TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Zach Stadther #61 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
No. 1 Alabama travels to Arkansas on Saturday for their first SEC test of the season.
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The SEC conference schedule kicks into high gear on Saturday, with rivalry showdowns in each division. In the West, Alabama will travel to Fayetteville for a Saturday afternoon game on CBS. This matchup lost some of its luster last week when the Razorbacks were upset by Louisiana-Monroe.
What was expected to be a top-ten clash will now also likely be without one-time Heisman hopeful Tyler Wilson, who was battered last week by the Warhawks. Wilson took a number of shots, but was knocked out with a blow to the head when he was planted on the turf in Little Rock. He did not practice all week and has been reportedly ruled out for the game against the No. 1 Crimson Tide.
Alabama, on the other hand, enters their conference slate fresh and relatively healthy after taking care of business at home against Western Kentucky. The Crimson Tide passed their first big test of the season against Michigan, and this week got a little easier with Wilson now likely out of the equation. Just don't tell that to Nick Saban.
CBS will carry the coverage on Saturday, with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson providing their first SEC broadcast of the season.
Game time, TV channel: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Point spread: Alabama favored by 20
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