Bobby Petrino is in his third season at Arkansas with a record of 16-13 (.552) and eighth overall with a record of 60-32 (.652). The Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator is Garrick McGee and the defensive coordinator is Willie Robinson.
Gene Chizik is in his second season at Auburn with a record of 13-5 (.722) and in his fourth season overall with a record of 18-24 (.429). The Tigers’ offensive coordinator is Gus Malzahn and the defensive coordinator is Ted Roof.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ARKANSAS HAS THE BALL
Ryan Mallett leads the SEC and ranks second in the NCAA with 349.6 passing yards per game. His SEC-leading total of 47 completions of 15 yards or more is second in the nation, while his SEC-high 16 completions of 25 yards or more is tied for fourth in the country. Joe Adams leads the SEC and ranks second in the NCAA with his 19.43 yards-per-catch average. He also ranks second in the SEC and 28th in the nation with 81.6 receiving yards per game. Tight end D.J. Williams is the NCAA’s active leader in career receptions by a tight end (120) and receiving yards by a tight end (1,487).
Nick Fairley leads the SEC in tackles for loss (12.5) and tying for second in sacks (5.0). His 12.5 tackles for loss are tied for second most in the country while just 25 players in the nation have at least five sacks. Auburn ranks 10th nationally as a team averaging 8.0 tackles for loss per game. Josh Bynes led Auburn in tackles last season with 104, and is currently second this season with 34 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss. Daren Bates led the team with a career-high 10 tackles in the season opener against Arkansas State, and currently ranks fourth on the team with 32 tackles.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN AUBURN HAS THE BALL
Arkansas ranks second in the SEC and fourth in the NCAA in sacks, averaging 3.40 per game in 2010. Defensive end Jake Bequette leads the team and is fourth in the SEC with 4.0 this season, while fellow DE Tenarius Wright’s 3.0 sacks are tied for eighth in the conference. Jerry Franklin currently leads Arkansas with 37 tackles this season and is aiming to become just the second Razorback since 1960 to lead the team in tackles for three straight seasons. His 29 career starts also lead the UA defense. Anthony Leon leads the team and is tied for fourth in the SEC and tied for 25th in the NCAA with 8.0 tackles for a loss.
Cam Newton leads the SEC and ranks 17th nationally (third among quarterbacks) in rushing (112.0). He has three 100-yard rushing games this season, all of at least 170 yards. Newton is second in the nation in passing efficiency (180.73) and 12th in total offense (301.7). The Tigers have run 15 plays already this season that covered at least 35 yards, including nine that resulted in touchdowns. The Tigers rank eighth nationally in rushing offense (276.0), 10th in total offense (483.0) and 18th in scoring offense (36.7).
Freshman Zach Hocker is a perfect 19-for-19 on PATs and 5-of-6 on field goals. In his first SEC game, Hocker made a 48-yard field goal that was the longest for the Razorbacks since 2000. He then matched that with a 48 yarder against Alabama. Alex Tejada has recorded seven touchbacks so far this season, including four in the season opener vs. Tennessee Tech. Last year, it took nine games and 54 kickoffs for the Razorbacks to record a touchback.
Senior kicker Wes Byrum is just 21 points away from becoming Auburn’s all-time leading scorer. He currently ranks second with 292 career points. He has made 23 of his last 27 field goal attempts after hitting just 11-of-19 in 2008. Demond Washington ranks ninth in the SEC averaging 24.1 yards per kickoff return. Quindarius Carr has averaged 7.7 yards per punt return, which is seventh in the league.
Record: AU, 10-8-1
In 16 of the previous 19 meetings, one of the two teams was nationally ranked, but this is the first time Auburn and Arkansas have played when both teams were ranked entering the contest ...The road team has won six of the last eight games...The Tigers went 5-1-1 in the first seven meetings in the series, before Arkansas won four of the next five contests.