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Schedule aside, Saban impressed by Hogs

Nick Saban certainly isn’t overly confident about facing an Arkansas team that hasn’t played a top-tier team to start the season.

There has been a lot of talk about whether Alabama will be better prepared for Saturday’s game against the Razorbacks because the Tide has played a quality opponent in Penn State, while Arkansas’ toughest opponent has been Troy.

To Saban, that means absolutely nothing to this point. He has still seen a quality team making quality plays.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage or a disadvantage in this particular game,” Saban said Wednesday.

“They’ve got a good team. I don’t know that the quality of opponent that they’ve played is going to affect how they play in this game at all.”

The Hogs' defense has played well, giving up a little more than 300 yards a game, and the offense tops the SEC, averaging 517.3 total yards per game. Arkansas’ offense has had success against Alabama’s defense in the past, especially last season when the Razorbacks put up 421 yards in a heartbreaking 24-20 loss to the Tide.

Saban and his players know what they are up against this week and they don’t need to see the Razorbacks play Top-25 talent to prove otherwise.

“I personally feel like they’ve done the best job against us, rather than the other way around in terms of how they’ve been able to move the ball against us,” Saban said.

“They move the ball against us as well as anybody we play against and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them. If you do a comparison about how they’ve done and everybody else has done and it would probably prove my point.”