We’re just one week away from what was to be one of the biggest match-ups in the SEC in 2012. The great Nick Saban taking his Alabama Crimson Tide into Fayetteville, Arkansas, to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, they will not be facing an undefeated Razorback team. They will be facing a team coming off a loss to Louisiana Monroe, an opponent not quite the calibre of teams in the SEC.
Alabama destroyed Michigan in their opening game, and showed America that they must be dealt with, despite the loss of a handful of first round NFL draft picks. The Crimson Tide then disposed of Western Kentucky 35-0, in a lackluster performance that was more about big plays than sending a physical statement.
Now Alabama must turn their focus to a mad opponent. An opponent that just got embarrassed by a group of Warhawks from Monroe, Louisiana. Alabama will now have a dog fight on their hands. Arkansas will come in ready to knock heads, ready to extract revenge on anyone that stands in their way.
Will the Crimson Tide be able to match the Razorbacks intensity?
You know Nick Saban is already crafting a plan, to put into action this week to get his team focused. 18-21 year old kids actually believe what they hear to be true. Meaning, the consensus around Tuscaloosa, will be an easy win for the Tide. This could be the furthest thing from the truth.
In all honesty, this is the worst thing that could have happened to Alabama. They needed an undefeated Razorback team, one that was riding high, one thats cocky with a ton of swagger. A Razorback team that thought this was their time, their season.
Now, Alabama gets all that, and an Arkansas team ready to fight for their SEC West lives.
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