Inside Prediction: The Razorbacks continue the rivalry with the Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide will host the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this Saturday, October 10th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST and the game will be broadcast around the globe for college football fans everywhere by ESPN. We’ll have the pleasure of listening to Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe will be working the sidelines during the broadcast.

The Tide hold the rivalry high ground at this point. They have won the last eight times they have faced each other, and they have covered the spread five of the last seven times they have met.

The Razorbacks are 2-3 and 1-1 in the SEC. They played a great opener against the University of Texas at El Paso Miners, where they won by a smashing 48-13. Then, Arkansas proceeded to lose three games in a row, first to Toledo then Texas Tech and finally to Texas A&M. They were very happy to follow up those losses with a spectacular win on the road, with a jam packed stadium of more than 100,000 spectators the Razorbacks beat the Tennessee Volunteers in their own backyard. Now, they head into this one with boosted morale and the right attitude. They know it won’t be easy but they are going to put up a fight like only the Razorbacks can.

Alabama’s Crimson Tide is favored to win this one. They are currently 4-1 and 1-1 in the SEC as well. I am sure we all remember the upset that gave the Tide that nasty smudge on their record this season. If it wouldn’t have been for Ole Miss, the Tide would be looking at a perfect 5-0 record. They were however, able to beat #20 Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana-Monroe and #8 Georgia.

That game against Georgia was a great one. The Tide faced the Bulldogs as underdogs for the first time in seven years and made it quite clear where they were coming from. They smacked the Bulldogs 38-10 and did it real well too.

Head coach, and pretty much coaching icon, Nick Saban, for Bama, was a little hot under the collar after his loss to Ole Miss. In a great press conference last week, Saban let the media know that neither his team nor he is playing for the media. He was asked how he keeps his players concentrated with all the noise (negative media) between games. In a manner very much his own he responded to the question by basically telling the media -to their faces- that they are not the reason football exists and that they would do well to stop publishing certain stories.

The Tide has a couple of extra special players to be proud of. Derrick Henry a junior and tailback, along with freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley, were recognized by the Southeastern Conference league offices with player of the week accolades. It’s Henry’s second Offensive Player of the Week honors. This time it comes from his career-high 148 yards with one touchdown on 26 carries. Ridley was honored with Freshman of the Week after playing for 120 yards on five catches plus a touchdown.

My Prediction: The Crimson Tide win the game but they don’t cover their -17 point spread. I’m taking the Razorbacks plus the points. The Tide is a shoe in for the win but -17 is a lot for this game, even though they are playing in Alabama.

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October 7, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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