Hogs Have Suffered At Hands Of No. 1

The first two times Arkansas played against a number one ranked team, the Razorbacks were beaten by two different teams that had the same coach. In 1957, the Hogs were beaten by Texas A&M, 7-6. In the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1961 season, Arkansas fell to Alabama, 10-3.



The common denominator, of course, was that Paul Bryant was the coach at Alabama beginning in 1958, having come from Texas A&M.

Arkansas also lost to number one ranked Alabama two years ago. The Crimson Tide escaped from Fayetteville with a 24-20 win.

Alabama is ranked number one again this year. The defending champions of Coach Nick Saban had expected to face a top ten (or higher) ranked team in Fayetteville Saturday, but Arkansas was upset by Louisiana Monroe. Additionally, the Razorbacks are expected to be without their all-star candidate quarterback, Tyler Wilson, who suffered what has been described as a head injury last week and has limited (at best) practice this week.

Alabama and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday with television coverage by CBS.

Alabama has been ranked eight times when playing the Razorbacks, and the Tide is 8-0 in those games. In its 18 games against number one ranked teams, Arkansas is 4-14.

Alabama has played 37 games as the nation's number one ranked team and has a record of 30-7.

Bama has won 14 of the previous 22 games in the series, including five in a row. The Razorbacks' last win came in 2005 in a 24-23 double overtime decision.

This is the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Alabama has won 20 consecutive SEC opening games, dating back to 1992. The 20 consecutive wins in SEC opening games is longest in Crimson Tide history and currently the longest in the conference. Arkansas has been the victim the past four years in the first SEC game of the year and was also on the losing end to Bama in 2002 in the league opener.

Alabama has an all-time record of 54-21-3 in SEC opening games.

Following last week's loss, Arkansas fell out of the Associated Press top 25 but is ranked 21st in the Coaches Poll. Bama has been ranked in the past 68 consecutive AP polls, which is the longest streak in the nation. The Tide has also been ranked number one at some point in each of the past five seasons, including winning national championships in 2009 and 2011.

Over the past four seasons, Alabama is 19-6 against AP top 25 teams and 11-4 against top 10 teams, including a 41-14 win over eighth-ranked Michigan to start this season.

Alabama has won six of its last seven games against ranked teams, the exception last year's regular season overtime loss to LSU.

Alabama has won 50 games since the start of the 2008 season, tied with Boise State for most in that time period, meaning Bama is first among teams that play in a BCS conference.

Following the trip to Arkansas, Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 22 for a non-conference game against Florida Atlantic. Kickoff in Bryant-Denny Stadium will be at 4 p.m. CDT with the only available telecast pay-per-view.

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