After their impressive win over Texas A&M last weekend, the Arkansas Razorbacks showed a lot of heart in the way they fought back in the second half.
The Hogs finally decided to show up, and how they showed up was impressive to say the least.
Coming from a very physical game with Alabama, it was as if the beat-down by the Crimson Tide had taken its toll on their spirit, as the Aggies scored five rushing touchdowns in the first half and the Hogs couldn’t muster either offense or defense to answer them, going into halftime down 35-17.
That’s when the Razorbacks woke up.
In the second half, the Arkansas defense shut them down to allow only three points, and the offense rolled up 25 points to beat the Aggies 42-35.
I briefly chronicle that game only to point out that the Arkansas Razorbacks have the talent and the desire to overcome hurdles and do just enough to win in the face of a daunting opponent. Does that sound familiar?
The Auburn Tigers head off to Fayetteville, Ark. this weekend to tangle with the Hogs in their third road game in a row and the second of the four games of October that will make or break their season.
Starting with last week's game at South Carolina, the degree of difficulty just gets tougher as the weeks progress.
The Tigers have already proven themselves in that game, beating the favored Gamecocks 16-13.
They showed us enough game and spirit to propel them from outside the Top 25 to No. 15 in the AP Poll.
As they take on Arkansas, things get bumped up a notch, and there are some Arkansas nuances that demonstrate that, as well as some things that the Tigers can use to their advantage.