FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — We are live from Reynolds Razorback Stadium for tonight’s SEC game between No. 11 Auburn (7-1, 3-1 SEC) and Arkansas (3-5, 0-4). The game kicks off at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2 with Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor on the call.
Here’s a preview of tonight’s game, which is the long-awaiting meeting of Gus Malzahn’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense and Bret Bielema’s “Normal American Football.” The war of words has gone on for months and was escalated by swinging gate-gate earlier this week.
As always, follow me on Twitter: @JamesCrepea for live updates.
Pregame observations and lineup changes:
- Nick Marshall (right shoulder) is starting at quarterback. He was the first quarterback taking reps in 7-on-7 and full offense warmups.
- Cornerback Johnathan Ford made the trip, according to a team spokesman. Ford missed practice this week due to a family emergency.
- Patrick Miller is dressed out for the first time in three weeks, though Avery Young was taking reps with the first team in pregame.
- Tight end Brandon Fulse is not here.
- Gus Malzahn is 0-3 in Fayetteville since leaving Arkansas following the 2006 season, though today’s game will be his first trip back as a head coach.
- Auburn leads the all-time series 11-10-1 but Arkansas has won four of the last five meetings, including a 24-7 win last year.
- The Tigers have won 83 straight games when scoring 30 or more points.
- Auburn leads the SEC and is fifth nationally with 315.4 rushing yards per game.
- Auburn is 221-176-21 all-time in games played during November. All-time away from Auburn in November, the Tigers are 131-143-16.
- Auburn is 294-231-18 all-time in SEC play including 174-180-12 away from the Plains.
- Bret Bielema is 15-5 in his career in November and 47-7 in career home games.
- This is the final on-campus game for Arkansas this season.
- The Razorbacks are facing their fifth straight ranked opponent, the longest stretch in school history. Arkansas has lost by a combined score of 104-7 the last two games.
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— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) November 2, 2013