Dr. Bob Previews WEST VIRGINIA (+7.5) Vs. AUBURN

Robert StollCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2009

AUBURN (-7.5) 30 West Virginia 27

04:45 PM Pacific Time Saturday, Sep-19

AUBURN (-7 1/2) 30 West Virginia 27
Both of these teams have made changes on offense that are working better than expected. West Virginia has become more of a passing team and new quarterback Jarrett Brown has completed 75% of his passes for an incredible 10.1 yards per pass play while also running for 142 yards. Dominating a rebuilding Liberty defense (Division 1AA) is one thing, but the Mountaineers racked up 513 yards at 7.8 yppl against a pretty good East Carolina team in which WVU was only a 6 point favorite.

Auburn's offense was a disaster last season, but a change in offensive coordinators has led to a unit that has averaged 346.5 rushing yards per game at 6.3 yards per rushing play while also averaging 227 aerial yards at 8.9 yards per pass play with zero interceptions and zero sacks allowed. Those stats were compiled against Louisiana Tech and Miss State, who actually aren't that much worse than average defensively. Both West Virginia and Auburn possess good defenses and it will be interesting to see how each offense fares in this game.

My ratings favor Auburn by 2 1/2 points, so I'd certainly rather take the points in what looks like a game between pretty even teams.

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