User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Razorbacks lean on Mallett
The Arkansas Razorbacks should be one of the more fun teams to watch this season – hint: take the over – as the pass-happy Hogs should light up most of their opponents behind one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Ryan Mallett.

Last year Mallett, in his first full season as a starter after sitting out a year after a transfer from Michigan, completed 55 percent of his passes and threw for 3,627 yards and 30 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. Arkansas led the SEC in scoring offense (36.0), pass offense (295.5) and was third in total offense (427.3).

Despite that stellar offense, the Hogs finished just 3-5 in the SEC and 8-5 overall, which was capped by an ugly Liberty Bowl win over East Carolina. The Razorbacks had won only two of their previous 14 bowl games.

Nine starters are back on that offense, although there had been some concern this offseason about Mallett, who should get some Heisman votes. Mallett broke his foot during conditioning drills on Feb. 17 and missed all of Arkansas' spring practices. On June 9, he had a pin replaced in the foot, and some fans saw that as a bad sign, but it was a procedure Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said was planned. Mallett says he will be ready to go when fall camp starts in a few weeks.

Four of the five starting offensive linemen from last year are back and so are four of the five top rushers and the top five wide receivers from last season. So clearly offense shouldn’t be a problem for this team. That unit does need to improve on the ground – ranking 10th in the SEC in rushing last year – to be a little more unpredictable. Teams like Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss had success stopping the one-dimensional offense last season.

Defense was this team’s weak point last year as it finished last in the SEC in pass defense and pass efficiency defense last season. The coaching staff is trying about anything to improve that, including moving of last year’s starting corners, Rudell Crim, moving to strong safety. The Hogs have finished last in the SEC in total defense in each of the last two seasons and they won’t contend for a conference title if that happens again. But there are seven starters back, led by linebacker Jerry Franklin.

Here is Arkansas’ 2010 schedule:

Sept. 4 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 11 La.-Monroe (Little Rock)
Sept. 18 at Georgia
Sept. 25 Alabama
Oct. 9 Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)
Oct. 16 at Auburn
Oct. 23 Ole Miss
Oct. 30 Vanderbilt
Nov. 6 at South Carolina
Nov. 13 UTEP
Nov. 20 at Mississippi State
Nov. 27 LSU (Little Rock)

This schedule sets up pretty well for a run at double-digit wins and maybe – maybe – contention in the SEC West. The non-conference portion is a piece of cake other than a Texas A&M game that might have a total in the 90s. And the Hogs beat the Aggies 47-19 last season. I look for a non-conference sweep.

Arkansas doesn’t have to worry about Florida or Tennessee from the SEC East and has West contenders Alabama and LSU at home. While Arkansas nearly won at LSU last year and could well beat the Tigers this season, it’s hard to see the Hogs beating an Alabama team that has beaten Arkansas a combined 84-21 in the past two seasons.

Really Arkansas’ season probably boils down to those three road SEC games at Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina. The Hogs won two of three against those foes last year, and winning two of three again would be more than acceptable and probably get Arkansas a New Year’s Day Bowl assuming it takes care of business in games that it should. I actually see a 9-3 record for this team. BetUS lists Arkansas at +300 to win the SEC West, which is second behind the Tide. Those odds are awfully short in my opinion. Mallett is +1000 to win the Heisman, which are the fourth-shortest odds. He might be a finalist but he won’t win it – sitting out all spring and summer probably won’t help him get off to a great start.

Edwards: Texas A&M at Alabama
ASA: Big Ten Report - Week 8
Williams: ACC Report - Week 8
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 8
Williams: Big 12 Report - Week 8
Williams: Pac-12 Report - Week 8
Huskers got hot after '15 loss to Purdue
NW looks to keep streak going vs. IU
PSU confident they can hang with Bucks
Why Buy Picks From
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
17-7 L24 G-Plays, 62% +945 TY
4-2 Sat., 25-12 L37, 9-4 G-Plays
4-1 Last Sat., 8-2 This Month
26-8 L34 Totals, 32-13 L4 Sat.
4 Wins in a Row, 7-3 L10 Totals
6-2 L2 Saturdays, 12-6 L18 Picks
+1,439 CFB Over/Unders TY
7-3 G-Plays, 60% +705 Overall
2-0 Last Night, 3-0 L3 G-Plays
16-8 L24 College Totals
3-0 L3, 9-5 G-Plays TY
2-0 Last Friday, 8-2 L10 G-Plays
4-0 L4 Guaranteed Plays
2-0 Yesterday, 5-1 L6 Streak
4-1 Last 5 CFB Guarantees
NCAA FB College Football Expert Picks - Wisconsin Badgers at Iowa Hawkeyes
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 955
Scott Rickenbach + 945
Michael Black + 705
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Christian Alexander + 295
Kevin Rogers + 275
Scott Pritchard + 190
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Rickenbach 62 %
Michael Black 60 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 835
The Gold Sheet + 470
Michael Black + 375
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1439
Kyle Hunter + 1180
Micah Roberts + 622
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 390
Bruce Marshall + 81
John Fisher + 80
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership