Auburn ripped up Arkansas in a dominant and destructive performance winning 56-3. What does it all mean?
Auburn 56, Arkansas 3: What Does It All Mean?
– And you wanted to fire Gus Malzahn? Shame on you. The man has his offense rolling again at just the right time, and it’s all starting with an offensive line that’s proving to be a machine for the ground game that came out hot and didn’t stop. Kamryn Pettway ran for 192 yards and two scores, Sean White was on as the conductor of the whole thing, and everything worked with the Tigers taking off for 543 yards and seven scores averaging almost ten yards per carry.
– Wasn’t this the exact type of offense Bret Bielema teams were expected to stop? He’s a defensive coach who always put together good and strong front sevens at Wisconsin, but this one didn’t have it figured out once the Auburn runners got to the second level. It also didn’t help that his offense couldn’t take the heat off the D. The Hogs were supposed to be able to run on anyone, but instead they finished with just 25 yards on 31 carries.
– Just how much does the bye week matter? There’s no excuse – Auburn owned this game – but Arkansas was coming off of dates against Alabama and Ole Miss. This seemed like a team that needs a break, while the Tigers looked like they took the momentum from the last several games and turned it up to 11 with the fresher legs.
– And NOW Arkansas gets a break. It’s going at just the right time with Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and at Missouri to close out the regular season. There was still an outside chance at pulling off the West if the Hogs had beaten Auburn and got a slew of breaks, but that’s all gone now. Here’s the real concern – Arkansas needs one more win to go bowling. None of the last four games are a mortal lock considering Miss State and Mizzou are on the road.
– The red-hot Tigers are rolling at just the right time. Can they keep the production going at Ole Miss next week? If so, there’s a chance to go on a terrific run with Vanderbilt up next and a trip to Georgia to follow. Win the next three, take care of the scrimmage against Alabama A&M, and then it’s off to Alabama with a shot to throw it against the wall and hope it sticks.