College Football
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Alabama-Birmingham at Arkansas
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Arkansas can be excused for wondering if it has the toughest schedule in football. After a grueling stretch of three straight games against top 10 teams, the Razorbacks finally get a reprieve Saturday afternoon as they welcome UAB in a non-conference encounter. Arkansas fell to 0-4 in SEC play with a 45-32 loss against visiting Georgia, while the Blazers are coming off a 34-22 loss to Middle Tennessee.

Saturday marks the last reasonably winnable game for Arkansas until the end of next month; the Razorbacks face current No. 1 Mississippi State next weekend, then enjoy a bye before hosting No. 24 LSU and No. 3 Mississippi in back-to-back weeks. They'll close out the regular season against a Missouri team that might also be ranked by the time they face off in late November. The Blazers are playing the middle contest of a three-game road trek.

TV: Noon ET, SEC Network. LINE: Arkansas -23

ABOUT UAB (4-3): Blazers quarterback Cody Clements will be looking to bounce back from a subpar effort at Middle Tennessee in which he threw for just 185 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. That ended an impressive stretch that had seen Clements rack up 620 yards with five scores in back-to-back triumphs over Western Kentucky and North Texas. The running game is paced by Jordan Howard, who rumbled for 121 yards and a score on 32 carries last week - his fourth triple-digit effort of the season.

ABOUT ARKANSAS (3-4): Expect the Razorbacks to continue doing what they've done all season - running the ball with authority. Arkansas enters the week ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing yards per game (256.9) and are led by a true ground tandem in Jonathan Williams (104 carries, 677 yards, nine touchdowns) and Alex Collins (103 carries, 665 yards, eight TDs). Quarterback Brandon Allen set season highs in yards (296) and touchdowns (three) last week, but was hampered by a pair of interceptions.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Razorbacks are the only team in the nation with two 600-yard rushers.

2. Collins led all freshmen in rushing yards last season (1,026), while Howard was tied for second (881).

3. UAB has scored 40 or more points four times this season after achieving the feat just four times in the previous three seasons combined.

PREDICTION: Arkansas 45, UAB 23
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Alabama-Birmingham 4-3 L1 37.6 28.4 3-1 1-2 0-1 0-1 2-2
Arkansas 3-4 L3 38.3 26.9 2-2 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-4
Last Meeting
Alabama-Birmingham Arkansas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Alabama-Birmingham N/A
Arkansas N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Alabama-Birmingham N/A
Arkansas N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Alabama-Birmingham N/A
Arkansas N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Alabama-Birmingham N/A
Arkansas N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Alabama-Birmingham C. Clements 69.3 1536 9 7
Arkansas B. Allen 58.8 1293 13 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Alabama-Birmingham J. Howard 151 752 5.0 7
Arkansas J. Williams 104 677 6.5 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Alabama-Birmingham J. Nelson 20 446 22.3 2
Arkansas K. Hatcher 21 325 15.5 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Alabama-Birmingham J. Howard 8
Arkansas J. Williams 9
Quickchart Matchup
Alabama-Birmingham Off vs  Arkansas Def
477.9 yards
375.6 yards
4 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
9.5 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt
Arkansas Off vs  Alabama-Birmingham Def
454.1 yards
394.4 yards
5.9 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
7.2 yards/attempt
7.7 yards/attempt