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Final preparations for Auburn

The No. 15/23 Auburn football team practiced for 70 minutes Thursday evening in the team's final practice before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on No. 10/12 Arkansas this Saturday.

The Tigers touched on all phases of the game during Thursday's practice, working on offensive, defensive and special teams situational drills.

Auburn will face a Razorback offense that is ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense (39.4 ppg), passing offense (351.8 ypg) and total offense (471.8 ypg).

During his weekly press conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said the Tigers understand the challenge they will face going against the Arkansas offense on the road.

"Everybody knows we have a great challenge this week," Chizik said. "We're going back on the road, and I feel like our team is getting a little bit better of an idea of playing on the road and the challenges that come with these SEC road games, but it's going to be a great challenge for us."

In last week's 16-13 victory over South Carolina, Auburn held the nation's third-leading rusher, Marcus Lattimore, to 66 yards on seven carries. The Tigers' defense and special teams combined to limit the Gamecocks to four offensive snaps in Auburn territory.

Chizik noted he has seen the defense come together in recent weeks, which will be vital heading into Saturday's nationally-televised game in Fayetteville.

"They're (defense) getting better every week in terms of trusting each other and relying on each other as a unit," Chizik said. "I think this is going to be a great test because there are going to be some things that happen in this game that they're going to have to overcome. We've faced some really good offenses up to this point. This one right here (Arkansas) may be the best out of all the ones we've faced. This will be a great test for them."

Auburn (4-1, 2-0 SEC) and Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SEC) kickoff at 6 p.m. CT Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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