AUBURN, Ala. — It’s one of the most anticipated games each year and this season is no different. The Deep South’s oldest rivalry is heated. As Auburn has suffered a string of defeats in Athens, it’s simmered in recent years.
With hopes to appear in the SEC title game and maneuver into the College Football Playoff, the road test could make or break the Tigers. Anxieties are heightened by the fact that several players on both teams have dealt with nagging injuries.
Here are five Friday predictions:
1. Does Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway play?
No, Kerryon Johnson and Stanton Truitt team up in the Tigers’ backfield.
2. How much does Auburn’s defensive line affect Georgia’s freshman QB Jacob Eason?
Getting to quarterbacks is nothing new to Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson and Marlon Davidson. The line comes up with at least three sacks and flusters the underclassmen throughout the game.
3. Does the defense handle short and mid-range passes better?
Yes, with the return of linebackers Tre Williams (ankle injury) and Deshaun Davis (ejected for targeting against Vanderbilt) Auburn improves at defending the pass.
4. Who is Auburn’s best receiver of the day?
Freshman Nate Craig-Myers
5. Who will win?