Unranked Arkansas will look to pull off their second straight upset when they visit the 8th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for their Week 6 SEC showdown, but accomplishing their task this coming weekend looks a whole lot more difficult after seeing Alabama’s overpowering performance last weekend.
Now, let’s find out if the still-rebuilding Razorbacks have what it takes to cover the week 6 college football betting odds at the very least.
An In-Depth Betting Preview For Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Week 6 Game
What: Arkansas Razorbacks (2-3) at No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-1)
When: Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Tuscaloosa, AL
Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Weather: 77° F | A Mixture of Sun and Clouds
Spread: Alabama -16
Moneyline: Arkansas +525 vs Alabama -750
Game Total: 49.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Arkanzas vs Alabama
Bet The Arkansas Razorbacks at +16.5 Because…
The Razorbacks are underrated and have proven they can play with any team in the country – except for Toledo that is!
Arkansas comes into this contest off a surprising 24-20 road win over Tennessee while cashing in as a 5.5-point underdog to snap their three-game SU ad ATS losing streaks.
Arkansas is ranked 24th in total offense, but just 87th in scoring (25.8 ppg). While the Razorbacks are struggling to stop their opponents’ passing attacks, the longtime SEC residents have been very good in ranking 54th in points allowed (22.4 ppg).
Bet The Alabama Crimson Tide at -16.5 Because…
The Tide got a huge, confidence-boosting win a week ago and are superior to Arkansas on both sides of the ball.
The Crimson Tide rolled (pun intended) all over the Georgia Bulldogs in their 38-10 Week 5 SEC showdown to easily cash in as a 1.5-point road dog and snap their three-game ATS skid.
Alabama signal-caller Jake Coker had a solid outing against the Dogs by completing 11 of 16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown while running back Derrick Henry rushed for 148 yards and one score on 26 carries.
While the Tide put up 38 points and looked as good on offense as they have at any point this season, it was Alabama’s defense that was at the heart of this win. The Crimson Tide harassed Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert all game, limiting the Bulldogs’ signal-caller to a 10-for-24, 86-yard passing day while picking off the junior three times, including once for a pick-six. Alabama also forced and recovered two fumbles and basically put the game away by scoring 21 second quarter points.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
With 56 percent of the betting public backing Alabama to cash in as big home faves in this contest, clearly a lot of college football bettors believe the spread is just a few points too high for the Tide to cover – and I’m inclined to agree.
I know Arkansas has underachieved in a big way early on after being one of the sexy preseason picks to improve in 2015, but I’m going to get back on the Bret Bielema bandwagon for this SEC showdown and I’m urging you to do the same.
You see, not only was I impressed with the way the Razorbacks hung in there last week to get the win on the road against a desperate Tennessee ballclub, but I’m actually more encouraged by Arkansas’ performance in their 28-21 home loss against undefeated Texas A&M one week earlier.
I like Arkansas to use their 31st-ranked rushing attack to kill some clock in this game and help keep the final score a lot closer than anyone thinks.
The Razorbacks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
Alabama destroyed a clearly overrated Georgia team last weekend, but let’s not forget the Tide are just 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall and a discouraging 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
While the home team in this SEC rivalry is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings, I’m going the other way with my pick here and backing Arkansas to cover in a closer-than-expected affair. My final score prediction is Arkansas 17, Alabama 24.