Predictions: Arkansas vs. Alabama

Here's how a panel of sportswriters sees this week's SEC opener between Arkansas and Alabama.

Clay Henry, Hawgs Illustrated: This series has been tight with plenty of frantic endings, including the last two. This one will be more of the same. Arkansas won in double overtime two years ago, and Alabama caught the Hogs at the end last year in Tuscaloosa. Arkansas returns the favor this year with another fantastic fourth quarter. Alabama won in the first year of the Nick Saban era and Arkansas does the same in the first year of the Bobby Petrino era. Home field is the difference. Arkansas, 31-28.

Harry King, Stephens Media: Alabama's balance is enviable and Arkansas' running game is still a work in progress. Alabama, 31-20.

Dudley E. Dawson, Hawgs Illustrated: The Crimson Tide are not all the way back, but they are getting there and Arkansas is just not ready yet. Alabama, 28-17.

Ryan Malashock, The Morning News: The Razorbacks stay close in the first half, but Alabama's two-headed ground attack of Glen Coffee and Mark Ingram becomes to much for Willy Robinson's bunch to stop. Alabama, 31-20.

Alex Abrams,The Morning News: The Razorbacks get off to a better start and keep things close into the fourth quarter. But the Crimson Tide hangs on down the stretch for the win. Alabama, 31-27.

Vernon Tarver, The Morning News: The extra time off should help Arkansas fix some of its problems in the special teams, but it won't be enough to solve the Crimson Tide's stout defense. Alabama, 27-21.

Robbie Neiswanger, The Morning News: The Crimson Tide defense is just too strong for the Razorbacks, who can't get the job done in the fourth quarter this time. Alabama, 20-17.

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