Barring a disastrous loss, the Alabama Crimson Tide are on their way to another appearance in the College Football Playoff. But disaster is what the Arkansas Razorbacks are looking to bring the Crimson Tide when they arrive in Tuscaloosa for Saturday’s matchup. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Arkansas Razorbacks vs Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Week 12 College Football Game on November 20, 2021
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
When: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 4:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Arkansas Razorbacks (+20.5)
Record: 7-3 Overall / 3-3 Conference
Arkansas is a massive underdog against Alabama, but at least the Razorbacks have the momentum going into that tough game. The Razorbacks are coming off a gusty 16-13 overtime win over the LSU Tigers on the road last Saturday for Arkansas’ third win in a row. Prior to the LSU game, the Razorbacks scored a 31-28 upset win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs at home on Nov. 6. Quarterback KJ Jefferson has done a solid job in extending plays for Arkansas over the last few games. Against LSU, Jefferson passed for 142 yards with a touchdown and zero turnovers on 18/25 completions while also rushing for 41 yards on 15 carries. Alabama’s defense is always a challenge, but it is also allowing way over 200 passing yards per game, so Jefferson can still get it going through the air. At the end of the day, the strength of Arkansas’ offense is on the ground, where the Razorbacks averaged 238.5 rushing yards per game, entering Week 11.
Arkansas is 6-3-1 against the spread in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (-20.5)
Record: 9-1 Overall / 5-1 Conference
Alabama found itself down 3-0 in last Saturday’s home game against the New Mexico State Aggies. Then Nick Saban’s boys responded with 59 straight unanswered points on their way to a dominant 59-3 victory. Bryce Young was almost flawless under center, completing 21/23 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Alabama’s offensive line hasn’t been as dominant this season as it used to be, but that shouldn’t matter much against Arkansas, which has one of the weakest pass rushes in the SEC. In fact, the Razorbacks entered Week 11 second-worst in the conference with just 16.0 sacks. Defensively, Alabama should be able to take care of business on Saturday. Given that it’s one of the five best teams in the nation in stopping the run, Alabama is expected to force Arkansas to resort to throwing the ball more than rely on its usually strong run game.
Alabama is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games as the home team against Arkansas.
Alabama wins, 44-17.
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