Alabama football: Tide opens SEC play

AP: No. 3 Alabama tight end Colin Peek doesn’t think anyone should pay attention to that rout of Arkansas last season.

That was pre-Ryan Mallett, after all, and coach Bobby Petrino’s offense hadn’t yet clicked into gear. Plus, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban insists the Razorbacks’ defense is much improved.

On the final point, it’s best to overlook last week’s 52-41 loss to Georgia heading into Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Western Division matchup.

“A lot of people may remember last year’s game, but this is a completely different team,” said Peek, referring to the Tide’s 49-14 win. “This is not Arkansas from last year.

“This is Bobby Petrino finally being able to get his offense and his system installed. They’re going to be geared up for this one.”

If it’s unlikely the Razorbacks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) will give up 50 points two straight weeks, it seems even more far-fetched to imagine Alabama (3-0) allowing 40-plus.

This, says Tide cornerback Javier Arenas, is “a classic matchup.” Arkansas has the nation’s No. 2 offense and passing offense led by Mallett, the nation’s most efficient passer so far. The Razorbacks are averaging a whopping 538 yards a game, including 428 through the air.

Alabama has the third-ranked defense, giving up just 185 yards a game, and is second-best against the run.

It’s as intriguing as a potential collision between Alabama’s massive noseguard Terrence Cody (6-foot-5, 354 pounds) and the 6-7, 238-pound Mallett. The Tide has already racked up 10 sacks.
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    Coach Pat Dye

    If only those pig-boys had a real coach like me. Patrick Fain Dye.
    Did you know I once had a team that beat Bear Bryant?
    Yep I am that good.
    I knew the old Bastard was sick and I had to strike while the Iron was hot. So what did I do? Yep, I paid those referees so much they reitred after that game.
    Now some folks might think I should be ashamned of cheating a dying man out of a football game. But it was my chance to cement my legend and stick a knife in old Paul’s back.
    I was never the greatest field General. But I always knew that if you pay enough people you can buy the respect of inbred hicks like the Auburn Board of Trustees.
    Would you believe they are still paying me for running their cow dung program into the dirt and almost getting the death penalty?

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