The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide face their first legitimate test in three weeks when they take on the No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week on Saturday at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. Since escaping Texas with a narrow 20-19 victory over the Longhorns on Sept. 10, the Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 in SEC) have blown out Louisiana-Monroe and Vanderbilt by a combined score of 118-10. They'll get a much tougher test from the Razorbacks (3-1, 1-1), who have beaten four ranked opponents under the guidance of third-year head coach Sam Pittman.
Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide are 17-point favorites in the latest Alabama vs. Arkansas odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 61. Saturday's game can be seen live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Alabama vs. Arkansas and just revealed its picks and CFB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Arkansas vs. Alabama:
- Alabama vs. Arkansas spread: Crimson Tide -17
- Alabama vs. Arkansas over/under: 61 points
- Alabama vs. Arkansas money line: Crimson Tide -900, Razorbacks +600
- BAMA: The Tide rank second in the nation in total defense (201.2 yards per game).
- ARK: The Razorbacks lead the country in sacks per game (5.0).
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Why Alabama can cover
Alabama has a dangerous, all-purpose running back in Jahmyr Gibbs. A transfer from Georgia Tech, Gibbs ranks third in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (113.0). He has proven to be the team's most reliable receiving threat so far this season, with 17 receptions (best on the team) for 187 yards and three touchdowns (both second on the team). He also ranks second on the team in rushing yards per game (43.0).
In addition, the Crimson Tide have the defense to slow Arkansas' running game. Led by reigning Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Will Anderson Jr., the unit is allowing just 62.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks fourth in the country. Last week Alabama gave up just 14 rushing yards to Vanderbilt.
Why Arkansas can cover
Arkansas has a physical running attack. The Razorbacks average 243.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the SEC and ninth in the country. The ground game is led by sophomore running back Raheim Sanders, who ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (127.0). Jefferson is second on the team in rushing, at 68.5 yards per game.
In addition, Arkansas has the potential to get pressure when Alabama drops back to pass. Led by former Crimson Tide linebacker Drew Sanders (who has 5.5 sacks this season), the Razorbacks lead the nation in sacks per game (5.0). Eight different players have recorded at least one sack this season.
How to make Arkansas vs. Alabama picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 56 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Alabama vs. Arkansas? And which side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up more than $3,100 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.