Arkansas State received one vote in the Associated Press (AP) preseason college football poll, while Arkansas received none. The Razorbacks’ last AP college football poll vote came November 20, 2016.
One vote put the Red Wolves in the 25th spot on the Top 25 ballot, giving them one point. According to College Poll Archive, Arkansas State has never been ranked in the Top 25. Arkansas State has appeared in seven straight bowl games and has won five Sun Belt Conference Championships during that time.
The Hogs, under Coach Bret Bielema, finishing last in the SEC West, with a 4-8 overall record. Just after the final game, a loss to Missouri, Razorback head coach Bret Bielema was fired.
A new era in Razorback football history, a rebirth if you will, began with the hiring of the program’s 33rd head football coach, Chad Morris. Morris comes to Arkansas as a hammer down hard-driving head coach.
After a career-altering visit, in January 2004, with then Springdale coach Gus Malzahn, Morris posted a 43-6 record at Stephenville, Texas, before his Austin, Texas, Lake Travis teams went 32-0 and won consecutive Class 5A titles.
The Razorbacks' new head coach Chad Morris has vowed to make the Hogs one of the premiere teams in the nation. In Morris’ four years as Clemson offensive coordinator, the Tigers went 41-11, setting school records in 2012 for total offense, 512 yards per game, and scoring 41 points per game.
Coach Morris emphasizes that football is what he does, not who he is, that he’s also a father, son and husband. All of which works together in his passionate pursuit. His past has taught him plenty.