Giveaway: Alabama game predictions

Oi vey. Aye carumba. Shephus cripes. Dang. Those were all words/phrases that I muttered last week while sitting in the stands watching the Georgia Bulldogs escape Fayetteville with a 52-41 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Our offense (the passing portion, that is) was amazing. Our defense, well, I think they were having fun watching Georgia run all over them. It’s bittersweet to be pumped about scoring tons of touchdowns when you know the other team is probably going to score their own two minutes later. Our offense, led by Ryan Mallett, is good enough to win us games, but tough times could be ahead for Bobby Petrino’s boys unless something clicks on the defensive side of the ball.

Dustin already pointed out who won last week’s contest, so congrats to you The Truth. And thanks to everyone else that chimed in with their predictions.

This week begins a fairly freaking rough five-game stretch for the Hogs. In the next five weeks, we play at #3 Alabama, vs. Texas A&M (neutral field), vs. Auburn (and their sweet offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn, ever heard of him?), at #1 Florida and then conclude it at #4 Ole Miss. Awesome.

First things first, ‘Bama comes into this game 3-0 with their only impressive win so far over Virginia Tech. They’ve outscored their opponents 127 – 45 and are fairly balanced on offense while averaging 512 yards/game (250ish passing, 265ish running). Among their intangibles is a guy named Nick Saban, who is arguably one of the best coaches out there. Arkansas’ offense is amazing right now — 538 yards a game and 44.5 points a game. But, as Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain said, Arkansas hasn’t played Alabama, yet. Our defense, on the other hand, not so good. Some good news, though, highly-touted wide receiver Julio Jones hasn’t had a good game yet. The bad news, our secondary didn’t show so well against Georgia and, again, Julio Jones hasn’t had a good game yet. Lucky for us, Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin has already missed TWO extra point attempts this year. Silver lining anyone?

Again this week, we’ve got an incentive to get you guys involved in this little weekly football season score picking ritual. I’m talking about free BBQ from Sassy’s Red House. Mmm. Meats and beans!

How to enter

Leave a comment with your name, e-mail address and game prediction. If you want to add anything else, feel free.

What you’ll win

A tailgating package for four (4) from Sassy’s Red House. More info here.

The rules

Check the rules page for all the details. Here’s the basics:

  • You only may enter this specific contest once.
  • The winning entry must pick the winning team and have the smallest combined difference from each team’s final score. More info here.
  • You must pick the score by Saturday, September 26th, at 2:15pm.

What’s gonna happen in this one, boys and girls?

Our predictions

Jonathan says: During the last play of the game, Petrino takes a football to the face, tearing off part of his synth-flesh, revealing a portion of his cyborg exo-skeleton. He then blasts off, leaving Alabama behind and heads straight to Doe’s for a post-loss consolatory steak/synth-flesh repair sesh. I’d be willing to put money on this happening.
Alabama 38, Arkansas 28

Todd says: Leigh Tiffin wins it for us with yet another missed kick.
Arkansas 41, Alabama 38

Trip says: We lose, and it’s gross. Alabama’s defense looks awesome. It’s over by the half.
Alabama 48, Arkansas 17

Seth says: Think about it – a guy offers his hand to shake yours, but then grabs a bow and arrow and shoots you point blank. I’d be all like, “what the hell man?” It was more than likely just an error.
Alabama 45, Arkansas 27

Dustin says: Freakin’ Saban. Hate that guy.
Alabama 35, Arkansas 28

Thanks to Sassy’s Red House for sponsoring this contest. Go pick ’em!

Go Hogs!