For our first college football selection on Saturday, we’ll be looking at what’s going on at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The Arkansas Razorbacks welcome the red-hot Alabama Crimson Tide to Fayetteville to wrap up the regular season on Saturday. Arkansas will head into the offseason following this game, while the next season is only beginning for Alabama. The Crimson Tide are going to the SEC Championship next week against a familiar opponent in the Florida Gators. Alabama has been inserted as a 14-point favorite over Florida, which promises to be a thriller.
I wouldn’t count out Kyle Trask and his arm, though. That looks like a lot of points, but we’ll see how I feel after handicapping the matchup. An upset for the Gators will have to happen against a very good Alabama team. They were denied last season, and didn’t even make it to the National Championship. However, the Crimson Tide seem to be on a collision course with the championship game. Many people have compared Trask’s explosion to Joe Burrow’s last season with LSU, but that Tiger team had weapons all over the place. It wasn’t just Burrow that aided the offense.
Alabama goes into Saturday with a record of 9-0 following a 55-17 dismantling of LSU last week. The only team this season that really caused a brief scare was Ole Miss on October 10 in a 63-48 win for the Crimson Tide. And even then, Alabama were in control of that game and we’re going up a win there. Following that win, the Crimson Tide steamrolled over the competition, including a quality Georgia team, 41-24. That win showed that the Crimson Tide were for real, and was going to be hard for any school in the country to beat them.
Arkansas will gladly say farewell to this season and move on. The Razorbacks head into Saturday with a record of 3-6 following a 50-48 loss against Missouri last week. They recorded wins against Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Mississippi State. Nothing impressive and barring some crazy upset on Saturday, those are the only wins that Arkansas will register in 2020. The Razorbacks catch Alabama in a lookahead spot, but will it matter much? Head below for our free Alabama vs. Arkansas pick for December 12, 2020.
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Alabama has been an unstoppable juggernaut offensively. Losing wide receiver Jaylen Waddle to injury did nothing to slow them down. Waddle went down with a serious injury against Tennessee in a 48-17 win. He rolled his ankle and had to exit the contest. The only thing it did was speed up the breakout campaign of wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
Smith, who was already playing well and going high in the draft, has exploded down the stretch for Alabama. He has caught 80 receptions for 1,305 yards and 15 touchdowns. Smith has the potential to be a repeat All-Star in the NFL.
Mac Jones has been surgical in getting the ball to him. Jones, who joins Kyle Trask as another quarterback regarded as the next Joe Burrow, has been terrific for Alabama. It’s really no surprise to me. I saw Jones play last season and thought Alabama was going to be fine without Tua.
Jones has passed for 27 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on a whopping 75.7% completions. His 3,113 passing yards is good for fourth in the FBS. Jones gets plenty of help from his running back, Najee Harris. Like the rest of the offense, Harris is running over defenses like this is high school football.
Harris has gained 1,038 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 6.1 yards a carry. The Crimson Tide are fourth in the FBS with 548.3 yards per game. If they didn’t lay off in some games, it could be much higher than that. Alabama has also scored 49.2 points per game, with at least 40 points recorded in eight straight games. Expect the Arkansas defense to be in for a world of hurt on Saturday.
The Razorbacks are coming off a horrendous performance against Missouri. The Tigers scored 50 points behind a huge performance from Larry Rountree. He romped for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns on 6.9 yards a carry. Connor Bazelak passed for 380 yards, as he helped the Tigers reach 50.
Freshman KJ Jefferson had a good game for Arkansas through the air with 274 yards and 3 touchdowns, though won’t be able to do the same against the Alabama defense. Alabama hasn’t been perfect defensively, but have steadily improved. In their last four games, the Crimson Tide have conceded 8.25 points per game. Despite Alabama likely going through backups in the second half, expect a 51-14 blowout for the Crimson Tide in Fayetteville.