College Football Preview: Auburn’s Defense Will Struggle Against Mallett

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The Auburn Tigers are one of two SEC teams that remain unbeaten. That perfect record will be put to the test by visiting Arkansas this weekend.

Tigers’ time is up Three of Auburn’s last four victories have involved some late game heroics and a whole lot of Cameron Newton magic. The SEC’s answer to Denard Robinson is the primary reason Auburn has a 6-0 record despite scares against Clemson, South Carolina, and Kentucky. The road doesn’t get any easier this week as the pass-happy Arkansas Razorbacks are coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Razorbacks’ defense is a big question mark and College Football betting fans should expect Newton to have a good day at the office. Ryan Mallett however has the arm to beat Newton’s dual-threat talent in a shootout. Mallett comes into this game on the back of a 27 of 38 for 310 yards performance against Texas A&M. Outside of his meltdown late in the Alabama game, Mallett has typically been the model of consistency with 13 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions on the year.

Time will play a decisive role in this game. While switching to a more run-oriented format has improved Auburn’s ability to control the clock, Gene Chizik’s team still leave too much time on the board. The quick-fire ability of the Razorbacks’ offense should be well placed to capitalize on this and edge the Tigers in a thriller. This one is going to be close, it should go to the wire, but Auburn’s luck should run out. Bet on the Arkansas Razorbacks as +3.5 underdogs with Sports Interaction.

Ole Miss will play the sacrificial lamb Jeremiah Masoli might be regretting his decision to transfer to Ole Miss this season. The Rebels’ quarterback has guided the Rebels to a 3-2 start on a schedule where they should be 5-0. Now Mississippi travels to Alabama to take on a team looking to lift itself up after a stunning defeat at South Carolina.

The last team anyone wants to face after a defeat is one coached by Nick Saban. The Tide’s coach knows that the only way Alabama can get back into the BCS title game now is to be perfect from here on out. Even that might not be enough so Saban will have his charges aiming to score some big style points along the way. That will start at home against a porous Ole Miss defense. Bet on Alabama as -21.5 favorites with Sports Interaction.

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