Categories
default

2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn

Image Courtesy: The Clarion-Ledger

October 1
Alabama (TBD, TBD)
After suffering two losses last season, Alabama has returned Heisman-winning QB Bryce Young and extremely talented pass rusher Will Anderson in addition to the number two ranked class, they have coming in. The Tide have to replace receivers Jameson Williams and John Metchie who headed off to the NFL with Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton, sophomore Ja’Corey Brooks, and junior Tyler Harrell. The defense, with Will Anderson and six other starters returning will make Alabama the scariest its been at least since 2020-2021, when they won their last national championship. Arkansas lost by just a touchdown last season to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But, I would expect the Crimson Tide to be more prepared for the likes of Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson and the hogs talented running game. Former Alabama linebacker Drew Sanders will play his former team in this game for the first time. He and experienced linebacker Bumper Pool will have to help stop new full-time starter at running back for Alabama, Trey Sanders. Projected Score: Alabama 49, Arkansas 31

October 8
at.Mississippi State (TBD, TBD)
After losing to Arkansas because of three missed field goal tries, Mississippi State will be out for revenge against the hogs. Actually, its been two seasons since the Bulldogs defeated Arkansas and talented Mississippi State QB Will Rogers thrives at home, especially with two returning starters at receiver in Austin Williams and Jaden Walley. Mississippi State returns seven defensive starters and to me, this game is an old fashioned shootout and will be up to the playmakers on both defenses to win this game. Projected Score: Arkansas 48, Mississippi State 45

October 29
Auburn (TBD, TBD)
Auburn has not lost to Arkansas in a long time. However, in their 2020 meeting, Arkansas should have won the game. A backwards spike by then Auburn QB Bo Nix was recovered by former Arkansas defensive back Joe Foucha. But, the officials did not see it that way and Auburn won on a game-winning field goal. A year later and last season Bo Nix had a phenomenal performance and Arkansas took a loss at home to the tigers. Now, former Texas A&M QB Zach Calzada takes over the reigns on the Plains. Talented running back Tank Bigsy and receiver Shedrick Jackson return in addition to three other offensive starters. Auburn’s defense is underrated this year with seven returning starters headlined by pass rushers Derick Hall and Owen Pappoe. A combined performance by Arkansas’ running game and defense will have the hogs defeating Auburn for the first time in a long time. Projected Score: Arkansas 31, Auburn 21

Categories
default

Where will top 2023 hoops prospect DJ Wagner go?

Image Courtesy: Lexington Herald Leader

New Jersey born point guard DJ Wagner is the top ranked high school basketball player in the 2023 247sports composite. But, where will the son of former NBA guard Dajuan Wagner attend school? Well, that is what we are here to find out:

Kentucky
Entering Wagner’s high school career, much of the college basketball media believed it was Kentucky versus the field for the 5-star guard. DJ Wagner’s father Dajuan Wagner played for current Kentucky head coach John Calipari. They have seemed like the favorite ever since as Calipari has coached NBA talent at both Memphis in Derrick Rose and Kentucky in John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns, and others. But, it gets more interesting when readers here what Louisville has to offer.

Louisville
Entering last college basketball season, Kentucky was seemingly the only place for DJ Wagner to go to school and play ball. But in March of this year, Louisville named former NBA and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne as their new head coach. Payne played with DJ’s grandfather, Milt Wagner, on Louisville’s 1986 championship team. Milt was hired as the program’s director of player development and alumni relations.

According to an ESPN article, Dajuan Wagner said he’ll be happy wherever his son ends up. But, where do you think DJ Wagner will attend college and play hoops?

My Prediction: Louisville

Categories
default

2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: South Carolina, Texas A&M

Image Courtesy: Getty Images

September 10
South Carolina (11 AM CT, ESPN/ESPN App)
Arkansas will have to deal with former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler at QB for the Gamecocks. Outside of that, South Carolina, who finished at 7-6 last season, returns only four starters on each side of the ball. The hogs will look to gash an entirely new defensive line for the Gamecocks and defeat South Carolina for their first conference win in 2022. Projected Score: Arkansas 28, South Carolina 17

September 24
Texas A&M (Arlington, 2:30 PM CT, TBD)
Texas A&M will be looking for revenge for the first time in ten games against Arkansas. Following a nine-game win streak in the series, Texas A&M was defeated by Arkansas for the first time since 2011. Former LSU starting QB Max Johnson is expected to replace Zach Calzada and Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher recruited the top class in the country with multiple defensive prospects including Shemar Stewart and Walter Nolen, who are expected to be starters along Texas A&M’s defensive line in 2022. An overall extremely talented Aggie team will get back on the winning side of the Southwest Classic after a 20-10 defeat last season. Projected Score: Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 24

Categories
default

Conference Realignment 2022: Every notable conference change

Image Courtesy: CBS Sports

(This post will be updated as more conference changes are made)

