I'm really going out on a limb here, but I think the Tigers are going to win.
Teams: Clemson & Auburn
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Clemson(124), Auburn(108)
Related Cereal: Peach Amaranth O’s(It has be peach related if it’s in Georgia).
Breakdown: Clemson heads into this game with the #50 ranked rushing offense(158yds/gm, 16TD's), and the #41 ranked passing offense(253yds/gm, 30TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #47 in the nation. On defense, the Tigers’ defense is ranked #20 against the run(112yds/gm, 11TD's), and #13 against the pass(184yds/gm, 11TD's). Their total defense is ranked #6, and surrenders an average of 297yds/gm and has allowed 26 total touchdowns.
Their opponent, Auburn, comes into the game with the #56 ranked rush attack(154yds/gm, 21TD's), and the #107 ranked passing offense(173yds/gm, 11TD's). Their total offense is ranked #101. The Tigers’ defense is ranked #27 against the rush(119yds/gm, 11TD's), and #6 against the pass(179yds/gm, 11TD's). Their total defense is ranked #8, and allows an average of 298yds/gm and has given up 23 total touchdowns.
Signature Wins: Clemson-Wake Forest. Auburn-Florida.
Common Opponents: None.
Prediction: The battle of the Tigers rolls into Atlanta for the great chicken sandwich, good sweet tea and killer waffle fries bowl. Both teams sport tough defenses, but Clemson’s offense is a bit more balanced. They have a strong rushing attack with Davis and Spiller, and Harper has played well at quarterback for them. However, two of their starting linebackers have been declared ineligible for the game, and I think that that’s going to be a big factor. Those absences should help open up some holes for Auburn’s Ben Tate to run through. I think it will be a close game, but Auburn will pull out the win, 27-24.