FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The multiple looks of the Alabama offense and overall ability on defense was the center of attention of the Arkansas Razorbacks as they continued to work on the game plan for this Saturday’s showdown against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama enters the game with a 3-0 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks stand at 2-1 overall and are preparing for their league opener.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Crimson Tide presents defenses with a variety of formations offensively.
“Alabama runs so many different sets and has a lot of movement on offense,” Nutt said. “We’ve been working really hard on knowing what to look for from them. Our scout team has done a really good job this week of simulating the Alabama offense.”
Even though Alabama is without starting quarterback Brodie Croyle, Nutt said the Razorbacks have a sound idea of what to expect this Saturday.
“The one thing that we do know they like to do is hand it to the tailback,” Nutt said. “You’ve got to stop the run first. I’m sure after they watched the film of our game last week they will try to test us deep too. Those are two things we have been concentrating on.”
On the other side of the ball, the Razorbacks will face a Tide defense that is tops in the SEC in yards allowed per game. Alabama has surrendered just 216.3 yards per outing in three games this season.
“We’ve got to play our best game of the year,” Nutt said. “(Defensive coordinator) Joe Kines has them going and playing well. He will have them motivated and playing hard. It’s easy to see on film.”
Arkansas and Alabama will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday. The game will be carried live by CBS. The Crimson Tide leads the overall series 8-6 and won the last meeting in Fayetteville, 30-12 in 2002.