The preseason is clearly over. Alabama opened it up against the Razorbacks, and made a solid case that they’re the best team in the country. We’ll see what LSU does later tonight, but right now, the preseason predictions of a Sooners/Tide matchup look pretty good.
Early in the first half, the game looked like it would be the back-and-forth battle everyone predicted. Alabama unveiled a fake punt play they’d been practicing for some time, after which Arkansas drove the field for a tying score.
After that, the Tide methodically took control, with both a pounding offense and a suffocating defense. The game broke open in the second half with Marquis Maze’s 83-yard punt return touchdown. Richardson followed that up one series later with a 61- yard TD.
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson was hammered relentlessly. Bobby Petrino threw in the towel with ten minutes left in the game, sitting Wilson. The defense had ten hurries on Wilson but no sacks, which continues to be a problem.
Overall a resounding win for a focused Tide team. We’ll have further thoughts on the game, but we’d love to hear from you. What’s your take on this big Tide win?