What happened last year:
The Arkansas Razorbacks took the Alabama Crimson Tide down to the wire last year in Fayetteville. Arkansas forced four fumbles against Alabama special teams. The Razorbacks led the Crimson Tide 13-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Arkansas also outgained Alabama 300 yards to 175, but then came the fourth quarter. Former Crimson Tide quarterback, Blake Sims, hit receiver DeAndrew White for a six-yard touchdown pass, to take the lead 14-13. Alabama ultimately beat Arkansas by that score when former Bama safety, Landon Collins, intercepted Brandon Allen with 1:59 left in the game.
Arkansas is coming off of:
The Razorbacks finally snapped their three-game losing streak, as they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 24-20 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Arkansas erased a 14-0 hole and hung on as they wasted a couple of second-half trips to the red zone on a blocked field goal and an unsuccessful fake-field goal attempt. After allowing 14 points in the first quarter, the Razorback defense held the Volunteers to just six points in the last three quarter. Running backs Alex Collins and Rawleigh Williams both topped 100-yards, with 154 and 100 yards respectively.
Alabama is coming off of:
The Crimson Tide are coming off a huge victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, which was last in Athens, Georgia. Alabama quarterback Jake Coker ran the Crimson Tide offense to perfection, as him and the rest of Bama’s team went on to defeat Georgia 38-10. The Crimson Tide dominated the Bulldogs in the first-half, as they went up 24-3 at the end of the first two quarters. Alabama then iced the win during the first play of the second-half, as they intercepted Georgia quarterback Brice Ramsey and returned it for a 50-yard pick six.
Three matchups to watch for:
Brandon Allen vs. Alabama’s Secondary – Last season Allen completed 21 of his 40 passes and had a quarterback rating of 44.7 against the Crimson Tide. Arkansas will need Allen to be much more efficient this time around, as Alabama is coming off of a three pick performance against Georgia.
Arkansas running backs vs. Alabama’s front seven – During last year’s matchup, the Razorbacks could not get their ground-and-pound offense to start grooving. Arkansas combined for 89 rushing yards in 2014 against Alabama. This time around however, the Razorbacks are coming off a big rushing performance against Tennessee and Alabama allowed Georgia running backs to rush for 193 total yards last week.
Derrick Henry vs. Arkansas’ front seven – Against Tennessee, Arkansas held Jalen Hurd, the Volunteers main back, to 90 rushing yards. Hurd gained only one of those rushing yards in the whole second-half. But Hurd is no Derrick Henry. Henry is a big, physical back who rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown against the No. 40 rush defense. Compared to Georgia, Arkansas is the No. 22 rush defense.
1. The last time Arkansas beat Alabama was in 2006.
2. Nick Saban is 8-0 against the Razorbacks – his last loss cominggainst them was in 2002, when he was the head coach of the LSU Tigers.
Prediction: Nick Saban’s dominance over Arkansas continues as Alabama wins 32-21 over the Razorbacks.
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