AUBURN, Ala. — The Razorbacks tried Saturday night, but there was no stopping Auburn.
The Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC) throttled Arkansas 56-3, flattening the Hogs from the opening drive. The 53-point win is the largest margin of victory against a ranked team in Auburn history and set a regular-season record between SEC opponents.
As a result, Auburn ascended three spots to No. 3 overall among 14 teams in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The poll consists of 22 voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
It was the first game following the bye week for coach Gus Malzahn’s team, which overwhelmed Mississippi State 38-14 in Starkville the previous week after five-straight home games kicked off the 2016 season.
In addition to amassing the second-best rushing total in school history — only the 2013 SEC Championship Game in which Auburn ran for 545 yards against Missouri ranked higher — the Tigers held the Razorbacks to 25 rushing yards.
Auburn returns to The Magnolia State for its next game against Ole Miss on Oct. 29.
After nearly upsetting No. 1 Alabama in Week 3 and annihilating Georgia in Week 4, the Rebels have suffered tough back-to-back losses against Arkansas and LSU.
Though LSU’s Leonard Fournette has dealt with injuries this season (ankle), the running back looked like himself again in Baton Rouge on Saturday night, totaling 284 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the Tigers’ dominating 38-21 win.
Since their first meeting in 1928 Auburn has edged Ole Miss 29-11-0. The Tigers won in dramatic fashion in Oxford in 2014, but fell 27-19 to the Rebels at home last year. Auburn has won 7 of the last 10 contests.
After next week’s game, home matchups against Vanderbilt and Alabama A&M remain on the schedule, as well as trips to Athens and Tuscaloosa.
Check back next week to see the Week 9 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 8 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||260||0||2||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||235||0||6||2||5|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||211||0||5||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||200||0||8||3||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||189||0||4||2||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||151||0||3||6||8|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||7||5||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||101||0||9||7||11|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||95||0||10||8||11|
|11||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||54||0||12||9||14|
|12||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||44||0||11||11||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||35||0||14||11||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||4||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)