Razorbacks revel in role of disrespected underdogs

The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming off a nine-win season, including rare wins over Texas and Texas A&M in the same season, and yet the players still feel like they’re a non-entity heading into the season.And that’s just fine with them.Razorbacks head coach Sam Pittman is 12-11 heading into his third season in Fayetteville, Ark. He led the Razorbacks to a 9-4 record in 2021 and a victory over Penn State in the Outback Bowl. The Razorbacks hadn’t won nine games in a season since 2011.But when ESPN ranked Arkansas last in the SEC West in its Football Power Index rankings for 2022, woo pig sooie.”In the previous years, Arkansas was always slept on, and we’re still dirt under a rug,” redshirt junior quarterback KJ Jefferson told ESPN. “Now, it’s just getting back that workman mentality that Coach Pittman instilled in us, just that blue-collar, hard-nosed, put-your-head-down mentality.”This program has been on the rise, and we’re going to keep building and get back on top where Arkansas belongs.”Whether Arkansas can maintain its progress will hinge on how well the Razorbacks handle one of college football’s hardest schedules.