Sam Pittman is fond of saying the Arkansas football team is exactly where they were at this point last year. He’s not wrong.
The good news for Hogs fans who watched last year is that such a remark means the Razorbacks are trending up. The national media is noticing again, too.
Arkansas didn’t crack the AP Poll Top 25 following Saturday’s win over Auburn, but the Hogs are getting votes. Pittman’s team picked up 11 points worth of votes to check-in at a de facto No. 32. The Razorbacks play host to yet another ranked team in Week 10 when newly-minted Liberty heads to Fayetteville. Hugh Freeze’s bunch is No. 23 after beating BYU, 41-14.
Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and Clemson are the top five. Other SEC teams ranked include sixth-ranked Alabama, 11th-ranked Ole Miss and 15th-ranked LSU. Kentucky, Mississippi State and South Carolina joined Arkansas in receiving votes.
Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had Illinois ranked No. 14, while Cincinnati, a team Arkansas beat in the season-opener, fell out of the Top 25 after losing to a team coached by former Hogs offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Central Florida.