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Coming into Saturday's all-SEC battle between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Arkansas Razorbacks, the Tide face their biggest test to date in a deadly Arkansas offense. In their previous 21 meetings, the Tide lead the overall series 14 wins to seven.
The Razorbacks scoring offense is eighth in the nation, and their defense isn't far behind putting them in 17th in the country in scoring defense. Though they have yet to face an SEC opponent, the Pig Sooie have impressed thus far in 2011 as they were expected to do.
The Hogs will clearly be facing their toughest test on the year when they go into Tuscaloosa on Saturday afternoon trying to redeem themselves from an embarrassing collapse one year ago that saw the Razorbacks blow a 20-7 lead in the fourth quarter allowing the Crimson Tide to come back and win 24-20. With Tyler Wilson at quarterback, however, the 'Backs are a whole new team, and have a very good shot at knocking 'Bama out of the ranks of the undefeated this weekend.
Wilson and the Arkansas offense comes into Saturday's matchup with Alabama ranked 11th in the nation in total offense averaging 512 yards a game including 346 yards through the air, while averaging 47 points a game.
Although 'Bama is ranked 3rd in the nation in yards allowed a game with just 170 a game, it is unlikely that they can limit the lethal passing game of the Hogs to under 250 yards. Led by Joe Adams, Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright, the receiving corps of the Razorbacks is so deep and talented that it ranks among the top core groups of receivers in the nation.
'Bama has allowed just one touchdown pass this season, but they don't have the talent to cover all four of the Hogs top receivers at any one time, and there should always be one man open for Wilson to zip the ball into.
On defense, the Razorbacks are underrated going into the game and are expected to get torn apart by AJ McCarron and Trent Richardson of Alabama. The Crimson Tide come into the game averaging 38 points a game, but will be facing a defense that has allowed an average of just 13 points through the first three games of the season.
One especially impressive stat about the Hogs coming into the game is that they have yet to allow a rushing touchdown on the year, and average just 88 yards allowed on the ground per game, much thanks to defensive lineman Chris Smith and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith.
Defending the pass will be more difficult for the Razorbacks, who are ranked 68th in the nation in that category so far this season, but if they can slow Trent Richardson down, they should be in good shape with their offense to take out the Crimson Tide.