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Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Will Obliterate Arkansas in Razorback Stadium

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01: A J McCarron #10 of Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the start of the game against Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2012

If you don't remember what the Alabama Crimson Tide did to the Michigan Wolverines in Week 1, don't worry. Nick Saban's team will show everyone again, but this time it will come against SEC rival Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are no longer ranked after suffering a shocking upset to Louisiana-Monroe in Week 2, during which quarterback Tyler Wilson and cornerback Tevin Mitchel were lost to injury.

Wilson's status for Saturday is still unclear (according to Kurt Voigt of the Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports), but Mitchell is out (according to Edward Aschoff of ESPN).

Even if Wilson does play, there's no way that he's 100 percent. Sending an unprepared quarterback out to face the Crimson Tide defense is a bad idea if you're John L. Smith, whether he's an All-American talent or not.

Let's assume Wilson doesn't play. That leaves redshirt freshman Brandon Allen and junior Brandon Mitchell to face their worst nightmare. A second consecutive loss would almost surely eliminate the Razorbacks from BCS contention, and this happens to be their toughest game of the season.

It's just a bad situation. Saban will have his defense in the box, ready to seize Knile Davis the second he crosses the line of scrimmage.

Davis is an NFL talent, but he can't do it by himself. Not with several other future pros staring back at him.

Losing Mitchel also creates an issue. A.J. McCarron shredded Western Kentucky for four touchdowns last week, and he's only getting better.

He completed 15-of-20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns against this squad last year, and this year's Razorbacks team gave up 412 passing yards to Louisiana-Monroe last week. There's no reason to believe McCarron isn't headed for a repeat performance on Saturday.

The list could go on and on.

Alabama lost running back Jalston Fowler for the season (according to ESPN), but that's barely a concern for a backfield littered with talented ball-carriers. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon will be more than fine on their own.

If Wilson does happen to play, and he's ready, this could be closer than expected. However, it's doubtful. You can't prepare for Bama in three days of limited practice. It just doesn't work that way.

The Razorbacks aren't Michigan, but this team is reeling. Losing your quarterback is one thing, but to have that loss result in a colossal upset is another. Emotionally, things like that are very tough to overcome.

The Crimson Tide have shown up this year prepared to defend their national championship. The defense doesn't feature the same collection of faces, but it boasts the same ferocious mentality.

McCarron is developing as each game passes, and the running game is as good as ever.

I'm not ready to say Alabama repeats as BCS champions, but this game has blowout written all over it. Expect the Tide to roll for their sixth straight victory over Arkansas in a game that could have been much better.

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