Auburn at Clemson


Two of the last 5 teams to win a National Championship face off this weekend. Clemson is ranked #3 in the country while Auburn is #13.


When Auburn Has The Ball: Kamryn Pettaway returns to the starting lineup and should give Auburn’s entire offense a boost with his interior running ability. Kam Martin proved last week he can be an effective outside runner so Auburn should have no issues with their backs. The offensive line play was the biggest concern coming out of the Georgia State game but the coaching staff believes it was largely communication issues related to the inexperience of the left side of their line. They’ll need to get that dialed in against the Clemson defensive line. Stidham has a cannon and Auburn has plenty of receiver depth. Clemson, meanwhile, looks like a team that can be passed on, so I would expect Auburn to test them early and often.


When Clemson Has The Ball: Kelly Bryant is an unproven quarterback with an unproven running back sharing the backfield with him. Auburn’s defensive line is ten deep and should wreak havoc on Clemson’s offensive line. Bryant appears to excel at running the ball, which is the best way to attack Kevin Steele’s defenses. Deon Cain will need to have a big day catching the ball, and while he is very talented, Auburn has NFL level talent across the secondary. Javaris Davis and Carlton Davis are both capable of shadowing Cain whenever he hits their side of the field. It’s tough to see how Clemson will have success throwing the ball against Auburn. I feel like Marlon Davidson and Jeff Holland will combine for 3-4 sacks.


Prediction: I predicted Clemson to win the ACC and Auburn to win the SEC and I’m sticking with that for now. I think a lot has to go right for Auburn to win this game but mostly their defensive line needs to dominate Clemson and rattle their inexperienced quarterback and I think it will. Auburn 24 Clemson 17

You may also Interest in...

With tax reform the hot topic of the day in Washington, the college sports world is also sweating it out as the proposed GOP tax bill could have wide-ranging impacts on them.   While the aim of the bill is to reduce corporate taxes, the re ... Read More
Immediately after their 31-28 overtime win over Temple, the Army West Point Black Knights officially accepted a bid to play in the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl as contracted, unless selected for a New Year's Six bowl. "We are ab ... Read More
Heading into the season the conventional wisdom was that there were three can’t miss prospects at quarterback and another 5-6 that would get early round consideration. It shouldn’t surprise then that in the deepest quarterback class in me ... Read More
With upwards of 15 head coaching openings at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) at the end of the 2015 season, Rutgers University tends to fall very low on lists of “quality jobs.” However, there are significant benefits to Rutgers that ... Read More

Click Here for More Fanager Articles