4 Reasons Why Arkansas Could Pull Off The Upset
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver
After two games of pure and utter dominance in Tuscaloosa, the No. 2 Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville to face No. 20 Arkansas. The Razorbacks are Alabama’s toughest opponent to date, for several reasons.
Reason No. 1: Home Field Advantage
Only one of Arkansas four total losses were at home last season. Each of the Razorbacks first four games this season have been at home. They are undefeated.
According to a report from the Razorbacks website in 2016, the Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium generated 92.4 decibels in a game against Louisiana Tech. That’s slightly quieter than a jet taking off.
That was against an unranked team. Saturday is against a National Championship contender. Similar to Texas, I wouldn’t be surprised if their stadium breaks a record capacity. Several Alabama players mentioned in the Texas post-game press conference that the loudness really affected them.
Reason No. 2: Revenge
High scoring and college football go hand in hand. Last season, Alabama defeated Arkansas in a 42-35 shootout in Tuscaloosa. Arkansas five touchdowns were tied for the most allowed by the Tide in 2021.
Bryce Young and Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson each played arguably the best game of their collegiate careers that night. Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks each finished with over 170 receiving yards.
When Alabama lost to Texas A&M, the CFB community had a theory that the Aggies main goal that season was to finally beat Bama, not necessarily go undefeated. The same could be argued for Arkansas this year.
Reason No. 3 and 4: Sanders and Sanders
Sophomore running back Raheim Sanders has taken full advantage of his first year as a starter. So far, Sanders has ran for 508 yards, the fourth most in the nation. By averaging an outstanding 6.1 yards per carry, he will be eagle-eyed by the Crimson Tide’s elite pass-rush.
The headline player for this game is none other than Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders. Why does that name sound familiar? He transferred out of Alabama at the end of last season.
The five-star linebacker was a good fit for the Tide, but was sidelined for three weeks after a wrist injury. Dallas Turner filled in for him and became the starter the rest of the season. Drew Sanders transferred because he wanted to be a starter again.
He got his wish at Arkansas, where after just a few weeks, he has become one of the best defensive players in the nation. Sanders leads the Arkansas defense and all of college football in sacks with 5.5. He will be eagle-eying Bryce Young and Jahmyr Gibbs every move all game long.
Alabama faces Arkansas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS