Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Date and Time: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Opening College Football Odds: Alabama -30
Arkansas vs. Alabama TV Coverage: ESPN
The Crimson Tide finally turned the ball over for the first time this season last week against A&M, and they even allowed a couple touchdowns, too.
Nick Saban was salty after the game was over about his team's performance. He was quick to say that not every game was going to be a 66-3 victory, but he also sees some deficiencies, particularly with this ground game.
Bo Scarbrough has been relatively disappointing this season, and though Damien Harris has stepped up and averaged 8.5 yards per carry, Scarbrough is the man who is going to be counted upon down the stretch of this season more often than not.
There isn't a team in America that is going to win a game when its offense allows the defense to score three touchdowns against it.
Sure, things got out of hand a little bit in the second half for Arkansas in its 48-22 loss to South Carolina, but there's still no excuse for the way things fell apart. The Hogs were down 20-10 and were being badly outplayed by the Gamecocks at the time. But to turn around and throw a pick six, then follow that up on the next drive with a fumble that is returned 73 yards for a touchdown is inexcusable.
We have to wonder if Austin Allen's days are numbered as Arkansas' starting quarterback. He went just 12-for-24 for 84 yards with a touchdown and an interception on Saturday before getting the hook. Bad turnovers have always been a part of his entire career in Fayetteville, and it might be time to see what freshman Cole Kelley can bring to the table.
Kelley was 8-for-13 for 140 yards against the Gamecocks, and at least the offense showed a bit of a pulse when he was under center.
0 – The number of interceptions the Crimson Tide have thrown this season.
Alright, so they lost a fumble against Texas A&M. Big deal.
The reason why the Tide are in a position to win a National Championship is because Jalen Hurts flat out hasn't made mistakes. He showed great poise last week in College Station, rallying the team with his leadership. He's not the most gifted quarterback on the planet, but he leads the team in rushing with 517 yards, and he hasn't thrown a pick this season.
We still question what's going to happen when the Tide need to come from behind in a game and throw the ball, but Hurts shouldn't be ridiculed for anything he has done this year in spite of the fact that he's been more of a game manager than anything else.
Arkansas vs. Alabama Free Picks
Allen has been hit more than any other quarterback in the SEC over the course of the last season and a half, and it hasn't been all that close. He's been a human piñata standing in the pocket, and he doesn't have the mobility to get away from pass rushers.
This is a big problem against the Alabama defense. Bret Bielema called the Tide front four, "creatures" before last season's 49-30 loss at Razorback Stadium. Though the names on the backs of the jerseys are different this year, the names on the front are the same, and so are the results.
The Hogs have yet to cover a spread this season, making them one of the worst bets on the board at all of your favorite NCAA football sportsbooks. We have no reason to think Alabama is going to even remotely struggle.
College Football ATS Pick: Alabama -30 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Alabama 49, Arkansas 10