American Athletic Conference

2021-2022
Central Florida
Cincinnati
East Carolina
Houston
Memphis
South Florida
SMU
Temple
Tulane
Tulsa
Wichita State

Future Look
Alabama-Birmingham
East Carolina
Florida Atlantic
Charlotte
North Texas
Rice
South Florida
SMU
Temple
Texas-San Antonio
Tulane
Tulsa
Wichita State

ACC

2021-2022 look
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
North Carolina
North Carolina State
*Notre Dame*
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Additions: None
Subtractions: None

Future look
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
North Carolina
North Carolina State
*Notre Dame*
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Atlantic-10

2021-2022 look
Davidson
Dayton
Duquense
Fordham
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Richmond
St. Bonaventure
Saint Joseph’s
Saint Louis
VCU

Future look
Davidson
Dayton
Duquense
Fordham
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Loyola Chicago
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Richmond
St. Bonaventure
Saint Joseph’s
Saint Louis
VCU

Big 12

2021-2022 look
Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Texas
Texas Christian
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Additions: BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Houston
Subtractions: Oklahoma, Texas

Future Look
Baylor
BYU
Central Florida
Cincinnati
Houston
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
Texas Christian
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Big Ten

2021-2022 look
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

Additions: UCLA, USC
Subtractions: None

Future look
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
UCLA
USC
Wisconsin

Conference USA

2021-2022 look
Alabama-Birmingham
Charlotte
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Marshall
North Texas
Old Dominion
Rice
Southern Miss
Texas-San Antonio

Future look
Florida International
Jacksonville State
Liberty
Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee
New Mexico State
Sam Houston
UTEP
Western Kentucky

Missouri Valley

2021-2022 look
Bradley
Drake
Evansville
Illinois State
Indiana State
Indiana State
Loyola Chicago
Missouri State
Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois
Valparaiso

Future Look
Belmont
Bradley
Drake
Evansville
Illinois State
Indiana State
Missouri State
Murray State
Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois
UI-Chicago
Valparaiso

Ohio Valley
Austin Peay
Belmont
Eastern Illinois
Morehead State
Murray State
SIU-Edwardsville
Southeast Missouri State
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech
UT-Martin

Future Look
Eastern Illinois
Lindenwood
Little Rock
Morehead State
SIU-Edwardsville
Southeast Missouri State
Southern Indiana
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech
UT-Martin

Pac-12

2021-2022 look
Arizona
Arizona State
Oregon
Oregon State
California
Colorado
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Utah
Washington
Washington State

Additions: None
Subtractions: UCLA, USC

Future look
Arizona
Arizona State
Oregon
Oregon State
California
Colorado
Stanford
Utah
Washington
Washington State

SEC

2021-2022 look
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

Additions: Oklahoma, Texas
Subtractions: None

Future look
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri
Oklahoma
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

Categories
default

The impact of the ACC and Pac-12 getting rid of divisions

Image Courtesy: Tar Heels Wire

Yesterday, the ACC made the move from divisions to the 3-5-5 format. They are expected to start with that format in 2023 in all sports. Each ACC squad will play their three rivals (as selected by the ACC offices) annually and play the other ten teams twice every four years.

Here are each ACC team’s three yearly opponents:

Boston College – Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
Clemson – Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State
Duke – North Carolina, NC State,Wake Forest
Florida State – Clemson, Miami, Syracuse
Georgia Tech – Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest
Louisville – Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia
Miami – Boston College, Florida State, Louisville
North Carolina – Duke, NC State, Virginia
North Carolina State – Clemson, Duke, North Carolina
Pittsburgh – Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia Tech
Syracuse – Boston College, Florida State, Pittsburgh
Virginia – Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech – Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest
Wake Forest – Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech

With formats like these, annual rivalries will be lost. The ACC chose the growing Clemson-NC State rivalry over the long time annual instate match up between NC State and Wake Forest and also chose for North Carolina to face Virginia annually over Wake Forest. Wake Forest will only play instate Duke while the Blue Devils will get all three instate rivals: North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons will also see Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech every season.

About a month ago, following the NCAA allowing conferences to scrap divisions if they want to, the Pac-12 announced its move to no divisions. They will begin with that format this upcoming athletics season. At least in football, the champion will be determined by the two teams with the highest winning percentage. The Pac-12 offices have not announced a format for scheduling like the ACC has but I would expect an announcement soon. The 3-5-5 model would be beneficial as each school gets to play each other at least twice a year while maintaining each school’s three biggest rivals. They will play out the schedule like it was previously announced (with the division format) but the two teams with the highest winning percentage will go to the conference championship game.

The Pac-12 has missed many opportunities on getting programs into the BCS College Football National Championship because according to ESPN, the Pac-12 stated that “five out of the past 11 years, divisions kept the conference’s title game from featuring a different matchup that includes two teams with better rankings. In 2011 and 2012, for example, the conference title games would have featured Stanford and Oregon — both ranked in the top 10 those two years and had it not been for divisions, which allowed an unranked UCLA team and then a 9-5 UCLA team to play in the title game instead of an 11-1 Stanford team and an 11-1 Oregon team.”

