The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide come cruising into Fayetteville to take on the No. 10 team in the country, the Arkansas Razorbacks. This will be the first major SEC battle of the season and will definitely be a game you will not want to miss.
Both of these teams last met on September 26th of last season, with Alabama winning that contest 35-7. Saturday’s outcome will be different then last years.
The Crimson Tide (3-0) opened the season with a 48-3 victory over San Jose State, beat then-No. 18 Penn State 24-3 and are now coming off a dominating win against the much inferior Duke Blue Devils in which they won by a staggering 62-13 score.
On the other hand the Razorbacks are coming off an unbelievable last-minute victory on the road in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs. In a game which Arkansas gave up the lead, Ryan Mallett led his troops to victory with a late and very impressive game-winning drive.
Arkansas has a legitimate shot at winning this game and in my opinion will win this game. I love Mallett. I think he is the most talented quarterback in the country and he clearly can deliver down the stretch. Alabama is obviously a first-class opponent and they will apply the pressure throughout the game.
With that said, Mallett will pick his targets and will not be afraid to go downfield when the time is right. The Razorbacks will have a few tricks up their sleeve and all of this will be enough for them to pull off the upset at home.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Razorbacks will have to contain Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram. Ingram, is coming off an amazing performance in his first game of the season, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
These are the two best offenses in the SEC at this point in time. The Crimson Tide revolves around the run, while allowing McElroy to deliver when needed. Arkansas is a pass-based offense that can run. Alabama can and will control the clock and continue to work hard for their yards. Arkansas can and will put up a large amount of points in short bursts.
This is the game that football fans around the country will be looking forward to all weekend and I can guarantee you that it will be a good one. In my opinion we will be hearing Hog screams across the nation as Arkansas will pull off the upset.
Crimson Tide, 27
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