Alabama vs. Arkansas fearless prediction and game preview.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 26
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama (7-0) vs. Arkansas (2-5) Game Preview
Why Arkansas Will Win
There’s no Tua.
Of course Alabama has the NFL talent across the board, and of course the team is good enough to win this game with the backups, but as the Tennessee game last week showed, not having No. 13 out there meant an uneven and rough overall outing.
For being the No. 1 team in the nation, this isn’t the sharpest of Bama teams. It’s committing way too many penalties, the defense isn’t its normal killer self, and the running game hasn’t found its groove yet.
The Hogs have to hope that Mac Jones and the Tide offense just doesn’t function efficiently or consistently, and they have to hope the Bama defense is leaving early for the off week to prepare for LSU.
Why Alabama Will Win
Arkansas just can’t throw.
This isn’t how it’s supposed to work under Arkansas head coach Chad Morris. The passing game hasn’t been able to complete half of its passes over the last two games, there’s nothing happening down the field, and it would take a total meltdown by the Tide defense to whiff.
Oh yeah … and Mac Jones is pretty good.
He might not be Tagovailoa, but he doesn’t need to be. He needs to not take any big chances and let his NFL receivers do the work.
This is a game for Alabama to get the running game going and get the defense lathered up for the LSU showdown in a few weeks. For Jones, playing Arkansas now couldn’t come at a better time.
This isn’t Florida or Georgia or Auburn he’s going against. He has to prepare as if he’s going to be the starter against LSU. Expect him to be terrific.
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What’s Going To Happen
Alabama will showcase the other parts of the puzzle.
There might be some concern over a possible letdown had everything been sailing along – the team is overdue for a break and can’t help but think about what’s coming next. But Tua’s ankle injury just changed the dynamic.
Jones will be great, the Bama running game will be better, and this will look and play like a team that’s gearing up for something massive.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Prediction, Line
Alabama 45, Arkansas 10
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ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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