Auburn’s offense has been disappointing by the primary two weeks of the season however with a powerful displaying in opposition to the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday, all shall be forgiven.
The Tigers are set to face Penn State of their first huge check of the season and can achieve this as 3-point underdogs at dwelling. Nonetheless, the sport is definitely winnable and it’ll possible come all the way down to how Auburn’s offense performs in opposition to their protection.
The Tigers are averaging 33.0 factors per sport and a strong 7.12 yards per play. Nonetheless, that got here in opposition to Mercer and San Jose State, two applications that Auburn ought to have success transferring the ball in opposition to. In the meantime, the Nittany Lions have held their opponents to twenty.5 factors per sport and 4.69 yards per play.
Listed here are 5 keys for Auburn’s offense in opposition to the Penn State protection.
Get Tank Bigsby going
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Auburn needs to run the ball and Bigsby is their greatest wager at doing so in opposition to a stout Penn State protection. The Nittany Lions are permitting 3.35 yards per carry by two video games and would be the hardest check but for the Auburn floor sport.
Bigsby had nice success in opposition to them final yr, dashing for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He, and the remainder of the operating backs plus Robby Ashford, might want to have sport for Auburn to have success offensively.
Look out for Joey Porter Jr.
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Derick Corridor is Auburn’s greatest defender and Porter is Penn State’s. The nook has already damaged up six passes, recovered a fumble, and made 9 tackles. Auburn’s quarterbacks have struggled with defending the ball this season throwing 4 interceptions to only one landing and they’re going to should be looking out for Porter, who shall be seeking to arrange the Penn State offense with a turnover.
Get the ball to Ja’Varrius Johnson
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Auburn has had very restricted success throwing the ball this season and that has to vary Saturday for the Tigers to tug off the upset. Johnson is Auburn’s prime receiver however has simply seven receptions for 158 yards. He’ll in all probability have a tricky matchup going through Porter, however Auburn might want to feed him Saturday and see if he can break off a giant play.
Fireplace up Jordan-Hare Stadium
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Final yr Penn State had a White Out and it definitely made an affect on the sport. Auburn is hoping that their Orange Out counter could have simply as huge of an impact. That is the primary huge sport in Jordan-Hare this season and if the offense can have some success then the gang will definitely make an affect, identical to they do for each sport right here.
With these two groups so evenly matched this may very well be the distinction between Auburn successful and dropping.
Story initially appeared on Auburn Wire