Arkansas at Alabama: Prediction, pick, line, odds, TV channel, live stream, watch online

Top-ranked Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) received somewhat of a scare last weekend at Texas A&M, when it held on to top the Aggies 27-19 in College Station. After the game, coach Nick Saban called media reports propping up his team as "rat poison" to his roster that, he feared, could have bought into the hype a bit too much.

So now Arkansas (2-3, 0-2 SEC) strolls into town, fresh off a 26-point loss -- as a favorite -- to South Carolina in Columbia. The Crimson Tide are 30-point favorites over the Razorbacks.

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 14 | Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: ESPN | Live streamWatchESPN

Storylines

Arkansas: The Razorbacks currently rank 12th in the SEC in scoring defense (31.4 points per game), 11th in third-down defense (41.79 percent), 11th in red zone scoring defense (89.47 percent), isn't progressing along the offensive line and has a quarterback in Austin Allen who's nursing a sore shoulder. Could you hand-pick a worse time to face off against the Crimson Tide? To top it off, coach Bret Bielema is in his fifth year and the program hasn't been relevant in the SEC West race at any time during his tenure. The pressure is on, the heat is cranking up and the Hogs have no momentum whatsoever. 

Alabama: Isaiah Buggs looked like a star in place of an injured Da'Shawn Hand last week at defensive end against a developing Aggies' offense, Damien Harris busted out with a 75-yard touchdown run early and the Crimson Tide had control for the majority of the game. That's the good news. The bad news is that the offense managed just 355 total yards, quarterback Jalen Hurts wasn't consistent through the air and practice this week was probably less-than-pleasant. On top of that, wide receiver Calvin Ridley got banged up in the second half and -- while he should be fine after recovering from a thigh bruise -- nobody stepped up in his absence last week (or all year, for that matter).

Prediction

An angry Tide against a beleaguered Razorbacks' squad seems like the college football equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. The only question is, when does Saban put it in cruise control and will Alabama's cruise control still run over the Hogs? Gut feeling, Alabama wins and covers -- rather easily. Pick: Crimson Tide (-31.5)


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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, while also hosting on ESPNU on SiriusXM Radio channel 84, the... Full Bio

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