The ‘Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry’ gets going this Saturday between No.7 Auburn and No.25 Georgia. This will be a 3:30 pm ET kickoff with CBS in on the coverage from Jordan-Hare Stadium on the plains of Alabama.
Sat., Nov. 16th, 2013 @ 3:30pm ET
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Al
- Who’s Favored?
Auburn by 4 ~ 62.5 o/u @ BetOnline
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Auburn has been one of the surprise teams in college football this season. After not winning an SEC game last season, the Tigers are 5-1 in the SEC and 9-1 overall this season under the direction of Gus Malzahn in his first season as head coach. Auburn still controls its own destiny in the SEC West and remains with an outside shot to get to the national championship game.
Of course, that would only continue with a win over Georgia. The Bulldogs are slowly coming back to the team they were in September, though injuries are still plentiful. Georgia got back Todd Gurley a couple of weeks ago and it’s made a big difference. It should be the biggest aspect of this game, along with trying to slow down the run game of the Tigers.
For the second time this season, the Bulldogs face a quarterback that used to play for them. First it was Zach Mettenberger at LSU, now it’s Nick Marshall at Auburn. Marshall transferred from Georgia after sitting behind Aaron Murray. That move has paid off, as Marshall has had a breakout season for the Tigers.
Marshall is as big of a threat to run as he is to pass, ranking second on the team in rushing with more than 700 yards this season.
The Georgia defense will face a big challenge, but for as much as that unit has struggled this season, stopping the run has been a strength.
The Bulldogs have blown out the Tigers each of the last two seasons, but Auburn is the favorite at home. There is a lot on the line for both of these teams, and Georgia can somewhat salvage the disappointment with yet another win over a top-10 team.