Auburn vs. Southern Miss fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Network: SEC Network
Auburn (3-1) vs. Southern Miss (2-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Southern Miss Will Win
The Southern Miss quarterback situation has gone from strong to fantastic.
Sophomore Jack Abraham got off to a great start, hitting 72% of his passes in the first three games averaging close to ten yards per throw with two four-touchdown pass days. Last week, he ripped up Rice for 428 yards in the win.
He’s been good, and now the coaching staff is going to mix in 2017 starter Kwadra Griggs. Suspended for the first part of the season, Griggs has to get up to speed, but he appears to be there, and Auburn has to prepare for him, too.
No, the USM defense hasn’t played anyone who’s any good, but it’s been great so far, ranking ninth in the nation allowing just 272 yards per game with eight takeaways. But …
One Reason Why Auburn Will Win
Jackson State, ULM, Rice. Southern Miss is about to take a wee bit of a step up in competition.
The passing game has done its part, and the quarterbacks are just that good, but the ground attack hasn’t done much of anything, coming up with just 398 yards and two scores – averaging 3.6 yards per carry – in the three games.
It’s not going anywhere against this Auburn defensive front.
The Tigers are allowing just 2.8 yards per carry, giving up just the one touchdown to LSU. On the other side, there’s no pass rush whatsoever from the Eagle defensive front.
The USM secondary has been good, but Jarrett Stidham is overdue for a big performance. Underwhelming so far, this is when he has to turn it loose with Mississippi State coming up next.
What’s Going To Happen
Auburn needs to bust out a bit. It’s been okay so far, and playing Washington, LSU, and Arkansas – the Hog D has been solid – will keep down just about anyone. However, this offense is supposed to rock against everyone, and it’s not.
The Tigers aren’t going to hang 50 on the USM defense, but the offense will start to look and play stronger – the running game will get going – and the defense will take care of the rest.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Auburn 40, Southern Miss 10
Line: Auburn -28, o/u: 53
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2
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