Arkansas (3-1 overall, 2-0 in SEC) vs. No. 2 Auburn (5-0 overall, 3-0 in SEC)
Site: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Time: 11 a.m.
Radio/TV: The ARSN network will broadcast the game on radio affiliates. The game will be televised nationally by
CBS (KTHV, Channel 11 in Little Rock).
What James says: If we’re ever going to see it, we should see what everybody has been waiting on, the real no-huddle spread offense from Arkansas. They’ve had a week off to implement it, it’s Auburn and it’s a game nobody expects them to win. Look for Arkansas to try every-thing, such as fake punts, attempted fourth-down conversions, faked field goals, all kind of things.
Did Auburn’s close game with South Carolina give the Hogs hope? Definitely. South Carolina with an inexperienced offensive line and aver-age running backs made good run yardage against Auburn that set up the Gamecocks’ passing game. Arkansas should feel optimistic about their ability to run against Auburn. Auburn is not the No. 2. team in the nation. I don’t think they’re as good as LSU even though they beat LSU (7-3 on Sept. 23 at Auburn).
What must Arkansas do to win? The key is Arkansas establishing the run against Auburn’s front seven. That will require trap plays and misdi-rection plays. Auburn has an aggressive defense that has the tendency to overrun the play. Look for Darren McFadden on quick-hitting type plays or misdirection. Auburn is too fast on defense; Arkansas is not going to outrun Auburn’s defenders to the corner.
The other question is, can Arkansas’s defense stop tailback Kenny Irons the way they stopped Alabama’s Kenneth Darby? I expect Arkan-sas will sell out against the run and force Auburn’s quarterback, Brandon Cox, to pass. Auburn’s not as strong in their receivers as they were last year, but they are using the tight end in the passing game more than I have seen in the past few years.
The pick: Auburn, 28-14.
Watch former Arkansas All-American defensive end Bruce James along with David Bazzel and host Steve Sullivan on KATV, Channel 7’s “SportsWeek” Sundays at 10:30 p.m.