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No. 8 Auburn looks to earn Malzahn a triumphant return to his native state of Arkansas

  • File-This Oct. 26, 2013 file photo shows Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walking around before  the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic in Auburn, Ala.  Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema engaged in some back-and-fort with Malzahn during the summer about the pace of college offenses. The two will finally meet on the field this week when the surging Tigers visit the Razorbacks, losers of five straight who are coming off a bye. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

    File-This Oct. 26, 2013 file photo shows Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walking around before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic in Auburn, Ala. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema engaged in some back-and-fort with Malzahn during the summer about the pace of college offenses. The two will finally meet on the field this week when the surging Tigers visit the Razorbacks, losers of five straight who are coming off a bye. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File- This Oct. 12, 2013 file photo shows Arkansas coach Bret Bielema leaving the field after an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Fayetteville, Ark.  Bielema engaged in some back-and-fort with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn during the summer about the pace of college offenses. The two will finally meet on the field this week when the surging Tigers visit the Razorbacks, losers of five straight who are coming off a bye. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)

    File- This Oct. 12, 2013 file photo shows Arkansas coach Bret Bielema leaving the field after an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Fayetteville, Ark. Bielema engaged in some back-and-fort with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn during the summer about the pace of college offenses. The two will finally meet on the field this week when the surging Tigers visit the Razorbacks, losers of five straight who are coming off a bye. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, right, shakes hands with Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini before the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, right, shakes hands with Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini before the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

Auburn hopes to continue its season of reemergence and earn first-year coach Gus Malzahn a win in his return to his native state of Arkansas this weekend.

The No. 8 Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who were 3-9 last season, have won four games in a row since suffering their only loss of the season — a 35-21 setback at LSU on Sept. 21.

While Auburn has experienced immediate success under its first-year coach, formerly an offensive coordinator for one season with the Razorbacks, Arkansas has struggled in its first year under coach Bret Bielema.

The Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4) have lost five straight, the longest skid of Bielema's head coaching career, and they have lost their last two games — to South Carolina and Alabama by a combined 104-7.