Editor's Note: This is the seventh in a series of preview on Auburn's 2015 football opponents.
Auburn’s football road trip to Fayetteville on Oct. 24 to play the Arkansas Razorbacks has the potential to be one the season’s biggest challenges for the Tigers if the Razorbacks are as good as many people expect them to be this fall.
Coach Bret Bielema may have the Hogs primed and ready to compete for the SEC West title after two long rebuilding seasons. Arkansas now plays with that relentless ground-and-pound, clock control offense that made Bielema’s Wisconsin units so successful.
The Razorbacks return a copious amount of talent on offense including the running back duo of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, who both rushed for 1,000 yards last season. Brandon Allen, a 6-3, 210 senior, is a proven performer at quarterback.
The best player on that side of the ball might be tight end Hunter Henry. Catching 37 passes for 513 yards and two scores, the junior may have the most pro potential of any Hog and can help stretch the field for the running game.
The defense, which finished so strong last season holding LSU and Ole Miss scoreless, must replace a lot. The biggest loss is linebacker Martrell Spaight, who compiled 128 tackles a year ago. Junior Brooks Ellis will look to step up and replace the production of Spaight as he was second on the team with 72 tackles.
Bret Bielema is head coach of the Razorbacks.
If Arkansas can get by Alabama on the road the Hogs could very well be undefeated when Auburn rolls into town. With an off week to help prepare for the Tigers, Coach Bielema and his staff will probably feel confident about their chances to grab a victory vs. the Tigers, who are 2-0 vs. Arkansas since Gus Malzahn took over as head coach.
Top Offensive Player: Junior Tight End Hunter Henry
Top Defensive Player: Junior Linebacker Brooks Ellis
Quick Fact: In the Razorbacks’ first four SEC games last year the defense gave up 34.8 points per game. In the last four SEC games the defense improved dramatically, only allowing 9.5 points.
2014 Results: 7-6 (2-6 SEC)
Sept. 5--UTEP at Arkansas
Sept. 12--Toledo at Arkansas (at Little Rock)
Sept. 19--Texas Tech at Arkansas
Sept. 26--Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (at Arlington, Tex.)
Oct. 3--Arkansas at Tennessee
Oct. 10--Arkansas at Alabama
Oct. 24--Auburn at Arkansas
Oct. 31--Tennessee-Martin at Arkansas
Nov. 7--Arkansas at Ole Miss
Nov. 14--Arkansas at LSU
Nov. 21--Mississippi State at Arkansas Nov. 27--Missouri at Arkansas
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