Auburn’s home-heavy schedule starts to wrap up Saturday as the red-hot Tigers take on an upset-minded Vanderbilt team inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Gus Malzahn’s Auburn team (6-2, 4-1 SEC) is one of the highest-rising teams in college football at the moment with a 5-game winning streak and a rediscovered edge on the offensive side of the ball. But Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-3 SEC) is quite familiar with knocking off Auburn in recent years, with the Commodores taking the last two cross-divisional meetings between the foes.
The Commodores actually hold an all-time series lead against Auburn at 21-20-1. Vanderbilt beat Auburn in both 2008 and 2012, which were the final seasons for both head coaches Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik. Auburn reeled off 13 straight wins in the series from 1978 to 2007 to take over a cross-divisional rivalry that was dominated by Vanderbilt in the first few decades of the schools’ football histories.
This year, Auburn looks for some delayed revenge and more momentum heading into next week’s rivalry matchup at a sliding Georgia.
Auburn vs. Vanderbilt game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Time: Noon ET
Location: Jordan Hare Stadium; Auburn, Ala.
Weather: 66 and partly cloudy
The line: Auburn is a 25.5- point favorite
What TV channel is Auburn vs. Vanderbilt on?
The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
How can I watch Auburn vs. Vanderbilt online?
You can watch the game on ESPN3.com, or with the WatchESPN app available on the App Store and Google Play store.
Who is calling the game?
Play-by-play by Mike Patrick, analysis by Ed Cunningham and sideline reporting by Dr. Jerry Punch.
Auburn vs. Vanderbilt keys to the game
Get up, it’s game day: In years past, the 11 a.m. CT kickoff spelled danger for Auburn football. The Tigers have played mostly night games this season, but they were able to jump out to a huge lead in their only early kick of the season at Mississippi State. Now Auburn has to handle being the home team playing in the sleepier slot.
A tougher defense?: Vanderbilt’s defense is statistically one of the toughest in the SEC when it comes to league play. Some of that comes down to the talent Derek Mason has on that side of the ball, especially SEC tackle leader Zach Cunningham. However, Vanderbilt has the advantage of playing some lackluster offenses in the SEC East.
Time to rebound: Auburn’s defense went under the knife of Chad Kelly last Saturday night. While it recovered to make the big second-half plays it needed to win, Kevin Steele’s unit still allowed 465 yards to the Rebels through the air. The Tigers need to tighten things on the back end before they hit “Amen Corner.”