Tide Warning

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:27 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Sep 22, 2010 8:7 PM CDT

Football-starved fans in Oklahoma may want to spill across the Arkansas border Saturday for the biggest game in college football this weekend.&#160; Good luck finding a ticket, though.&#160; #10 Arkansas hosting #1 Alabama is the first top-ten matchup in Fayetteville in 30 years.<BR/>Does Arkansas really have a chance to win this game?&#160; Sure, and Cincinnati has a chance to beat OU Saturday as well.&#160; Id say the possibility of either upset happening is about 20%.<BR/>For starters, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett needs to kick his Heisman hype machine into high gear with a great performance.&#160; Last year he was just 12 of 35 for 160 yards in the Hogs loss to the Tide.&#160; This year, though, hes on the Heisman short list behind Terrell Pryor of Ohio State and Denard Robinson of Michigan.<BR/>Mallett has thrown for 1,081 yards and 9 touchdowns and has been the nations most accurate quarterback, completing 70% of his passes.&#160; <BR/>And then theres the matter of stopping the Tide rushing game whether its defending Heisman winner Mark Ingram or the best backup in college football Trent Richardson.&#160; <BR/>Last season the Razorbacks held Ingram to just 50 yards, but quarterback Greg McElroy tossed 3 touchdown passes.&#160; Id take my chances with making McElroy beat me again.&#160; If they cant stop the run, the Hogs have a better chance of surviving a luau than rolling the Tide.<BR/>Arkansas has lost 4 of its last 5 against the top 25.<BR/>Alabama has clearly been the best team in the country this season taking into account all they returned from a season ago and what theyve done the first three weeks.&#160; But this is the beginning of a brutal stretch of games for the Tide.&#160; They host #9 Florida next week and then go on the road to 12th-ranked South Carolina the week after.&#160; <BR/>