I would expect the Big 12, Big Ten, and SEC to make decisions on their future scheduling models sooner than later as well so they can continue to help their programs pursue as many championships as possible.

Categories
default

2022 Arkansas basketball off-season update

Image Courtesy: FanSided

Projected Starters:
G:Anthony Black (Freshman)
The 6’7 lead guard can score, pass, and defend at a high level. He gives Arkansas the size they have had in past years under Coach Musselman on the perimeter, defending some of the top teams in America.
G:Nick Smith (Freshman)
The highest ranked Arkansas signee in the modern recruiting era is a phenomenal ball primarily as an off the ball guard who has the ability to lead Arkansas to the Final Four.
G:Davonte Davis (Junior) (Maybe Trevon Brazile or Ricky Council IV here)
Devo’s experience and ability to score and play tough defense will be necessary with all of the new young talent in Fayetteville.
F:Jordan Walsh (Freshman)
Walsh is an über athletic forward with guard skills that can absolutely out athletic any other forward on opposing teams.
F/C:Makhel Mitchell (Junior)
The transfer from Rhode Island is set to replace Jaylin Williams, who headed off to the NBA after two years in Fayetteville. Mitchell is an imposing presence at 6’10 and 245 pounds. He averaged over two blocks a game at Rhode Island and just an overall phenomenal interior defender and will be more of an inside offensive presence than Williams.

Bench
Jalen Graham, Senior, (Forward)
Makhi Mitchell, Junior, (Forward)
Trevon Brazile, Sophomore, (Forward)
Ricky Council, Sophomore, (Guard)
Derrian Ford, Freshman, (Guard)
Barry Dunning, Freshman, (Forward)
Joseph Pinion, Freshman, (Guard/Forward)

2022 Class (per 247sports composite)
6.Nick Smith (#2CG) North Little Rock,AR (North Little Rock)
18.Jordan Walsh (#5SF) DeSoto,TX (Link Academy)
22.Anthony Black (#3PG) Ducanville,TX (Duncanville)
57.Derrian Ford (#11CG) Magnolia,AR (Magnolia)
85.Barry Dunning (#21SF) Mobile,AL (McGill Toolen)
88.Joseph Pinion (#23SF) Morrilton,AR (Morrilton)

Transfer Additions
Jalen Graham, Senior, (Forward) Old School: Arizona State
Makhi Mitchell, Junior, (Forward) Old School: Rhode Island
Makhel Mitchell, Junior, (Forward) Old School: Rhode Island
Trevon Brazile, Sophomore, (Forward) Old School: Missouri
Ricky Council, Sophomore, (Guard) Old School: Wichita State

Transfers Out:
Chance Moore, Sophomore (Guard/Forward) New School: Missouri State
KK Robinson, Junior (Guard) New School: Texas A&M
Connor Vanover, Senior (Center) New School: Oral Roberts
Jaxson Robinson, Junior (Guard) New School: BYU

Games already scheduled for this upcoming season (2022-2023):
11/21-11/23 2022 Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Lahaina) (The hogs’ first match-up in Maui should be announced soon)
12/10 Oklahoma (Tulsa)
12/17 TBA (North Little Rock)
1/28 at.Baylor (Big 12/SEC Challenge)

Other News:
One of Arkansas’ leaders and all-around best players, Forward/Center Jaylin Williams officially kept his name in and declared for the 2022 NBA Draft back on May 28. He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 34th pick in the draft. He was an All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team member last season in Fayetteville.

Arkansas has landed its first pledge in the 2023 class. This past Saturday, highly touted Little Rock native Layden Blocker committed to Arkansas. The guard, who now plays for high school basketball power Sunrise Christian in Kansas, is ranked number 29 and the number five point guard by the 247sports composite.


Categories
default

2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: Nonconference slate

Image Courtesy: WholeHogSports.com

September 3
Cincinnati (2:30 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN App)
Following their College Football Playoff appearance in 2021-2022, Arkansas cannot overlook the Cincinnati game to open their season in 2022. The Bearcats will have to replace notable 2022 NFL Draft picks in CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner to the New York Jets, QB Desmond Ridder to the Atlanta Falcons, and CB Coby Bryant to the Seattle Seahawks. Redshirt sophomore Evan Prater is expected to replace Ridder and inexperienced starting defensive backs Todd Bumphis and Ja’quan Sheppard will try to make up for the losses to the draft. Arkansas will have to take advantage of the inexperienced secondary for the bearcats despite Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson not being known as a phenomenal passer. Cincinnati was not successful on special teams last season so Arkansas kicker Cam Little, who did not miss a point after attempt as a freshman, needs to take advantage with point after attempts and field goals and make them all. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman will help lead the hogs to an opening season win. Projected Score: Arkansas 24, Cincinnati 17

