No. 3) Arkansas hires SMU head coach Chad Morris
Arkansas fans were fairly lukewarm to the idea of Chad Morris, but the former Clemson offensive coordinator is certainly worthy of an SEC head coaching position.
To call SMU a dumpster fire when he took over is actually a compliment. The Mustangs were more like nuclear fallout. A 1-11 team that featured zero physical presence and non-existent talent. In three years, Morris took that and transformed it into a 7-win team.
More impressively, Morris showed off his offensive coaching chops, as SMU set program records in total yards, first downs, points, and touchdowns. They were one of only two teams with a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and 1,000-yard receiver. Before Morris’ arrival, the Mustangs didn’t have a 1,000-yard passer, rusher, or receiver.
This isn’t to say Arkansas will win the SEC West, but aside from Alabama, the Razorbacks should compete with every team in its division.