Auburn vs. Alabama State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Network: SEC Network
Auburn (1-0) vs. Alabama State (1-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Alabama State Will Win
The Hornets found a way in overtime, beating Tuskegee 26-20 despite being badly outplayed at times. However, they were helped by 19 Golden Tiger penalties, and were +3 in turnover margin.
There’s just enough offensive explosion to hope for one or two decent, big plays to at least stretch the Tiger defense a wee bit. Coming off the Washington game, and with LSU coming up next, Auburn’s mind will hardly be on being amazing here – no matter what head coach Gus Malzahn is saying.
One Reason Why Auburn Will Win
If Auburn cares even a little bit, it’s going to be next to impossible for Alabama State to get more than 150 yards of total offense.
The passing game isn’t quite consistent enough, and against Tuskegee, there wasn’t much of a ground game outside of one big dash. Any Hornet offensive production will come in garbage time.
This game is about getting the passing game tuned up a wee bit more. Jarrett Stidham was terrific against the great Washington D – hitting 26-of-36 for 273 yards and a score – and this week, he should come up with a big first quarter, let the running game work in the second, and then get off the field.
What’s Going To Happen
Auburn can call its shot. Be shocked if Alabama State scores, even though this will get deep into the Tiger bench early in the second half.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Auburn 52, Alabama State 0
Line: No Line
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