(9) AUBURN TIGERS (7-2, 5-1 SEC) @ GEORGIA BULLDOGS (5-4, 3-4 SEC)
WHERE: Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS
LINE: AUB -11
Hey don’t look now but the Auburn Tigers have won six straight games and are right in the thick of the College Football Playoff race. Granted, outside of wins over ranked conference opponents LSU and Arkansas, the combined overall record of the teams they’ve beaten in the other four games of that six-game winning streak is just 15-21. But, they are simply taking advantage of the ranking given to them and should they take care of business the next two weeks, they will be in position to try and pull off a stunner in the Iron Bowl and shake up the CFP picture.
This is Georgia’s final conference game of the season and they’d certainly like to end it on a high note and salvage a .500 record in league play. Finishing 8-4 in the regular season is certainly a possibility for the Bulldogs but it won’t be easy facing Auburn and then their annual in-state rivalry with Georgia Tech at the end of the year. Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason has shown flashes of being a great SEC quarterback, but junior tailback and preseason dark horse Heisman candidate Nick Chubb just has not gotten in done, just twice this year he’s rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.
This is a classic SEC rivalry that goes all the way back to 1902, with the slim edge going to Georgia (54-51-6). In fact, the ‘Dogs have won four of the last five and eight of ten, including four straight in Athens.