Why Auburn Will Win The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
– The offense might have had its struggled throughout the year, but the defense made up for it. Starting with a killer defensive interior that was great at getting into the backfield, the Tigers finishing third in the conference in both sacks and tackles for loss – dominating at times in tough wins over Washington and Texas A&M. Purdue’s offensive line is fine, but it’s about be under constant pressure. You can’t give this Boilermaker backfield time to work, and Auburn won’t.
– The clunker of a home game loss to Tennessee was unacceptable, but outside of that, the other four losses? LSU, at Mississippi State, at Georgia, and at Alabama. As disappointing as the Tigers might have been, it’s not like they were just giving away bad defeats to teams like Minnesota or Eastern Michigan. To be blunt, Auburn is the better team. Now it’s just about showing up and playing up to its potential – but that hasn’t always been easy this season, especially on offense.
– Auburn lost its five games because it faced a slew of great teams, but turnovers were a part of it. That’s how the Tigers lost to Tennessee – they were a -3 in turnover margin. They were 0-4 this season when losing the turnover battle, and the other loss came to Georgia without turning the ball over. The O has only given the ball away once over the last five games, and Purdue doesn’t take the ball away. The Boilermaker D took the ball away just 14 times with more than one forced turnover in one game.