September 17
Missouri State (6 PM CT, ESPN+/SECN+/ESPN App)
Former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino heads back to Fayetteville for Family Weekend, September 16-18. Petrino actually led the hogs to two wins over Missouri State back in 2009 and 2011. Since Petrino’s firing in 2012, Razorback football took a major dip. Now, Sam Pittman has the hogs back in many pre-season top twenty-fives entering his third season as head coach. Following a tough opening game against Cincinnati, the hogs should take care of Missouri State fairly easily and move to 2-0 on the young season. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, Missouri State 14

October 15
at.BYU (TBD, TBD)
A trip to Provo will be any team. But, for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who have not been on the road with a national ranking against another team with the same pedigree at least rankings wise in quite some time, the environment and the game will be tough. BYU returns QB Jaren Hall (20 TDs, 5 interceptions) and all three of their starting receivers and their starting tight end (Puka Nacua, Gunner Romney, Keanu Hill, and Isaac Rex). The Cougars also have nine starters back defensively. At this point, however, Arkansas should be clicking when it comes to QB KJ Jefferson with his relatively new receivers to the program such as Oklahoma transfer Jadon Haselwood and sophomore Ketron Jackson. Arkansas’ defense will need to stop Christopher Brooks, BYU’s senior running back that is going to be the full time starter for the first time in his career, to be able to stop the Cougar’s Jaren Hall who threw for 2,583 yards last season. Projected Record: Arkansas 34, BYU 31

November 5
Liberty (TBD, TBD)
Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and his Liberty Flames head into Fayetteville on November 5 for a weird non conference match-up in November. Charlie Brewer, the former Baylor starting QB, is expected to replace now Tennessee Titans signal caller Malik Willis. The key for the Flames is returning receivers CJ Daniels and Demario Douglas as the hogs lost starting defensive backs Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks to transfer to LSU. Expected starters for the hogs are second year starter Hudson Clark and former LSU cornerback Dwight McGlothern. Taking advantage of a relatively questionable defensive back group outside of third year starter safety Jalen Catalon will be the best shot for Freeze’s team to win. The running game of Arkansas led by Raheim Sanders and Dominique Johnson will help Arkansas take down Liberty. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, Liberty 21

Categories
default

2022 cbhsports NBA Mock Draft

Image Courtesy: CBS Sports

1.Orlando Magic
Jabari Smith, Forward, Auburn (Freshman)

2.Oklahoma City Thunder
Chet Holmgren, Center, Gonzaga (Freshman)

3.Houston Rockets
Paolo Banchero, Forward, Duke (Freshman)

4.Sacramento Kings
Keegan Murray, Forward, Iowa (Sophomore)

5.Detroit Pistons
Jaden Ivey, Guard, Purdue (Sophomore)

6.Indiana Pacers
Dyson Daniels, Guard, G-League Ignite

7.Portland Trail Blazers
Bennedict Mathurin, Guard/Forward, Arizona (Sophomore)

8.New Orleans Pelicans
AJ Griffin, Forward, Duke (Freshman)

9.San Antonio Spurs
Jalen Duren, Center, Memphis (Freshman)

10.Washington Wizards
Shaedon Sharpe, Guard, Kentucky (Freshman)


Categories
default

2022-2023 cbhsports College Football Preview:Arkansas

Head coach Sam Pittman led Arkansas football to its best season since 2011 with a 9-4 (4-4) record in the SEC, the toughest conference to play in America. For Pittman and the hogs, following last season up with a 2022-2023 season that is just as good or better will be difficult as they will play a much more difficult non-conference slate than it did last season. The hogs will face expected top 25 teams Cincinnati (9/3) and BYU (10/15) as well as fellow tough team Liberty (11/5; Homecoming) led by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze in non-conference play. However, Arkansas will get Alabama (10/1), LSU (11/12), and Ole Miss (11/19) at home inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Pittman will look to avenge two losses to Auburn in his tenure and score his first win over the tigers on “The Plains” come October 29 and will also host former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his Missouri State Bears come September 17 for Family Weekend in Fayetteville. Arkansas will not play in Little Rock and War Memorial Stadium as well. An even better season its expected in Fayetteville, and Razorback nation cannot wait.

