Alabama football mailbag: Who will Arkansas start at quarterback?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is set to continue its SEC grind when it hosts Arkansas for homecoming on Saturday.

After outscoring two SEC opponents, 125-3, No. 1-ranked Alabama (6-0 overall, 3-0 SEC) dealt with a tougher test against Texas A&M on Saturday. The Crimson Tide downed the Aggies, 27-19, but there were lessons to be learned from the narrow victory.

Kickoff for Alabama-Arkansas is set for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Here are a few fan-submitted questions we wanted to address in our Alabama football mailbag.

Will Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen play?

Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen injured his right shoulder in the first half against South Carolina last week. He’s sconsidered a game-time decision at this point, but Arkansas coach Bret Bielema guessed that Allen would “give it a go” during his radio show on Thursday, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Being banged up against Alabama’s defense is not a good thing. Allen is tough, but he takes a lot of hits. Hopefully he’s not being put in a bad situation here.

Any injury updates for Alabama?

Defensive backs Tony Brown (knee) and Trevon Diggs (foot) will likely be game-time decisions. Both were able to practice this week, but Alabama coach Nick Saban wouldn’t say during his Wednesday news conference whether the duo would play .

Da’Shawn Hand (MCL) will be out for the second straight week. Saban said Hand is making progress in his rehab. It wouldn’t be a shock if Hand missed the Tennessee game as well, and was back for LSU on Nov. 4 after Alabama’s bye week.

Calvin Ridley (thigh) practiced and looked fine during media viewing periods. Alabama will be without backup center Brandon Kennedy (ankle) for an extended period of time.

Everyone else should be fine.

What’s your prediction for this one?

The worst thing that could have happened for Arkansas is having Alabama struggle against Texas A&M. With that game out of the way, Alabama should be motivated to prove a point Saturday.

Look for Alabama to put on a show for homecoming. Alabama 41, Arkansas 6.

Not to get ahead, but is there anyone on the schedule that can challenge Alabama?

Not on paper. There is a ton of football left to be played, and we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but you can’t objectively look at Alabama’s schedule and find a loss.

Auburn is the lone regular season opponent that has a serious chance against the Tide. The Tigers have a strong defense, and that game is in Auburn.

Georgia could provide challenges in the SEC Championship Game if the two teams meet in Atlanta.

Neither one of those teams should scare Alabama fans. That doesn’t mean anyone should be overconfident. It’s just that neither should be able to beat Alabama this year.

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