AUBURN - Ten storylines to watch in Auburn's game against Arkansas today at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton
The quarterbacks. It will be the most-watched individual matchup in college football today - Auburn's Cam Newton and Arkansas' Ryan Mallett. Mallett has more yards passing, by far, than any SEC quarterback. Newton leads the league in rushing and passing efficiency. One or the other will leave today's game as a strong Heisman Trophy contender.
Auburn's pass defense. Arkansas leads the SEC in passing by almost 109 yards. Auburn is eighth in pass defense.
Arkansas' rushing defense.Auburn leads the SEC in rushing by more than 40 yards. Arkansas is ninth in rushing defense.
The fourth quarter. Auburn has outscored its opponents 41-13 in the fourth quarter. Arkansas has been outscored 31-24 in the fourth quarter.
The pass rush.Arkansas is third in the SEC with 17 sacks. Auburn is fourth with 15. Auburn is tied for third in fewest sacks allowed with seven. Arkansas is seventh with nine.
Arkansas' receivers. Greg Childs is second in the SEC in receptions with 28 and fourth in receiving yards per game with 72.6. D.J. Williams is sixth in receptions with 22.
Gus Malzahn.Auburn's offensive coordinator grew up in Arkansas, is a high school coaching legend in Arkansas and spent his first season as a college coach at Arkansas. He is 0-2 against the Razorbacks, losing once at Tulsa and last season at Auburn. He won't talk about, but those close to him know this is far from just another game for him.
Bobby Petrino. The Arkansas head coach was a central figure in the jetgate scandal. Auburn's offensive coordinator in 2002, he was poised to return as head coach in 2003. He is 2-0 against Auburn as Arkansas' head coach.
Auburn's tailbacks.Auburn's three-headed tailback - including Mario Fannin, Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb - is averaging almost 150 yards per game. Running backs coach Curtis Luper says that's not enough.
The Jordan-Hare crowd. It will be wild and loud. How will the Razorbacks, particularly Mallett, respond>