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Auburn, Kentucky Preview

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The number eight Auburn Tigers will take on the number twenty three Kentucky Wildcats inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on the SEC Network at 12:00ET/11:00CT. Bo Nix is back at the helm of the offense for the Tigers, but the offense looks to be all new under former Arkansas head coach and now Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Morris will look to utilize the tight ends and running backs more in the passing game this year, which was not a staple of the Malzahn offense in years past. The new offense should also provide Auburn’s talented wide receiver group featuring Anthony Schwartz, Seth Williams, and Shedrick Jackson with the opportunity to have breakout seasons. The biggest key to the entire offense’s success this season is how the new offensive line will perform for the Tigers. One of the key differences between the Tigers and the Wildcats is the experience of the offense line. Four of the Five offensive lineman for the Tigers will start their first game on Saturday, the only returning starter from the 2019 season is the center, Nick Brahms. Kentucky on the other hand, returns four of last year’s five starters. Last season, Kentucky had the third lowest pressure rate allowed by power five offensive lines at 11.6 percent. Terry Wilson will lead the Wildcats on offense in his senior season after helping Kentucky get to an 8-5 record and Belk Bowl win. Kentucky will look to establish the run against the Tiger defense. Although Auburn’s defensive line will not feature Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson it will still be an experienced line featuring Big Kat Bryant, Tyrone Truesdell, and Derick Hall. Auburn’s defense will also look lean on the linebacker position this season led by KJ Britt. In the only ranked SEC matchup of the weekend expect it to be a close one inside Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday afternoon.

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