Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. After heading to The Plains boasting five-star recruiting status, the dual-threat has struggled in his role as a collegiate starting quarterback, especially in conference games.
He rebounded for a great game against Mississippi State, hitting of for yards with two touchdowns. Then came Florida in The Swamp. Nix was made to look green in the pocket, connecting on of attempts for yards with one passing score and three picks.
The Tigers are at their best when they have a rushing attack that can dictate the flow of the game, and they have had that this season. As a unit, Auburn is running for yards per game, ranked 20th in the FBS. JaTarvious Whitlow leads the way with yards on the ground and is tied for the most rushing scores in the SEC 7 , but after rushing 18 times against Florida, Whitlow left the game with a knee injury that required surgery.
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In his absence, forgotten senior tailback Kam Martin and sophomore Shaun Shivers will be asked to pick up the slack. Arkansas was tough against the run vs.
Backup Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden did much of the damage, rushing 24 times for yards with two scores. The Hogs might provide just the elixir for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn in his quest to find the right formula for his quarterback while also keeping the running game going with two backup running backs.
As a team, the Hogs are averaging yards per game on the ground. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, Boyd has an undisclosed injury, leaving his status up in the air for Saturday. There is talent behind Boyd in Devwah Whaley, but Boyd would be sorely missed if he has to sit. The play in the shotgun has been disappointing for Arkansas, which has alternated between Ben Hicks and Nick Starkel.
Hicks began the season as the starter before giving way to Starkel against Colorado State. Starkel was pulled against UK after going 7-for for just 41 yards. In relief, Hicks hit 5-of-8 for 81 yards but was sacked on the final two offensive plays of the game that could have won it for Arkansas.
If the quarterback has time to throw, there is young talent ready to make a play in Mike Woods, Trey Knox, and Treylon Burks. Look for the Tigers to follow O'Grady wherever he goes and to be ready should the Hogs try to force the ball to him.
Final Analysis If Auburn comes to play, especially on defense, there is too much firepower for the Hogs to handle.
The Tigers defense is holding the opposition to total yards with a stranglehold on the ground game at yards per outing. If the Tigers are caught looking to LSU, this could be close for a couple of quarters until Arkansas wears out. For its part, will Arkansas bounce back from three frustrating losses with something to prove, or take the field flat?
Prediction: Auburn 48, Arkansas 17 — Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience and is a member of the FWAA.
Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and has his own recruiting site, www. Event Sport:.