(Sporting Alert) — Arkansas Razorbacks play the Auburn Tigers in what is considered a gigantic collision in the SEC West on Saturday, August 30 at 4:00 PM ET at the Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL.
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The Tigers are back in the field after losing to the Florida State Seminoles in the National Championship game.
By beating Texas A&M, and outlasting Georgia and Alabama in stunning ways, the Tigers season was dubbed as “miracle”.
Of course, the Tigers ability to withstand the toughness of the Seminoles was assurance that they are in the right path. They outplayed the Seminoles, only to let Jameis Winston deliver that pass to Kelvin Benjamin.
Last year, the Tigers were first in the nation in rushing offense, 328.3 yards per game. It is a question of bringing back that force on the ground to derail the opponents’ defense. Most likely, coach Guz Malzahn believes that the team has to pound the ball on the ground to get victories.
Mobile quarterback Nick Marshall is back to the roster, but he may not be the starter. Marshall’s ability to understand the situation is very important in every offensive sequence. He knows when to run and when to pass the ball that creates havoc to the defense of the opposing teams.
Auburn is back to conquer the SEC because players like receiver Sammie Coates and tackler Cassanove McKinzy are back in the roster. With plenty of athletic players, Auburn rises to the top.
In terms of dealing about quarterback controversy, Malzahn declared that Jeremy Johnson would start in Saturday’s game against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas needs to be back in competitive level. Arkansas had a 2013 downfall season with a record of 3-9. The Razorbacks lost to the Tigers in November, 37-17, due to the three early turnovers.
Johnson can play football. As a matter of fact, he completed 29 of his 41 passes for 422 yards and rushed for 47 yards. Johnson had six touchdowns against two interceptions.
According to the NCAA, the Razorbacks have the most difficult schedule. This favors the Razorbacks if they would be competing for the college football playoff in which four teams will be selected, because the primary criteria is the strength of schedule. Arkansas plays with opponents combining for a 103-54 (.656) record in 2013.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has to stir something to his players to topple the schedule, most especially this first game against the Tigers.