• Alabama is number 2 in the country
  • Arkansas is on a 3 game winning streak
  • The Crimson Tide are averaging over 40 points a game this season

Week 12 brings fans a very interesting matchup between the #21 Arkansas Razorbacks and the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Arkansas is all but out of the SEC championship picture, but Alabama has not only an SEC title game opportunity to play for, but also a College Football Playoff Spot. Alabama’s only road to the CFP is if they win out their regular season. If they do that, the Crimson Tide will all but secure a CFP slot.

Arkansas would love to play spoiler in Alabama’s home stadium. They come into this matchup as huge underdogs. The biggest challenge for Alabama is, can they manage the pressure that continues to mount week after week? 

Alabama vs Arkansas Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Arkansas at Alabama
  • Where: Tuscaloosa, AL Bryant-Denny Stadium
  • Date: November 20, 2021
  • Betting Odds: Spread: ALA -21 (-110), ARK +21 (-110) Moneyline: ALA (-1500) ARK (+850) Over/Under: Over 58 (-110) Under 58 (-110) 

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Alabama Crimson Tide Preview: Ride the Wave

The Crimson Tide welcomes the Razorbacks to their home stadium with increasing expectations. They are the number 2 team in the country and have their sights set on a potential SEC Championship game against Georgia. Alabama must stay engaged each week and ride this wave of wins they have to let them get the chance to compete for an SEC championship.

Currently, the Crimson tide are led by their offense. They are averaging 44 points a game along with 484 yards of offense. This year’s Alabama squad is built differently than years of the past. They allow opponents less than 20 points per game but Nick Saban would like the 290 yards of offense against to improve. Quarterback Bryce Young is the engine of this team and if he gets off to a hot start on Saturday, expect scoring to be at a premium for Alabama.

Arkansas Razorbacks Preview: Handle the Atmosphere

Arkansas is coming into the matchup as absolute underdogs. As the 21st team in the country, it is hard to fathom how you may be such an underdog. But playing the number 2 team in their home stadium can be a daunting task. Their offense which is led by Quarterback KJ Jefferson will look to improve on their 30 points per game average against this top-notch Alabama defense. Jefferson has only three interceptions all season, so if he can manage the football right, Arkansas may keep this game closer than the home fans would like.

The Razorbacks’ defense unfortunately doesn’t do them many favors. They allow opposing teams around 20 points a game but give up near 350 yards of offense against. In this matchup, if their defense allows Alabama to get over 350 yards of offense, the Crimson Tide will score more than 20 points. This contest will come down to how well the Razorbacks can contain Alabama’s offense while minimizing their own mistakes with the football.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

This matchup is very one-sided on the betting side. Alabama comes in as a 21 point favorite and rightfully so. They are a top 5 team in the country (#2) and are playing in their home stadium where they are undefeated so far this season. 

The Moneyline for this one explains how much the oddsmakers think this game is one-sided. Alabama is currently sitting at a -1500 for the Moneyline. In this contest, the over/under is the safest bet with it sitting at 58 points. Alabama has scored over 40 points themselves in seven of the 10 games this season. If they can score over 40 points this week, the overlooks like the best bet.

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