Congratulations, we have made it to Friday Arkansas Razorbacks’ fans, and it is time for Auburn predictions.
Over the past few weeks, the Arkansas Razorbacks have started to rebuild confidence that had been destroyed by the previous coaching staff. Most of last season the Razorbacks were seldom in games a complete half, let alone a complete football game. The Auburn game tomorrow gives the Hogs a chance to start a winning streak. We will look at what Arkansas needs to do to pull off another road upset and of course a prediction will come at the end.
To start the season the Arkansas Razorbacks have been leaning heavily upon the defense. The Auburn game will not see much change in those plans. Defensive coordinator Barry Odom has the Hogs’ defense ready to play and the defense has a few more playmakers on that side of the ball. Montaric Brown, Bumper Pool, and Joe Foucha have all played extremely well for the Hogs and the pressure is on to keep the high level of play going.
Auburn at some point is going to remember that they have ran the ball well over the years and attempt to focus on getting the ground game going. The Arkansas defense will need to contain the run and force the Tigers to throw the football. Linebackers Bumper Pool and Grant Morgan could have another busy weekend as they look to contain the Tigers’ offense.
On the offensive side of the ball, Arkansas has got to find a way to get the running game going. The health of starting running back Rakeem Boyd will play a factor in how the rushing attack will fair. Meanwhile, Trelon Smith was able to grind out 48 yards rushing on 11 carries last weekend filling in for Boyd. Both Boyd and Smith amassing some rushing yards would keep the pressure off Feleipe Franks.
The Arkansas passing game is starting to click and the wide receivers are becoming dangerous. De’Vion Warren and Treylon Burks are becoming difficult for opposing cornerbacks to cover. Oddsmakers have Auburn favored by 18 points. Arkansas has been in every game and should cover the spread quite easily. I have Arkansas going on the road and pulling off another upset 31-27.