SEC Preview: Georgia and Auburn Face-Off in the South’s Oldest Rivalry
A new chapter of the South's Oldest Rivalry will be written Saturday night when Georgia travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to battle Auburn.
A win will help Auburn keep pace behind Alabama for the lead in the SEC West, while a loss pretty much ends any hope the Tigers had of reaching the SEC Championship game.
The Tigers have been the surprise team of the SEC this year and maybe even the country. Going from 3-9, including 0-8 in the SEC, a season ago to 9-1 and currently ranked 7th in the country. There is no doubt that first year head coach Gus Malzahn is a candidate for the national coach of the year
Many people expected Georgia to be competing for an SEC and national title this year but a slew of injuries has hurt the Bulldogs' chances. But with two straight wins over Florida and Appalachian State, UGA has bounced back into the top 25.
Both teams have the ability to put up a lot of points in this game. Auburn is scoring 38.6 points per game, which is ranked 18th in the country. Georgia comes in ranked 31st at 35.6 ppg.
The strongest facet of Auburn's offense has been its running game this season. The Tigers are ranked 3rd in the country in rushing (320 ypg). The Auburn running attack is led by running back Tre Mason and quarterback Nick Marshall. Mason leads the conference with 16 rushing touchdowns and sits second in rushing yards with 1,038. Marshall comes into the game as the team's second leading rusher, compiling 734 yards on more than 7 yards per carry with seven touchdowns .
The Georgia offense is more balanced and has the ability to beat you with the run and the pass. Leading the way for the Bulldogs' rushing attack is Todd Gurley. The sophomore missed a few games this year with an injury but has been very impressive when healthy, carrying the ball only 101 times for 625 yards and six touchdowns. With 11 catches for 141 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns, Gurley has proven to be a threat as a receiver, too. Don't forget about the veteran quarterback, Aaron Murray, who has continued to shine this year, throwing for over 2400 yards and 20 touchdowns.
With these two high powered offenses who can put points up at will expect this game to be a shootout.
This Game can be seen on CBS at 2:30 CT.