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.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.