Multiple game previews:
Nonconference Slate
South Carolina, Texas A&M
Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn
LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri

Projected Depth Chart
QB: KJ Jefferson, RS Junior
RB: Dominique Johnson, Junior; Raheim Sanders, Sophomore
WR: Jadon Haselwood, RS Junior
WR: Warren Thompson, RS Senior
WR: Ketron Jackson, Sophomore
TE: Hudson Henry, RS Junior; Trey Knox, Senior
LT: Jalen St. John, RS Sophomore
LG: Brady Latham, RS Junior
C: Ricky Stromberg, Senior
RG: Beaux Limmer, RS Junior
RT: Dalton Wagner, RS Senior
DE: Eric Gregory, RS Junior
DT: Isaiah Nichols, RS Senior; Taurean Carter, RS Junior
DE: Landon Jackson, Sophomore
LB:Bumper Pool, RS Senior, Drew Sanders, Sophomore
CB: LaDarrius Bishop, RS Senior; Hudson Clark, RS Junior; Dwight McGlothern, Junior
S: Myles Slusher, Junior; Malik Chavis, RS Junior; Latavious Brini, RS Senior
K: Cam Little, Sophomore
P: Reid Bauer, RS Senior
KR: AJ Green, Sophomore
PR: AJ Green

Incoming Recruits (via 247sports)
137.Isaiah Sategna (#23WR) Fayetteville,AR Fayetteville HS
291.E’Marion Harris (#24OT) Little Rock,AR Joe T. Robinson HS
339.Andrew Chamblee (#28OT) Maumelle,AR Maumellle HS
378.Quincy McAdoo (#57WR) Clarendon,AR Clarendon HS
373.Patrick Kutas (#15IOL) Memphis,TN Christian Brothers HS
399.Rashod Dubinion (#22ATH) Ellen Grove,GA Cedar Grove HS
421.Sam Mbake (#62WR) Kennsaw,GA North Cobb HS
449.Nico Davillier (#60DL) Maumelle,AR Maumelle HS
545.Anthony Brown (#48S) Milan,TN Milan HS
560.Mani Powell (#52LB) Fayetteville,AR Fayetteville HS
562.Jaylen Lewis (#53CB) Brownsville,TN Haywood HS
562.Jordan Crook (#53LB) Duncanville,TX Duncanville HS
617.James Jointer (#49RB) Little Rock,AR LR Parkview Magnet HS
635.Tyrus Washington (#32TE) Leesburg,GA Lee County HS
919.Eli Henderson (#46IOL) Duncan,SC Byrnes HS
933.JJ Hollingsworth (#126DL) Greenland,AR Greenland HS
965.Dax Courtney (#53TE) Clarendon,AR Clarendon HS
NA.Kaden Henley (#129LB) Springdale,AR Shiloh Christian HS
NA.Max Fletcher (#6P) Australia ProKick Australia HS
NA.Eli Stein (#1LS) Cambridge,WI Cambridge HS

Transfer Additions
Read the breakdown I gave of the hogs’ talented transfer additions here.
Jadon Haselwood, Senior, wide receiver
Former School: Oklahoma
Latavious Brini, Senior, defensive back
Former School: Georgia
Drew Sanders, Junior, linebacker
Former School: Alabama
Dwight McGlothern, Junior, defensive back
Former School: LSU
Matt Landers, Junior, wide receiver
Former School: Toledo, Georgia
Jordan Domineck, Junior, defensive end
Former School: Georgia Tech
Landon Jackson, Sophomore, defensive end
Former School: LSU

Schedule Preview (There will be individual game breakdowns coming in the following Saturdays on the blog. My predicted results on this post are subject to change).
Cincinnati (9/3)
W
South Carolina (9/10)
W
Missouri State (9/17) (Family Weekend)
W
Texas A&M (9/24) (Arlington)
L
Alabama (10/1)
L
at.Mississippi State (10/8)
W
at.BYU (10/15)
W
at.Auburn (10/29)
W
Liberty (11/5) (Homecoming)
W
LSU (11/12)
W
Ole Miss (11/19) (Senior day/night)
L
at.Missouri (11/26)
W

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3) SEC

Categories
default

2022 cbhsports NCAA College Baseball World Series Predictions

Image Courtesy: Ole Miss Athletics

June 17

Game 1 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
5.Texas A&M
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: Oklahoma

Game 2 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
9.Texas
Notre Dame

Carter’s Pick: 9.Texas

June 18

Game 3 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
2.Stanford
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: Arkansas

Game 4 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
14.Auburn
Ole Miss

Carter’s Pick: 14.Auburn

June 19

Game 5 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
5.Texas A&M
Notre Dame

Carter’s Pick: 5. Texas A&M
(Notre Dame eliminated)

Game 6 (7 PM ET, ESPN2)
9.Texas
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: Oklahoma

June 20

Game 7 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
2.Stanford
Ole Miss

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford
(Ole Miss eliminated)

Game 8 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
14.Auburn
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: 14.Auburn

June 21

Game 9 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
5.Texas A&M
9.Texas

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M
(9.Texas eliminated)

Game 10 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
2.Stanford
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford
(Arkansas eliminated)

June 22

Game 11
5.Texas A&M
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M

Game 12
2.Stanford
14.Auburn

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford

June 23

Game 13
5.Texas A&M
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M
(Oklahoma eliminated)

Game 14
2.Stanford
14.Auburn

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford
(14.Auburn eliminated)

