The last time Arkansas entered an atmosphere like they’re set to face in Alabama, the opponent was Georgia, and it was a battle of undefeated Top 10 teams.
The Bulldogs have stayed on track since defeating the Razorbacks 37-0 on October 2 in Athens, finishing 8-0 in the league and moving up to No. 1.
Coach Sam Pittman’s Razorbacks, however, had their ups and downs en route to a 7-3 overall record and a 3-3 mark in SEC play and enter the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. as a three touchdown favorite (-20.5).
“I hope we’ve learned some things from this game (of Georgia),” Pittman said. “These are a little different circumstances…. Now we are veterans of playing a lot of really good teams.
Pittman, who has signed many current offensive linemen from Georgia, has his Razorbacks on a three-game winning streak against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (45-3), Mississippi State (31-28) and LSU (16-13). , OT).
Arkansas ranks No. 6 in the country with 233.5 yards per game and has a double-threat quarterback in KJ Jefferson, who ranks second on the team with 474 yards on 107 attempts.
Alabama, meanwhile, is No. 5 in the country in total defense (290.3 yards per game) and No. 4 against the run (83.5 yards per game).
The No.2-ranked Crimson Tide can clinch their spot in the SEC Championship game at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (TV: 4 p.m. CBS) on December 4.
Tide coach Nick Saban, however, is completely focused on the uncompromising that Pittman has built.
“He’s got the particularity of playing with big intangibles, great tenacity, putting in big effort, hitting you in the mouth whenever they get the chance,” Saban said. “We have to have the right mindset to play a game like this, we have to have the right mindset in preparation and how we train and how physical we have to be, in terms of how we have to play in a game like this.
“This is the kind of game it’s going to be.”
The choice : Alabama 45, Arkansas 10
Florida -9 in Missouri
There are questions about the job security of Gators coach Dan Mullen following Saturday’s 70-52 win over Samford, a game Florida shot 42-35 at halftime ahead of the to take with.
The Gators face a lot of scrutiny, with social media stifling coaches and players like never before.
“We worry about what we can control and worry about reality and not perception,” Mullen said. “Social media is very perception-driven, and all media is. What you need to do is worry about what you can control and your reality.
The mother of Florida quarterback Emory Jones faces the reality of fans saying things about her son during games, according to Gators QB coach Garrick McGee, and it’s never an easy thing to deal with for a parent or a program.
Winning is the only cure for Florida at Missouri and then at home to close out the season against Florida State.
The choice : Florida 37, Missouri 27
Auburn -7.5 in South Carolina
The Tigers will play without quarterback Bo Nix (ankle) and kicker Anders Carlson (ACL) on the road at Williams-Brice Stadium.
That’s a good thing for Auburn, the South Carolina running game is on life support, managing just 57 yards on 35 carries in a 31-28 loss to Missouri last Saturday.
The choice : Auburn 28, South Carolina 13
Vanderbilt to Ole Miss -36.5
The Rebels are hot and vying for a New Years Six Bowl offer if they can end the season with wins over the Commodores and Mississippi State next week.
It should be one game at a time, but it’s hard not to overlook Vanderbilt, having lost 19 consecutive SEC games. It’s senior day for Ole Miss too, and although Heisman Trophy contender Matt Corral isn’t a senior, this should be his last performance at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.