The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will take on the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1, 0-1 SEC) in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday.
According to ESPN, the Razorbacks only have a 15 percent chance to come out victorious on Saturday. However, the Razorbacks shouldn’t be counted out too soon.
Why the Razorbacks are Contenders
On top of beating TCU early in the season in double overtime, the Razorbacks’ biggest conference challenge has been against the Texas A&M Aggiess. Although, the end result was not desired, the Razorback again showed their resilience as competitors. Now going into Saturday, the Razorback will need that same mindset against the No. 1 team in the nation. Razorback, head coach Bret Bielema said his team will have to capitalize on Alabama’s mistakes.
All eyes will once again be on quarterback Austin Allen and his performance as he continues to thrive in big games. Against the Aggies, Allen put up impressive numbers, throwing for a season high 371 yards. Running back Rawleigh Williams is another key offensive player that will have to be productive on Saturday.
Against the Aggies Williams ran for a season low 79 yards. Nonetheless, it will be a tough job for the junior as he faces a defense that is allowing 68 rushing yards and 188 passing yards for the season.
The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, will have to continue to do what has been working for them. Alabama’s defense has arguably been the fuel to the team’s success holding four of five opponents to 10 points or less. In addition, the team has scored seven non-offensive touchdowns in the last five games. Although head coach Nick Saban said that he was unaware of the statistic, he said that the the coaching staff emphasizes defensive aggression.
Alabama has scored nine non-offensive touchdowns in its last seven games. Seven of those touchdowns have come this season. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/pdF798Y9GC
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 3, 2016
Alabama leads the series match up 16-8 and is looking to extend the current win streak to nine games.
Kick off is at 7 p.m.