Arkansas-Auburn: Score predictions and players to watch
Arkansas will face Auburn at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
To help get you ready for the game, SEC Country’s Arkansas reporters Trent Shadid, Eric Bolin and John Nabors are providing their score predictions and players to watch for the game.
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Auburn 27, Arkansas 14 — Trent Shadid
Arkansas surrendered a program-worst 543 rushing yards last season at Auburn, a 56-3 Tigers victory. That happened despite Auburn being without star running back Kerryon Johnson because of injury. This time around, Johnson is healthy and leading the SEC in yards per game (132) and rushing touchdowns (13). Expect the Tigers to control this game with their rushing attack and a domination of the Hogs’ poor offensive line.
Auburn 28, Arkansas 10 — Eric Bolin
The two-touchdown point spread was a bit of a surprise after Arkansas was battered against Alabama. Auburn looked the part of heavy hitter until blowing a 20-point lead against LSU last week. That means the Tigers can go one of two ways: They can rebound and handle the Hogs or they can fold up the tent and call it a season. If the latter happens, Arkansas would still have to take advantage, and it hasn’t shown it can actually do that. Smart money, still, is on the former.
Auburn 48, Arkansas 21 — John Nabors
Auburn is going to come in with motivation after suffering its first SEC loss last week at LSU. The Tigers have really put up some impressive offensive numbers against the Razorbacks every year under Bret Bielema. If Gus Malzahn has a chance to run up the score and bring some offensive firepower, he will take advantage of it.
Players to watch
ILB De’Jon Harris — Trent Shadid
Harris, a sophomore, has been outstanding for Arkansas this season. He’s averaging an SEC-high 8 solo tackles per game in conference play. The Hogs must have another very strong individual performance from Harris to have any hope at beating the Tigers.
WR Brandon Martin — Eric Bolin
I wrote a couple weeks ago I thought Martin could end up having a Dominique Reed-like first season in that I expected him to make a jump halfway through the year. Well, he had 4 catches last week. If he can have another 4 — or more — against Auburn, it will go a long way in getting the Arkansas offense back on track.
RB Devwah Whaley — John Nabors
The Hogs have yet to establish any sort of rushing attack this season. With quarterback Austin Allen likely being out of this game and Cole Kelley getting another start, he will desperately need some help from the backfield in establishing the run.