AUBURN, Ala. — The time has now been announced for the game that will kickoff the second half of Auburn’s 2016 season — a home SEC West matchup with familiar foe Arkansas.
The 23rd-ranked Tigers (4-2, 2-1 SEC) will kick off against the 22nd-ranked Razorbacks (4-2, 0-2 SEC) at 6 p.m ET inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. The matchup will be televised on ESPN.
Auburn will be coming off a much-needed bye week for this meeting with Arkansas, which faces Ole Miss this Saturday after a high-scoring home loss to No. 1 Alabama. Thanks to a retooled offense and continued excellence from their defense, the Tigers will be on a 3-game winning streak heading into their sixth home appearance in seven games.
Gus Malzahn’s Tigers defeated Mississippi State 38-14 in Week 6 in a game that featured a 35-0 halftime lead. Auburn scored 4 red-zone touchdowns against the Bulldogs, improving a scoring percentage inside the 20-yard line that was one of the worst in college football earlier in the season.
Auburn, of course, is quite familiar with Arkansas. The Tigers hold a narrow 13-11-1 lead in the series against Arkansas, which became an annual SEC showdown in 1992. The two teams have split their last six meetings, with Arkansas winning a multi-overtime 54-46 thriller in 2015.
Malzahn, an Arkansas native who is a high school coaching legend in the state, was the offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks in the 2006 season. His rivalry with current Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has been marked by high-scoring games and a few wars of words in the media.
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