NCAA Football Free Picks: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Alabama Crimson Tide
(3-0, 3-0 ATS)

Arkansas Razorbacks
(3-0, 1-2 ATS)

In what could be one of the biggest college football betting matchups in the country this year, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Arkansas Razorbacks will do battle in Fayetteville. The winner of this one will not only keep in it as a frontrunner for the BCS Championship, but will take a huge edge on the other for the SEC West title run, with both the advantage by a game and the tiebreaker. Needless to say, the stakes are humongous for these Top 10 teams in the second Top 10 battle of the season.

In one corner of this heavyweight fight, we have the visiting Crimson Tide, who roll into this one on a 17 game winning streak. The tale of the tape shows that they rank fourth in the nation in offensive production (542.0 yards per game), ninth in scoring (44.7 yards per game), ninth in total defense (253.3 yards per game), and second in scoring defense (6.3 points per game). The hero for this team is once again none other than RB Mark Ingram, who has gone from a totally forgotten man to one that legitimately could win the Heisman Trophy for a second straight season. Alabama has posted three monstrous wins of at least three TDs. It has been a questionable schedule, but the win over the Penn State Nittany Lions should at least give this squad some sort of confidence going into its biggest game of the season against a relatively comparable foe.

In the other corner, we have the challengers, the Razorbacks. Their offense is quick like a butterfly and stings like a bee, ranking 15th in the land in total offense at 483.7 yards per game and 26th in scoring 35.3 points per game. The defense has only allowed 255.7 yards and 11.3 points per game, and it toppled perhaps the biggest test of the year between these two teams in the form of a road win against the Georgia Bulldogs 31-24. QB Ryan Mallett is the leading passer in the nation with 1,081 yards, making him the only person with at least 1,000 passing yards on the year. The combination of WR Joe Adams, WR Greg Childs, and TE DJ Williams has been fantastic this year, as all three have at least 14 catches, at least 174 yards, and a total of five TD receptions. Mallett has completed 70.0 percent of his passes with nine scores against just two picks. RB Broderick Green has carried the ball 32 times for 109 yards and a score, and he is probably the only man that needs to really step it up on the Arky offense.

This is a fantastic chance for the challenger to take the title in the SEC West and to knock off the defending champs. Alabama is good enough to win this game and it might do so, but trying to cover a hefty seven points against an offense this good is just too tall of a task on the road.

Selection: Arkansas Razorbacks +7

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