The Arkansas football program has been in a tailspin since the Sunday morning in early April that Bobby Petrino had a motorcycle accident with a surprising passenger holding onto him.
Many Arkansas fans have already closed the book on the 2012 season and just want to be woken up when a new coach is hired to lead their football program.
Arkansas will take any sort of positive momentum to stop the bleeding, and a win over Auburn will do just that. A loss to Auburn will continue the downward spiral of what was the eighth-ranked football team in the country at the start of the season. If the loss to Auburn is ugly, we may see the rare title "interim-interim head coach" for Arkansas by season's end.
For Auburn, a win will get the month of October off to a much better start than September. For the Tigers to have a realistic shot at achieving bowl eligibility, they need to get at least three wins in four October games.
Even with a loss to LSU, the Tigers picked up some momentum, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Another solid performance (along with a win) could do wonders for this still somewhat fragile team.
It won't be pretty on the Plains if Auburn find a way to lose to a team that lost to ULM (who Auburn barely beat), got crushed by Alabama, got beat by Rutgers and got pounded by Texas A&M. Especially when Auburn has had two weeks to prepare.
If so, the little bit of momentum that was gained in the loss to LSU will go right down the drain and we can start to use words like "disaster" to describe the 2012 season.