This is where the real tests begin. Texas A&M and Arkansas will face off in the annual rivalry game at AT&T Stadium and it’s sure to be another classic.
KJ Jefferson returns for Arkansas along with Raheim Sanders so the offense is going to be just as good — or better — than last year. And Arkansas is no longer a pushover as Texas A&M has quickly found out over the past few years with Sam Pittman in place.
I’m predicting a close game, but Arkansas gets the best of Texas A&M because of that discrepancy in experience on offense.
Prediction: Loss (4-1, 1-1)
Alabama is losing quite a lot from a team that just missed out on the playoff last year and whose two regular-season losses were by a combined four points at Tennessee and at LSU. Both of those games could have gone either way and we might just be talking about a national champion Alabama team but close doesn’t count for anything.
The Crimson Tide are losing Bryce Young and some other key players but if you know anything about them under Nick Saban, it’s that they don’t rebuild, they reload.
And this year will be no different.
Texas A&M usually gives Alabama a good game every single year and I think the Aggies will have a fighter’s chance here, but the Tide will pick up a huge road win.
Prediction: Loss (4-2, 1-2)