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Auburn football: Closer look at Tigers' game today against Arkansas Razorbacks

No. 12 Arkansas (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at No. 7 Auburn (6-0, 3-0 SEC), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Auburn by 3.5

Series Record: Auburn leads 10-8-1

What’s at Stake

Arkansas can make up for its loss to Alabama and jump back into the SEC West title race with a win, which would bring the Tigers back to the pack in the standings. Auburn will try to remain unbeaten heading into its Oct. 23 matchup against LSU, which would establish a clear Western Division frontrunner.

Key Matchup

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has put up video game numbers this year, with 1,748 yards and 13 touchdowns in five games this season. Auburn has given up more passing yards (1,435) than any team in the SEC. The game will be won or lost on the back end for the Tigers.

Players to Watch

Arkansas: DE Jake Bequette has four sacks in five games, leading a Razorbacks defense that has the third-most sacks (17) in the SEC.

Auburn: LT Lee Ziemba will be charged with protecting QB Cam Newton’s blindside against Arkansas’ pass rush. The Tigers have allowed only seven sacks this year, tied for third-fewest in the league.

Facts & Figures

This is the first time in the series that both teams enter the game ranked. The game features the top two offenses in the SEC (Auburn 483.0 ypg; Arkansas 462.8 ypg). Arkansas has won two straight and three of four against Auburn, winning 44-23 in Fayetteville last year and 25-22 in 2008, the first game after Tommy Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. Auburn has won 60 straight games when scoring 30 or more points, a streak dating back to 1996. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was Auburn’s offensive coordinator in 2002, when Gene Chizik was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. The Razorbacks have thrown for 300 or more yards 14 times since Petrino took over in 2008. Before his arrival, they had done it only 16 times.

— Andy Bitter

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