Alabama vs. Arkansas Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Alabama vs. Arkansas fearless prediction and game preview.
Alabama (6-0) vs. Arkansas (2-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Game Time: 7:15 pm ET
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Winners of ten straight in the series vs. Arkansas, Alabama now needs to get its swagger backs.
Not that the No. 1 team in the country has dropped down at all after struggling a bit to put away Texas A&M last week, but with Clemson’s resume, and with Georgia playing well, it’s starting to look a little bit like the Crimson Tide might be the no-brainer to take the national title – at least for the immediate moment.
But Bama has a way of rising up and rocking after a mediocre performance. After taking their foot off the gas against Colorado State earlier in the year, the team got mad, Vanderbilt got cocky, and the result was a dominant 59-0 beatdown.
Arkansas isn’t talking any smack in any way after getting drilled 48-22 by South Carolina.
With Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina and Missouri still to play, there’s still a shot at going bowling, but it’ll take a tough win somewhere to get to six wins.
To be optimistic, though, beat Bama, and the program turns around in a hurry. Beat Bama, and the Bret Bielema era takes a really, really big turn.
One Reason Why Alabama Will Win
Did the Crimson Tide just fine their pass rush?
The stats are a wee bit misleading since Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond was scrambling a bit trying to make things happen, but after failing to generate a sack for two straight games, the Bama defensive front cranked up nine in the last two wins.
Last year, the Crimson Tide came up with a season-high seven sacks in the 49-30 win over the Hogs, and this time around, the Arkansas offensive line is having an even bigger issue.
Not helping the cause is an injured Austin Allen. The Hog starting quarterback has a banged up shoulder. He said he wants to try giving it a go, but it might be Cole Kelley under center. He has promise, but the massive 6-7, 268-pound freshman – if he plays – gets to face an angered Tide defense with something to prove.
One Reason Why Arkansas Will Win
Is there any way the Arkansas passing game repeat the success of last year?
Allen gave the Tide defense fits, throwing for 400 yards and three touchdowns in the shootout loss. He gave up three picks, but at least the offense had a few nice moments.
Whether it’s Allen or Kelley, it’ll be bombs away. The running game is just okay, and it won’t start to rock against the nation’s No. 1 run D.
As amazing as the Bama secondary might be, it’s shown a few weaknesses from time to time. Colorado State threw well late, Florida State had a couple of moments when Deondre Francois was healthy, and Kellen Mond was decent last week with 237 yards hitting 66% of his throws.
Arkansas has to come out fearless. The passing game has been just okay. This weekend, it has to be amazing.
What’s Going To Happen
Arkansas isn’t playing well enough to keep this close.
Alabama will come out focused and ready to roll, the Hog defensive front is about to be blasted, and it’ll be a 300-yard rushing day with everyone in the Tide backfield getting to eat.
Arkansas might have an early answer, but then the avalanche will come.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Prediction
Alabama 44, Arkansas 13
Alabama -30.5, o/u: 56.5
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