LITTLE ROCK — Scrunched between the keyboard and the printer, a printout of a column predicting the finish of all 14 teams in the SEC was earmarked for late November.

LITTLE ROCK — Scrunched between the keyboard and the printer, a printout of a column predicting the finish of all 14 teams in the SEC was earmarked for late November.

Filed beneath a bio, background on high school realignment, a book on the Razorbacks, budgets for college athletics and other assorted blurbs, the material published in July was moved to the top of the heap after Texas A&M 52, South Carolina 28; Auburn 45, Arkansas 21; Ole Miss 35, Boise State 13 and LSU 28, Wisconsin 24.

There is no reason to wait three months to reference the July prognostication that Arkansas and A&M would tie for sixth at 2-6 in the league, that the Rebels would be a disappointment, that the Gamecocks would win the Eastern Division, and that LSU would be the surprise of the Western Division.

Based solely on the season openers — a risky proposition at best — the predictions appear way off on both A&M and South Carolina and too high for Arkansas. I’m sticking with the less definitive guesses for both Ole Miss and LSU for the next several weeks because the schedule gives the Rebels time to find a running game and the Tigers an opportunity to improve at quarterback.

Between now and Oct. 4 when Ole Miss plays Alabama and LSU takes on Auburn, the Rebels’ only SEC opponent is Vanderbilt and the Tigers’ only league game is against Mississippi State. More than likely, Ole Miss and LSU will be a combined 9-0 and there will still be questions about the direction in which they are headed.

Extrapolating season-long projections from opening weekend comes with a 40-year-old reminder about the unranked Razorbacks starting the season by beating No. 5 USC in Little Rock 22-7. The winners went 6-4-1 and the losers won the national championship.

Personal focus of the weekend rehash is on A&M’s dominance of South Carolina because my 5-7 prediction for Arkansas included a victory over the Aggies in late September. Like many others, I thought the Aggies would regress with the departure of Johnny Manziel.

One game does not a season make, but I am coming around to the idea that Kevin Sumlin’s system is at the heart of the numbers at Houston and A&M where his teams have been in the top four nationally in total offense five of six years. Another validation of that theory occurred when the Houston Texans waived Case Keenum, who threw for 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns at Houston, to make room for former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Shying away from a wholehearted endorsement of the Aggies’ production at Columbia, where the Gamecocks had won 18 straight, involves citing South Carolina circumstances on both sides of the ball:

• The loss of the best defensive player in the country to the NFL draft and the departure of several other defensive starters left the Gamecocks looking helpless vs. the pass. Kenny Hill, who threw for 299 in the first half on his way to a school-record 511, was rarely under pressure and rarely had to fit the ball into a small window. Similarly, Jeremy Johnson had easy pickings against Arkansas, opening the game with eight straight completions for 202 yards.

• Falling behind early and with Heisman Trophy candidate Mike Davis playing sparingly, the Gamecocks’ game plan changed. I’m pretty sure Steve Spurrier did not anticipate Dylan Thompson throwing 40 times. In turn, the absence of Davis ade it difficult to get a read on the Aggies’ defense against the run which was the worst in the league in 2013.

For Arkansas, Hill’s success, plus Auburn averaging 18.3 yards per on its 16 completions, is scary. On the other hand, it was difficult to determine if A&M has the same running threat as Auburn and it was the Tigers’ balance that exposed the Arkansas defense.

With Lamar, Rice, and SMU up next, we may not learn much more about the Aggies until the Arkansas game.

Harry King is sports columnist for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. Email: