The Alabama Crimson Tide are rolling right through everybody they play this season. They’re as close to a lock for the College Football Playoff as you’ll find anywhere in the country.
If the Arkansas Razorback had any notions of throwing a wrench into that plan on Saturday, they just took a major hit.
Already considered huge underdogs entering the game, news that they’ll be without quarterback Austin Allen this afternoon makes an upset even more unlikely.
“I think the biggest thing we have to [consider] is, yes, he might be cleared to play, but how effective?” coach Bret Bielema said.
Allen is suffering from an injury to his throwing shoulder that hasn’t healed as quickly as the team hoped.
The Razorbacks are having a down year, getting off to a 2-3 start and all but eliminated in the SEC West. They still have a number of marquee matchups on their schedule after Bama, including Auburn and LSU. Wins in those games would be enough to boost morale this season, but they haven’t shown any indication that they have the talent to pull something like that off.
Now with Allen out against Alabama, Nick Saban might get the chance to rest his starters if the game gets out of hand early.
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