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Sep 2, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn smiles after the Georgia Southern Eagles were stopped on fourth down during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Eagles 41-7. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Looks to Impress Home Crowd Against Mississippi State

The No. 13 Auburn Tigers welcome their first SEC opponent to Jordan-Hare this season on Saturday when No. 24 Mississippi State comes into town.

The Bulldogs were outclassed last week against No. 11 Georgia, losing 31-3. Meanwhile, last week the Tigers played their most complete game of the year so far, as their rushing attack dominated Missouri for a 51-14 win.

Auburn’s Ground Game

Auburn’s offense is almost unstoppable when their blocking schemes are successful. This week they are adding another talented body at the line of scrimmage when senior lineman Darius James returns to the team after sitting out with an injury. Against Mizzou, seven different players ran the football with Kerryon Johnson scoring FIVE touchdowns on the ground.

Play-Action

When Auburn’s run game gets going – expect to see some deep shots off the play action just like this one.

This is a scary thing for a team to see when they are forced to load the box up and commit safeties forward. Big completions off the play-action is a frequent flyer special that Auburn uses from their arsenal.

Return of Pettway

The All-SEC running back and lead carrier for the Tigers will return to action this weekend. Kamryn Pettway sat out of the Missouri game due to an ankle injury. Head Coach Gus Malzahn confirmed that Pettway will be good to go and has been practicing all week. He is leading the team with carries with 56 and is only 8 yards away from being the team’s leading rusher despite missing a game. The addition of a running back that rushed for over 1,000 yards last year is just another thing Mississippi State has to prepare for.

Mississippi State Needs Redemption

The team that dominated LSU two weeks ago looked completely different than the team that lost to Georgia 31-3. The offense for the Bulldogs executed everything at a high level against LSU, but while in Athens their offense was held to 280 yards. Poor quarterback play plagued Mississippi State last week as Nick Fitzgerald threw for only 83 yards and two interceptions. This was totally different than the FOUR touchdown performance he had against LSU the previous week. A big win in Auburn will get Mississippi State right back on track in the SEC.

Where to Watch

The game is televised on ESPN at 6:00 pm Saturday night. Auburn is a 9 point favorite against Mississippi State.

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