Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Hogs fall in RPI
Arkansas third baseman Bobby Wernes throws to first base Tuesday, April 22, 2014, during the game against Northwest State at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas fell eight spots in this week's NCAA ratings performance index (RPI) following a weekend series loss to Auburn.
The Razorbacks are No. 59 this week's RPI. Arkansas (28-18, 10-11 SEC) has 10 regular season games remaining, seven of which will be on the road.
As part of the NCAA RPI, more emphasis is put on road wins and home losses, while less emphasis is put on home wins and road losses. Arkansas plays current RPI No. 109 Missouri State tonight and three times at RPI No. 4 Ole Miss this weekend.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to play RPI No. 38 Texas A&M three times next week at home before closing the season with three games at RPI No. 108 Missouri.
RPI is a formula used to determine postseason participants and hosts sites. Arkansas is ranked 12th among SEC schools in this week's RPI and are last among teams in the SEC West.
The Razorbacks have made 12 consecutive NCAA regionals but are considered a bubble team for this year's postseason.