July 18, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach John L. Smith during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
That's what the SEC media has Arkansas picked as ending the season with, third in the West behind LSU and then Alabama. They have Georgia winning the East and LSU winning its second SEC Championship in a row. As conventional wisdom goes, it sounds rather solid. But I believe the SEC media have been wrong with their pre-season predictions many more times than right. So, we'll see. I think the Hogs will have to win the SEC and then have a lot of players coming back the next year to ever get picked over both LSU and Alabama these days. We could indeed win the SEC this year, but I wouldn't expect the media to pick us first in 2013 due to the caliber of players we'll lose after this year. But, hey, at least Stewart Mandel, as Doc points out below, has come around to seeing our Baron status! haha. Woo Pig Sooie, Your Highness!