Staff Predictions for Alabama/Arkansas
The Arkansas Razorbacks are having a rough start to their 2018 season under first year head coach Chad Morris, and it could get worse with the Alabama Crimson Tide coming into town.
The last time the Crimson Tide went on the road was against Ole Miss a few weeks ago and that game out out of hand fast for the Rebels with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leading the Crimson Tide to a 62-7 and they continue to roll through their season.
Nick Saban called this game a "trap game" and has said the Razorbacks are improving with each game. Here is who our staff has coming out of Fayetteville with the victory.
Martin Houston, Host of The Blitz
It’s another week but the same ole story. Alabama takes on another over matched SEC opponent and we try to find a way to stay engaged. Tua and Company racks up another 600+ yards of offense and the 1st defense holds another opponent to less than 10 points. The Chad Morris experiment hits another pothole.
Alabama 68 - Arkansas 10
Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Coach Saban will have a difficult time motivating this team to play Arkansas. Lack of focus will keep this game closer than the experts think.
Alabama 41 - Arkansas 20
Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Arkansas does not have the players to run Chad Morris’s system. This one will be over by halftime. The reserve will play much better due to Coach Saban calling them out.
Alabama 49 - Arkansas 10
Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show
The top ranked Crimson Tide will travel to the hill country of Northwest Arkansas to face the 1-4 Arkansas Razorbacks with one goal in mind. Alabama wants to get a victory and get out of town. Arkansas has had a disastrous season to this point, but if you have listened to Nick Saban this week, you probably believe the Hogs are the most dangerous team in the country. I admire Saban for wanting to keep his team focused and by playing up the possibility of a "trap game" he should be able to do just that. Yes, I do think Arkansas is a better team than the record would indicate, but not nearly good enough to hang with the Tide. Alabama gets it's first shutout of the 2018 season.
Alabama 52 - Arkansas 0
Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports
Four different Arkansas head coaches have been a part of Alabama’s 11-game winning streak against the Razorbacks. During that span, the Crimson Tide has outscored the Hogs by an average of 24 points per game. In making his debut in the series, it’ll be a few more than that for new Arkansas head coach Chad Morris.
Alabama 45 - Arkansas 13
Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game
Nick Saban sounded a little irritated during Wednesday’s press conference. Even though Arkansas did not cause the irritation, they will have to pay the price. Arkansas could be the worst team in the SEC and those deficiencies will be magnified on Saturday morning in Fayetteville against the best team in the country.
Alabama 52 - Arkansas 7
Ben George, Digital Managing Editor
Arkansas played Texas A&M and Auburn well the past two weeks even if the score didn't indicate it against the Tigers. The team might be making a little progress under first-year head coach Chad Morris, but the program has a long ways to go. It's going to be very difficult for quarterback Ty Storey and this Razorbacks offense to get much going on Saturday morning against Bama's defense. It might take a turnover or a big play in special teams to break through but otherwise it's going to be a long day for the hogs. Alabama rolls to another 40-point day and possibly its first shutout of the season.
Alabama 48 - Arkansas 6
Josh Smith, Producer
Arkansas has had a rough season defensively, giving up 31 points per game through the span of five. After fighting the Aggies close in their first game, Arkansas really hasn't posed a threat. Until last weekend, when they tacked on their first win of the season against Eastern Illinois 55-20. The Crimson Tide will earn their third conference win of the season convincingly.
Alabama 56 - Arkansas 10
James Hardy, Producer
When you have a quarterback such as Tua Tagovailoa post big numbers on a regular bases, it's no wonder that you see the Las Vegas betting outlets put the Crimson Tide as a five-touchdown favorite on the road in the SEC. Top ranked Alabama will once again show their dominance early with an aggressive aerial attack combined with a defense that will smother one of the most inept offenses in the conference.
Alabama 54 - Arkansas 7
Marquis Munson, Brand Manager and Producer
The Crimson Tide travel for their second SEC road game and this could be a similar outcome to the Ole Miss game. Arkansas is struggling in Chad Morris first season and although they looked like a compelely different team against Texas A&M last week, I don't think they have enough on offense to keep up with Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama.
Alabama 52 - Arkansas 13