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!
Alabama: 1 overall, 4 offense, 4 defense
Arkansas: 28 overall, 16 offense, 52 defense
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
Moneyline: Alabama -800, Arkansas +575
Opening line: Alabama -15.5
Opening total: 62
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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