2011 BCS Odds: Razorbacks Picked as Contenders in 2010 College Football Picks: An 8-5 college football picks record including a Liberty Bowl victory was not what coach Bobby Petrino had in mind in year two down in Fayetteville, but with an elite quarterback at the helm, the Razorbacks could surprise in 2010. The SEC is a tough conference for a coach to make his reputation but Petrino’s team might be ready to challenge for standing in the upper echelon of the league. Arkansas is ranked nineteenth in the USA Today college football poll with 30-1 Vegas odds to compete in the 2010 college football picks national championship game.
The Razorbacks return 10 of 11 starters on offense, but their fortunes ride on the arm of junior quarterback Ryan Mallett, who passed for more than 3,600 yards and 30 TDs in 2009. He spread the ball around in his 403 attempts and his top five receivers returning headlined by junior receiver Greg Childs. The Razorbacks don’t run the ball much but, when they do, look for sophomore Ronnie Wingo or junior Broderick Green to get the ball.
Defensively, the key word for the 2010 college football picks season is improvement. The DL and linebackers were inexperienced in 2009 but return a line-up of juniors and sophomores who should benefit from a year’s experience under their belts. Look for junior linebackers Jerry Franklin and Jerico Nelson to make big impacts in the 2010 college football picks schedule. The defense features a faster and more talented group with two returning starters.
2011 BCS Odds: Razorbacks Picked as Contenders in 2010 College Football Picks Forecast
Can Bobby Petrino repeat the success he had at Louisville in this years college football picks season? He has his QB in Mallett but he still must contend in a league featuring Alabama, Auburn, and South Carolina. The difference between an 8-win season and a BCS bowl berth are “swing” games at Auburn (October 16) and LSU in Little Rock on the last game of the regular college football picks season. Win those games and you might see Petrino return to a New Year’s Day bowl.
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