Arkansas football No. 19 in too-early USA TODAY Top 25

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As much as many fans may panic about the NCAA transfer portal and what it’s doing to their favorite team, prognosticators across the country aren’t seeing Arkansas damaged as much by its losses.

A few days after Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt had Arkansas at No. 8 in too-early top 10 for 2022, USA Today writers Paul Myerberg and Erick Smith released their mutual version of a too-early Top 25. Checking at No. 19? The Razorbacks.

There’s no better recent hire in college football than Sam Pittman. … Now the expectation is for Arkansas to keep building on the success. KJ Jefferson did almost everything for the offense, leading the team in running and passing. The run game looks again to be the backbone of the offense, while Jefferson has lost top target Treylon Burks. Several experienced players depart on defense and how quickly that unit jells against a difficult schedule will tell whether nine wins are possible in 2022.

The slotting at No. 19 places Arkansas fourth out of the SEC’s 14 teams. Alabama was No. 1, Georgia No. 3 and Texas A&M No. 5. The only other SEC team ranked was Kentucky at No. 24.