Auburn vs. Florida fearless prediction and game preview.
Auburn vs. Florida Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 5
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Auburn (5-0) vs. Florida (5-0) Game Preview
Why Auburn Will Win
If Bo Nix is going to do that, forget it.
The Auburn running game is back to being fantastic – averaging 251 yards per game, with JaTarvious Whitlow averaging over five yards per pop – and last week the passing game kicked into high gear, too
Against Mississippi State, Nix was turned loose, averaging 16 yards per pass in his 335-yard, two touchdown day as the offense finally started to show of a little pop.
The O line is giving the freshman all day to throw for an O that should be able to move the chains a bit on a Gator D that gives up a few too many third down conversions.
Defensively, the Tiger front line is playing up to its billing, allowing just three yards per carry without giving up more than 120 yards to anyone so far. Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Oregon and Tulane can all run – but not on Auburn.
The Florida ground game is serviceable, but it’s not going to carry the day. So if you don’t believe in QB Kyle Trask, you’re not buying into the Gators.
Why Florida Will Win
Oh go ahead and believe in Kyle Trask.
The backup stepped in when Feleipe Franks went down and saved the day against Kentucky, and now he should be up to speed after taking target practice on Tennessee and Towson.
But this week, his job is to be a true game manager. Keep the chains moving, don’t turn the ball over, and let the defense do the rest.
As is, the Gators D has been fantastic – allowing just under nine points per game helped out by one of the nation’s top pass rushes. This week, two of the stars are back from leg injuries – top pass rusher Jabari Zuniga and NFL-caliber corner CJ Henderson – and Freddie Swain returns to the receiving corps.
There isn’t anything pretty about the Gators, but they’re effective.
They don’t control the clock, they get flagged a bit too often, and again, the running game is just okay, but it’s a tough, talented, unbeaten team that has yet to reach its full potential.
What’s Going To Happen
These two haven’t played since 2011. And the head coaches were …
Gene Chizik vs. Will Muschamp.
Auburn has played four good-to-terrific teams that will all go bowling. Florida struggled against Miami with its freshman quarterback playing in his first game, and survived Kentucky with its backup QB.
The Tigers are playing with swagger, they’re improving each week, and the lines are doing a good enough job to hold their own against the tough Gator fronts.
And in a low-scoring battle, the Florida defense will rise up and do just enough to stop the Tiger running game to survive.
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Auburn vs. Florida Prediction, Line
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2019 Florida Football Schedule
2019 Record: 5-0
2019 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2019 Preseason SEC Prediction: 6-2
2018 Record: 10-3
Aug. 24 Miami (in Orlando) W 24-20
Sept. 7 UT Martin W 45-0
Sept. 14 at Kentucky W 29-21
Sept. 21 Tennessee W 34-3
Sept. 28 Towson W 38-0
Oct. 5 Auburn W
Oct. 12 at LSU L
Oct. 19 at South Carolina L
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Georgia (in Jacksonville) W
Nov. 9 Vanderbilt W
Nov. 16 at Missouri W
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 Florida State W
2019 Auburn Football Schedule
2019 Record: 5-0
2019 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2019 Preseason SEC Prediction: 4-4
2018 Record: 8-5
Aug. 31 Oregon (in Dallas) W 27-21
Sept. 7 Tulane W 24-6
Sept. 14 Kent State W 55-16
Sept. 21 at Texas A&M W 28-20
Sept. 28 Mississippi State W 56-23
Oct. 5 at Florida L
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at Arkansas W
Oct. 26 at LSU L
Nov. 2 Ole Miss W
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Georgia W
Nov. 23 Samford W
Nov. 30 Alabama L