Auburn gave Clemson all it could handle in the season opener, but could there be a letdown against a dangerous Arkansas State team? Check out the Auburn vs. Arkansas State fearless prediction and game preview.
Auburn vs. Arkansas State Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Network: SEC Network
Why Arkansas State Will Win
Let’s be honest – the Auburn quarterback situation is a mess.
It was if Gus Malzahn did everything possible to screw up the Clemson game – with strange quarterback changes and not going for field goals at the right time – but his team still had two throws into the end zone with a chance to beat a national title-good team. However, the offense still isn’t working.
Arkansas State doesn’t have the Clemson defense, but it’s far, far better than it showed in a disastrous performance against Toledo. The Auburn running game had a few moments, but throwing the ball against a rebuilding Tiger secondary was painful – none of the quarterbacks did too much until the very end.
ASU has a great group of backs behind a solid line, and it’s got a better pass rush than it showed last week.
Why Auburn Will Win
Arkansas State was absolutely awful at home against Toledo.
With two turnovers, nothing happening on third downs, and no defense, ASU got ripped to shreds by a Toledo team that was supposed to be good on the ground, but wasn’t expected to be 371-yard, three-score passing day good offensively.
It might have been a bit of an aberration, but it was a total meltdown for a team with high Sun Belt expectations. Pitt transfer Chad Voytik only completed 11-of-24 passes, allowing the Rockets to tee off on the running game, and, again, the D couldn’t do anything to change around the momentum.
The Auburn pass rush that generated pressure, but didn’t quite get to Deshaun Watson last week should show up this week. As long as the Tiger defensive front holds its own, everything else will fall into place.
What’s Going To Happen?
Arkansas State will be better. There’s too much talent, too many good parts, and the coaching is too strong to come up with another dud, especially as the sandwich team for Auburn between Clemson and Texas A&M. The Tigers will sputter and struggle, but they’ll get out with an unsatisfying-looking win.
Auburn vs. Arkansas State Prediction
Final Score: Auburn 27, Arkansas State 17
Line: Auburn -19.5, o/u: 54.5
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