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Arkansas vs. Alabama picks, best bets for Week 7 matchup

The Razorbacks and Crimson Tide meet on Saturday. Alabama enters as a home favorite.

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The Arkansas Razorbacks take on the No. 11 Alabama Crimson Tide in an SEC matchup in Week 7. Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET on Saturday, October 14 from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The game will air on ESPN.

Arkansas (2-4, 0-3 SEC) has not had a promising start to conference play. The Hogs have come close time after time — three of their last four losses were decided by seven points or less — but they have not been able to grab a win. As they head to Tuscaloosa, this team is going to struggle against the Alabama defense. KJ Jefferson has thrown five picks in his last three games, and threw two per game in his last two road games.

Alabama (5-1, 3-0 SEC) is back on the climb to the top after a shaky start to the season that saw them lose to Texas and struggled against USF. The Crimson Tide pulled out a statement win over Texas A&M in Week 6 that placed them atop the SEC West. They stifled any run game out of the Aggies, which the Aggies also did in return, and Jalen Milroe threw three touchdowns and one interception.

Here’s everything you need to know and a pick for the game.

SP+ Rankings

Arkansas: 50 overall, 43 offense, 64 defense
Alabama: 7 overall, 18 offense, 5 defense

Injury update


TE Luke Hasz - Out indefinitely (shoulder)


P James Burnip - Questionable (leg)
DB Malachi Moore - Questionable (ankle)


Against The Spread in 2023

Arkansas: 3-3 ATS
Alabama: 4-2 ATS

Total in 2023

Arkansas: Over 4-2
Alabama: Over 4-2

Team Pace

Arkansas: 27.9 seconds per play
Alabama: 27.1 seconds per play

Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Alabama -19.5
Total: 46.5
Moneyline: Alabama -1450, Arkansas +850


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Our Best Bet for Arkansas vs. Alabama

Alabama -19.5

This might feel like a pretty wide spread here, but if Alabama is headed in the direction that I think they’re headed, this is the game that we start seeing the Nick Saban difference. KJ Jefferson and the Razorbacks offense will struggle against this top-ranked Bama defense, and coming into Bryant-Denny is no easy task. I think we see the Tide grab a few pick sixes here and begin to separate themselves from the pack.