When I was on this week’s conference call for the Legends Poll, one of the guys asked me about this week’s Arkansas at Auburn football game. The question was, “Which team is going to turn its season around?”
My answer was that winning this game will not be enough for either team to call it a turn-around victory. Arkansas went into the season talking about playing for the Southeastern Conference and national championships. That team has already lost four times so a victory over Auburn on Saturday is not going to end the disappointment for the Razorbacks.
Auburn has three losses and just a single win. The Tigers are trying to bounce back from a disappointing September. As is the case for Arkansas, a victory for Auburn is certainly what the team needs, but it is going to take more than one win to get the Tigers to where they need to be.
Where the Tigers need to be is much improved on offense while getting back up to speed with their special teams play. They played well enough defensively to beat LSU, but the special teams mistakes and the lack of production from the offense proved to be too much to overcome.
With the way Auburn has played so far there are a lot of tough games left on the schedule. Looking at the one coming up on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, I think it is an interesting matchup. I think it will be a challenging game for Auburn to win even though Arkansas lost by a large margin last week at Texas A&M.
I think it is fair to say that Auburn comes into the game playing better defensively than the Razorbacks are and because of that the Tigers have to look at this as a very winnable game. However, the Razorbacks can look at the Tigers and come away believing this is a road game they can win.
Arkansas will bring an outstanding quarterback to Auburn and Tyler Wilson has a lot of talented skill people to get the football to, which is one of the reasons the expectations were so high in Fayetteville back in preseason.
Quarterback Kiehl Frazier is in his second season of action for the Tigers.
In contrast, Auburn’s quarterback is struggling and because of that I expect the Razorbacks to put eight men in the box defensively and dare Auburn to run the football. I am sure the visitors are going to make Kiehl Frazier prove he is good enough passing the football to allow his Tigers to win this game. The Auburn quarterback is going to have to make some plays on Saturday. It is just that simple.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat’s Picks.
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