Arkansas football ranked No. 23 in preseason coaches poll

Sam Pittman (UA Athletics photo)

The Arkansas football team is ranked No. 23 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released Monday.

It’s the first time Arkansas been ranked in the preseason poll since 2015, when the Razorbacks came in at No. 20 to open the season.

From the poll:

The Razorbacks have gone from a program that had won one conference game during the previous three years to winning seven in Sam Pittman’s first two seasons. QB KJ Jefferson will again be the focal point of the offense after leading the team in running and passing. He will be working behind a mostly veteran offensive line. While LB Bumper Pool is the star on defense, the secondary will again be the backbone of the defense with Jalen Catalon and Myles Slusher leading the way. Better play against the run is critical to better the nine wins from last year.

The Hogs begin the season on Sept. 3 against Cincinnati, which is ranked No. 22 in the preseason poll and finished 4th in the final AP Top 25 last year. The AP preseason poll is expected to be released later this month.

Arkansas is one of six SEC teams ranked in the preseason coaches poll, alongside Alabama (1), Georgia (3), Texas A&M (7), Kentucky (21) and Ole Miss (24). 

2022 USA Today Coaches Poll preseason rankings, released Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Georgia
4. Clemson
5. Notre Dame
6. Michigan
7. Texas A&M
8. Utah
9. Oklahoma
10. Baylor
11. Oklahoma State
12. Oregon
13. North Carolina State
14. Michigan State
15. Southern California
16. Pittsburgh
17. Miami (Fla.)
18. Texas
19. Wake Forest
20. Wisconsin
21. Kentucky
22. Cincinnati
23. Arkansas
24. Ole Miss
25. Houston