University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban preached focus to his team heading into a week two matchup with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, a theme he may repeat heading into a showdown with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Hopes of a national championship season filled the air in Fayetteville as the Razorbacks boasted a Heisman trophy candidate under center and a top ten pre season ranking. However, those hopes were dashed with every hit Tyler Wilson absorbed as another blow as his absence in the second allowed the University of Louisiana Monroe to take the Razorbacks’ hopes and smash them to pieces.
While the Razorbacks started the season ranked, they fell completely out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll and questions have arisen about Wilson’s availability to play on Saturday as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. Yes, Arkansas has lost a lot and it is just the third week of the season.
However, come Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Central, the Razorbacks will begin their quest to get back what they lost.
“Regardless of what happened last week, that doesn’t change how we feel about their team” Saban said. “They had some difficult misfortune in the last game that they weren’t able to overcome but we have to expect that we’re going to get their best performance.”
Alabama has been preaching the fact they are not the 2010 team, overlooking opponents and counting victories before ever stepping on the field. Saturday will be the first major test.
Regardless of whether Wilson is able to play (as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 12, he is still not cleared), the Razorbacks as a team and a fanbase will be ready to go. There is no better way to reestablish yourself on a national stage than by knocking off the number one ranked team in the country.
Alabama better have their guard up; no win comes easy in the SEC.