Auburn vs. Georgia Prediction, Game Preview

    Auburn vs. Georgia prediction and game preview. The Tigers look to improve to 6-4 as they host the Bulldogs in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

    November 10, 2015


    Georgia (6-3) is out of the SEC East title chase, but it can come up with a strong bowl appearance and a nice season by winning out. Auburn (5-4) is still struggling, but it’s a win away from bowl eligiblitly – that didn’t seem possible a few weeks ago. Check out the interdivisional showdown of SEC also-rans – the Georgia vs. Auburn game preview and prediction.

    Georgia vs. Auburn Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
    Game Time: 12:00 pm
    Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

    Network: CBS

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    Why You Need To Care

    All of a sudden, Auburn is back among the living.

    The Tigers were sliding after painful losses to Arkansas and Ole Miss, and a bowl bid seemed almost impossible with Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama ahead – and needing to win two of those to go along with the paycheck game against Idaho. But a funny thing happened on the way to a total disaster – the Tigers thumped the Aggies. Now, with the game against Idaho coming up next and the last three games at home, it’s time to try salvaging the season with a big finishing kick. Beat Georgia, and the disappointing year doesn’t look so miserable.

    Georgia didn’t fire defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. After a week of turmoil and wild Twitter rumors, all was right with the world by reversing the 27-3 loss to Florida with a 27-3 win over Kentucky. The Dawgs might be out of the title chase, but they should be able to close strong with Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech to close. As down as things have been, 9-3 wouldn’t be that bad a season. It’s not what Georgia fans were hoping for, but a win over Auburn starts to salvage some pride. Lose, and it’s hot seat time.

    Why Georgia Will Win

    Bulldogs, get that run defense ready to rock. The Auburn running game isn’t playing up to its normal snuff, but with the option games of Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech to close, the Georgia linebacking corps is going to get a workout over the next few weeks. So far this season, Georgia has allowed over 150 yards and two touchdowns in four games. One was the win over South Carolina, and the other three game in the three losses to Bama, Tennessee and Florida. Keep teams to under 170 and two scores, and the Dawgs are 5-0. Going back to a loss to Arkansas in September of 2010, Georgia is 34-0 in the regular season when allowing fewer than two rushing touchdowns. Auburn ran for 311 yards last week on Texas A&M, but scored once on the ground, and scoring under two rushing touchdowns five times so far.

    Why Auburn Will Win

    Georgia’s passing game has gone bye-bye. The days of Greyson Lambert setting completion percentage records against South Carolina seemed like 19 years ago. Ever since that 24-of-25, 330-yard, three score day against the Gamecocks, and the follow-up doesn’t-really-count stat-padder against Southern, Georgia has thrown just three touchdown passes and eight interceptions in the last five games. There were a few nice moments in the loss to Tennessee, but for the most part, there’s absolutely nothing for the Auburn secondary to worry about. Generate a little bit of pressure up front, and the Bulldog air attack turtles.

    Player Who Matters

    Okay, Jeremy Johnson, let’s reboot this thing. Sean White is still in the Auburn starting quarterback mix, but it’s Johnson who stepped up against A&M and got the job done completing 13-of-17 passes for 132 yards and a score. Last year in the blowout loss to the Dawgs he saw a little bit of time, completing 4-of-5 passes for 30 yards, but this time around, it’s a possible chance to take over the starting gig for the rest of the way and rebuild the hype going into next year.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Has Auburn found something with an improving – albeit slightly – defense? Has the offense started to perk up just enough to get by? Georgia’s O has sputtered and coughed way too much, doing next to nothing on third downs, but the defense has stepped up – even with all the drama surrounding Pruitt. It’s going to come down to the little mistakes and the key special teams plays – Auburn will get the breaks at home to win an uggo.

    Georgia vs. Auburn Prediction

    Final Score: Auburn 23, Georgia 20, Line: Auburn -2, o/u: 52.5

    Must See Rating:5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 3

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