Auburn-Arkansas prediction: Tigers should bounce back in big way

Gus Malzahn knows the offense has to get better. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Gus Malzahn knows the offense has to get better. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

It’s prediction time for Auburn football. The Tigers are favored by 30 points Saturday at home against Arkansas.

That’s a lot of points against an SEC opponent not named Vanderbilt (and that’s historical Vandy we’re speaking about, not 2018 Vandy that almost knocked off Notre Dame in South Bend last week).

The general assumption entering the game Saturday is this: Auburn will do whatever it can to put the LSU loss behind them and Arkansas is really bad after North Texas throttled the Hogs, 44-17, last week.

A couple of points: Yes, Auburn should feel like it needs to take out its frustrations Saturday and it just so happens the Razorbacks are the team in town. This will be a good indication if the Tigers are capable of whipping a team the way they should.

As for the Razorbacks, are they really that bad. Probably not. And honestly, North Texas isn’t your typical directional school — it’s gone to back-to-back bowl games. So expect Arkansas to come out fighting. For how long? Who knows.

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Onto the Fly War Eagle picks:

Shea Brennamen

This game doesn’t feel the same without Jabba the Hutt, uh I mean Bret Bielema. The only thing worth mentioning before I make my prediction is this: last weekend Arkansas lost, 44-17, to North Texas and Auburn lost, 22-21, to LSU. I am predicting that Saturday we will see a frustrated, vengeful Auburn unit take the field and that Chip Lindsey airs out the offense. If Auburn plays focused and clean they come out on top.
Prediction: Auburn 42-14.

Tyler Doyle

Last week did not exactly go the way we had hoped. But it’s time to move on and this is the perfect week to do that. Arkansas is nowhere near the strength of LSU, so this’ll be the perfect chance to move on. The freshmen will get a great chance to show their skills as we prepare to move on without Jalen Harris or Nate Craig-Myers. And by getting a chance, I mean that our backups will come in around halftime and get a majority of the play calls. It’s not going to be close, folks.
Prediction: Auburn 52-7

Kevan Lindsey

Auburn comes off a discouraging loss against LSU. Expect the Tigers to come into the game against the Razorbacks with a massive chip on their shoulders. This one could get ugly.
Prediction: Auburn 42-13

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Rob Maxwell

I wrote earlier this week that, like it or not, Auburn needs to be concerned with style points. That means beating teams you’re supposed to beat the way you’re supposed to beat them. The Tigers are favored by 30 points. Auburn should win by at least 30 points. Gus can apologize to Chad Morris later — and maybe one day they’ll laugh about this one. Look for Jarrett Stidham to put it in the air and let’s see what the passing game is capable of doing.
Prediction: Auburn 49-10