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Arkansas' Bielema committed to Allen at quarterback despite recent struggles

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013, file photo, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) hands off during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Fayetteville, Ark. Allen is still looking for that signature game as the starting quarterback at Arkansas, especially after last week's 30-yard passing performance in a loss to South Carolina. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013, file photo, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) hands off during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Fayetteville, Ark. Allen is still looking for that signature game as the starting quarterback at Arkansas, especially after last week's 30-yard passing performance in a loss to South Carolina. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)  (The Associated Press)

Brandon Allen earned the starting quarterback position at Arkansas with a stellar spring practice under first-year coach Bret Bielema.

Allen has largely struggled since then, including a 4-of-12 passing effort for 30 yards in the Razorbacks' 52-7 loss to South Carolina last week.

Despite Allen's struggles — he ranks 13th in the Southeastern Conference in passer rating — Bielema is committed to the sophomore as the starter for Arkansas (3-4, 0-3 SEC).

It's a job that doesn't get any easier this week when the Razorbacks, who have lost four straight games, travel to face No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0).