6:00 pm CST.
Announcers: The Tess Effect is back for a 3rd time this season! Joe Tessitore Play-by-play, Todd Blackledge Color with Holly Rowe on the sidelines
Livestreaming: ESPN3/WatchESPN (no notes of blackout at this time)
Chuck Barrett and Keith Jackson will call the game.
Here's the list of affiliates. (you can also stream the call from that link on standard or mobile)
On satellite radio, the game will be on Sirius 126 and XM 191.
Alabama opened as a 14 point favorite and the line has stuck right around that number all week. The O/U is currently 48.5. Arkansas lost by 13 at Tuscaloosa last year with a final score of 27-14. I’ll take the 14 points and the under here.
Now this is what October football in the Ozarks is supposed to feel like. 67 degrees and 0% chance of rain in Fayetteville for the game on Saturday. Perfect day for tailgating (and an upset..?)
With so many SEC games affected by Hurricane Matthew this weekend, even more eyes will be drawn to this matchup between defending Playoff Champion, and current number 1 Alabama and Number 16 Arkansas. Alabama is a team that Arkansas just hasn’t been able to get the best of going all the way back to a Houston Nutt (and Mitch Mustain) team in OT in 2006. To pull a repeat of 2006 this Hogs team will need the best offensive line performance of the season (much better than the A&M game) and the type of run contain defense that we’ve yet to see from the Razorback defense this season. A breakout game from Dominique Reed would also be a welcome sight this week.
In other gameday news the Athletic department is encouraging fans to break 120 decibels in noise during the game. The previous high this season was 110.5db when Jeremiah Ledbetter and Deatrich Wise Jr. sacked LA Tech’s QB on 3rd down. Additionally fans are encouraged to “Stripe Out” Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium by wearing either red or white depending on their seats for the game. If you need to see your assigned color, you can check out the map here.
Finally a prediction, while hoping for more TCU than TA&M this week, I expect to see more of the latter this week against the Tide. It’s my opinion that A&M’s defensive line this year is better than the Bama line we’ll see tomorrow evening but another QB that is a threat to run with an excellent running back corps may ultimately prove to be Arkansas’ kryptonite again this week. I like the Hogs to keep it closer than the Vegas number but the Hogs fall this week 24-17.