College Football Preview – Auburn Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry will see another iteration this Saturday. The Auburn Tigers will take on the Georgia Bulldogs for the 126th time. Georgia leads this rivalry 61-56-8, and the Bulldogs are hefty favorites on the road. They have won four straight meetings with the Tigers and seven of the last eight games in this rivalry.
Auburn will host Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
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Auburn blew out Akron and Alcorn State in its first two games. The Tigers failed to beat Penn State in Happy Valley in their first real game, and they struggled with Georgia State the following week. They went on the road to beat LSU in the Bayou for the first time in two decades last Saturday as Bo Nix made some great plays.
The Bulldogs have been the most dominant team in college football this season. Georgia started the season with a 10-3 win over Clemson and has hammered its last four foes. They have shut out Vanderbilt and Arkansas over the last two weeks, outscoring the conference foes 99-0.
When Auburn Has the Ball
Bo Nix isn’t great, but he has gotten the job done for Auburn this season. Nix has completed 58.5% of his passes for 979 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He is averaging just 6.7 YPA, but he has made things happen with his legs and made one of the most impressive plays of the season last week against LSU.
The Tigers are averaging 6.8 YPC through five games. Tank Bigsby has run for 430 yards (5.8 YPC) and four touchdowns, while Jarquez Hunter has been a home run hitter. Hunter is averaging 10.6 YPC with three touchdowns.
Georgia has the best defense in college football. The Bulldogs rank first in scoring defense (4.6 PPG), total defense (180.6 YPG), and yards per play (3.2). They have stifled every offense they have faced, and Auburn is probably not going to be able to run the ball successfully on this front seven.
When Georgia Has the Ball
We don’t know whether J.T. Daniels or Stetson Bennett IV will start for the Bulldogs this week. Daniels is the more talented quarterback, but he is dealing with an injury that kept him out last week against Arkansas. Bennett has shined when given the chance, averaging 12.6 YPA this season.
The Bulldogs are content to just wear teams down with their run game. Georgia has a stable of capable running backs, and this team is averaging 4.8 YPC. They will soon get receivers George Pickens and others back from injury too, making this offense even more potent.
This is a good Auburn defense. The Tigers are strong against the run, but they have struggled against the pass. They are allowing 7.2 YPA and 233.8 YPG through the air, so the Bulldogs can throw on this secondary if given the opportunity.
Given Georgia’s defense, the under is the best bet in this game. The side depends on who is under center though. Daniels should be able to lead the Bulldogs to a cover if he is healthy, but Bennett is a flawed quarterback.