Arkansas Razorbacks Football: Five most important games for Hogs in 2015

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Dec 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema celebrates the victory against the Texas Longhorns in the 2014 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bret Bielema has the Arkansas Razorbacks on the cusp of greatness, so which games will be must-see entertainment and the most important in 2015?

The 2015 season marks year three for head coach Bret Bielema and is the year that Arkansas fans, as well as national pundits, expect the Razorbacks to break through to the upper-echelon of the SEC after finishing 7-6 in 2014. The Razorbacks have been picked to finish the ’15 season fourth in the west by media voters at SEC Media Days and have graced several preseason top 25 lists including the Amway Coaches Poll as well as Sports Illustrated’s Top 25.

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Under coach Bret Bielema, Arkansas football has made the “ground n pound” sexy on the college level with bruising running backs like Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins while having an offensive line that tips the scales at well over 1600 pounds combined.

Then you flip to the opposite side of the ball where the Razorback defense found itself in the top ten statistically at the end of the 2014 season with shutouts over Ole Miss and LSU, a first for the Razorbacks since they entered the SEC in 1992, but will enter this season with question marks around the defensive front.

Even though the 2014 season left off on a high note with momentum going into the off-season the 2015 season won’t be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination with back-to-back road games versus possible AP top 25 teams, not once, but twice.

That’s a tall order for any team to overcome much less a team that could still be considered to be in a rebuilding process. Be that as it may the fan base will be chomping at the bit to see their beloved hogs enforce their physical will on opponents this season.

Now, let’s take a look at what games I think are key to Arkansas having a very special year.

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