FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is currently an 11-point underdog in its SEC West clash at Auburn on Saturday (5 p.m. CT, ESPN), a surprisingly-high number to many Hog fans.
But according to coach Bret Bielema, the No. 17 Razorbacks (5-2, 1-2 SEC) are most comfortable in that role. The Hogs are 2-2 straight up as an underdog this season.
“I know that we weren’t favored against TCU and I know that we weren’t favored against Ole Miss,” Bielema said Thursday night on his weekly radio show. “And to be quite honest I think it’s more of a good sign than a bad sign.”
On the flip side, No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 2-1) is 3-1 straight up as a favorite this season. Only Sun Belt teams Arkansas State (20.5) and Louisiana-Monroe (32.5) were bigger underdogs this season against the Tigers than Arkansas will be at kickoff Saturday.
“It kind of almost plays into our hands a little bit at Arkansas,” Bielema said. “Like I’ve said all along, weren’t not going after these sexy, ready-made (players). We’re kind of self-built. I think it actually ends up helping us in the long run. The way we play, the way we recruit, our demeanor. Our guys know on Saturday if they prepared the right way and executed the plan, good things will happen.”