Game 6: Alabama | Saturday, Oct. 10 | Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Kickoff: 6 p.m. CT
Arkansas travels to Tuscaloosa on Saturday to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
Arkansas (2-3, 1-1) will meet Alabama (4-1, 1-1) for the 26th time on Saturday. The Crimson Tide hold a 17-8 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last eight meetings.
One of the most memorable moments in the series history came in 1995, when quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. led the Razorbacks to an improbable come-from-behind victory at No. 13 Alabama. On fourth down with just a few seconds remaining, Lunney Jr. rolled to his left and found WR J.J. Meadors for a 3-yard touchdown to give Arkansas a 20-19 victory.
Lunney Jr. is currently the Razorbacks’ tight ends coach.
The No. 8 ranked Crimson Tide are one of the most talented teams in the country. They play a similar style to Arkansas, leaning heavily on their run game behind 6-3, 242 pound running back Derrick Henry. The junior has twice been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week this season and is a candidate for the Doak Walker Award.
Alabama’s defense is very stout up front. Earlier this week, head coach Bret Bielema said that Alabama has “a defensive front that’s comparable only to the NFL.” The battle up front among Arkansas’ best and Alabama’s best should be an exciting one to watch.
The Razorbacks have just one player from the state of Alabama and that is junior defensive end JaMichael Winston. A Pritchard, Ala. native, Winston is also the Razorbacks’ emotional leader on defense and was elected team captain by his teammates.
Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest was a letterwinner at Alabama and played on their 1992 national championship team. An injury prematurely ended his career, but Segrest stayed at Alabama as a student coach and strength and conditioning graduate assistant.
News & Notes
– Arkansas will become the ninth school in FBS history to play two road games in consecutive weeks in front of 100,000-plus people.
– QB Brandon Allen will start his 27th consecutive game at quarterback on Saturday, setting a new Razorback record in the SEC era (1992-present).
– WR Drew Morgan is the first Razorback since 2006 to have back-to-back 100-yard receiving games against SEC opponents.
– RB Alex Collins has rushed for 656 yards in the first five games, the third-fastest start in program history.
– Collins has rushed for 150 yards in three consecutive games. No Razorback has ever done it in four straight.
– The Razorback defense has limited four of its five opponents to their lowest scoring outputs of the season.
– Arkansas has not allowed a sack in four of the team’s five games this season.
– OL Dan Skipper has five blocked kicks in his career, tied for the second-most among all active FBS players.