Paul Finebaum says game may be Tide’s toughest test until SEC title game
Alabama could be a 17.5-point favorite when the Crimson Tide travel to Fayetteville to face Arkansas this weekend. But as the saying goes, football games aren’t played on paper, and SEC host Paul Finebaum said the game was a dangerous game for Alabama.
“Well, I think it’s Alabama at Arkansas and that game kind of lost because Arkansas lost in a weird way to A&M the other day at Jerry’s World,” Finebaum said, on Keyshawn, JWill & Max, when asked to pick the weekend. biggest game.” But this is probably the toughest game that Alabama will have, at least until the SEC championship game. So I’m locked in there. The idea of Alabama losing, potentially losing a game, I realize they’re a 16, 17-point favorite But I’m locked into this game.
“The other game is obviously North Carolina State at Clemson after Clemson escaped Wake Forest,” Finebaum said. “This is a game that could really derail Clemson’s season. NC State’s program has really evolved a lot under Dave Doeren.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban said the Crimson Tide faced a major challenge on this week’s SEC conference call.
“We know it will be a very difficult game for us,” said Saban. “They have a very good team, a difficult team, play with a very good culture, physicality, direct the ball really, really well, have a good balance in offense. The quarterback has more than 300 total yards of attack between throwing and rushing. They’ve got 20 sacks in defense and are playing a really, really solid, solid, well-drilled defense. It’s going to be a different challenge for us, a really tough game and we’ll have to respond with the way we play.
Saban was asked if the Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson reminded him of someone.
“Not really,” Saban said with a laugh. “This guy is pretty unique. He does a really good job of executing what they want to do on offense, whether it’s quarterback runs, whether it’s passing the ball, scrambling, to extend plays, to pass plays, to be able to make plays with his feet but also to extend plays and to minimize the court He is a rather unique guy and large, physical, difficult to approach, difficult to fire. I have a lot of respect for the way he plays.”
Saban also said Arkansas has a lot of guns around Jefferson.
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“Yeah, I think (Treylon) Burks was obviously a fantastic player and made some great plays. I think they have three or four guys now who are all very capable of making plays, and they pass the ball to all those guys pretty well. The tight end is also a threat. So I agree with you that they have more explosive players playing receiver this year all around.