SEC Football Preview: Auburn at Penn State

Auburn-Penn State football preview

Auburn faces Penn State on Saturday in Auburn. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

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Team Schedules/Results

Auburn

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Mercer W 42-16 Home
09/10 San Jose St W 24-16 Home
09/17 Penn State 3:30 pm Home
09/24 Missouri 12:00 pm Home
10/01 LSU 12:00 pm Home
10/08 Georgia 8:00 pm Away
10/15 Mississippi 8:00 pm Away
10/29 Arkansas 8:00 pm Home
11/05 Miss State 1:00 pm Away
11/12 Texas A&M 12:00 pm Home
11/19 W Kentucky 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Alabama 12:00 pm Away

Penn State

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/01 Purdue W 35-31 Away
09/10 Ohio W 46-10 Home
09/17 Auburn 3:30 pm Away
09/24 Central Mich 12:00 pm Home
10/01 Northwestern 12:00 pm Home
10/15 Michigan 8:00 pm Away
10/22 Minnesota 7:30 pm Home
10/29 Ohio State 8:00 pm Home
11/05 Indiana 12:00 pm Away
11/12 Maryland 12:00 pm Home
11/19 Rutgers 12:00 pm Away
11/26 Michigan St 12:00 pm Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Auburn Penn State
ESPN FPI 40 13
Sagarin 59 10
Massey Composite 35 9
PiRate Ratings 39 14

Key Stats

Stat Auburn Penn State
Total Offense 299.5 492.5
Rushing Offense 60.0 154.5
Passing Offense 239.5 338.0
Team Passing Eff. 123.06 165.30
Scoring Offense 15.0 46.5
Total Defense 469.5 379.0
Rushing Defense 224.5 107.5
Pass Yards Allowed 245.0 271.5
Team Pass Eff. Def. 119.8 114.38
Scoring Defense 37.5 18.5
Turnover Margin 0.0 1.0
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.214 0.379
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.667 0.800
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.400 0.281
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.750 0.429
Red Zone Offense 1.000 1.000
Red Zone Defense 0.923 0.714
Net Punting 41.5 37.5
Punt Returns 6.0 1.5
Kickoff Returns 16.6 22.5
First Downs Offense 33 52
First Downs Defense 50 38
Fewest Penalties/Game 7.0 6.5
Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 70.5 59.0

Players to Watch

Auburn

QB T.J. Finley, RB Tank Bigsby, WR Shedrick Jackson, LT Kilian Zierer, LB Owen Pappoe, DB Nehemiah Pritchett.

Penn State

QB Sean Clifford, RB Nicholas Singleton, RB Kaytron Allen, WR Mitchell Tinsley, DB Joey Porter Jr., DB Johnny Dixon.

Injuries

Auburn

None reported.

Penn State

Jerry Cross questionable.

Source: statfox.com

Auburn vs. Penn State Football Series History

Penn State leads 2-1

Comments

This is one of the better games this weekend that involve SEC teams. Auburn’s looking a little shaky so far this season. Their offense is only converting on about 21 percent of third downs. That’s bad because it leaves your defense on the field too long. Meanwhile, the Auburn defense is allowing opponents to convert on over 40 percent of their third downs. You’d think Auburn has played some really tough opponents with troubling stats like those. However, they’ve played juggernauts Mercer and San Jose State. I believe Penn State has the edge in this one but maybe Auburn has been sandbagging for the Nittany Lions. I sure hope so.

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Penn State 21, Auburn 31

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Penn State 34, Auburn 27

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET. You can watch this SEC football game on the CBS Network.

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