Since Auburn has been eradicating SEC teams at every turn lately, it’s no surprise they made the largest jump of any other team on the Associated Press NCAA poll this week. The Tigers jumped up five slots to being ranked No. 15 in week 9 after the team demolished every play thrown at them by Arkansas last Saturday, beating them 56-3.
The Tigers exuded fire and confidence from the start, scoring their first touchdown with Eli Stove’s 78-yard run. Auburn kept hammering the Razorbacks with a second touchdown deriving from a 9-yard run that Kamryn Pettway produced. By the end of the first quarter, Auburn was up 21-0.
The second half of play didn’t offer much reprieve for Arkansas. They managed to sink in close enough to kick a 54-yard field goal. However, Auburn’s defense never enabled the Fayetteville team to gain footing or any additional points after that drive in the second quarter.
87,451 people attended the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium that may just have sunk a hole in the coffin of Alabama’s visions of grandeur. Many believe that the Iron Bowl will not be an easy win this year for the Tide.