Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET
The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry kicks off on the Plains on Saturday afternoon with enormous implications for both Auburn and Georgia.
For the Tigers, they need to keep pace with Alabama. A win by the Tigers would set up the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 to act as the de facto SEC West title game for the first time in history. Meanwhile, for Georgia, its best shot of getting to the SEC Championship Game is winning out and hoping Missouri falls to Ole Miss and Texas A&M in the next two weeks.
There are two storylines to watch in this game: Can Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall have success through the air, and will Georgia's defense come to play?
Marshall—a former defensive back for the Bulldogs—has emerged as a dangerous threat at quarterback for Tigers, particularly on the ground. The junior rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 55-23 win over Tennessee and is seventh in the SEC in rushing this season (81.56 yards per game).
But can he throw? He attempted just eight passes two weeks ago against Arkansas and seven against the Vols, and Georgia's pass defense is giving up 241 yards per game through the air.
"It was just something the defense was giving us," Marshall said according to Charles Goldberg of AuburnTigers.com. "I was able to make the correct reads and the offensive line blocked their tails off."
For Georgia, it's imperative that it gets running back Todd Gurley going. The sophomore has been nursing an ankle injury suffered against LSU in September, and he needs to exploit an Auburn defense that's has allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of its last two games.
Expect a lot of points on the Plains, as Gurley will break the century mark and quarterback Aaron Murray will find his weapons outside—which will include tight end Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley, according to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
It won't be enough, though.
Marshall and running back Tre Mason will run wild, Marshall will open things up and pick on Georgia cornerback Damian Swann and Auburn will fend off a feverish charge from Murray late to post another big win on its resume.
Prediction: Auburn 38, Georgia 35