Auburn Preparing To Host SEC West Rival Arkansas

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The Auburn Tigers are unlikely to dismiss a team coming off a lousy season.

The sixth-ranked Tigers open Saturday against an Arkansas squad that just happens to be in pretty much the same situation they were going into last season.

The Razorbacks went 3-9 and lost all eight Southeastern Conference games just like Auburn did two years ago. The Tigers produced a dramatic bounce-back that ended in the national championship game.

Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker says the Razorbacks are aiming for redemption.

Still, Auburn is a 20-1/2-point favorite in the game even with uncertainty about when quarterback Nick Marshall will play after a one-game demotion from his starting role for getting ticketed for marijuana possession. Sophomore Jeremy Johnson will start his first SEC game but Marshall will play.

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