In Arkansas coach Sam Pittman’s experience, even the best offensive lines in college football tend to fight uphill battles against Alabama defensive fronts.

In two matchups with the Crimson Tide while Pittman was offensive line coach at Georgia, the Bulldogs surrendered six sacks that totaled losses of 46 yards. On Saturday, Arkansas surrendered eight sacks for minus-49 yards in its 52-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama.

“It looked pretty overwhelming to me,” Pittman said of the Crimson Tide’s pass rush. “They got eight sacks, so we were having trouble with the line games. They were running back behind the center. We were having trouble picking them up. I’ve had trouble picking them up when I was at Georgia with arguably the best line in college football.

“I thought we stayed in third-and-manageable pretty good in the first half, but we couldn’t convert. We have to move the pocket. Nobody can just sit back there against Alabama. We thought we could hit a little quicker throws and evidently they weren’t open.”

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