No. 1 Alabama will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to take on the No. 16-ranked Razorbacks on Saturday evening. This game is a bit intriguing, simply due to how this game went down the last time the Tide went on the road to face the Razorbacks.
The last time these two met in Razorbacks Stadium, the game was a little too close for comfort for Alabama fans — The Tide only managed to score a touchdown in the second quarter. The Razorbacks responded with a touchdown of their own, but missed the extra point, sending Alabama to the locker room with just a one-point, 7-6 lead.
Arkansas was able to score a touchdown in the third quarter, but the missed extra point would wind up costing them in the end. Bama’s offense, which struggled throughout the third quarter, was able to score a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks’ missed extra point in the first half would allow Bama to hold onto a one-point lead, and the Tide win 14-13 in a shaky performance.
How to watch, stream, and listen
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. Joe Tessitore will be on play-by-play, Todd Blackledge will be the analyst, and Holly Rowe will handle things from the sideline.
Online streaming: Saturday night’s game can be streamed on WatchESPN.
Spread: Alabama is currently favored by 13 points.
Three big things to know
1. Alabama’s defense can get after opposing quarterbacks: The defense through five weeks is within the top 20 defensively when it comes to sacks, with 17 on the year. Tide senior Jonathan Allen already has four of those sacks, and he has done well with passing the football. Arkansas’ offensive line, on the other hand, has given up seven sacks. Inside the SEC, he is one of most efficient passers — he currently has a rating of 167.7.
2. The Tide leads the country in defensive touchdowns: Through five games, Alabama already has five defensive scores — two of them were fumble recoveries that were returned for touchdowns, and three were interception returns. Arkansas has lost five fumbles on the season, and Allen has thrown just two interceptions on the year.
Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough (9) steps out of bounds as he tries to elude the tackle of Kentucky safety Marcus McWilson (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Wed, january. 1, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Butch Dill/Associated Press)