Looking for a Alabama vs. Arkansas prediction and preview? We’ve got you covered before the SEC West battle.
Saturday, October 8, the Alabama Crimson Tide play visitor to the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game will be played at Razorback Stadium and is slated for a 7:00 p.m. E.T. start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Alabama vs. Arkansas prediction and preview.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Tide have an 84.7% chance of topping the Razorbacks. The spread also suggests Alabama is the favorite.
Razorback Stadium has a capacity of 72,000.
Spread: Alabama Crimson Tide -14
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Alabama vs. Arkansas preview:
The Crimson Tide are undefeated, and are coming off of two dominant performances over subpar teams, Nick Saban's alma mater, Kent State and Kentucky.
Alabama (5-0) out gained the Kentucky Wildcats 488 yards to 161 yards, including a 315-89 advantage through the air. The Tide racked up 25 first downs to Kentucky's 12 and Alabama held the Wildcats to just two yards per carry.
Arkansas (4-1) is coming off of a 52-10 win...over Alcorn State. The Razorbacks lost to a very good Texas A&M team in Week 4, their only loss on the season thus far. They followed up that performance with a dominating win in Week 5, albeit against a weaker opponent.
Nick Saban is in his 10th season as the Crimson Tide's head coach. He took over in 2007 and has taken the team to a bowl game in each of his ten seasons, winning four national championships. Saban is 196-60-1 as the head coach of Alabama.
Bret Bielema is in his fourth season as the Razorback's head coach. Bielema was the Wisconsin Badgers head coach from 2006-2012 and owns an overall record of 90-45 as a head coach.
Alabama and Arkansas have met 26 times in history, with the Tide holding a 19-7 advantage.
Alabama vs. Arkansas prediction:
Arkansas always comes ready to play against the Tide. Two years ago the Razorbacks challenged Alabama with a one-point loss. Last year, Arkansas took a lead into halftime, but let Alabama back into the game and ended up losing 27-14. Two close games, won by Alabama.
Not this year!
Bielema will have the Razorbacks ready to play, and quarterback Austin Allen will have himself a game against the Tide's defense. The big hogs up front will ease Alabama's pass rush as Allen slings the ball for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Arkansas 31, Alabama 27