Hooten's Make High School, College Picks

Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Mohawk football team, pictured during recent spring drills, was picked sixth in 3A-3 in this year's Hooten's preview.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

In what has become a summer ritual in Arkansas, the annual Hooten's Arkansas Football book has been released with a preview of the fall season. This year the Piggott Mohawks are picked to finish sixth out of the eight teams in 3A-3, while the Rector Cougars are once again picked to finish last in 2A-3 play.

The Tribe is predicted to finish sixth, ahead of Manila and Cedar Ridge, in this year's edition. Picked to win the conference was Rivercrest, followed by Osceola, Hoxie, Melbourne and Corning.

Meanwhile, in 2A-3 the Cross County Thunderbirds and Earle Bulldogs are picked at the top, followed by EPC, Walnut Ridge, Marked Tree, Salem, Midland and the Cougars.

On the collegiate level, the Arkansas Razorbacks are picked third in the SEC Western Division, and ranked 13th nationally. Alabama is tabbed to win the SEC West, followed by Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. Georgia is picked to win the SEC Eastern Division, followed by Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

Meanwhile, Arkansas State is ranked third in the Sun Belt and 69th nationally.

The TCU Horned Frogs are Hooten's preseason No. 1 team, followed by Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Georgia.

Henderson State is picked to win the Great American Conference, followed by Ouachita Baptist, Harding, Southern Arkansas and East Central, Okla.

And, Hooten's high school favorites to win it all in 2015 are Fayetteville in Class 7A, Pine Bluff in Class 6A, Pulaski Academy in Class 5A, Dardanelle in Class 4A, Smackover in Class 3A and Junction City in Class 2A.

The 23rd edition of the book retails for $16.99 and is on sale at Jordan's Kwick Stop.

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