Time: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
If you had logged into my Twitter account last Saturday night, after Auburn lost by one solitary point at home to LSU, you would have LOL’d on the inside. For many Auburn fans, it’s an annual identity crisis. New year, same story. Why does it feel like an early season loss to an inferior team is a rite of passage? Is LSU actually better than Auburn? You know, which of the two teams would win nine out of 10 times? Is Gus Malzahn worth $49 million?
I understand all of the questions. In fact, if you buy me a Miss Fancy’s, I’m happy to discuss them with you. However, that day isn’t today. Those answers are too complex for 140 characters. The season keeps going. Games are still being played. Life moves forward, which brings us to tonight’s game against SEC West foe Arkansas.
Auburn offense vs. Arkansas defense
The Tigers’ offensive line has to get better if Auburn has a chance to compete for the SEC West. Arkansas has been strong against the run so far this year, allowing only 2.8 yards per carry. The Hogs also haven’t seen a rushing attack as solid as Auburn’s, albeit behind an offensive line that’s still figuring things out.
Going into the LSU game, Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham was talked about as a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. LSU made Stidham look average, but suffice it to say that the Hogs’ defense isn’t quite what LSU’s is.
Auburn defense vs. Arkansas offense
Ty Storey will get the start at quarterback for Arkansas, but he is going up against an angry Auburn defense that underperformed last week. Not to mention the fact that Auburn’s defensive line is one of the most talented in the country.
Storey will be handing the ball off early and often to running back Devwah Whaley, who has 205 yards and two touchdowns on the year.
If you’re an Arkansas fan, you want to see what Ty Storey will be able to do on the road at night in Jordan-Hare Stadium. He’ll have to have a career game if Arkansas is going to pull out the upset.
If you’re an Auburn fan, you want to see improvement along the offensive line and the defense getting off the field on third down.
The Tigers are angry and are hosting their first night game of the season. I don’t see any way for Arkansas to come away from the Plains with a win.