Alabama Crimson Tide at Arkansas Razorbacks - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) at Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks +13 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
Over at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Saturday, October 8, two college football powerhouses will collide when the Alabama Crimson Tide visit the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Alabama enters this game tops in the nation with a 5-0 record. the Crimson Tide’s most recent victory came on a 34-6 blowout against Kentucky this past Saturday. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts directed the show in that one, passing for 173 yards in the third quarter alone on the way to a 20-of-33, 262-yard, two-TD day. Joshua Jacobs anchored the Tide’s running game, logging 16 carries for 100 yards and a TD, while Calvin Ridley stole the spotlight with an incredible 11-reception, 174-yard outing that produced a pair of scores.
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So far this year for Alabama, Hurts holds an 84-of-135 line for 989 yards and seven touchdowns. As for rushing, Damien Harris is still on top with 42 carries, 356 yards and one touchdown for the Crimson Tide, while Ridley is far and away Alabama’s top receiver with 31 grabs for 398 yards and three TDs.
As for Arkansas, they’re coming into this game with a 4-1 record, with their lone loss coming in a 45-24 affair with top-ten-ranked Texas A&M. The Razorbacks’ most recent game came against Alcorn State this past weekend, a 52-10 blowout that got Arkansas back on track. In last weekend’s game, Razorbacks QB Austin Allen delivered with a 13-of-18 line for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Devwah Whaley (nine carries; 135 yards; TD) and Rawleigh Williams III (13 carries; 126 yards) led the Arkansas rushing attack, while Jared Cornelius bagged four receptions for 106 yards and two scores for the receiving corps.
On the Razorbacks’ season, Allen is 94-of-139 for 1232 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Williams leads the rushers with 101 totes for 559 yards and four TDs. Drew Morgan sits atop the Arkansas receiving leaders, with 28 receptions for 301 yards and a score.
Alabama is 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss, and 8-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Alabama is also 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games after notching over 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Meanwhile, Arkansas is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight conference games. Arkansas is also 16-7 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win.
This game marks Alabama hitting a tough patch in their schedule, and over these next few weeks we’ll get to see what the Crimson Tide are made of. For now, Alabama has made good on their No. 1 ranking, and aside from that 48-43 relative squeaker at Ole Miss, the Tide has given up a total of just 22 points over four games. Offensively, Alabama has scored at least 34 points per game in every week this year, and even topped 50 in the opener. That kind of dominance on both sides of the ball will be tested over the next month, but for now I anticipate the Tide will take care of business and cover against the Razorbacks.