Arkansas never stood a chance Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as No. 1 Alabama wiped out Arkansas, 41-9, as the Razorbacks lost their fourth game in their last five outings.
The lone highlight came in the game’s final minutes as QB Cole Kelley hit Jordan Jones for a 3-yard touchdown pass that gave Arkansas its only TD of the game. In fitting fashion, Arkansas kicker Connor Limpert missed the extra point.
Follow the action below with SEC Country reporters Eric Bolin, Trent Shadid and John Nabors.
Alabama 31, Arkansas 3 – END OF THIRD QUARTER
The game ended up being about a five-touchdown point-spread for Alabama. Can Arkansas cover? That’s about the only question left.
Alabama 24, Arkansas 0 – HALFTIME
An extremely poised Cole Kelley is 10 of 21 for 103 yards in his first start for Arkansas.
Alabama 17, Arkansas 0 – 8:38 left in 2Q
A miserable start by Arkansas has gotten better in the last few defensive stops. Razorbacks offense still has done absolutely nothing, however.
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Pregame score predictions
Alabama 49, Arkansas 14
Don’t make Nick Saban angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry. It isn’t Arkansas’ fault the Alabama coach has a thorn in his paw. But after a modest effort, by Alabama standards, against Texas A&M, the odds the Crimson Tide have such a display again are small. — Eric Bolin
Alabama 42, Arkansas 14
Forget about winning, Arkansas just needs to find a way to get out of Tuscaloosa without any significant injuries. The Hogs have been bad in two particular areas this season — pass protection on offense and limiting big plays on defense. Without competence in those areas, no team has a chance at knocking off the mighty Crimson Tide. This one should be over by halftime. — Trent Shadid
Alabama 56, Arkansas 14
This game can only look one way … ugly. The Hogs are facing an Alabama team that may be the best and deepest team Saban has ever had. The Crimson Tide are going to be extra motivated because they felt their performance last week against Texas A&M was subpar. — John Nabors
- Quarterback health: Hogs quarterback Austin Allen is considered questionable to play with a shoulder injury. He sustained the injury in the loss to South Carolina. The senior has thrown a touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the SEC. Allen threw for 400 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions against Alabama last season.
- Series history: Alabama holds a 17-8 advantage, not including vacated victories, in the all-time series. Last season, the Crimson Tide won, 49-30, in Fayetteville, Ark. Alabama has won nine in a row over the Hogs, the longest streak in series history. The Razorbacks last beat the Tide in 2006 and have never beaten an Alabama team coached by Nick Saban.
- Hogs vs. No. 1: The Razorbacks are facing the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll for the 23rd time in school history. The Hogs’ last victory in such games came at LSU in 2007, when they beat the Tigers, 50-48, in three overtimes.
- Tide vs. unranked: Alabama has won its last 71 meetings against an unranked opponent. The last loss in such a game came against Auburn in 2007. Under Saban, the Crimson Tide is 70-3 against unranked opponents.
Looking ahead to Week 8: The Razorbacks play host to No. 10 Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff time and TV network haven’t yet been finalized.
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