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Saturday situation, Game 9

The matchup: No. 8 Auburn (7-1, 3-1 SEC) at Arkansas (3-5, 0-4)

Tre Mason leads a powerful Auburn rushing attack/Todd Van Emst photo

Where: Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.

When: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. CST

TV: ESPN2

The series: Auburn leads 11-10-1 with Arkansas winning 24-7 in Auburn last year.

Coaches: Gus Malzahn is 7-1 in his first season at Auburn and 16-4 in his second season overall. Bret Bielema is 3-5 in his first season at Arkansas and 71-29 overall.

Senior Writer Bryan Matthews' prediction: Auburn, 38-17

Staff Writer Austin W. Penny’s prediction: Auburn, 42-17

2013 STATISTICS

Points per game: Auburn 37.0, Arkansas 20.4

Points allowed per game: Auburn 20.5, Arkansas 30.6

Rushing yards per game: Auburn 315.4, Arkansas 209.9

Rushing yards allowed per game: Auburn 138.5, Arkansas 172.0

Passing yards per game: Auburn 195.6, Arkansas 146.6

Passing yards allowed per game: Auburn 267.0, Arkansas 216.2

Total yards per game: Auburn 511.0, Arkansas 356.5

Total yards allowed per game: Auburn 405.5, Arkansas 388.2

Auburn offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall 83-of-144, 1,148 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT, 81 carries, 461 yards, 5 TD. QB Jeremy Johnson 27-of-39, 393 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT. RB Tre Mason 129 carries, 753 yards, 9 TD, 8 KO returns, 243 yards, 1 TD. RB Cameron Artis-Payne 72 carries, 510 yards, 5 TD. RB Corey Grant 45 carries, 451 yards, 4 TD. WR Sammie Coates 21 catches, 536 yards, 4 TD. WR Marcus Davis 19 catches, 162 yards, 1 TD. WR Quan Bray 16 catches, 172 yards, 3 TD. WR Ricardo Louis 16 catches, 138 yards, 1 TD. PK Cody Parkey 10-of-13, 64 points.

Auburn defensive leaders: Star Robenson Therezie 35 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 INT’s, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. CB Chris Davis 35 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 8 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF. CB Jonathon Mincy 32 tackles, 1 INT, 9 PBU. LB Cassanova McKinzy 32 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 3 QBH. S Jermaine Whitehead 31 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR. S Ryan Smith 29 tackles, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF. S Ryan White 29, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR. LB Kris Frost 28 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. LB Jake Holland 26 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 2 QBH, 1 FR. DE LaDarius Owens 23 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 6 QBH. DE Dee Ford 17 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 6.0 sacks, 6 QBH, 1 FF. DT Gabe Wright 16 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 5 QBH. DE Carl Lawson 14 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 6 QBH. P Steven Clark 32 punts, 42.2 avg, 11 I20.

Arkansas offensive leaders: QB Brandon Allen 71-of-158, 955 yards, 8 TD, 7 INT. RB Alex Collins 141 carries, 797 yards, 4 TD. RB Jonathan Williams 100 carries, 612 yards, 4 TD. FB Kiero Small 25 carries, 102 yards, 13 catches, 94 yards, 1 TD. WR Javontee Herndon 20 catches, 330 yards and 4 TD. TE Hunter Henry 17 catches, 318 yards, 1 TD. PK Zach Hocker 8-of-9, 42 points.

Arkansas defensive leaders: SS Alan Turner 54 tackles, 3 PBU, 1 QBH. LB Jarrett Lake 52 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR. LB Braylon Mitchell 51 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 QBH. FS Eric Bennett 48 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 3 PBU. CB Tevin Mitchell 41 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU. DE Chris Smith 27 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FR. DE Trey Flowers 26 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 2 FF. DT Darius Philon 26 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 2 QBH, 1 FF. P Sam Irwin-Hill 31 punts, 43.8 avg, 12 I20.

Notable: Auburn has won 83 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points ..... The Tigers are 4-0 in games decided by eight points or less and has three come-from-behind wins ..... Auburn is (-1) in turnover margin but has outscored opponents 52-10 off turnovers ..... Auburn is one of only five teams to have four different 100-yard rushers this season ..... Sophomore Sammie Coates leads the nation averaging 25.5 yards per reception ..... Junior Jonathon Mincy is tied for the SEC lead in passes defended with 10 ..... Senior Dee Ford is second in the SEC and seventh in the nation averaging 1.0 sacks per game ..... Auburn has posted the biggest turnaround in the nation after starting 1-7 last season ..... Auburn is second in the SEC in red zone offense and second in red zone defense ..... Auburn averages 4.50 penalties per game, which is third in the SEC and is 21st nationally ..... In the fourth quarter, Auburn’s defense has held opponents to 6-of-32 on third down, 23 total points and an average of 67.8 yards.

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