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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Taking The Bite Out of The 'Dawgs

Auburn looks to take the bite away from Georgia
Who: Georgia Bulldogs
Where: Athens, GA
When: November 15th, 2014

In the world according to Klell, we have arrived at this point as an undefeated team. Having defeated six conference foes (Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and South Carolina), and a Big12 power in Kansas State on national TV on a Thursday night at that. 

Our Tigers have conquered them all. Winning by an average score of 41 to 25. In our predictions we have shown LSU it's due respect by guessing they will hold us to our lowest points total thus far, and the narrowest margin of victory over a conference foe. We also give Kansas State it's due respect by showing the overall lowest points margin of victory at 8.

All that remains are two road trips to our two biggest rivals with a visit from Samford University sandwiched in between. That's all that separates Auburn from another undefeated season. the fourth for our Tigers since the SEC split into divisions. Let's look at UGA.

I turned to Saturday Down South to get these numbers.

Georgia Bulldogs

Total: 17 Offense: 5 Defense: 10 Special Teams: 2
Key returnees: RB Todd Gurley, RB Keith Marshall, WR Michael Bennett, WR Chris Conley, C David Andrews, DE Ray Drew, LB Ramik Wilson, OLB Jordan Jenkins, OLB Leonard Floyd, CB Damian Swann, DB Josh Harvey-Clemons
Key losses: QB Aaron Murray, OL Chris Burnette, LT Kenarious Gates, TE Arthur Lynch, DE Garrison Smith

 As you can see UGA returns a very strong running game, and linebacking corps. The losses along the offensive front, and at QB will be the most difficult challenge for the Bulldogs this season. QB's like Aaron Murray don't just grow on trees.

Georgia has recruited very well, so let's not think that they have very little chance of being a good ball club this season. They will be a little more motivated against our Tigers because of the way they lost the game last season. 

I look for this to be another hard fought game, in the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry". The last time Auburn went to Bulldog campus, things got ugly quickly for Auburn. A score in the first quarter is all Auburn could muster, and the 'Dawgs ran amok. The final of 45-7 could have have easily been 65-7. Mark Richt's play calling was conservative in the 2nd half.

I see a much different outcome this time around. Call it Auburn 38 UGA 29

War Eagle!

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