Saturday night in Atlanta, two Tigers will clash as No. 14 Clemson takes on No. 25 Auburn in a neutral site contest to start off the season. Clemson will try to win the Atlantic Division of the ACC while Auburn will try to re-establish themselves as an SEC elite team in 2012.
Records (2011): Clemson 10-4 (6-2 in ACC), Auburn 8-5 (4-4 in SEC)
Kick-off: 7 p.m. EST
Spread: Clemson by 3.5
Passing: Clemson averaged 282.3 yards per game while Auburn put up 155.5 in 2011.
Rushing: Clemson was averaging 158.5 yards per outing while the Auburn was averaging 182.3.
Points per game: Clemson is averaging 33.6 points per outing while Auburn averaged 25.7.
Points against per game: Clemson were scorched for 29.3 points per game; meanwhile Auburn gave up 28.9 points per game.
Thoughts: Clemson seems to have the better team on paper but I expect Auburn to have a better season than they did a year ago. With this game being played in Atlanta, home field advantage is not a factor. I’d take Auburn with the points and the over in this one.
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