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Auburn Football: Editors Preview and Prediction for Vanderbilt

Auburn will travel to Nashville, TN to take on the Commodores this Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. CT.

I can’t remember the last time I have seen an Auburn football team look this bad. Auburn’s offense is one of the worst in the country. The Tigers are almost dead last in every single offensive category.

Two years ago Auburn was hoisting up its second National Championship in school history. Now Auburn is an 8-point underdog to Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt is always a team that comes to play. James Franklin has this team believing that they can win every game that they play in.

The player to watch for Vandy is QB Jordan Rodgers. If he has a big game then Vandy will put up a lot of points. Vandy runs a version of the spread. Auburn will see a lot of zone reads. If you didn’t like what you saw against Ole Miss then I wouldn’t watch this game.

Vandy can change up the pace of the game. They can run hurry up or they can huddle up and slow it down. Vandy also has a good running back in Zac Stacey. He is a good runner who excels in the offense that he plays in.

For Auburn, they need to go back to the basic. They need to find some fire deep down inside them. Auburn was once great, and it can be again, but the coaches, players, and fans all have to believe. As fans we have seen, at times, a good Auburn team, but most of the time a bad Auburn team. If Auburn can put together a complete game on both sides of the ball it can be a lot closer than what people think.

Just like last week, Auburn needs to lean on Tre Mason. Mason has came into his own this year. He is running with a lot of passion and when he gets hit, he doesn’t like to go down. Auburn also needs to put whoever is at QB, Clint Moseley was named starter on Thursday night, in a position to succeed. No more 2nd and 15 or 3rd and 10. It doesn’t matter who your QB is, when they are in that kind of yardage it’s a low percentage to convert the down.

Auburn’s defense also has to step up big. Corey Lemonier had a down game last week and he needs to bounce back this week. If Lemonier is able to put pressure on Rodgers he might be able to lure him into making some mistakes. Auburn is in desperate need of some turnovers (AU is last in the nation in the turnover ratio).

If Auburn comes out and runs the ball early and often they will have a chance in this game. Also Moseley has to make good decisions when he throws the ball. If Auburn can play with passion and heart I think they can win this game.

As much as I want Auburn to play great and come out swinging, I don’t see it happening. I really hope Auburn makes me eat my words.

Vanderbilt wins 27-17

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