MCWS Finals

June 25

Game 1
2.Stanford
5.Texas A&M

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford

Game 2
2.Stanford
5.Texas A&M

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M

Game 3
2.Stanford
5.Texas A&M

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M
(5.Texas A&M wins the championship and 2.Stanford eliminated)

Categories
default

Taking a look at Jadon Haselwood, Drew Sanders, and other 2022 Arkansas football incoming transfers

Image Courtesy: CBS Sports

Arkansas football head coach Sam Pittman has been (almost) as good as Arkansas basketball head coach Eric Musselman at getting kids to his team from the transfer portal. Pittman’s second true portal class includes an established receiver, two defensive backs, a few defensive line pieces, and a talented linebacker. The class also includes four players coming from SEC schools such as Alabama, Georgia, and LSU. Pittman is reloading and getting the hogs ready to improve on their 9-4 mark this upcoming season.

Jadon Haselwood, Senior, wide receiver
Former School: Oklahoma
Oklahoma transfer Jadon Haselwood will look to replace the production of All-American wide receiver Treylon Burks. Haselwood caught 39 balls for almost 400 yards and 6 touchdowns a season ago but was under used by the Oklahoma offense, as they have many talented receivers. With questions in the receiving room in Fayetteville, despite having a lingering injury during the spring, it will be time for Haselwood to step up for the hogs in the fall of 2022.

Latavious Brini, Senior, defensive back
Former School: Georgia
Losing experienced defensive backs Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks to LSU as well as Montaric Brown to the NFL Draft will be a tough task to handle. The talented former Georgia Bulldog, Latavious Brini, delivers crushing blows with his 50 career total tackles.

Drew Sanders, Junior, linebacker
Former School: Alabama
Sanders is a phenomenal playmaker Arkansas needed terribly at linebacker. Replacing the production of four year linebackers Grant Morgan and Hayden Henry was going to be difficult but pairing the talented Sanders with returning leading tackler Bumper Pool at the linebacker position is going to be huge for the Razorbacks. In two seasons in Nick Saban’s defense, Sanders has had 33 tackles and a sack.

Dwight McGlothern, Junior, defensive back
Former School: LSU
In just two seasons at LSU, Dwight McGlothern has recorded 40 tackles and an interception. Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman has raved about this kid. He is NFL bound Montaric Brown’s replacement and hopes to be the next great Arkansas cornerback.

Matt Landers, Junior, wide receiver
Former School: Toledo, Georgia
The speedster played Arkansas in 2020 and had a few catches but starred for Toledo since transferring there. Landers had 20 catches, 514 yards, and 5 touchdowns a season ago.

Jordan Domineck, Junior, defensive end
Former School: Georgia Tech
Jordan Domineck is a boost the hogs will need on the defensive line. The hogs lose talented defensive linemen Tre Williams and John Ridgeway and will replace them with former Georgia Tech defensive end Domineck, who has accounted for 103 tackles, 9 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in his career.

Landon Jackson, Sophomore, defensive end
Former School: LSU
The rawly talented Landon Jackson may not have a ton of stats to his name but his quickness to the ball carrier and depth he gives to a young defensive line unit is incredibly necessary in Fayetteville.

Categories
default

What the SEC will look like with Oklahoma and Texas in the league

Image Courtesy: NWAOnline.com

Following the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida a few weeks ago, two scheduling formats for the future of the conference in football have emerged with Oklahoma and Texas entering the conference in 2025. The east and west divisions will be gotten rid of. Per many sources, there are two options:

The first format that is proposed includes an eight-game conference schedule. An eight-game conference schedule has been played in the SEC since Missouri and Texas A&M entered the league in 2012. The second format that is proposed include a nine-game conference schedule.

The argument against a nine-game conference schedule would be already playing one of if not the hardest football schedule in the country every season in the best conference in America according to most of the college football media. The SEC football coaches seem to be 50-50 on this. But, another argument against this is having non-conference games previously scheduled cancelled because of the new extra game.

The argument for a nine-game conference schedule is the 3-6 model. It will be discussed later in this post.

1.The first format includes each SEC team playing one “fixed” opponent or in better terms, their biggest rival every year and rotating seven other opponents every year. The SEC offices would of course choose the one fixed opponent every season. Something tells me this format won’t get voted through because many annual rivalries would be gone. Here’s what opponent I think every team would face every season in this format (with the SEC choosing these things).

