Published September 24, 2010 - 6:00am
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News out of Fayetteville is there is an Arkansas red out going on this weekend for the Alabama game, and all the Hog fans will be wearing their Cardinal red. Frankly, if I was Arkansas I would be more worried about my run game than a red out. Ask Georgia about their black out in 2008.
Let me give it to you straight: Arkansas is one-dimensional on offense. That’s it. Were you expecting something more? Sure, Ryan Mallett is a stud quarterback and everyone in the country would love to have him, but the problem is Arkansas has NO running game to complement the potent passing attack.
When you rank 98th in the country in rush offense and you have three backs about as fast as DJ Fluker running in puddin’, you are not exactly fleet of foot. The only reason Arkansas is ranked 98th is because they played cupcakes before they played Georgia to pack a few stats on before conference play. You saw what they did against a Georgia defense that let freshman Marcus Lattimore run all over them. The Razorbacks got a mere 53 yards rushing. Stifling!
All the talk about Alabama’s young secondary is the hope that Arkansas fans are relying on – an extremely talented secondary might I add. True, the Tide’s defense has not faced a passing offense like Arkansas’ – however, with no backs that can deliver a punch to a one-dimensional offense, it won’t matter.
Look for Alabama to run the football and run it a little bit more on a defense that is, for the lack of a better word, pathetic. Arkansas will try and drop in a few screens and draws to help loosen an Alabama defense, but to no avail. Alabama will run the football with the two best backs in America, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, on offense and play a coverage defense that will take away the big play; therefore, eliminating a huge momentum swing.
Mallett will undoubtedly get his, but at the end of the day, he’ll also get his first L of the season.
Roll Tide 35 Hogs 21