Auburn vs. Arkansas: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
The No. 11 Auburn Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks are quickly developing a history.
Not that the Tigers and Razorbacks are unfamiliar foes, but the new coaches certainly don't like each other very much. As the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) documents, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema takes exception to several things Gus Malzahn and Co. do.
Bielema should especially care that his team has lost five straight, including its last two by a combined score of 104-7 at the hands of No. 14 South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama.
On the other hand, Auburn has been one of the nation's biggest surprises at 7-1, has won four straight and possesses an impressive hurry-up offense few have been able to slow.
As far as SEC rivalries go, it doesn't get much better.
Here's what to know going into the game.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.
Television: ESPN 2
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 54.5
- Spread: Auburn (-8)
Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Jaylon Denson||WR||09/22/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Justin Garrett||LB||10/28/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Arkansas||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Joshua Holsey||LB||10/24/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Nick Marshall||QB||10/28/2013||is probable for Saturday's game against Arkansas||Probable||shoulder|
|Demetruce McNeal||S||08/17/2013||was dismissed from the team||Out||legal/disciplinary|
|Patrick Miller||T||10/28/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Arkansas||Questionable||disciplinary|
|Jeffrey Whitaker||DT||08/31/2013||will miss the entirre season||Out||knee|
Razorbacks Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Ronan Gaines||S||10/28/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Auburn||Questionable||leg|
|Will Hines||CB||10/06/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||arm|
|Robert Thomas||DT||10/14/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||leg|
|Demetrius Wilson||WR||08/18/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
Can Arkansas Slow Auburn's Attack?
This is all that truly matters, once the two teams get on the field.
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, owner of over 1,600 total yards and 11 touchdowns, was the victim of an injury scare in last week's 45-10 drubbing of Florida Atlantic, but Tim Stephens of CBS Sports reports he'll be ready to go against the Razorbacks:
Auburn OC optimistic about QB Marshall's shoulder http://t.co/MWJDnOJYZy— Tim Stephens (@tstephensCBS) October 28, 2013
Malzahn himself says it's a fluid situation:
Auburn's Gus Malzahn says he's not sure of quarterback Nick Marshall's health. He'll practice today. "It's day to day."— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) October 29, 2013
Even if Marshall can't go, not much will change.
Auburn has a three-headed monster at running back with Tre Mason (753 yards and nine touchdowns), Cameron Artis-Payne (510, five) and Corey Grant (451, four). All of them have recorded 100-yard games.
Freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson has also shown he can step in and direct Malzahn's elite offense as shown with his 393 yards and six scores in two games.
Congratulations Jeremy Johnson - SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season! #WarEagle— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 28, 2013
If Arkansas is to break its five-game skid, it will need a massive defensive effort.
Will Arkansas pull off the upset?
The Razorbacks are almost out of the woods on the tail end of a ridiculous stretch against then-ranked No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 18 Florida, No. 14 South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama.
Unfortunately, the last stop is a date with a Tigers offense the Razorbacks have no hope at stalling. The Tigers have racked up over 30 points in six of eight games this year, with totals of 45 or more coming in three straight weeks, including the major upset victory over the Aggies.
Arkansas averages just over 20 points per game and will not be able to keep up. Once Auburn pulls ahead, the Razorbacks will be forced to the air with their attack that averages just 146.6 yards per game, ranking No. 113.
This one will get ugly in a hurry.
Tigers win 45-17
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