An early look at this week's column from our Hogs correspondent, Derek Jenkins:
With the Hogs one game removed from our most crushing loss since 1998, the SEC-West is as ill-defined as ever, and three opponents left on our schedule rank in the top 10 nationally. At a glance, all of those games are more winnable than they are losable. Willy Robinson has always had Malzahn's number, even with much weaker defenses, but Malzahn's never had Cam Newton at his disposal. Getting South Carolina late is the best time to get them, no matter how good they are right now. And the LSU game feels like a sealed deal in Little Rock. Running the table would make us a lock for BCS contention.
But then his cynical, number-crunching side takes over.
I just can't help but read heartache in the tea leaves. Our offense continues to under-perform.... Despite ranking third nationally in passing offense, our passing numbers on third down rank us 38th, just behind — wait for it — Tennessee. There are at least three more losses on this schedule if we can't get our act together.