Arkansas Razorbacks at Alabama Crimson Tide: Preview and Pick
7 Replies | 221 ViewsOn 10/13/2013 09:46 AM in NCAA Football
A few years ago, a game featuring the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Alabama Crimson Tide would be at the top of the list for every SEC fan to watch. Now with both teams heading in different directions, this game is more likely to be a blowout. The Razorbacks are rebuilding and are looking for moral victories on their lost season, while the Tide are rolling towards another championship run.
Arkansas Razorbacks at Alabama Crimson Tide Odds
The college football odds for this game opened up with the Crimson Tide listed as double digit favorites as expected. That line will most likely climb as the Razorbacks will be avoided by the public after laying a big egg at home during homecoming against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Alabama has always been considered a public betting team and it will be the same for this week as this number will only increase towards the Crimson Tide leading up to kickoff.
Many thought Alabama would have some letdown against Kentucky, but it did not happen. AJ McCarron, Alabama's veteran starting quarterback, set a career mark with 359 yards passing. T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, who each fumbled during a rocky first quarter, ended up rushing for a combined 228 yards and four touchdowns. The offensive line, which struggled to open holes in the defense early, found its rhythm quickly thereafter, helping the Tide manage 6.8 yards per carry. Meanwhile the Hogs were getting hammered at home against South Carolina.
The Razorbacks are just not the team they used to be and should be an easy target for the Crimson Tide.
The college football betting trends for this game reveal that the Crimson Tide has the edge with betting angles. Arkansas is 1-6 straight up in its last 7 games on the road and just 1-10 against the spread (ATS) in its last 11 games on the road. The numbers get worse against Alabama as Arkansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Alabama and Arkansas is 0-5 straight up in its last 5 games when playing Alabama. The total has gone over in 5 of Arkansas's last 7 games when playing Alabama and the total has gone over in 6 of Arkansas's last 8 games on the road. Finally the total has gone over in 6 of Alabama's last 9 games and this could be a high scoring blowout.
Arkansas Razorbacks at Alabama Crimson Tide Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.