Arkansas at Auburn: How to watch and listen, forecast, team comparisons

By: Matt Jones
Published: Friday, September 21, 2018
Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

WHEN Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Central

WHERE Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451), Auburn, Ala.

RECORDS Arkansas 1-2, 0-0 SEC; Auburn 2-1, 0-1 SEC.

RANKINGS Arkansas NR; Auburn 9.

COACHES Arkansas: Chad Morris - 1-2 in first season at Arkansas and 15-24 in fourth season overall; Auburn: Gus Malzahn - 47-23 in sixth season at Auburn and 56-26 in seventh season overall.

SERIES Auburn leads 15-11-1. The Tigers have won two straight games in the series and four of the past five.

LAST MEETING Auburn defeated Arkansas 52-20 on Oct. 21, 2017, in Fayetteville.

RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, via the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday app, via the TuneIn app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Blackouts may apply. The Auburn radio broadcast will be carried on satellite radio on Sirius Ch. 98 and XM Ch. 386. A Sports USA radio broadcast will also originate from the game. Check local listings.

TELEVISION The game will be televised by SEC Network and streamed on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app (carrier login required).

ANNOUNCERS Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (field).

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be sunny with a high near 90 degrees in Auburn, Ala. Saturday night will be mostly clear with a low of 69 degrees.

BETTING LINE Auburn is a 30-point favorite.

TEAM COMPARISON

Scoring Offense: Arkansas 33.0; Auburn 35.0.

Scoring Defense: Arkansas 32.7; Auburn 15.7.

Total Offense: Arkansas 402.0; Auburn 438.3.

Total Defense: Arkansas 403.3; Auburn 324.3.

Time of Possession: Arkansas 30:31; Auburn 28:26.

Third-Down Offense: Arkansas 34.8; Auburn 37.5.

Third-Down Defense: Arkansas 29.2; Auburn 30.6.

Turnover Margin: Arkansas 0.0; Auburn 0.0.

Penaltiy Yards: Arkansas 56.7; Auburn 84.0

Schedule Strength: Arkansas 119; Auburn 35.

NOTEWORTHY: Arkansas’ last trip to Auburn resulted in the Razorbacks’ worst SEC loss ever, a 56-3 decision in October 2016. Auburn has won the past two games over Arkansas by a combined 85 points, which constitutes the Razorbacks’ second-worst two-year span against an SEC team. Arkansas lost 52-0 to Alabama in 2012 and 2013….Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas coach Chad Morris are good friends dating to their days as high school coaches in the early 2000s. Malzahn won three state championships in Arkansas at Shiloh Christian and Springdale, and Morris won three state championships in Texas at Bay City and Lake Travis. Morris broke into the college game in 2010 at Tulsa, where Malzahn had been coordinator two seasons earlier. This is the first game in which they have met as opposing head coaches. The most recent meeting involving their teams came in 2011 when Morris was offensive coordinator at Clemson and Malzahn was offensive coordinator at Auburn. Clemson won 38-24….Auburn is coming off a 22-21 loss to LSU at home last week after LSU kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. The loss snapped Auburn’s 13-game home win streak. Arkansas has not won at Auburn since 2012….The Auburn game is the first of four straight conference games for Arkansas, followed by a neutral-site game in Arlington, Texas, against Texas A&M, a home game against Alabama and a game against Ole Miss in Little Rock.

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