If you’re the Auburn Tigers, you have to be happy with how your season has begun. Coming into the 2013 campaign, no one knew what to expect from the Tigers who had a new coach in place. However, no one could have foreseen the Tigers beginning the season 9-1 and ranking seventh in the nation.
On the other hand, the Georgia Bulldogs had high hopes to begin the season with SEC title expectations on their mind. However, a 4-3 start through seven games dashed those hopes and two straight wins later, this team is fighting for consideration in a BCS bowl.
Auburn has been one of the most pleasantly surprising teams in season, ranking third in the nation in rushing yards per game. Tre Mason leads the way in rushing, racking up 1,038 yards and an unbelievable 16 rushing touchdowns while quarterback Nick Marshall is second on the team, rushing for 734 yards and seven scores. While the run game is one of the best in the nation, the passing attack ranks 108th in the nation behind Marshall’s arm. The quarterback has passed for 1,301 yards and eight touchdowns on the season with Sammie Coates being the main target at wide out, catching 26 passes for 648 yards and five scores.
The Bulldogs excel in the pass game and have been average in the run game. In a season in which the Bulldogs were expected to contend for a conference title behind the strong arm of quarterback Aaron Murray. The senior quarterback has seen a handful of his teammates go down with serious injuries but has still managed to pass for 2,477 yards and 20 touchdowns on the year. While the passing attack ranks 19th in the nation, no one wide receiver has stood out as the No. 1 target of Murray. Todd Gurley leads the rushing attack with 625 yards and six touchdowns while missing three games.
Defensively, the Bulldogs rank 77th in the nation in points allowed per game while also ranking 40th in the country in yards allowed — a drop-off from last season. Auburn ranks 22nd in college football in points allowed as well as 76th in yards allowed per game with over 419.
Georgia will travel to Auburn to take on the Tigers at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.
PREDICTION: Georgia 31, Auburn 27