On paper, this looks like a game Auburn should win.
The No.8-ranked Tigers are traveling to Georgia to face a Bulldogs team that has struggled in their first season under head coach Kirby Smart. Auburn has won six in a row after opening the year 1-2.
But CBS analyst Gary Danielson believes this will be a closer game than some people may think.
On a recent CBS Sports podcast, Danielson said he isn’t particularly fond of the matchup for Gus Malzahn’s Tigers.
“If I was Gus Malzahn, I’d want to play 10 other teams in the SEC rather than Georgia this week,” Danielson said on the podcast. “I don’t like the fact that Kirby Smart has faced me in big-time pressure games before, I think he is very attuned how to attack the Auburn offense. If you look at Georgia’s defense, they’re really coming on with a lot of young athletes on the defensive line. I think they tackle well at linebacker and it should be a really tough game.”
The Bulldogs had lost four of five games before snapping a two-game losing skid with a 27-24 win over Kentucky last Saturday.
It may be an even more difficult task for the Tigers if they are without their top running back Kamryn Pettway, who did not practice on Tuesday as his status is uncertain.
Auburn and Georgia are set to kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.