Last weekend, the Arkansas Razorbacks ended their 20-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 21-14 victory over No. 16 Mississippi State. The Hogs face another battle with a ranked team on the road this week against the No. 13 Auburn Tigers. Here are the official Traveler sports score predictions as the Razorbacks look to improve over .500 in conference play for the first time since 2015.
Robert Stewart, Sports Editor
Arkansas was at the bottom of just about every set of preseason rankings, including my own, but the Hogs have their first win of the 2020 campaign after just two games. They still haven’t scored more than 14 points in a game offensively, but this is a great week to change that. Auburn surrendered 88 yards and two scores to Georgia’s Zamir White last week, so look for Rakeem Boyd or Trelon Smith to finally find the endzone this week. Hurricane or not, there probably won’t be many points in this one.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 20, Auburn 17
Mason Choate, Football Beat Writer
Through two weeks of the SEC-only schedule, Auburn has been the worst third down defense in the country. Add star linebacker K.J. Britt being out with a thumb injury, and it gives the Hogs a shot. The Tigers are allowing 174 rushing yards per game to opposing offenses. If the Razorbacks can run the ball well, they can win this game. Offensively, Auburn is near the bottom of the conference in every category. The Razorback defensive line should have its way with the weak Tiger offensive line. I see Arkansas winning this one, but it will be close.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 21, Auburn 20
Jackson McAfee, Sports Reporter
With a huge win over the once-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, the Hogs have a lot of momentum coming into this late-afternoon showdown. No. 13 Auburn's 27-6 loss to No. 3 Georgia shows that when the Tigers are matched up with a strong defense, they are not able to produce. The Tigers also have two starters on offense who are questionable to play. The Razorbacks have struggled a lot offensively and have to rely on the defense. If the Hogs’ offense can capitalize on most of their opportunities, they will pull off another upset this week.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 27, Auburn 21
Isaiah Rand, Sports Reporter
While Arkansas has a much improved defense, newly-minted Auburn offensive coordinator, Chad Morris’s offense is not looking too hot. I predict Arkansas’s defense will continue to play well and quarterback Feleipe Franks will make just enough plays for the Hogs to come out victorious.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 27, Auburn 24
Andrew Joseph, Sports Reporter
I expect a low-scoring affair from a matchup between two of the lowest-ranked SEC offenses. Arkansas will keep it close with strong defense and force multiple turnovers, but I am not convinced the offense has what it takes to match Auburn on the scoreboard. The Razorbacks’ defense produced four turnovers and a touchdown last week in a game they managed to win by only seven due a lackluster offensive performance. To limit turnovers, the Tigers will utilize a more balanced and conservative game plan than the Hogs saw from Mississippi State. For this reason, Auburn will be victorious this weekend.
PREDICTION: Auburn 20, Arkansas 13
Braden Sarver, Sports Reporter
After watching both teams play Georgia, I expect a close game. Arkansas and Auburn produced similar offensive stats in their respective match-ups against Georgia, with the No. 4 team posting comparable offensive numbers against both squads. The Razorbacks seem to be a better first-half team, and Auburn is better in the second half, so Arkansas slowing down in the second half and Auburn picking up steam late will give the Tigers the edge. The Heartbreak Hogs will strike again Saturday.
PREDICTION: Auburn 20, Arkansas 16