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The Auburn Tigers will come into College Station on October 19 sporting an identical 5-1 overall record and 2-1 conference record to the Aggies. The Tigers are led by their head coach Gus Malzahn.
Malzahn likes to spread defenses out, then pick at the defense with various running plays and formations until he identifies a weakness. Then he will repeatedly pound that weakness with the run until the opposing defense submits.
Malzahn has an extremely bright offensive mind and has the Tigers program headed back in the right direction.
Auburn is a run-dominated offense that averages 6.3 yards per rush and 287 yards rushing per game. They have struggled with the pass, with junior quarterback Nick Marshall averaging 180 yards passing per game with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
Marshall was a defensive back at Georgia before he transferred to a junior college so he could play quarterback. He is more of a running threat right now than a threat throwing the ball.
Auburn has a gambling defense under defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. The Tigers have racked up an impressive 49 tackles for loss on the season but still allow 398 yards per game. The Auburn defense has only allowed opponents to score 18 points per game.
Auburn has very good talent up and down their roster. They will be a very tough challenge for the Aggies at home.