As two teams whose seasons have gone drastically different than most predicted, Auburn and Georgia will look to see if that trend will continue or take a spin in another direction when the two foes battle it out Saturday in Athens.
There’s no love lost in this SEC cross-divisional rivalry game, and Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is certainly no stranger to looking at the Tigers as a major rival.
But can his team find enough to take down an Auburn team that is on a roll after Gus Malzahn’s job hung in the balance back in September? Either way, “the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” should be a fun one to watch.
Here is what a few national media outlets are saying about the SEC showdown:
- One big part of Auburn’s turnaround this season has been attributable to the steady hand of Sean White at quarterback. The Tigers have certainly had their share of struggles at quarterback in the past two seasons, but White has done a nice job of keeping things stabilized, writes Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee.
- While things certainly favor Auburn heading into Saturday, rivalry games have a tendency to get weird. Georgia certainly is talented enough to defeat the Tigers, especially when you throw in the injuries to White and Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway. For the Bulldogs, things are lining up the best they can ask for, which makes this game one to watch, according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough.
- With Auburn’s resurgence into the SEC’s upper tier this season, a lot can be credited for the Tigers resiliency to find ways to win. At times, the Tigers look pretty mild and like a team you shouldn’t be afraid of, but at the end of the day, Malzahn’s team is posting wins. That has to be good for something, writes John Zenor of the Associated Press.