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After loss to Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas gets Crimson Tide
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The Southeastern Conference’s first huge game of the season was spoiled by Louisiana-Monroe.
Instead of a top-10 matchup in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, No. 1 Alabama comes to town to face an unranked Arkansas team that’s still shaking off a monster upset and unsure whether star quarterback Tyler Wilson can play.
Wilson sustained a head injury in the 34-31 loss to the Warhawks, a setback that has Razorbacks fans wondering if their team’s once-promising season is already shot.
If Wilson can play — Razorbacks head coach John L. Smith said Wednesday he was more optimistic than the day before, but “I’m keeping fingers crossed as well” — it should give the Razorbacks at least a puncher’s chance against the Tide.
If not? Brandon Mitchell could move back to quarterback after switching to receiver this season — to face Alabama. Not ideal.
Arkansas lost 38-14 at Alabama last season with Wilson. Home-field advantage might not be enough to compensate.
No. 2 Southern California also faces a potentially tough road test at No. 21 Stanford. The Cardinal have won three straight against the Trojans, remarkable considering the relatively one-sided history of the rivalry.
USC leads the series 59-28-3 and Stanford has never won more than three straight.
The last two meetings have produced wild games. Andrew Luck and the Cardinal beat Matt Barkley and USC 37-35 in 2010 and 56-48 in triple overtime last year.
Barkley is 0-3 as a starter against Stanford.
“It’s just another game,” Barkley told the Press-Telegram of Long Beach (Calif.) earlier this week. “It’s the next game. It’s Week 3. We’re going up north for an away game. Nothing special about it.”

No. 1 Alabama (minus 20) at Arkansas — Lose to ULM, then beat ‘Bama? Doesn’t sound possible ... ALABAMA 34-21
No. 2 Southern California (minus 8) at No. 21 Stanford — Stanford’s out of Luck ... USC 35-20
Idaho (plus 42½) at No. 3 LSU — Do tigers eat potatoes? ... LSU 55-7.
Tennessee Tech (no line) at No. 4 Oregon — When does Oregon start playing real games? ... OREGON 62-14
Wake Forest (plus 27½) at No. 5 Florida State — Demon Deacons have won four of last six meetings ... FLORIDA STATE 28-10
Florida Atlantic (plus 43) at No. 7 Georgia — Jarvis Jones for Heisman? Bulldogs’ LB is scary good ... GEORGIA 52-7
UAB (plus 33½) at No. 8 South Carolina — No need for Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw to rush back ... S. CAROLINA 45-10
No. 9 West Virginia (no line) vs. James Madison at Landover, Md. — Mountaineers shooting for 60 again ... WEST VIRGINIA 62-17
No. 22 Notre Dame (plus 5) at No. 10 Michigan State — Irish and Spartans could see less of each other when ND goes to ACC ... MICHIGAN STATE 24-17
Furman (no line) at No. 11 Clemson — Sammy Watkins returns for Clemson, tunes up for Seminoles ... CLEMSON 46-14
California (plus 17) at No. 12 Ohio State — First meeting since 1972; Buckeyes are 5-1 against Bears ... OHIO STATE 28-17
No. 13 Virginia Tech (minus 10½) at Pittsburgh — Panthers trying to avoid first 0-3 start since 2005 ... VIRGINIA TECH 28-14

No. 14 Texas (minus 10½) at Mississippi — Should be best party in the Grove in a few years ... TEXAS 31-13
North Texas (plus 28½) at No. 15 Kansas State — Rugged Wildcats QB Collin Klein is Tebow-lite ... KANSAS STATE 47-14
No. 16 TCU (minus 21) at Kansas — First Big 12 game for Horned Frogs ... TCU 48-24
Massachusetts (plus 46) at No. 17 Michigan — UMass has been outscored 82-6 by UConn and Indiana ... MICHIGAN 55-7
No. 18 Florida (plus 3) at No. 23 Tennessee — Gators have won seven straight in once-great rivalry ... TENNESSEE 28-23

North Carolina (plus 3½) at No. 19 Louisville — Tar Heels hope to have RB Giovani Bernard back from injury ... NORTH CAROLINA 28-24
Houston (plus 17) at No. 22 UCLA — Cougars have allowed 86 points in two games ... UCLA 56-35
South Carolina State (no line) at No. 24 Arizona — Wildcats get to enjoy at least another week in rankings ... ARIZONA 62-14
No. 25 BYU (minus 4) at Utah — Holy War has been played every year since 1946 ... BYU 20-17

Last week’s record — 20-4 (straight); 11-8 (vs. points)
Season record — 41-5 (straight); 20-16 (vs. points)
Best bets 0-2
Upset specials — 1-1