There’s concern at quarterback for Arkansas, which will turn to either Brandon Allen and/or Brandon Mitchell today. But there’s no questions for ‘Bama’s offense, which is getting veteran play from junior AJ McCarron.
Alabama lost Jalston Fowler to injury, but freshman T.J. Yeldon and sophomore Eddie Lacy remain a strong tandem. Arkansas must find a way to get production from Knile Davis, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo.
Chris Gragg, Cobi Hamilton and Mekale McKay give Arkansas big options to battle Alabama’s strong secondary. The Tide is young out wide, but Kevin Norwood and Christion Jones caught two TD passes apiece last week.
Arkansas’ line struggled against ULM’s blitzing defense, which doesn’t bode well against Nick Saban’s opportunistic bunch. Alabama’s line, sacks aside, is a dominant bunch led by tackle-turned-center Barrett Jones.
‘Bama’s line is at full strength with NG Jesse Williams back from concussion symptoms. Arkansas ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith are better prepared for ‘Bama after being pressed into action in 2011.
Arkansas’ Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright each logged a whopping 103 snaps in last week’s overtime loss. Alabama’s trio of C.J. Mosley, Nico Johnson and Trey DePriest lead the Crimson Tide in tackles.
Arkansas will play without sophomore corner Tevin Mitchel, leaving Kaelon Kelleybrew and Darius Winston to man starting spots. Veterans Robert Lester and Dee Milliner anchor Alabama’s new secondary.
OVERALL: Alabama 35, Arkansas 17
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau