Coach John L. Smith said prior to the game that quarterback Tyler Wilson will not play Saturday due to his injury "above the shoulders."
After a week full of questions and concerns from fans, Arkansas (1-1) will do its talking on the field Saturday hosting No. 1 Alabama (2-0). The big question: will that talk be loud and proud or a quiet whisper?
Still reeling from last week's devastating loss to Louisiana-Monroe that sent Arkansas from the No. 8 team in the country to unranked, the Razorbacks have to turn things across on both offense and defense to stand a chance against Nick Saban's Crimson Tide.
The official work is that quarterback Tyler Wilson will be a game-time decision Saturday. The senior continues to struggle with a head injury. Despite official word from the school, the Razorback Nation's Aaron Peters reports it's unlikely Wilson will take the field. The possible replacements would be freshman Brandon Allen or junior Brandon Mitchell. Thus far, Mitchell has been playing wide receiver.
"Regardless of who they play at Quarterback whoever prepares to play is probably going to be a pretty effective player that we're going to have to do things correctly to be able to stop," Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said.
"Really that's what it comes down to is execution, you come up with a great plan you got a coach them and they got to execute it, and if they execute it then it works," Paul Petrino added on the Razorbacks approach on offense heading into Saturday. The Razorback defense much also turn things around. In two games, they've struggled to stop two unranked offenses. On Saturday, they face one of the best in the country.
Alabama beat Arkansas five straight times including the last four seasons. Saturday's game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will air on CBS.