The defense did its job and the offense discovered its full potential as Alabama beat Arkansas 52-0 on Saturday.
The now 7-0 and still No. 1 Crimson Tide showed a distinct balance on offense, an opportunistic streak on special teams—forcing a fumble and blocking a field goal—and an uncanny ability to prevent their opponents from even crossing midfield on defense. Which, unsurprisingly, still doesn’t satisfy Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban.
“I’m really pleased with the progress that we made. I think it’s important that our team continue to focus on improving,” Saban said. “I still don’t think we’ve played our best game. I think we’ve got to continue to improve.”
With the change of coach, quarterback and overall football culture, Arkansas is clearly a work in progress: This is their fifth straight loss.
“Obviously this is getting a little old,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said. “Nothing that we did out there can give us any indication that the things that we need to do are that far away. It’s a long way to go.
“Alabama is a very good football team. They are very strong and deep, and you give them obviously a great advantage.”