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If you ask the non-BCS-factoring AP Poll, this is a Top 10 showdown. This has the feel of it. Bama hasn't been touched yet this season, beating San Jose State 48-3, Penn State 24-3, and Duke 62-13. They've been close to unstoppable.
But this isn't Duke, SJSU, or a down Penn State. This is No. 11 Arkansas, led by Ryan Mallett. In Fayetteville. With the nation watching and Verne Lundquist chomping down chicken fingers in the booth.
Bama has Mark Ingram, who only needed three carries to reach 100 yards against Duke, but Arkansas has Greg Childs, who scored the game-winner against Georgia between the hedges.
Arkansas could be in the Top-5 if they win here. Alabama... well, they can't climb any higher than where they are right now.
Bama's defense gets the first test of the season against one of the best offenses in the SEC.
Game: Ingram and Richardson are explosive out of the gate, and Alabama leads 14-0 after one quarter. Ryan Mallett throws a TD to D.J. Williams with two minutes left in the half to make it 14-7 in favor of the Crimson Tide going into the locker rooms. Bama opens strongly again, chewing off seven minutes of clock before McElroy finds Marquis Maze for a TD to make it 21-7 Alabama. Bama gets the ball back, and chews even more clock, going into the fourth quarter. However, Jeremy Shelley's FG attempt to put Alabama up 17 is blocked. With seven minutes left and staring at a 14-point deficit, Mallett catches fire. He finds Greg Childs for a 50-yard gain before running it in himself from three yards out to make it 21-14 Alabama. Arkansas' defense steps up, and Mallett leads a long drive before throwing a TD pass to Broderick Green with a minute left to tie the game at 21. We go to OVERTIME.
In OT, Arkansas wins the toss and goes on defense. Jeremy Shelley's day goes from poor to nightmare, as his field goal attempt is wide left. Mallett gets the ball. Six plays later, he finds D.J. Williams again all by himself in the end zone. Arkansas wins!
Arkansas 27, Alabama 21