Auburn Football 2010: A Quick Look Ahead at the Arkansas Game

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Auburn Football 2010: A Quick Look Ahead at the Arkansas Game
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Win or lose, the Auburn Tigers face two games with opponents in the Top 20 in the next two weeks. This is a formidable task for any football team. Most Auburn fans are glad to be bowl eligible but not pleased with the final results of the last game.

Auburn did not smash Kentucky in the mouth. The Auburn defense was lulled into playing Kentucky’s chosen style of football. There were no helmets flying out of the pile, and the results of that style of soft football showed on the scoreboard.

On Saturday October 16, 2010, the Tigers will face the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas must beat Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, and Mississippi State to have a shot at winning the west. They will attempt to make Auburn the first victim on that list.

Arkansas has only played a young Georgia team and Alabama in the SEC. They are coming off a win over Texas A&M where they had 442 yards of offense and 24 points. This was certainly no pushover game, but something tells me that it was Tigers not Aggies on the Hog’s mind.

Here are some quick facts from SEC play in average per game format.

Statistic

               Arkansas 

Auburn 

Total Offense

427 yards

453 yards

Total Defense

406.5 yards

322 yards

Scoring Offense

25.5 points

29.6 points

Scoring Defense

24 points

25 points

Rushing Offense

59 yards

278 yards

Rushing Defense

183 yards

111 yards

Passing Offense

368 yards

175 yards

Passing Defense

223 yards

211 yards

In the two previous SEC games Arkansas played conventional rushing attacks. They have not faced a serious rushing attack that challenges the perimeter and spreads the field this year.

Arkansas runs a diversified passing attack that challenges every area of the field. They have an excellent receiving corps that gives them threats at every level. Their running backs get more yards receiving than they do rushing in many games.

The Arkansas quarterback has been sacked nine times in five games. Their offense is converting 37.7 percent of their third downs this year. They are converting 88 percent of their trips to the red zone into points.

The Arkansas quarterback is no threat to run the ball. The Auburn defensive front four will get pressure on the quarterback quick enough to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. They will make sure there are plenty of quick outlets for him to dump off the football.

For Arkansas to win this game, they must hit for some big plays. It will be very difficult for them to win with the short outlets or passes. They are a big play offense that has a tendency to roll up yards without points when forced into a methodical style of passing game.

Seasonal Play Statistics All Opponents

Statistic

Arkansas 

Auburn 

National Ranking

12 nationally

7 nationally

Record

4-1

6-0

Conference Record

1-1

3-0

Total Offense Rank

19

10

Total Offense

462 yards

483 yards

Average Yards Gained Per Play

7.23 yards

7.23 yards

Total Defense Rank

19

40

Total Defense

302 yards

334 yards

Average Yards Allowed Per Play

4.71 yards

4.75 yards

Average Yards Penalized Per Game

67.6 yards

55.83 yards

Interceptions Total

5

4

Tackles For Loss Total

38

48

Fumbles Recovered Total

4

7

Turnovers Lost

11

10

Sacks Total

17

15

Tackles For Loss Allowed

26

28

Net Punting

37 yards

34 yards

Kick Returns Allowed

21.73 yards

20.97 yards

These are certainly two teams that are closely matched. They get the job done in different ways, but they do get them done.

Area

Arkansas 

Draw

Auburn 

Special Teams Coverage

 

X

 

Special Teams Punting

X

 

 

Special Teams Kicking

 

 

X

Receivers

X

 

 

Running Backs

 

X

 

Quarterbacks

 

X

 

Defensive Line

 

 

X

Linebackers

 

 

X

Secondary

X

 

 

Offensive Line

 

X

 

Tight Ends

 

X

 

There is little chance that Auburn can cover the Arkansas receivers in press coverage. They will likely once again allow Arkansas the short stuff to prevent the big play. Arkansas will likely get their yards of offense in this game.

There is little chance that Arkansas will slow down the Auburn rushing attack, and there should be a big play or two available in the passing attack.

The Auburn d-line will get pressure on the Arkansas quarterback early and often. Arkansas will be hard pressed to contain the Auburn quarterback in the pocket.

Auburn should win this game if they come out and play with intensity. If they do not play a full 60 minutes, Arkansas can win this game.

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