Easily our favorite thing to do here on the blog each season is running our weekly predictions contest. It’s always a fun thing for us during game week to throw out our guesses and then see what you think.
First, however, we need to take a moment to congratulate our most recent winner. In this case, props go out to Bean Counter for correctly predicting a loss to LSU back in November. His take: “And mercifully, it is over. On to basketball.” Two things ended on that cold day: John L. Smith’s short tenure as head coach; and Bean Counter’s long drought to win an RBN T-shirt. Congrats BC…we’re really glad both of those things happened.
And so finally on Saturday afternoon…the Bret Bielema era begins. Here we go:
Walking on Sunshine: When you are coming off a 4-8 season, you should take no game for granted. The Hogs will have their mind right and be prepared to play Saturday. Pay close attention early to the Hog offensive line. If they are getting a push up front, this one might be easier than expected. Arkansas 34, Louisiana 24.
HogBaller: The Ragin’ Cajuns come to Fayetteville armed with a good running game and the kind of mobile quarterback that gave the Hogs fits last year. The Hogs will need to contain him and stuff the Cajun’s ground game to keep Bielema’s opener from being a nail-biter. Like most Razorbacks fans, I’m eager to see what will be unveiled on Saturday. I believe we will see tough, physical play on defense and plays on offense that help boost Brandon Allen’s confidence early. That physical style and execution will be the difference in this one, with the Hogs pulling away late. Arkansas 38, Louisiana 13.
HogBlogger: The Hogs will be looking to make a statement that things are different this year. Hopefully it will be more than just the wardrobe. Arkansas 31, Louisiana 17.
TipsterHog: After Saturday we’ll know a lot more about this team — a team that’s pretty much been hidden behind closed doors since March. Arkansas 31, Louisiana 20.
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