The Auburn Tigers have to be considered one of the top teams in the nation even though they were barely on the map prior to the 2013 season. It’s crazy to think that the Tigers won a nation title just three years ago, but a few poor seasons has made them a ‘surprise’ contender this season.
On the other side of the field, the Tennessee Volunteers are considered one of the better five-loss teams in the country even though they might not make a bowl game this season. The Volunteers have been anything but an easy victory and they have given many top teams trouble this season.
Auburn might be considered a Top 10 team, but the passing attack on offense is anything but top-10-worthy. Ranking 99th in the nation in passing yards per game, the Tigers are led by Nick Marshall who has 1,266 yards and seven passing touchdowns on the year while only passing over 20 times just three times this year. Marshall is also second on the team in rushing yards with 520 to go along with five touchdowns. Tre Mason is another reason why the rushing attack ranks sixth in the nation in yards per game as the running back has 921 yards and 13 scores.
Tennessee was led by Justin Worley at quarterback before he suffered a hand injury two weeks ago that looks to set him out for about four weeks. Freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs looks to be his replacement for the time being and could earn himself the job in the future if he performs well enough. Dobbs has 315 yards and two interceptions to go along with 64 rushing yards in just two games this season. The young QB is lucky to have a running back like Rajion Neal lining up behind him to take pressure off the passing game. Neal has 771 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, the Volunteers rank 79th in the nation in points allowed per game as well as 97th in the nation in yards allowed. Auburn ranks 22nd in the nation in points allowed and 80th in yards allowed. This game could be a possible high-scoring one.
Auburn will travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 9. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Auburn 27, Tennessee 30