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Dec. 31, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN
With a significant depletion of talent from one year to the next, the Auburn Tigers are nowhere near the national championship team they were last year. That said, they held their own against many tough SEC opponents, and remain a big draw for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
While Auburn did lose five games, all five of their losses were to very good teams (LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Clemson), so they are better than their record makes them look. In this game, they will play Virginia, who surprisingly ended up being one of the ACC’s best teams this year.
Virginia is certainly the underdog in this game, but they did upset Georgia Tech and Florida State this season, and I think they will give Auburn a really good run in this game, possibly even come away with victory.