FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Good morning from the site with a really long name, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Frank Broyles Field, where where No. 1 Alabama will face Arkansas.
• I'll take a field-goal attempt for 50-plus points please, Alex. And yes, it's good. Joseph Bulovas from 27 yards makes it 51-17.
• Jalen Hurts is 4-for-5 so far, the only miss the play he was chased to his right in the red zone. Alabama with 570 yards of total offense with 13:37 to go.
• ... and now we have the pick-six, Shyheim Carter, his second of the season. Tide leads 58-17.
• Arkansas was given a 15-yard penalty after the extra-point, which was applied to the kickoff. I kid you not, Bulovas's kick went off the goalpost.
• Arkansas announced 64,980 tickets sold, 49,723 showed up.
• Ok, I've checked with Alabama sports information and yes, Tua Tagovailoa does get credit for the touchdown pass on the fumble recovery by Ruggs. That's the college rule. Ruggs should get credit for scoring the touchdown as well.
• It's so quiet here when the bands aren't paying that you can hear the Arkansas quarterback call out signals in the press box. Soon we will be able to hear Saban yelling from across the field.
• Saban halftime quote: “I think we played really well on offense, especially in the passing game. We made a lot of explosive plays, but we’re not playing very well on defense. Players are confused. A lot of mental errors, giving up too many plays that should not be plays if people would just execute well.”
• Halftime note of interest to pass along: Tua Tagovailoa’s 334 passing yards and four touchdown passes today marks the first time a Power 5 QB has thrown for 300 or more yards and four scores in the first half of a conference game since Patrick Mahomes vs. Baylor on Nov. 25, 2016.
• Damien Harris with his second touchdown of the day, a 1-yard plunge on fourth down, with Arkansas thinking it had made the stop and replay saying otherwise. Alabama leads 48-14 and went over 500 offensive yards on that possession.
• Tua has a towel on his head, he might be done. If so, his final numbers: 10-for-13 334 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, 394.3 passer rating.
• A terrific play by safety Deionte Thompson, when the intended receiver on a wheel route was again left uncovered, leads to an Arkansas drive stalling in Alabama territory. The Razorbacks settle for a 41-yard goal. Tide's lead is 48-17.
• Jalen Hurts in at quarterback. Arkansas fans cheer that Tua Tagovailoa is done for the day.
• Weather radar is clear as the second quarter starts. Alabama has outscored its opponents 124-21 in the first quarter this season.
• Tide goes for it on 4th-and-1 at own 43. You know they won't run behind Williams on the bad ankle. Damien Harris up the middle gets stonewalled.
• Arkansas as a 22-yard gain when Patrick Surtain II went to cover the man in motion and ran into his own players -- and it was the hole where the play went. Well-designed play. However, right after it Ty Storey fumbled at the 1, forced by linebacker Dylan Moses and recovered by Deionte Thompson. That's Alabama's just second fumble recovery of the season.
• Not sure why, but it took the replay folks a long time to review Najee Harris' fumble. They have an angle he sure looked down. Sure enough it's overturned. Arkansas was very fortunate that linebacker De'Jon Harris wasn't called for targeting.
• Net play, 42-yard touchdown throw to Jerry Jeudy. There could have been a hold on Alex Leatherwood. No call and it's 28-7.
• Arkansas as has an answer. It gets back into the red zone, inserts Cole Kelley and O'Grady catches his second touchdown pass, this time for 3 yards. Tide leads 28-14.
• Make that 34-14. Led by Damien Harris, Alabama went 74 yards in eight plays and the running back ran in a 2-yard touchdown. The only drawback was Joseph Bulovas hit the upright again on the extra point, with Mac Jones holding. Alabama leads 34-14.
• Tua Tagovailoa so far: 9-10, 274 yards, three touchdowns, passer rating of 419.2.
• 1:50 to go before halftime, Nick Saban decides to work on the 2-minute offense. Slant to Jerry Jeudy, 60-yard touchdown. One-play drive. Tua is now 10-11, 334 yards, 4 TDs, 0 interceptions, 466 passer rating.
