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No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 20 Arkansas picks and best bets for Week 5 SEC matchup

The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks meet in a big one in the SEC West.

Jayden McGowan #16 of the Vanderbilt Commodores is tackled by Aaron Anderson #13 and Brian Branch #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks host the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in a matchup that has all the potential to be an SEC instant classic. Arkansas is ready to prove that they’re finally able to hang with the big dogs of the conference, and will be especially hungry after losing to Texas A&M last week. Alabama struggled in their only real competition so far this year against Texas, but Nick Saban might not let that happen again.

The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 1. Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Alabama: 1 overall, 4 offense, 4 defense
Arkansas: 28 overall, 16 offense, 52 defense

Injury update


WR Tyler Harrell - Questionable (foot)
WR JoJo Earle - Questionable (foot)

WR Aaron Anderson - Questionable (knee)


Against The Spread

Alabama: 3-1 ATS
Arkansas: 2-2 ATS


Alabama: Over 1-3
Arkansas: Over 2-1-1

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Alabama: No. 1 overall, No. 1 offense, No. 1 defense
Arkansas: No. 27 overall, No. 26 offense, No. 32 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Alabama -17.5
Total: 60.5
Moneyline: Alabama -800, Arkansas +575

Opening line: Alabama -15.5
Opening total: 62


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The Pick

Arkansas +17.5

Am I foolish to put my faith in this Razorbacks team? Maybe. But I’m going to do it anyways. I think they may have gotten caught on their heels against A&M looking forward to this matchup, and this team has been building toward this moment for the past year and a half. This Crimson Tide team still seems to be working out some issues, as well, even with their veteran players. Arkansas is going to need to lay it all out there and focus on perfecting the pass rush against Bryce Young to have a prayer, but it’s not out of the question.

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