20/20 Hindsight: Alabama vs Arkansas

In the wake of the Tebocalypse and Upsetalooza, it might surprise the college football world to learn that Alabama had a convincing win over Arkansas yesterday. But a few folks actually noticed what happened in T-Town yesterday afternoon and that Greg McElroy is quietly having a dominating year, although you have to fight through to chaff to the nether corners of most sports websites to find the stories.

Andy Staples | Sports Illustrated

Sorry, national television audience. Alabama refused to get caught in the rise-and-fall cycle that consumed Ole Miss, Cal and Miami this week. Alabama is the football equivalent of Honda, cranking out a reliable, dependable, un-sexy product that will roll for 300,000 miles as long as coach Nick Saban keeps changing the oil.

Chris Bahn | Arkansas Sports 360

It was obvious in the post-game press conference that Arkansas representatives felt obligated to give Alabama its due, but the Razorbacks felt like they let one slip away. Even though the Crimson Tide held advantages in every statistical category, it sure seemed like most of the damage done to Arkansas was the result of friendly fire.

Year 2 | Team Speed Kills

I guess we could say we knew that, but it all was on display as Alabama really controlled its game with Arkansas from beginning to end. For all the love showered on Ryan Mallett, who appears to be Gary Danielson's new secondary crush (behind Tebow, his primary) now that Matthew Stafford is in the NFL, Greg McElroy was by far the best quarterback in the game.

Randy Kennedy | Birmingham News

If the Crimson Tide isn’t the most impressive team in the country through the first third of the season, then who is? Or, more to the point, what is Nick Saban’s third Alabama team missing that would otherwise make it among the legitimate national championship favorites? ... But the Crimson Tide is the most serious challenger to the Gators’ throne at this point. That’s because Alabama is substantially better in almost every area from a year ago.

Aaron Suttles | Tide Sports

It was a popularly-held assumption that Arkansas’ offense was so explosive that it would be almost impossible for the Alabama defense, ranked No. 3 nationally in total defense coming into its SEC-opener, to stop the Razorback passing attack for an entire 60 minutes....

Think again.

Chris Low | ESPN

The big difference between this offense and the one last season is how much more diverse Alabama is and how many more players it's involving in the offense. Sophomore receiver Marquis Maze said [Greg] McElroy made it known this offseason that he was going to spread the ball around, which has taken the chemistry on this team to a different level.

Cecil Hurt | Tuscaloosa News

[Greg] McElroy’s strong second half, combined with the Crimson Tide’s best defensive effort of the young season, overwhelmed an Arkansas team that had been among the nation’s offensive leaders. Alabama harassed strong-armed Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett all day, sacking him three times and hurrying him or disrupting his rhythm on at least a dozen more occasions.

Ivory Tower | Red Cup Rebellion

Alabama is the number one team in the country.  Considering the Tide's body of work - now that everyone has a substantial amount of it - none of the top teams in the country can boast such convincing resumes.  The season-opening win in Atlanta looks better and better every day.  And the difference between Arkansas' offense against Georgia and against Alabama is almost unbelievable.

Stephen Expat | Arkansas Expats

I guess it's no egregious sin to get your head handed to you by the No. 3 team in the country, but that doesn't make it any easier to watch. Today brought back extremely unpleasant memories of last September, when the Hogs got their asses thoroughly kicked by Alabama, Texas and Florida.

Harry King | NWA Online

Offensive maestro Bobby Petrino was short-handed against defensive wizard Nick Saban on Saturday. Meticulous preparation of talented skill players and brilliant schemes are not enough against a superb defense.

Alex Abrams | Razorback Central

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino wasted no time accepting the blame for a lopsided loss that seemed to be a total team effort. As odd as it sounded, Petrino admitted it was his fault for not getting his players to believe they could knock off third-ranked Alabama. But everyone deserves a share of the blame for Saturday’s 35-7 loss that saw Arkansas’ high-powered offense stall and its shaky defense give up too many long touchdowns.

Matt Hayes | The Sporting News

How fitting that in this gotta-claim-it, gotta-name-it weekly BCS frenzy, one team now clearly stands alone among all the uncertainty. Not defending national champion Florida. Not Texas or Oklahoma or any other Big 12 wannabe. Not the latest flash from the Pac-10 or, for the love of God, the ACC. It's Alabama. And frankly, it's not that close.
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