Who: BCS No. 11 Auburn (7-1, 3-1 SEC at Arkansas (3-5, 0-4)
When: Today, 6 p.m. ET
Where: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) | Fayetteville, Ark.
Radio: Auburn IMG Sports Network (WVRK-102.9 FM in Columbus; WGZZ-94.3 FM in Auburn/Opelika)
All-time series: Auburn leads 11-10-1
Quick game notes: Through eight games, no team in the country has improved its year-over-year record more than Auburn. At this point last season, the Tigers were 1-7. They have inverted that mark this year, standing at 7-1 entering Saturday. The next-best turnaround has been by Buffalo, which was also 1-7 at this juncture last season. The Bulls now boast a 6-2 overall record. ... Arkansas is in the middle of a historic stretch of tough competition, as Auburn represents its fifth ranked foe in as many games. That's tied for the longest string of ranked opponents for an SEC school since 1992, alongside two streaks by LSU (2001-02; 2012). ... To say that Auburn receiver Sammie Coates is a "big-play threat" is a bit of an understatement. The Leroy native leads the nation in yards per catch at 25.5, with 10 receptions of 30-plus yards, which is tied for fourth-most in Division I. He also has five catches of 40 or more yards this year (12th nationally), with three spanning more than 50 yards and a pair hitting the 60-yard mark. ... Bret Bielema never won fewer than seven games in his seven years as Wisconsin's head coach from 2006-12. The Razorbacks are on the verge of "setting" a career-low for the Iowa alum. If Arkansas is unable to win at four more games this year (either the last four in the regular season or three in the regular season plus a bowl victory), that undesirable outcome will become a reality for Bielema.
Auburn offensive line vs. Arkansas defensive lineChris Smith
EDGE: Even. It's difficult to ascribe an advantage for one side or the other. If it's based on this year alone, it would go to Auburn. But throw in how the Razorbacks dominated this matchup last year, and it's hard not to give them their due.
Alex Collins/Jonathan Williams vs. Auburn defensive lineEllis Johnson
SLIGHT EDGE: Auburn. The Tigers have been more consistent stopping the run than the Razorbacks have been at tallying yards. As good as Arkansas has been on the ground, there are still three games this season when they weren't even able to reach 200 yards.
Gus Malzahn vs. Bret Bielema
BIG EDGE: Auburn. This is easy. Which coach has the 7-1 record and which one is on a five-game losing streak? Case closed.