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How and what to watch for Alabama vs. Arkansas

Bama’s last stop before the SEC Championship game is in Fayetteville on Saturday.

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It’s the final stop for the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide before next week’s SEC Championship game against Florida and before stampeding into Atlanta, they’ll have to make a trek up to Fayetteville on Saturday to meet the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Tide are basking in the glow of a 55-17 beatdown of hapless LSU in Tiger Stadium last week, a much hyped revenge game for Bama after losing to the Tigers in Tuscaloosa last season. It was complete and totally dominance from an Alabama offense that continues to solidify themselves as a top-five unit in both explosiveness and success rate.

The combo of Heisman candidate Mac Jones (20-for-28, 385 yards, four touchdowns) and Devonta Smith (eight receptions, 231 yards, three touchdowns) was on point as usual, and were aided by the running of Najee Harris (21 carries, 145 yards, three touchdowns). Harris led a Crimson Tide rushing attack that averaged 6.2 yards per carry, their second highest output of the season.

Arkansas found themselves in a wild shootout with Missouri, where a last-second field goal grounded them to a 50-48 defeat. In for an injured Feleipe Franks, freshman KJ Jefferson held up nicely for the Razorbacks by consistently targeting Treylon Burks and finishing the contest with 274 yards and three touchdowns. However the story of Arkansas’ highest offensive output of the season was with their rushing attack led by Trelon Smith. Razorback runners combined for a season-high 292 yards on 5.8 yards per carry and four touchdowns.

Sam Pittman’s defense however had their worst performance of the season, yielding 653 yards on 7.5 yards per play. That doesn’t bode well for them when facing arguably the top offense in the nation.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Alabama vs. Arkansas on Saturday, December 12th at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Alabama (-32) vs. Arkansas
Point Total: O/U 68.5
Money line: N/A

  • Alabama has covered the spread in each of its last six games.
  • Each of Arkansas’ last six day games against teams from Alabama have gone OVER the total points line.
  • Arkansas is 3-1 against the spread this season as a home underdog.
  • Alabama covered the spread as 32-point favorites in last year’s matchup between the two schools. The UNDER of 56.5 hit in a 48-7 Alabama victory in Tuscaloosa.
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Betting splits

Alabama: (77% of handle, 67% percent of bets)
Arkansas: (23% of handle, 33% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

There’s a chance Alabama could play things on the conservative side with the conference title game next week with stalwarts like Jones and Smith being yanked the moment this starts to get out of hand.

They certainly could cover but I think the play is to take the under for this one.

Pick: Under 68.5

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