AUBURN – The No. 7 Auburn football team returned to business at the Athletics Complex on Sunday as the Tigers began preparations for Saturday's SEC showdown against No. 12 Arkansas.
The Tigers were back at work just hours after an early morning return from Lexington, where Auburn beat Kentucky, 37-34, Saturday night. It was Auburn's third three-point victory of the season and fourth victory by single digits.
Auburn (6-0, 3-0 SEC) will face a still challenge from Arkansas, which improved to 4-1 overall with a 24-17 victory against Texas A&M in Dallas on Saturday. The Razorbacks are 1-1 in the SEC, with their only loss coming by a close 24-20 score against then-No. 1 Alabama.
Arkansas will provide a stern test the Auburn defense, as the Razorbacks are ranked No. 3 in the country in passing offense (345.0) and 19th in total offense (462.8).
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof met with the media Sunday evening, and said that Arkansas, and noted that although Arkansas' strength is in its passing game, the Tigers must be wary of giving up chunks of yardage on the ground.
"They throw the ball more than they run the ball, but they were able to run it on us last year," said Roof. "That's something that we have to make sure we do a good job on is limiting their running game."
Roof praised Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett, who ranks second in the nation in passing yards per game (349.6), third in total offense
(344.8) and seventh in passing efficiency (170.30).
"He makes plays against everybody," said Roof. "He's mobile enough to avoid the first rusher and he's got a big league arm and some big league receivers. He can make big plays at any point in the game and anywhere on the field. So the discipline in our coverage and the discipline in our pursuit angles as far as tracking the football, and the ability to try and put some pressure on him and to disguise what we're doing a little bit is going to be critical this week."
Saturday's game between Auburn and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by CBS.