Alabama – Auburn
Arkansas – Missouri
Auburn – Alabama
Florida – Georgia
Georgia – Florida
Kentucky – South Carolina
LSU – Texas A&M
Mississippi State – Ole Miss
Oklahoma – Texas
Ole Miss – Mississippi State
South Carolina – Kentucky
Tennessee – Vanderbilt
Texas – Oklahoma
Texas A&M – LSU
Vanderbilt – Tennessee

2.The second format includes every SEC squad playing their three biggest rivals, as chosen by the SEC, and rotate the other six opponents every year. Each SEC basketball team plays their three biggest rivals every year twice, so this is a realistic option for the conference. But, the nine-game conference schedule would be difficult with a potential expanded College Football Playoff coming. Not many SEC teams would be able to play a Group of 5 team or an FCS team with most of their schedules taken up with nonconference Power 5 opponents and their nine game SEC schedules. Overall, the second format is the better option, as historic rivalries would not be destroyed. Here’s a look of who each team could face every season if this format was used:

(I was unsure about these but I tried my best)

Alabama – Auburn, LSU, Tennessee
Arkansas – Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M
Auburn – Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss
Florida – Georgia, LSU, Tennessee
Georgia – Auburn, Florida, South Carolina
Kentucky – Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
LSU – Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M
Mississippi State – Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ole Miss
Oklahoma – Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas
Ole Miss – Auburn, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt
South Carolina – Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma
Tennessee – Alabama, Florida, Vanderbilt
Texas – Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M
Texas A&M – Arkansas, LSU, Texas
Vanderbilt – Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee

I thought about designing a new SEC men’s basketball scheduling model but it was decided already at the SEC spring meetings. In basketball, the SEC decided continue its eighteen-game conference schedule. Instead of three permanent opponents, the SEC has decided to have their teams play two permanent opponents twice a season instead, home and away. And, they will play the twelve remaining opponents either home and away. Like usual, the SEC men’s basketball tournament will include all sixteen teams competing in a single-elimination format. The top four seeds will get a double bye like usual as well.

I cannot find any news on a new SEC baseball scheduling model approved. But, if it is like the future softball schedule, which has been confirmed, with Oklahoma and Texas in the league it will look like this: “(SEC) teams will play 24 conference games: a three-game series against eight rotating opponents. The SEC softball tournament will include all 16 teams competing in a single-elimination format” (WholeHogSports.com). I would suppose the SEC would also go to a single elimination conference tournament for baseball to help with the safety of players.

Scheduling formats have also been confirmed in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, and soccer.

Categories
default

2022 cbhsports Chapel Hill Super Regional Preview

Image Courtesy: Sports Illustrated

Tomorrow, Arkansas will face North Carolina in game one of their fourth super regional in a row. They will have to continue to hit well like they did last weekend and pitch like they did last Monday in their win in Stillwater over Oklahoma State.

2022 Chapel Hill Regional
June 11-13
Teams:
10.North Carolina 42-20 (15-15) ACC
Despite finishing fourth in the ACC Coastal, the Tar Heels won the ACC Conference Tournament. Then, they won their Chapel Hill Regional in seven games after falling to VCU in the 1-0 game. After beating Georgia in the elimination game, they defeated VCU twice and are hosting a super regional against one of the hottest teams in America, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
(2) Arkansas 41-19 (18-12)
In the highest scoring regional of all-time, Arkansas’ bats got them through a tough three games against the host Oklahoma State. They used an eight-run 8th inning to win the 1-0 game, lost a lead in the ninth and lost in extras in the regional final, and then went up 5-0 in the fifth inning and gave up just three runs in the winner-take-all game on Monday to advance to Chapel Hill and their fourth consecutive Super Regional.

June 11
Game 1: 2.Arkansas at. 1.North Carolina (10 AM CT, ESPN)
Both teams used their good offense to win their regional but something tells me that with rested Friday starting pitchers, such as Arkansas’ Connor Noland, it will be a pitchers’ duel. North Carolina wins game 1 after a timely late inning hit.

June 12
Game 2: 2.Arkansas at. 1.North Carolina (12 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN2)
Arkansas evens the series on the back of Michael Turner, Cayden Wallace, and Jalen Battles’ bats. A Razorback closer will finish the deal and the series heads to a win or go home situation.

June 13 (If necessary)
Game 3: 2.Arkansas at. 1.North Carolina (TBD, TBD)
Arkansas returns to the College World Series, led by their starting pitcher, which could be Zack Morris. An almost four inning start would propel the hogs to a victory late. They would head to Omaha for the first time since 2019.

Winner: Arkansas in 3

Categories
default

2022 NCAA College Baseball cbhsports Super Regional Predictions

Image Courtesy: Knoxville News Sentinel

(All game times eastern)

Super Regionals (June 10-12)

Knoxville Super Regional (Knoxville,TN)
1.Tennessee
Notre Dame

Carter’s Pick: 1.Tennessee in 3

Game 1: June 10, 6 PM, ESPN2
Game 2: June 11, 2 PM, ESPN
Game 3 (If necessary): June 12, TBD, TBD

Greenville Super Regional (Greenville,NC)
8.East Carolina
9.Texas

Carter’s Pick: 9.Texas in 3

Game 1: June 10, 12 PM, ESPN2
Game 2: June 11, 12 PM, ESPN2
Game 3 (If necessary): June 12, TBD, TBD

