The Auburn Tigers (3-1, 1-1), especially the offense, can’t wait to line up against Ole Miss. Like everyone else last week, Auburn sat at home and watched the Rebels take on No. 1 Alabama. What Gus Malzahn and his running backs had to be excited about was seeing Ole Miss’ defense give up 254 rushing yards and rushing touchdowns of 68 and 50 yards to the Tide. It was by far the highest rushing output by the Crimson Tide this season, which could bode well for an Auburn team that has been churning up yardage on the ground while it tries to improve through the air.
We also learned that Ole Miss’ uptempo offense can be stopped and, in fact, completely shut down. But no one’s saying Auburn has the same caliber defenders as Alabama, so it’s likely the Tigers will yield some points to the Rebels. Ultimately, that means Auburn will need to build on Alabama’s offensive success against the Rebels to win a game that could very well be a Georgia–LSU sort of shootout.
What to look for in Week 6: Can the Tigers replicate the Tide’s success on the ground against Ole Miss? They’ve had an extra week to prepare, and, statistically, Auburn has been much better rushing the ball than Alabama – 232.3 yards per game compared to 162.5. But you can bet the Rebels aren’t very happy after getting embarrassed 25-0 last week and will be fired up and ready to bounce back with a strong performance.