Auburn vs. Arkansas prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s SEC West battle between the Tigers and Razorbacks.
It all depends on which Arkansas team shows up. Will it be the one that pulled out a tough win at TCU earlier this year and another last week over Ole Miss? Or the one that didn’t look like it belonged on the field with Texas A&M or Alabama? My guess is somewhere in between, and that will be enough to beat Auburn, as Rawleigh Williams picks up his fifth 100-yard games of the season.
Know this: If Arkansas wins this game, I might just dress up as Bret Bielema for Halloween to annoy the hell out of Mr. Stultz, a.k.a. the proudest Auburn alumnus I’ve ever met in my entire life. Still, as fun as that would be, I’m picking Auburn. In Sean White’s last two games, he’s completed 80 percent of his passes for 443 yards and three touchdowns. I think he keeps it going and helps the Tigers pick up a win.
The #GusBus is back, as Auburn is averaging 262.8 yards per game on the ground behind Kerryon Johnson and Kam Pettway. Quarterback Sean White has played better than I expected, but the defense will have its hands full against a beefy Razorbacks O-Line. Hogs quarterback Austin Allen will get his share of yards even though the Tigers secondary has played pretty well. Bret Bielema’s squad will need to shut down the run and force White to make plays through the air. This game comes down to the wire, with the difference being the hogs up front for Arkansas. Rawleigh Williams and the run game wears down the Auburn defense on a late game-winning drive to notch a big SEC West victory.
These two teams played a four-overtime classic last season, with the Razorbacks pulling it out in Fayetteville. Auburn has been on a roll since a.) Gus Malzahn relinquished play-calling duties b.) Malzahn started wearing a hat instead of a visor and c.) I fractured my heel and have been in a cast. I’m not sure which one is most important. This should be a game dominated by both rushing attacks. If Auburn can get Kerryon Johnson (if he plays) and Kam Pettway going, the Tigers will pull it out in front of a packed Jordan-Hare Stadium. I’m going with Auburn. War Eagle!