By The Associated Press
Arkansas (1-2, 0-0 SEC) at No. 9 Auburn (2-1, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Auburn by 30.
Series record: Auburn leads 15-11-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both teams need a win. The Tigers are coming off a last-second loss to No. 6 LSU and face an uphill climb in the SEC West. The Razorbacks have dropped back-to-back games against Colorado State and North Texas.
Auburn’s passing game against Arkansas’ defense. The Razorbacks are allowing 300 yards a game through the air with six touchdowns. Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham is trying to rebound from a two-interception performance and get the SEC’s 10th-rated pass offense going.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arkansas: LB De’Jon Harris is leading the SEC with 32 tackles and his four pass breakups is tied for the league lead.
Auburn: RB JaTarvious Whitlow is the first Auburn freshman to run for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games since Michael Dyer in 2010. He’s clearly the featured back even though he hasn’t started.
FACTS & FIGURES
Arkansas has not won a league opener since beating Georgia 31-24 in 2010. … Arkansas coach Chad Morris and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn both were successful high school coaches and former Tulsa offensive coordinators. … Auburn has won four of the last five meetings, with the only loss coming in a four-overtime game in 2015.
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