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The Razorbacks’ Wide Receiver Options

Arkansas may be the third-best team in the SEC West. Arkansas may also be the third-best team in the entire country. That’s life for the Razorbacks, who have come to inhabit the upper crust of the F.B.S. while still lagging behind the two frontrunners in their own division. The hope in Fayetteville is that this changes in 2012: Arkansas may be poised to take a slight step forward as Alabama and L.S.U. take a slight step back. If this scenario comes to pass, all will meet in the middle — but still among the top five teams in the nation — with Arkansas’ home dates with the Crimson Tide and Tigers a potential deciding factor in the West division and B.C.S. hunt.

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    Rules Committee Tackles Kickoffs (Again)

    For the third time since 2007, the N.C.A.A. is recommending an alteration to college football’s existing kickoff rules. The first change, five years ago, moved kickoffs back from the kicking team’s 35-yard line to the 30 in an effort to create more returns; more returns, more excitement. The second change, in 2010, attempted to make returns safer for both the kicking and receiving teams by eliminating the wedge blocking scheme. Having created more returns, the N.C.A.A. now wanted to make them safer. The rule change proposed yesterday would combine the general purpose of the two earlier adjustments: more offense, but with an even stronger emphasis on player safety.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.