AUBURN, Ala. — The early lines in Las Vegas set up well for another close matchup between Auburn football and defending national champion Clemson.
According to Vegas Insider, Auburn opened as a 6.5-point underdog at Clemson on Sunday, six days before the two sets of Tigers square off (7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on ESPN). Gus Malzahn’s Auburn team lost 19-13 at home in an opener against Clemson last season, and Dabo Swinney’s squad went on to win it all.
Auburn breezed to an easy 41-7 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday night. Clemson demolished its own Group of Five opponent, Kent State, by a score of 56-3.
Clemson’s offense impressed without the likes of former stars Deshaun Watson, Wayne Gallman and Mike Williams in the lineup Saturday. The Tigers’ defense allowed just 120 yards of offense, with only one of them coming through the air against the run-focused Golden Flashes.
Auburn will enter Death Valley on the heels of its second-best defensive performance in school history. The Tigers held Georgia Southern to just 78 yards of offense, and the Eagles’ only touchdown of the game came on a fumble return.
Malzahn’s own offense, on the other hand, had an up-and-down day with the debuts of quarterback Jarrett Stidham and coordinator Chip Lindsey. Auburn rushed for more than 350 yards despite the absence of star running back Kamryn Pettway and a first-half hamstring injury to Kerryon Johnson. Stidham had three total touchdowns and one interception while completing 58 percent of his passes.
Pettway and sophomore wide receiver Kyle Davis will both return from suspensions for the trip to Clemson. Johnson’s status for the matchup is unknown after he missed the entire second half of the Georgia Southern matchup.
Auburn is 34-14-2 all-time against Clemson, but it has lost its last three meetings with its nearby rival from the ACC. Clemson ended Auburn’s 14-game winning streak in the series during its last trip to Death Valley — a 38-24 win for the host Tigers.
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