Auburn Football: #9 Tigers at #15 Georgia Preview and Predictions

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Nov 16, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) scores a touchdown past Georgia Bulldogs safety Tray Matthews (28) during the first half against at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports


This game could honestly go either way. The Auburn football team hasn’t won in Athens in their last three tries. Georgia’s still alive in the SEC East. Todd Gurley’s back, so that will boost the Bulldogs’ spirits.

I don’t see there being much defense in this game. I have no reason to think the Tigers’ defense will be any better this week than it has been in the past month. Tackling Todd Gurley is a tall task for Auburn’s defense. On the other side, Cameron Artis-Payne and Nick Marshall could run wild on the Bulldogs’ defense, which hasn’t been a very good unit this year either.

It’s a close call, but Auburn is more battle-tested, and they’ve won several big road games this year. After last week’s sloppy play resulted in a shocking loss that have the Tigers’ playoff hopes dangling by a thread, I don’t think Gus Malzahn will allow his team to lose for a second consecutive week.

#9 Auburn Tigers 49, #15 Georgia Bulldogs 42

SEC Predictions:

#5 Alabama 36, #1 Mississippi State 31 (The game of the year so far, I’ll go with the Crimson Tide, simply because they’re at home. Mississippi State won’t be out of the SEC race, but their secondary can’t contain Amari Cooper.)

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Arkansas 21, #17 LSU 18 (After a heartbreaking home loss, I don’t think LSU will pick themselves up in time for this game. BERT gets his first SEC win.)

#24 Texas A&M 38, Missouri 21 (Kyle Allen has proven to be an upgrade at the QB spot, and their momentum will carry them to a win that has huge implications for the SEC East.)

Florida 31, South Carolina 17 (The Gators seem to finally have figured things out offensively, and that could continue against Carolina’s terrible defense. Will Muschamp could keep his job after all, folks.)

Tennessee 30, Kentucky 27 (The Vols will take a huge step towards being bowl eligible with a close win against a UK team trying to stop a bad losing skid.)

Other Notable Games:

#3 Florida State 38, Miami 28 (I’m really tempted to pick Miami, because they’re at home and FSU won’t stop Duke Johnson. However, I’m not sure the ‘Canes have the defense to stop Winston.)

#20 Wisconsin 34, #16 Nebraska 20 (Nebraska’s had a sneaky good year, starting 8-1, but whether Ameer Abdullah’s healthy or not, it’s hard to go against Wisconsin at home.)

#19 Clemson 28, #22 Georgia Tech 24 (It’s shocking to see a ranked matchup between ACC teams that doesn’t involve Florida State in any way, shape, form or size.)

#6 Arizona State 38, Oregon State 35 (On an emotional high after crushing Notre Dame, the Sun Devils had better be careful here in Corvallis. The Beavers are 4-5 and starving for some momentum.)

UPSET ALERT! #25 Minnesota 37, #8 Ohio State 31 (After beating Michigan State, the Buckeyes now head to Minneapolis, where a sneaky good team is waiting for them. The Gophers crushed Iowa 51-14 last week and the stadium will be rocking for this game. I think Minnesota jumps out to a huge lead in the first half and holds on late to pull the shocker.)

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