FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 15: Head Coach John L. Smith of the Arkansas Razorbacks watches on the sidelines during a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Razorback Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 52-0. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Colder And Colder: No. 1 Alabama Shows Arkansas New Low

Did the Razorbacks hit rock bottom last week? No. They did not. A difficult year for Arkansas shows no signs of getting better any time soon.

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Arkansas Undone: Tyler Wilson Says Razorbacks 'Quit' In Alabama Loss

There had to be a breaking point for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and after the offseason from hell, an interim coach from the bizarro world and an embarrassing loss to a Sun Belt team at home in Little Rock, that breaking point seems to be Alabama's 52-0 whipping of the Hogs today in Fayetteville:

Wilson, who suited up but did not play after a game-time decision to let the quarterback rest a while longer from the concussion he suffered last week, apparently told his teammates to buck up or go home.

Clearly frustrated, Wilson has forgotten the two fundamentals of Razorback Nation.

1. There's always tomorrow.

2. United we stand. Together. Togeeeeether. (You and I)

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Alabama Vs. Arkansas Final Score: Tide Flatten Razorbacks, 52-0

No. 1 Alabama laid a whupping on Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday afternoon. The Razorbacks couldn't afford a whole lot of mistakes playing without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson, and they goofed a bunch, early and often.

Alabama's first score came from recovering a muffed punt at the Arkansas 6-yard line; Eddie Lacy (11 carries, 55 yards) punched in the pigskin for his first of three scores on the day. Arkansas then drove 50 yards only to miss a field goal, and two Brandon Allen interceptions in the second quarter led to two Alabama touchdowns and a 24-0 halftime margin.

After Alabama drove 75 yards for a second half opening touchdown, Arkansas fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Tide kicker Cade Foster made the recovery, and T.J. Yeldon finished off the two play, 27-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 38-0 three minutes into the third quarter.

The Crimson Tide outgained Arkansas 441-171, and made 27 first downs to the Razorbacks' 12. The Alabama defense turned over Arkansas three times.

Box Score Hero: Alabama didn't need much from quarterback A.J. McCarron, but he turned in an extremely efficient performance, going 11 of 16 for 189 yards and a touchdown. Nine different Alabama receivers made catches off McCarron and Phillip Ely, who came in to finish the game.

Rankings Ramifications: Alabama should stay at no. 1, unless USC absolutely annihilates Stanford Saturday night in Palo Alto. Arkansas doesn't look like a squad that's returning to the Top 25 anytime soon.

But Did They Cover? Alabama was a 15½- to 21-point favorite pregame, so they covered several times over. Most books had the over-under set at 52.

For More On This Game: For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll. For more on Hogs football, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

Next Week's Schedule:

9/22: Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic

9/22: Arkansas vs. Rutgers

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Arkansas Vs. Alabama: John L. Smith's Path To Victory Paved With Butt Slaps

Down 24-0 to the best team in the country thanks to turnovers, with your starting quarterback out for the game a week after losing to a Sun Belt team? There's remedies and responses galore, but the John L. Smith way to inspire a team? YOU GOTTA GIVE EM A SLAP ON THEIR BUTTS, GUYS.

Let's just cut the glib blog-talk and stack these two head to head:

The Head Football Coach

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The Fanbase

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We pray that nothing about this arrangement would ever be considered "interim."

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Arkansas Vs. Alabama: Weird Things Happening In Front Of Weird Fans, Which Is Normal

Up yonder in The Ozarks, Arkansas and Alabama are playing in the rain this afternoon, which means weird, slippery things are happening at Razorback Stadium.

Like, say, an almost-nearly interception of Hogs backup-turned-starter Brandon Allen by Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner. Originally ruled a pick, it was overturned:

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Also, weird stuff like the next play, a punt that looked like an Alabama fumble: (It was overturned, too)

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You might think that all these close calls, combined with the gut-wrenching loss to Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock last week, combined with the sheer being of head coach John L. Smith, combined with the program-derailing scandal that caused the firing of Bobby Petrino would doom Razorback Nation, or at least create some symptoms of football fan PTSD.

But believe it or not, this is a sign that all is well in Arkansas.

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You know who's a damn fine filmmaker? That P.T. Anderson. He's got a new movie out this weekend that's more than likely about how a giant, globe-spanning cult works.

You know who are damn enthusiastic fans? Arkansas fans. No coincidence at all.

"The will of one man is the basis of cult." That one man used to be this one man, but he's probably caddying for his daughter this weekend, so it's this one man, emphatically making spirit fingers on a rainy day in Fayetteville.

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PHOTO: Tyler Wilson Warming Up In Advance Of Alabama-Arkansas

You know, we never really got the final word on whether Arkansas is going to play Tyler Wilson against Alabama or not. He was reportedly ruled out Friday morning, but John L. Smith has left it a mystery all week long.

Here's the Hogs' starter about an hour and a half before kickoff, working out in shorts:

Gribble says Wilson is "throwing 20-yard passes on 3- and 5-step dropbacks."

Wilson could just be giving it one last go just to make sure he can't play with what's been called a head injury, or he could actually end up playing. Big risks either way for Arkansas, but Wilson's health has to be the first concern.

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Alabama Vs. Arkansas Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

No. 1 Alabama travels to Arkansas on Saturday for their first SEC test of the season.

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