After a blowout loss to No. 9 Auburn (6-1, 3-1) last week, Arkansas (2-5, 0-4) faces football giant No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Arkansas has lost its last four games, and suffered a 41-point defeat against Auburn last week.  

Alabama is undefeated this season and has won its last three games, which were against SEC teams, by a combined margin of 69 points.

Alabama is favored by more than 30 points over Arkansas, according to Circa Sports, the sportsbook at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Alabama has an adjusted scoring margin of 24.8, which means the team has scored about 25 more points than they allow per game. Arkansas has an adjusted scoring margin of -6.4.

Alabama has almost 700 more passing yards than Arkansas this season, but only 200 more rushing yards. Razorback running back Rakeem Boyd has 100 more rushing yards than Alabama’s starting running back Najee Harris this season, but Boyd has 24 more attempts.

The quarterback battle at Arkansas continues into week nine. Junior Nick Starkel and senior Ben Hicks have been on a carousel with the starting spot all season. Hicks got the starting nod against Auburn, but Starkel started in the two games prior to Auburn. Arkansas head coach Chad Morris has not announced who will start against the Crimson Tide.

Alabama will be without its 2018 Heisman trophy finalist quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a high ankle sprain in last week’s matchup against Tennessee.

The game is slated for Saturday at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

Parker Tillson is in his second year as a sports reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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