The wait is almost over for Arkansas’ fans wanting the Chad Morris era to begin. A nationwide Hog Call will be held at 1 p.m. CT today with the season opener to follow 26 hours later.
Morris came to Arkansas in December replacing Bret Bielema. Arkansas’ fans are hoping Morris can restore a winning way to the program that has been missing since Bobby Petrino was fired by Jeff Long.
Texas A&M got a jump on the rest of the SEC blasting Northwestern State 59-7 on Thursday night. The rest of the SEC plays this weekend.
Here’s the picks for the remainder of the SEC games this week.
Arkansas over Eastern Illinois — Here’s to saying Morris and the Hogs get the season going on a strong note. Former Razorback Kim Dameron will have his team ready to play, but the Hogs will win this one.
Alabama over Louisville — I personally would like to see Petrino get a win here, but I don’t think it will happen. Nick Saban has built a fine-tuned machine in Tuscaloosa.
Auburn over Washington — I covered Washington for a couple of months at my former job. They have a very good coach and some good talent, but I think Auburn gets the W here.
Florida over Charleston Southern — The Gators, like Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, have a new coach this season. He will get the win in his first game in Gainesville as well.
Georgia over Austin Peay — The Bulldogs will win this one likely by the margin they choose. They have a lot of good things going on in Athens now. By the way, Sam Pittman can coach.
Kentucky over Central Michigan — The Wildcats step outside the SEC and get a win to open up the 2018 season. Giving the Kentucky fans something to cheer about before basketball season.
Miami over LSU — I should pick LSU in this one. I just have a feeling they will win, but I will go with Miami and Mark Richt.
Ole Miss over Texas Tech — Will Kliff Kingsbury be looking into a mirror and admiring himself somewhere other than Lubbock in 2019?
Mississippi State over Stephen F. Austin — The Bulldogs also get a win for their new coach in the season opener. They will be playing this one without their quarterback who is suspended for a game.
Missouri over UT Martin — Drew Lock and the Tigers will roll in this one. Missouri is an interesting team that could see their season go either way in my opinion, but they will win this one.
South Carolina over Coastal Carolina — The Gamecocks probably won’t need a heroic effort from their T.J. Hammonds to win this one.
West Virginia over Tennessee — West Virginia has the better quarterback and better team in my opinion. This might be closer than some suspect, but I still go with the Vols to lose.
Vanderbilt over Middle Tennessee — Vandy gets the win here. Wins will get harder to come by in the future, but this will be one in the opener.
Score Prediction — Arkansas 45 – Eastern Illinois 17