Auburn Football 2010: Clemson Visits the Plains With ESPN College GameDay

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Auburn Football 2010: Clemson Visits the Plains With ESPN College GameDay
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College Football Game Day is moving south for next Saturday. They will be at Auburn for the Clemson game. This is great news for the Tigers and will bring even more national attention to the number 15 ranked program.

Clemson comes into this game with a 2-0 record and having won both games convincingly. This is certain to be a very entertaining game for all football fans.

This is a game that Coach Gene Chizik and the recruiting staff have emphasized for recruiting purposes. There are many highly regarded recruits expected to be in the stands for this game.

The Auburn team is an early work in progress after game two. They have played well in every aspect of the game at some point in the first two games, but have not put them all together at once.

Clemson has looked solid in every aspect as they overpowered their first two opponents. They will come in and attempt to make Auburn their third victim of the season.

Let’s take a look at the statistics for both teams thus far in the season.

All statistics are per game averages in yards and points unless otherwise specified.

Statistic

Auburn 

Clemson

Rushing Offense

278.5

229

National Rank

9th

24th

Passing Offense

199.5

189

National Rank

69th

79th

Pass Efficiency

191.97

175.23

National Rank

4th

10th

Total Offense

478

418

National Rank

20th

47th

Scoring Offense

34.5

46.5

National Rank

37th

12th

Kick Returns

24.38

20.17

National Rank

32nd

79th

Punt Returns

8.29

15.71

National Rank

60th

17th

Sacks Allowed

1.5

.5

National Rank

46th

10th

Rushing Defense

80

166.5

National Rank

17th

85th

Pass Defense

226

204

National Rank

73rd

63rd

Pass Efficiency Defense

105.05

115.17

National Rank

35th

56th

Total Defense

306

370.5

National Rank

44th

76th

Scoring Defense

20

15.5

National Rank

56th

33rd

Sacks

3.5

4

National Rank

10th

5th

Tackles For Loss

8.5

9.5

National Rank

14th

8th

Turnover Margin

-1

1.5

National Rank

84th

15th

This looks like a very close matchup on paper. Clemson has beaten Presbyterian and North Texas this season. Both games were wins by more than 25 points. Auburn comes in after a 17-14 slug-fest in Starkville Mississippi where the game was decided in the final seconds.

Auburn is 32-11 against Clemson with the last loss coming in 1951. The average score over the last five meetings is 34.8-10. The last two meetings were decided by less than one touchdown.

What Fans Can Expect

The Auburn defensive line will apply pressure immediately and often on the Clemson Quarterback. This will disrupt the offensive flow for Clemson. Auburn will increase their sack count in this game.

 

Clemson is a rushing team that usually has a speed advantage over their opponents. This will not be the case in this game. They will have to attempt to run more north and south to have any success.

With Nick Fairley and Antoine Carter both in the top twenty players with multiple

 tackles for a loss and sacks, it will be difficult for Clemson in the backfield. Clemson is 21 of 41 with a 20 yard per completion average in passing.

Clemson has shown some weakness defending the rush. Auburn will give them plenty of opportunity to get better in this particular area. Auburn will run both inside and outside and draw this safety oriented defense up toward the line. They will then challenge the Clemson corners one on one with their stable of dependable receivers.

Prediction

The Auburn defense will prove to be challenging to the Clemson offense and the Clemson defense will be overwhelmed by the Auburn offense. This will be a difficult game for Clemson to find a way to win. 

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