Arkansas hits Alabama at their theoretical weak point, the inexperienced secondary, but it’s an inexperienced secondary coached by Nick Saban. Mallett’s a god in the pocket and a man on the move. He threw 12-35 against Bama last year. Via Todd McShay, Alabama only blitzed on five of those 35 attempts. They got that much pressure.
The Razorbacks are at home, but they are one-dimensional. Mallett, and his offensive line, should play better, but Alabama is going to control the ball on offense and limit the big plays on defense. Arkansas’ best option may be stopping the run. They held Ingram to 50 yards last year. Though, it came at the cost of McElroy torching them. Even Arkansas’ best game, may not be enough for an upset.
Notre Dame needs God to take a rooting interest. Stanford presents the same problems MSU presented on the ground. Unlike MSU, they have one of the best quarterbacks in the country. [Edit: Harbaugh will be looking for a statement win in South Bend]. Stanford’s defense has allowed 265 yards passing…this season. They will need the luck of the Irish because there’s no tangible way they win that game.
It’s the 13th anniversary of UCLA 66 – Texas 3 in Austin. Texas was a defending Big 12 champion and favored in that game, though UCLA could throw the football.