Bet the House on Auburn to Beat Arkansas
By Peter Santo
Number 21 Auburn is currently a 10 point favorite to defeat number 17 Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. On the surface, that seems a bit crazy, you seldom see a lower ranked team favored by more than a touchdown, even at home.
However the advanced metrics currently have Auburn as a top ten team in the nation, and while I wouldn’t necessarily go that far, the Tigers are certainly a team on the rise. They clobbered Mississippi State in their last outing two weeks ago, and are looking for more of the same on Saturday.
Auburn has one of the best defenses in the country, with their excellent defensive line leading the way, and will look to stop the Razorback offense in its tracks.
On offense, Sean White has looked much more comfortable in the pocket as of late, and the rushing attack of Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway is averaging more than five yards per carry. The offense looks as good as ever with Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee assuming play-calling duties from Gus Malzahn.
People are pretty high on Arkansas after they defeated Ole Miss last week in a down to the wire thriller. But let’s be real here, they beat an Ole Miss team who’s quarterback makes more headlines for getting owned by Mia Khalifa after sliding into her DMs and getting in a fight at his brother’s high school game than he does for his play. They are in for a rude awakening when they invade the Loveliest Village on the Plains Saturday night.
Additionally, we are undefeated when Gus Malzahn wears a hat on the sideline, in Gus we trust. We also have the best kicker in the country so that’s just game over right there.
Prediction: Auburn 34, Arkansas 17. WDE!