Arkansas Vs. Auburn Preview: The Search for Hope

John Reed-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Neither Auburn nor Arkansas has looked great all year. So how do you choose between two awful teams?

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Auburn Tigers, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Looking at this game earlier in the year, you might not have thought that it would be a showdown between the last and next-to-last team in the SEC West. After all, Ole Miss was going to be pretty hapless this season, and Arkansas was supposed to be one of the contenders for the division. And Auburn wouldn't be that bad, right?

Wrong. The only two teams in the division who are 0-2 in the SEC and have losing records overall are meeting in the Opelika area today. They are also the only two SEC teams that have been taken to overtime by Louisiana-Monroe this season, the kind of coincidence that might amusing if the results weren't so laughable. The Warhawks are Auburn's sole win, while the loss to the Sun Belt team was the beginning of Arkansas' long descent into irrelevance.

But only one of these teams has been defeated in its two SEC games by 100 points. (Literally.) And only one seems to find new and interesting ways to lose a game each week. There are no good reasons to choose either of these teams to win. So we'll go with the fact that there are slightly fewer reasons to choose Auburn to lose.

Auburn 24, Arkansas 14

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