No. 10 Arkansas Favored By 10 At Home Against No. 15 Auburn Saturday Night

October 8, 2011 – By Scott
 
 
The 15th ranked Auburn Tigers have been on a roller coaster ride this season.  They had come-from-behind win in their opener against Utah State which left many wondering what kind of season was in store for the defending national champions.  
 
And following a 38-24 loss to Clemson on Sept. 17, Auburn has won two straight, including last weekend’s win over South Carolina to improve to 4-1 on the year. Now, they are in for another huge conference battle as they travel to Arkansas Saturday night to face the No. 10 Razorbacks.
 
Arkansas (4-1) jumped out to a 3-0 record to begin the season before they fell 38-14 to Alabama.  They rebounded quite well and knocked off then-No. 14 Texas A&M 42-38 last weekend after a huge offensive fireworks display.
 
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson set a school record in the win over the Aggies as he passed for 510 yards.  They bring the 7th best passing offense in the nation to Saturday’s matchup and are getting 351.8 yards through the air on the year.
 
This doesn’t bode well for an Auburn defense that has struggled all season.  They are last in the league in scoring, total and rushing defense and are giving up 27.4 points per game and 232.8 yards passing.  They did hold the Gamecocks offense in check last weekend, but will face a different beast offensively against the Razorbacks.
 

“We’ve got to do it again. That’s exactly how I feel,” Auburn defensive end LaDarius Owens said Tuesday. “People are waiting in the back just trying to say, `I told you so.’ What we did last week, yeah, it’s good and great. But if we don’t do it this week, they’ll be like, `I knew it was a fluke.”

Quarterback Barrett Trotter and running back Michael Dyer lead the way for Auburn’s offense which ranks 80th in the nation in total yards per game.  Trotter has passed for 895 yards and 9 touchdowns while Dyer has 567 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns.  
 
The key in this matchup will be which Auburn defense will show up against Arkansas’ high-powered offense.  The one that allowed Utah State to put up 38 points or the one that held South Carolina to just 13.   Auburn has showed they can put up points offensively, but getting into a shootout with the Razorbacks could become a problem.
 
NCAA College Football Betting Lines have Arkansas favored by 10 at home against Auburn.  The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 64.
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