Now that the calendar has turned over to October, the 2016 college football season is about to get really interesting, and that is especially the case for the Alabama Crimson Tide, who will have to travel on the road in Week 6 to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.
After the road contest against Arkansas, Alabama will take on the Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies, and LSU Tigers in back-to-back-to-back games. Needless to say, the Crimson Tide’s schedule is about to get brutal. Side note: The Razorbacks are ranked as high as No. 16, Tennessee is ranked No. 9, and the Aggies are ranked as high as No. 7. Of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide are ranked No. 1 in the country.
While Alabama does have a brutal stretch coming up, Arkansas doesn’t have it much easier. For starters, the Razorbacks do have to take on the Crimson Tide, who are the best team in college football. After that showdown, they will play the Ole Miss Rebels, who are ranked No. 14 in the polls. After that, they have games against the Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators (ranked No. 18), and LSU Tigers. Yeah, life in the SEC is tough.
The mighty Crimson Tide enter this battle with a 5-0 record. Meanwhile, Arkansas has a 4-1 record. Its lone loss came against the Aggies.
Before Week 6 gets underway, a week that could be very telling when it comes to the College Football Playoff picture, let’s unleash some bold predictions.
Austin Allen’s No-Interception Streak Comes To An End
Arkansas QB Austin Allen is taking the SEC by storm. He has racked up 1,232 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and has only recorded two interceptions. Allen is also riding an interception-free streak of four games. Of course, Alabama is a different kind of beast, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
The Crimson Tide might not be leading the conference in interceptions (they currently have three), but they certainly make up for that stat in other departments. For example, Alabama is second in the SEC in sacks with 17. The team is also only giving up 13 points per game, which is good enough for ninth-best in college football.
Call it a hunch, but Alabama’s defense will be all over Allen in Week 6, which will lead to two interceptions — at least.
Bo Scarbrough Finally Breaks Out In A Big Way
Bo Scarbrough received a good amount of hype entering the 2016 season. That’s just the way it goes at Alabama. This is a program that is known for its fierce defense and next-man-up mentality when it comes to the running back position. Heisman winner Derrick Henry might have carried this squad on offense in 2015, but Scarbrough was expected by many to be the next great running back to take over the offense.
Well, things haven’t necessarily gone according to plan. For one, Scarbrough only has 108 rushing yards this season. Also, four other Crimson Tide players have more rushing yards than him.
Look for the running back to get some carries against Arkansas in Week 6, and do some serious damage in the stat department as a result.
Alabama Wins By At Least Two Touchdowns
The key words in that headline are “At Least.” When the final whistle is blown, the Crimson Tide could have a 21-point victory (perhaps more) on their hands. Yes, Alabama will have to play on the road. Yes, Arkansas is a top-25 team that is capable of making some noise. The Razorbacks did knock off the TCU Horned Frogs early on in the season, and TCU was ranked No. 15 at the time.
Until beaten, the Crimson Tide are still the best team on the planet — well, at least when it comes to college football, that is. Nick Saban is a mastermind when it comes to showdowns, and although this isn’t the biggest game on Alabama’s schedule (it is for Arkansas), Saban will surely have his guys ready to go.
Of course, a more bold prediction would have been Arkansas winning, but how many fans actually see that one happening? Time will tell.
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