The First Look – Georgia Southern

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Happy Game Week!

Auburn kicks off the 2017 season with a home opener against Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern. Auburn has played Georgia Southern once in 1991. You can read about that here. Long and short of it, Auburn won 32-17 behind Stan White’s 236 yards and 2 touchdowns.

This is the same Georgia Southern team that beat Florida 26-20 in 2013. That game provided us with this amazing gif.

If you can’t see it clearly, look around the 10 yard line as 2 Florida players block each other.

Yes, this team runs the same triple option that they did against Florida. Don’t worry, 2017 Auburn is much better than 2013 Florida.

Here are some quick facts about how Auburn has performed against Sun Belt teams in the past:

TEAM:
Auburn is averaging 45 PPG and allowing 12 PPG.
Under Malzahn, Auburn is averaging 51 PPG and allowing 16 PPG.

QUARTERBACKS:
QBs with a minimum 10 attempts have passed for an average of 174 yards, 29TDs and 9 INTs.
Jason Campbell had the best statistical game and went 8/10 passing, 184 yards and 2 touchdowns against ULM in 2002.
Cam Newton also did this to Arkansas State:

RUNNINGBACKS:
Auburn running backs are averaging 92 yards (6.5 per attempt) with 20 touchdowns against Sun Belt opponents.
Cam Newton (notably not a RB) actually had the most rushing yards against a Sun Belt team with 171. See above gif.

Also of note, 2 of the last 3 shut-outs Auburn has are against Sun Belt teams (ULM – 08, Arkansas State – 06).

PLACES FOR IMPROVEMENT:
Redzone – Auburn needs to work on scoring Touchdowns in the redzone.

3rd Down – Auburn needs to avoid 3rd and long in order to sustain successful drives.

@AuburnEnstein PREDICTION:
Auburn knocks the rust off and Georgia Southern keeps it close for about a quarter. The defense proves that last year was no fluke and they assert their dominance. The offense scores early and often and the back-ups get a good amount of playing time. Don’t worry Auburn fans. Auburn wins this one 56-14. If you’re having any trouble getting excited for the football season, look at this.