The Arkansas Razorbacks are not going anywhere this season with the way they are playing. Up against the Alabama Crimson Tide next Saturday, at least the Razorbacks will face the reigning SEC champion without its best player. Can the Razorbacks pounce on the absence of Tua Tagovailoa? Or will the Crimson Tide add Arkansas to their growing list of victims this season? The sportsbook agrees with the latter, favoring the Crimson Tide by 33-points.
Betting Preview for the Arkansas Razorbacks vs Alabama Crimson Tide Week 9 College Football Game on October 26 2019
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-5 Overall / 0-4 Conference)
Arkansas’ woes continued on Saturday, as the Razorbacks absorbed a 51-10 home loss at the hands of the Auburn Tigers. The Razorbacks had no answer to Auburn’s attack and barely did anything on offense. Arkansas quarterback Ben Hicks passed for 182 yards and a touchdown with an interception on 19-for-39 completions. He didn’t get much support from the run game, with running back Rakeem Boyd and company combining for a paltry sum of 52 rushing yards despite 28 rushing attempts. Alabama is not going to be an easier challenge for Arkansas, but at least the Razorbacks will not have to worry about Tua Tagovailoa, who’s expected to miss at least one game due to an ankle injury. The Razorbacks have not defeated Alabama since 2006, but they are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with Nick Saban’s boys.
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0 Overall / 4-0 Conference)
The good news for Alabama: they extended their unbeaten streak to start the season by defeating the Tennessee Volunteers at home, 35-13, last Saturday. The bad news: they will be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for a reported two weeks to heal up from his injury. But here’s another good news for the Crimson Tide: they can afford to play without Tagovailoa against the lowly Razorbacks team. Backup Mac Jones is expected to make the start under center against the Razorbacks in Week 9. Jones had 72 passing yards on 6-of-11 completions against the Volunteers. Without Tagovailoa, Alabama’s ground attack will be called on to carry a heavier load. Alabama leading rusher and running back Najee Harris should find plenty of open spaces to run and weak tackles to break against Arkansas, which gave up 298 rushing yards to Auburn in Week 8.
The Crimson Tide have seen the totals go under in two of their last three home games.
Alabama wins, 43-13.
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