Arkansas Moves Back Into The Top 20

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following its second win over a ranked team this season and third straight against Ole Miss, Arkansas moved up to No. 17 in both the Amway Coaches poll and Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Sunday. It marks the sixth straight week the Razorbacks have been in the top 25.

The 34-30 win over No. 12 Ole Miss Saturday night marked Arkansas’ fourth victory over a ranked team in its last six attempts, as it moved up five spots in each poll. Dating back to their four-overtime win over Auburn last season, the Razorbacks have won 11 of their last 14 games.

Sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams took over the SEC rushing lead Saturday night thanks to a 180-yard performance on the ground on 27 carries while also adding a receiving touchdown. Junior quarterback Austin Allen continued his hot play with three touchdown passes to bring his SEC-leading total to 18 while he now also leads the conference in passing yards (1,861). Allen and Williams are the only QB-RB duo in the nation to lead a conference in both passing yards and rushing yards.

Arkansas will now gear up for its third consecutive game and fifth this season against a ranked opponent when it heads to No. 21 Auburn on Saturday for its first true SEC road game of the year. The Razorbacks won their last two SEC road games of 2015 against No. 18 Ole Miss and No. 9 LSU.

Last year, Arkansas and Auburn played a four-overtime thriller at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium that ended in a 54-46 Razorback win. The Razorbacks will take on an Auburn team that will be coming off a bye after winning three straight, including SEC victories over LSU and at Mississippi State. Arkansas has won five of the last nine meetings at Auburn with the last coming in 2012.

Kickoff at Auburn is slated for 5 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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