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A heavyweight fight in the SEC made headlines on Saturday as No. 2 Alabama heads to take No. 20 Arkansas on the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. The Crimson Tide rolls into Fayetteville, Arkansas with a record of 4-0, coming off two easy wins; the Tide defeated Vanderbilt 55-3 last week after beating ULM 63-7 the week before. Those results looked very different from those of Week 2 when Alabama narrowly avoided disruption in a road game against Texas.

Arkansas was not so lucky last week. The Razorbacks have spent all week trying to shake the image of Cam Little’s 42-yard field goal attempt off the top of the post instead of continuing with 90 seconds left in the game. Those three lost points loomed large in a 23-21 loss against rival Texas A&M. Now the Razorbacks must find a way to come back against one of the best teams in the country.

That loss makes this a must-win for Arkansas. A loss would narrow it down to 1-2 in conference play, and it’s hard to imagine a team with two losses — one coming to Alabama — winning the SEC West.

How Alabama vs. Want to see Arkansas live?

Date: Saturday October 1 | Time: 3:30 PM ET
Place: Razorback Stadium — Fayetteville, Arkansas
TV: CBS | Live Stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

Alabama vs. Arkansas: Need to Know

Alabama has dominated this series: Arkansas is not an original member of the SEC, which is why it has only been played in Alabama 30 times in its history. As you would expect with anything related to Alabama, the tide has dominated, winning 22 of those 30 meetings. That includes each of the last 14. To put that into context, the last time Arkansas defeated Alabama was in 2006 (24-23). Houston Nutt coached Arkansas, Mike Shula coached Alabama, and George W. Bush was in the Oval Office. We’ve had three different presidents since that game. Heck, Arkansas has had five different coaches! What I’m saying is it’s been a while.

Alabama is struggling on the road: Leaving the friendly confines of home hasn’t worked out well for the tide lately. Alabama are favorites with an average of 18.5 points in the last six games on the road, but it has not played as expected. Alabama was a 21.5-point favorite in the game against Texas this season, scrambling and clawing for a one-point win. Going back to last season, Alabama has gone 4-1 in real road races, but only one of those wins was comfortable (49-9 in Mississippi State). It lost to Texas A&M 41-38, and none of its victories over Florida, Auburn or Texas came on more than a field goal.

This is a revenge game for Arkansas LB Drew Sanders: Okay, so maybe he’s not out for revenge, but Sanders was a five-star high school recruit who originally joined Alabama. After not seeing much action at the Tide in two seasons – he played in 24 games on special teams and as a reserve – he moved to Arkansas this season and has been a key part of the Hogs’ defense. Sanders has been everywhere, taking 31 tackles in four games. That includes 6.5 tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two defended passes. The Razorbacks need Sanders to maintain that level of performance and slow the attack in Alabama.

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Part of the reason Alabama wasn’t good on the road is that the offensive line wasn’t up to the typical standard. This year’s offense in Alabama hasn’t been nearly as explosive in the passing game as we’ve seen in years past. There is no true alpha receiver – at least not one that has taken the reins from the excellent receivers Alabama has had in recent years. All that coupled with the fact that Arkansas fell into the cover, forcing teams to put together long rides to beat it, suggests this will be a lower-scoring, closer affair than expected. I don’t have much faith in it, but if I’m going to bet anything here, I’d rather be on the Razorbacks. Forecast: Arkansas +17

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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