• Alabama wins the toss, will receive.
• First play, touchdown. Crossing route to Irv Smith Jr., 76-yard touchdowns. Six straight game with a score on opening possession. 7-0. Time of possession, 21 seconds. Irv Smith Jr.'s longest career reception, and his third TD of the season.
• Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis the player down, he collided with Quinnen Williams as the quarterback was unloading. He stayed down for a minute and then got up. Did not go to the tent.
• First play out of injury time out, bad snap leads to sack and fumble. Isaiah Buggs with the recovery. Alabama has first down at the 45, 10:51 until halftime. A light rain has started to fall here. Injury tent is up for Alabama. I'm guessing they're taking a look at Raekwon.
• Ok, another big pass to Smith, while trying to gut out extra yards the ball came loose, Henry Ruggs III recovered it in the end zone. 59-yard touchdown play. Smith gets a 47-yard reception, fumble forced by Ryan Pulley, 12-yard recovery. Alabama ahead 14-0. The Crimson Tide has had three offensive plays. 10:01 left in first quarter.
Quick note: It's not Raekwon Davis in the tent. It's down now, but he was on the sideline and looks ready to re-enter the game after the kickoff.
• Alabama shows a new wrinkle, both Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa on the field at the same time. Jalen takes an end-around for 5 yards and then lines up for the snap and keeps it for a 27-yard gain. Coaches giving every future opponent something to think about.
• Alabama scores again, Josh Jacobs on a 1-yard run. 5:38 to go in first quarter and the game is officially a rout, 21-0.
• Arkansas answers with an 11-play drive, tight end Cheyenne O'Grady with an 8-yard touchdown catch from Ty Storey. Trevon Diggs about to have a learning moment on the sideline -- or should we call it a teaching moment from the coaches. 21-7. Home crowd has woken up.
10:50: We had a flyover with the National Anthem. Always nice.
10:45 a.m.: Ok, looks like some good news here on the weather front, it's raining just north of Fayetteville and the latest wave of rain might miss us. Rain/storms are still sort of popping up in the region, but we make get lucky and miss most of it.
10:42 a.m.: 20 minutes until kickoff and the stadium isn't even half-full. Hmmmm ...
10:35 a.m.: Shyheim Carter is lining up as the star in the nickel package. Second-team secondary was Josh Jobe and Saivion Smith at the corners, Jared Mayden and Eddie Smith at safety. D.L. Lewis was in the mix in the nickel package. Jonah Williams looks good to go. At running back, Josh Jacobs has been taking snaps second behind Damien Harris. Alabama wraps up warmups.
10:30 a.m.: An interesting note with the outside linebackers, Alabama only brought four -- Jennings, Miller, Mosley and Anoma. Part of this is from only being able to bring 70 players and the coaches opted to bring extra linemen (two on offense and there are eight total on defensive line). Plus, the Razorbacks do a lot of spread and misdirection that will have the defense mostly in nickel.
10:25 a.m: Jonah Williams (ankle) is in uniform and is expected to start. Matt Womack is bacing him up.
10:20 a.m.: 41 minutes until kickoff. The rest of the team comes out ... Game captains are Damien Harris, Ross Piershcbacher and Anfernee Jennings.
10:15 a.m.: Alabama special teams are out. The quarterbacks came out early to check out the wind. It's kind of picking up at times.
10 a.m.: Facebook Live is up and going. Tua Tagovaolia is already out on the field.
My apologies there will be no "The Saban has arrived" video. The team bus went right by me when I was stuck in traffic. But Alabama is here and we'll get the Facebook Live video going at about 10 a.m.
The sentiment here is, "Well, at least we'll get to see a good team."
It looks like were' going to get some rain here during the second half, around 1:45 pm, but the worst of it has gone north of the area. The high will be 81 degrees, it's really humid and the wind is 12 mph going from south to north — which will be a factor for the coin toss.
Referee John McDaid's crew will work the game.