Top 10 games of 2016: Arkansas football schedule

The Associated Press – AUBURN HILLS, Ala.

— Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced Saturday the top 10 games for his team’s upcoming 2016 season.

Bielema will make his announcement at 6 p.m.

ET on ESPNU and will be joined by former head coach Chris Ash, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and linebackers coach Brian VanGorder.

He will then present the program’s schedule to the media.

Here’s a look at the Razorbacks’ 2016 schedule.BEST SCHEDULE: Arkansas opens its season Sept. 11 against Texas A&M at 7 p.l.m., followed by the SEC opener against Alabama on Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.,m.

(ESPN) and the Pac-12 opener against Oregon State on Sept 18 at 7:30 a.m.(ESPN)BEST BATTLE: The Razorbacks will face two of the nation’s top defenses this season in Texas A &M and Arizona State, which will be the first of two times in 2016 that Arkansas has faced the latter in the Big 12.

The Longhorns, ranked No. 3 in the country, will be looking to get back on track after dropping five straight games in the first half of last season and earning a bowl bid for the first time since 2011.

The Wildcats will be coming off a victory over Auburn last season to earn the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff and the No in the AP poll.

The Aggies have yet to beat Arkansas in the SEC, but they did defeat the Razorback-Mississippi State game in 2016 and avenge last season’s upset victory over the Red Raiders in 2017.

The Red Raiders won 24-21.

SEC PLAYOFFS: Arkansas and Alabama will face off in the final four games of the SEC Championship Game, which is set for Dec. 15 at 6:30 P.m.; Auburn will host Mississippi State in the semifinal, while the Tigers will play in the championship game at Georgia Tech.

The SEC championship game will feature Alabama and Auburn as the two teams to beat.

SEC Championship Games are the toughest matchups in college football and are played annually on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

The SEC title game is the most anticipated game of the season and can decide which college football program will advance to the national championship game.SEC PLAYBACKS SEC Championship games are the most watched college football contests in the United States and are the only one of the three major conferences that is televised nationally.

BEST LINEBACKERS: Arkansas has plenty of talent at linebacker, with a trio of returning starters at the position.

The Razorback secondary will have to replace three starters on the defensive line, including defensive tackle Aaron Curry and outside linebacker Marcus Hardison, both of whom missed the first four games last season.

Curry was one of five Razorbacks with at least four sacks last season, and he returns after starting seven games in 2015.

Hardison played in every game last season after spending his first four years at Texas A.&m.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Hardison recorded five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries last season in 13 starts.BASTARDS ON DEFENSE: Arkansas’ defense ranked No, 25 in the nation in points allowed and No. 25 in yards allowed last season as the Razorbeats ranked fifth in total defense.

The defense was also responsible for 27 interceptions and 31 sacks, but the team finished 10th in total offense (314.7 yards per game) and 15th in scoring defense (37.5 points per game).

The Razorbacks also added five returning starters to the defensive front, with safety Michael Williams returning to the secondary after a two-year absence.

Williams recorded five interceptions last season while playing in all 13 games.

Williams also played in all 12 games last year, including the first six as the starter.

He recorded his first career interception last year against Texas Tech.SEC FINALS: A&amp