Georgia vs. Auburn Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Georgia vs. Auburn fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia (9-0) vs. Auburn (7-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 11th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
It’s been fun for Georgia.
The Bulldog fan base got though the first nine games without a scratch, and managed to pull off what is technically the best win of the 2017 college football season at Notre Dame, but playtime is over.
Oh sure, beating South Carolina was good, and blasting away on a sad Florida team wasn’t without its charm, but now it really is Game On.
Step One is complete: Georgia is going to the SEC Championship. Steps Two through Four – getting there 12-0 and then winning the title game, and then playing in the College Football Playoff – are just a part of the world now.
Get to Atlanta at 12-0, and Step Three might not matter, and Step Four will take care of itself.
Auburn is good enough to ruin all of that.
The Tigers are college football’s biggest X factor going forward. They might not be able to get to the College Football Playoff – the comp with 2016 Penn State is, potentially, dead on – but they can royally screw things up with the Bulldogs and Alabama both coming to town over the next few weeks.
There’s a chance this could be the first of two meetings between the two if Auburn wins out. If that’s true, we’re about to be in for one amazing ride in the SEC.
One Reason Why Georgia Will Win
Notre Dame’s offense is ripping through everyone.
The Irish have rolled for more than 300 rushing yards in seven game of their nine games, being held in relative check by Michigan State – 182 yards and three touchdowns – in a 38-18 win.
Georgia held the high-powered ground against to 55 yards, partially by dominating the Irish backfield. The Bulldogs came up with a season-high nine tackles for loss with three sacks.
This isn’t a defense that sells out to get behind the line, and certainly the Notre Dame NFL talent on the offensive front has been good enough against everyone else. But when Georgia wants to, it can stop a ground game cold.
The Auburn offensive line has been fine, but not amazing. Texas A&M didn’t have a problem coming up with big plays in the backfield against a front five that gives up sacks – even outside of the debacle early on against Clemson.
The Bulldogs have allowed just four rushing scores on the year and just two over the last seven games. The big gashes won’t be there for Kerryon Johnson and the Auburn offense, but …
One Reason Why Auburn Will Win
Auburn, this is why you got Jarrett Stidham.
The former Baylor transfer hasn’t been the Heisman-caliber superstar Tiger fans were dreaming of this offseason, but outside of one giant clunker against LSU, he’s been really, really good.
He was being hit too much by LSU when he couldn’t get the passing game moving, and Clemson spent the entire game jumping on his head in the Week Two loss. Other than that, he’s bee efficient, effective, and accurate enough.
When he’s on – like he was against Mississippi State, and last week against Texas A&M – the offense is humming.
Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald had a nightmare of a day against the Georgia D, but Missouri’s Drew Lock threw for 253 yards and four scores – granted, bombing away in a blowout. With some due respect to Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, those are the only two dangerous passers Georgia has dealt with.
Stidham has thrown one pick in his last six games. Don’t turn the ball over, hit the third down throws, and get the ball out to the receivers in a hurry. Georgia will go after Johnson first, and Stidham has to rise up.
What’s Going To Happen
What would the records be if Georgia and Auburn flipped schedules?
The Notre Dame game would’ve been nasty for the Tigers, but they would’ve rolled through the rest of the slate with ease.
Would Georgia have won at Clemson early on? How about at LSU?
Both teams are fantastic, both teams are good enough to beat Alabama, and both teams are about to play an SEC classic in a crazed environment that should be legendary.
The one big difference between the two is the offensive line. The big question mark coming into the season, Georgia’s line has been outstanding, while Auburns has, again, been okay.
Auburn’s D line, though, is about to give ol’ Jake Fromm a bad day, testing the young quarterback with more of a pass rush than he’s seen all season long. But on the road, when needed, Georgia’s offensive front will bash away for a key late scoring drive when the NFL running backs take over.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will be okay. Kerryon Johnson will be stopped too often.
Georgia vs. Auburn Prediction
Georgia 27, Auburn, 24
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