Auburn preps for Saturday's battle of the quarterbacks

AUBURN – The No. 7 Auburn football team continued preparations for Saturday's SEC showdown against No. 12 Arkansas with a two-hour practice in shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday at the Athletics Complex practice fields

After opening with special teams work, the Tigers conducted individual and position drills. Much of the rest of the workout saw the Tigers practicing against the scout teams, until the offense and defense came together to work against each other for the final periods.

Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik said he was pleased with the team's performance Wednesday as well as throughout the week.

"We had a good practice tonight," said Chizik. "The tempo was upbeat. It's been a good week. We're going to have to execute extremely well Saturday. We've got one more day tomorrow to kind of tie some things up, and we ought to be ready to go."

The Tigers will be looking for their first victory over Arkansas since 2007, and their first home victory against the Razorbacks since 2004.

Auburn leads the series 10-8-1, but Arkansas has won the last two contests and three of the last four.

Although one of the two teams has been nationally ranked in 16 of the previous 19 meetings, Saturday's game will mark the first time that both teams were nationally ranked entering the contest. Auburn (6-0, 3-0

SEC) will be playing its second nationally-ranked squad of the season, having defeated then-No. 12 South Carolina, 35-27, on Sept. 25. Arkansas (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will also be playing its second ranked team, as its only loss came to then-No. 1 Alabama, 24-20, on the same date.

Auburn's ranking of No. 7 in the Associated Press poll marks the highest ranking for the Tigers since the 2006 season. The Tigers are also off to their first 6-0 start since the 2004 team finished a perfect 13-0.

Saturday's game between Auburn and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by CBS.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics