondary should be pretty good, but the concern last year was defensive line and that seems to be the weak link again.
Thursday, August 31: Arkansas vs. Florida A&M (in Little Rock)
Saturday, September 9: Arkansas vs. TCU
Saturday, September 23: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Dallas)
Saturday, September 30: Arkansas vs. New Mexico State
Saturday, October 7: Arkansas at South Carolina
Saturday, October 14: Arkansas at Alabama
Saturday, October 21: Arkansas vs. Auburn
Saturday, October 28: Arkansas at Ole Miss
Saturday, November 4: Arkansas vs. Coastal Carolina
Saturday, November 11: Arkansas at LSU
Saturday, November 18: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State
Friday, November 24: Arkansas vs. Missouri
|SEC Conference||Big 10 Conference|
|ACC Conference||Big 12 Conference|
|Pac 12 Conference||Big East Conference|
You aren't going to find yourself in much better position if by the time your handicapper puts his predictions out for the weekend the lines have been pounded and the value is gone.
So no matter if you are a big or small bettor, you can get your NCAA Thursday Night football betting action in as soon as possible.
Looking for Free College Football picks online? - Look no farther.
Every week we'll choose a few games and preview them, give you the college football betting trends, make a free prediction and NCAA football odds on each game, and who you should be putting your money on.
Whether or not you should bet the moneyline or make a bet with or against the college football spread.
Make sure to share the college football information you gained here at Gamblers Palace with your friends by clicking on the Facebook Like bar at the top of this article.
Sports bettors have never had it so good thanks to the latest range mobile sports software that are designed to keep you abreast of all the sports betting action.
At Gamblers Palace our mission is to provide you with a reliable guide to best sports gambling applications available today.
NCAA Football Specials: NCAA Football Sportsbook Bonus
NCAA Football Odds: Live NCAA Football Betting Odds
Sports Betting Help: How to bet on sports
Sportsbook Rules: The Sports Betting Rules
Sports Betting deposits: View NCAA Football Deposit options