FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- It's a gross, wet day here in Fayetteville with No. 1 Alabama in town.
The Razorbacks are coming off of that shocking overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe and now have to take on the country's best team.
The atmosphere around this game has certainly lost a lot of its luster, and this rain didn't help the fans or the early tailgating. There just wasn't a lot of energy around the stadium this morning. Also, with quarterback Tyler Wilson not expected to play, things just aren't going the Hogs' way.
But that's why we play all the games. Saturday didn't disappear just because Arkansas lost, so you have to think that these players are fired up to play Alabama.
While ESPN.com's Chris Low reported that Wilson won't play today, the Arkansas staff continues to say that he's a game-time decision. Wilson threw some during the first part of warmups and an official decision will be made once warmups conclude. If Wilson can't go, redshirt freshman Brandon Allen will start.
He'll get a rude awakening to the SEC with Alabama's defense coming at him. But the receiving talent is there for the Hogs to test Alabama's secondary. That unit still has a few questions surrounding it, so this should be a good test for the Tide as well.
The rain is coming down a little harder, so this game might come down to the running games. We know Alabama can carry the rock with all those studs in the backfield, but with Jalston Fowler out, that could affect the Tide in short-yardage situations and in blocking. That'll be interesting to keep an eye on today.
What remains to be seen is if Arkansas can run the ball against this defense. Knile Davis hasn't gotten going and the Hogs rank 13th in the SEC in rushing (130 yards per game). If the Hogs can't run, this one could get ugly early.