Alabama Football: No Tyler Wilson for Arkansas Ensures Landslide Win

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, AR - SEPTEMBER 8:   Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at War Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Warhawks defeated the Razorbacks 34-31.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide will prove that they are one of the elite teams in the country by blowing out a Tyler Wilson-less Arkansas Razorbacks team.

This could have been one of the season's best tests for the Tide. Coming into the season, Arkansas figured to boast one of the best offenses in the country.

Led by Knile Davis and Wilson, the Razorbacks bring the kind of balance and NFL-caliber talent that could have at least strained the Crimson Tide's NFL-prospect-laden unit. Instead, Arkansas will most likely look as overwhelmed and lost as Michigan and Western Kentucky before them this season.

The Razorbacks have yet to officially declare Wilson out for the game, maintaining that Wilson will be a game-time decision (h/t ArkansasSports360.com), but ESPN.com has reported that sources say Wilson has not been cleared for contact and will not be available today.

Wilson was knocked out of last week's game against the UL-Monroe Warhawks, and the Hogs were an entirely different team when the star quarterback was gone.

Freshman quarterback Brandon Allen replaced Wilson and went 6-for-20 for 85 yards and a touchdown with an interception as the Razorbacks were stunned by the Warhawks in overtime.

Even with Wilson, the Razorbacks would have needed to play nearly perfect football to upset the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide. Without him, their chances are even more minimal.

Alabama has dominated opponents thus far. In two games, Alabama is 2-0 with a combined score of 76-14, and the Tide have looked great in every facet of the game. Without Wilson, 'Bama should continue that trend and notch yet another convincing victory in Fayetteville.