College Station Super Regional (College Station,TX)
5.Texas A&M
12.Louisville

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M in 2

Game 1: June 10, 8:30 PM, ESPNU
Game 2: June 11, 3 PM, ESPN2
Game 3 (If necessary): June 12, TBD, TBD

Blacksburg Super Regional (Blacksburg,VA)
4.Virginia Tech
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: 4.Virginia Tech in 3

Game 1: June 10, 3 PM, ESPN2
Game 2: June 11, 12 PM, ESPNU
Game 3 (If necessary): June 12, TBD, TBD

Super Regionals (June 11-13):

Salem Super Regional (Salem,OR)
3.Oregon State
14.Auburn

Carter’s Pick: 3.Oregon State in 3

Game 1: June 11, 10:30 PM, ESPN2
Game 2: June 12, 10 PM, ESPN2
Game 3: June 13, TBD, TBD

Hattiesburg Super Regional (Hattiesburg,MS)
11.Southern Miss
Ole Miss

Carter’s Pick: Ole Miss in 3

Game 1: June 11, 4 PM, ESPNU
Game 2: June 12, 4 PM, ESPN2/ESPNU
Game 3: June 13, TBD, TBD

Chapel Hill Super Regional (Chapel Hill,NC)
10.North Carolina
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: Arkansas in 3

Game 1: June 11, 11 AM, ESPN
Game 2: June 12, 1 PM CT, ESPN2/ESPNU
Game 3: June 13, TBD, TBD

Stanford Super Regional (Stanford,CA)
2.Stanford
Connecticut

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford in 3

Game 1: June 11, 10:30 PM, ESPNU
Game 2: June 12, 7 PM, ESPN2/ESPNU
Game 3: June 13, TBD, TBD

Categories
default

There’s no CFP set beyond 2025… what a future playoff could look like

Image Courtesy: Cleveland.com

This time last year, a 12-team playoff was inevitable. But, a month later, when Texas and Oklahoma made their future move to the SEC, presidents at ACC, Big 12 Big Ten, and Pac-12 schools did not move forward with their plans because of the expected SEC dominance of the playoff.

This year at the SEC Spring Meetings, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is leading his fellow SEC presidents in discussing not only the future format of the league with the Sooners and Longhorns, but a potential SEC Playoff. With the NCAA already having no control over the College Football Playoff, everyone should expect all of the football Power 5 conferences to break away from the NCAA and form their own new way of determining a champion. It will be a long process, as breaking away from the NCAA could mean choosing someone to be in charge of the sport, separate from all other NCAA sports.

So a 12-team playoff would look something like this:
The top six spots would include all five of the Power 5 champions and the top Group of 5 champion. The order of the team’s would be determined by whatever new CFP committee, which would be formed by the new head of college football.
The next six spots would go to the next six at large teams in the rankings, as determined by the CFP committee.
The bracket would allow the top four seeds to get byes. The one seed would face the winner of the 8./9. game, the two seed would face the winner of the 7./10. game, the three seed would face the winner of the 6./11. game, and the four seed would face the winner of the 5./12. game. Opening round games would be hosted by the higher seed (the five seed would host versus the twelve seed). Second round games would be played at four of the eight New Year’s Six Bowl sites and then the winners of each of those games would play at two of the four left over in the College Football Playoff Semifinals. Next, a national championship winner would be determined at a location selected by the commissioner of college football. The first round would be played the second Saturday in December, the quarterfinals would be played the third Saturday in December, and the semifinals would be played on New Year’s Eve and and national championship would be played the second Monday of the new year like usual.

Here’s what the bracket would have looked like last season:
(Records are from at the end of the regular season)

First Round (December 11)
Oxford
8.Ole Miss (10-2)
9.Oklahoma State (11-2)

South Bend
5.Notre Dame (11-1)
12.Pittsburgh (11-2)

Columbus
6.Ohio State (10-2)
11.Utah (10-3)

Waco
7.Baylor
10.Michigan State

Quarterfinals (December 18)
TBD New Year’s Six Bowl
1.Alabama (12-1)
8.Ole Miss/9.Oklahoma State

TBD New Year’s Six Bowl
4.Cincinnati (13-0)
5.Notre Dame/12.Pittsburgh

TBD New Year’s Six Bowl
3.Georgia (12-1)
6.Ohio State/11.Utah

TBD New Year’s Six Bowl
2.Michigan (12-1)
7.Baylor/10.Michigan State

Semifinals (December 31)
TBD New Year’s Six Bowl
1.Alabama/8.Ole Miss/9.Oklahoma State
4.Cincinnati/5.Notre Dame/12.Pittsburgh

TBD New Year’s Six Bowl
2.Michigan/7.Baylor/10.Michigan State
3.Georgia/6.Ohio State/11.Utah

National Championship (January 9)
Winner
Winner