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Open Thread: #22 Auburn vs. Arkansas

Game 7: #22 Auburn vs. Arkansas

Auburn Tigers (4-2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2)

Saturday, October 13, 2007 – 6:45 p.m. Central Time

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (73,000)

Television: ESPN

Announcers: Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color commentary), Holly Rowe (sidelines)

Radio: The Auburn Network (Throughout the Southeast); Satellite Radio: Sirius 125

Today marks the start of the second half of the 2007 season. The Auburn Tigers face a huge challenge as they square off against arguably the two best running backs in the country in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.

It will be a tough assignment for the Tiger defense. Auburn is expected to go without the services of defensive end Quentin Groves, linebackers Tray Blackmon and Merrill Johnson and safety Aairon Savage.

Offensively, the Tigers will try to continue to build on the success of the last two weeks. Brandon Cox will have to continue to play as he has in wins over Florida and Vanderbilt. Again, Auburn expects a boast in its running game with Brad Lester back in the lineup for the second consecutive week.

Look for a few more wrinkles tonight, including runningback Mario Fannin lining up in the slot. With Lester getting more carries, coaches will look for ways to keep Fannin in the game.

Freshman Ryan Pugh will be moving from the left tackle position to center in place of injured Jason Bosley. King Dunlap will start at left tackle.

Many are calling this a must win for Arkansas coach Houston Nutt who is under fire for an assortment of reasons. The Tigers come into tonight’s game a 3-point underdog. Auburn will be going for its 15 consecutive win in white uniforms.  

The Tigers lead the series with the Hogs, compiling a 9-6-1 record. Auburn has won four of the seven games played in Fayetteville.

As usual, there are a lot of great game on tap for today. As you get online throughout the afternoon and evening, be sure to drop in and share your opinions. War Eagle!

Update: Christa Turner of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer is reporting that Jason Bosley may start at center tonight. That's a huge boost for the Tigers if true. Quentin Groves also traveled. Will he play? I'd be suprised, but anything's possible.