4. Auburn 21, Washington 16
It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but Washington was uglier.
The Auburn defense had a lot to do with that.
The Washington D is among the best in the country, and it kept the Tiger ground game from coming up with any sort of big plays on the ground, but Jarrett Stidham kept his poise, there weren’t any turnovers, and it was a very, very big win.
The Huskies had their chances to come up with game-changing plays, but penalties, missed field goals, and other failed opportunities kept them from forcing Auburn to come press late.
Again, the Tigers made that happen with their D, with the line giving everyone else on the schedule a glimpse of what they’ll have to deal with.
Of course the Auburn offense will explode this year. Of course the running game will be unstoppable at times. Of course Stidham will look and play like an NFL starter. But for now, all that matters is that the team won a big game again.
It broke the Atlanta hex. it put the UCF and SEC Championships in the rearview mirror, and it came up with the strongest win by anyone in Week One.
21-16 over the nation’s No. 6 team. That’s as pretty as it gets.