The No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs and No. 7 Auburn Tigers are two SEC powerhouses that have taken drastically different paths this season.
When the two teams meet in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, it will look anything like what fans are accustomed to seeing. Georgia has won six of seven and the last two by a combined score of 83-7.
Yet, it is the Bulldogs who enter the matchup in a slump at 6-3 while the 9-1 Tigers are on a six-win streak and have not lost since mid-September.
Following is everything that fans need to know about one of this upcoming weekend's best matchups.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 62.5
- Spread: Auburn (-3.5)
Bulldogs Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Paris Bostick||S||08/08/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||toe surgery|
|Chris Conley||WR||11/10/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Auburn||Questionable||ankle|
|Austin Long||T||08/17/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||academics|
|Arthur Lynch||TE||11/10/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Auburn||Questionable||ribs|
|Keith Marshall||RB||10/07/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Malcolm Mitchell||WR||09/01/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Justin Scott-Wesley||S||10/07/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Tramel Terry||WR||08/31/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Reggie Wilkerson||CB||08/08/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Jaylon Denson||WR||09/22/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Justin Garrett||LB||11/10/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Joshua Holsey||LB||10/24/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Demetruce McNeal||S||08/17/2013||was dismissed from the team||Out||legal/disciplinary|
|Jeffrey Whitaker||DT||08/31/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
Can the Bulldogs Slow the Tigers?
The Tigers steamroll the opposition on the ground with what appears to be relative ease.
In its last two games, Auburn has attempted only 15 passes while racking up 677 rushing yards to win both by a combined score of 90-40.
The Tigers have the No. 3-ranked rushing attack, which is averaging 320 yards per game. Running back Tre Mason is the star of the show with his 1,038 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Quarterback Nick Marshall has another 734 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns as well.
It will be a classic strength-versus-strength matchup on Saturday. In their three losses, the Bulldogs have held their opposition to less than 200 total rushing yards.
Whichever team can impose its will in this regard will surely emerge victorious.
With how the season has played out to this point, Georgia will simply look to play the spoiler against an Auburn team that not only has its eyes set on a date with No. 1 Alabama to close out the season, but an SEC championship as well.
While Georgia has been stout against the run, it has yet to encounter anything quite like the Auburn attack.
Which team wins?
Mason and Marshall will have success in setting up short third-down scenarios, where Marshall can take advantage of Georgia's secondary through the air if necessary.
Injuries have derailed the season for the Bulldogs, and while they are getting a bit healthier, star running back Todd Gurley still has an ankle issue, per Joel Erickson of AL.com. If Gurley is hobbled, the Bulldogs offense will have little success in moving the ball in a one-dimensional manner.
Expect the Tigers to run away with this one.
Final score: Auburn 38, Georgia 28