SEC Football Preview: Western Kentucky at Auburn

Auburn-Western Kentucky preview

Western Kentucky visits Auburn on Saturday in Auburn. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

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Team Schedules/Results

Western Kentucky

Date Opponent Time TV Result
8/27 vs. Austin Peay 12:00 PM ET CBSS W 38-27
9/4 at Hawaii 12:00 AM ET W 49-17
9/17 at Indiana 12:00 PM ET BTN L 30-33
9/24 vs. FIU 3:30 PM ET CBSS W 73-0
10/1 vs. Troy 7:00 PM ET ESP+ L 27-34
10/8 at UTSA 6:00 PM ET ESP+ L 28-31
10/15 at Middle Tennessee 3:30 PM ET ESP+ W 35-17
10/21 vs. UAB 8:00 PM ET CBSS W 20-17
10/29 vs. North Texas 3:30 PM ET STAD L 13-40
11/5 at Charlotte 12:00 PM ET CBSS W 59-7
11/12 vs. Rice 2:00 PM ET ESP+ W 45-10
11/19 at Auburn 4:00 PM ET SECN
11/26 at Florida Atlantic 12:00 PM ET CBSS

Auburn

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/3 vs. Mercer 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 42-16
9/10 vs. San Jose State 7:30 PM ET ESPNU W 24-16
9/17 vs. Penn State 3:30 PM ET CBS/PAR+ L 12-41
9/24 vs. Missouri 12:00 PM ET ESPN W 17-14
10/1 vs. LSU 7:00 PM ET ESPN L 17-21
10/8 at Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS L 10-42
10/15 at Ole Miss 12:00 PM ET ESPN L 34-48
10/29 vs. Arkansas 12:00 PM ET SECN L 27-41
11/5 at Mississippi State 7:30 PM ET ESPN2 L 33-39
11/12 vs. Texas A&M 7:30 PM ET SECN W 13-10
11/19 vs. Western Kentucky 4:00 PM ET SECN
11/26 at Alabama TBA

College Football Ratings

Rating Western Kentucky Auburn
ESPN FPI 49 51
Sagarin 61 48
Massey Composite 64 60
PiRate Ratings 63 47

Key Stats (per game)

Stat Auburn WKU
Scoring Offense 22.9 37.9
Scoring Defense 28.8 21.2
Total Offense 377.3 484.5
Rushing Offense 190.0 148.2
Passing Offense 187.3 336.3
Team Passing Eff. 111.5 156.4
Total Defense 384.2 374.4
Rushing Defense 181.4 145.1
Pass Yards Allowed 202.8 229.3
Team Pass Eff. Def. 119.9 121.2
Turnover Margin -1.10 1.18
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.360 0.417
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.526 0.423
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.409 0.335
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.571 0.481
Red Zone Offense 0.857 0.857
Red Zone Defense 0.923 0.861
Net Punting 42.2 41.0
Punt Returns 8.0 10.5
Kickoff Returns 15.5 19.9
First Downs Offense 178 265
First Downs Defense 195 237
Penalties/Game 7.5 6.6
Penalty Yards/Game 59.4 60.3

Players to Watch

Western Kentucky

QB Dylan Hopkins, RB DeWayne McBride, WR Trea Shropshire, LT Kadeem Telfort, DL Fish McWilliams, DB Starling Thomas, LB Noah Wildder.

Auburn

QB Zach Calzada, RB Tank Bigsby, OL Nick Brahms, DL Derick Hall, LB Owen Pappoe, DL Colby Wooden, DL Marcus Harris, DB Jaylin Simpson, PK Anders Carlson, P Oscar Chapman.

Injuries

Western Kentucky

None reported.

Auburn

[QB] T.J. Finley (Personal) – Questionable
[OL] Austin Troxell (Knee) – Out
[RB] Jordon Ingram (Knee) – Out
[DE] Eku Leota (Pectoral) – Out
[QB] Zach Calzada (Shoulder) – Out
[OL] Tate Johnson (Elbow) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Western Kentucky vs. Auburn Football Series History

First meeting

Comments

This is a really dangerous team for Auburn to face. Western Kentucky can crank out the points and is well-coached. Cadillac Williams seems to be making some progress with the program. Hopefully, the Tigers can win one for Auburn and the SEC.

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Western KY 23, Auburn 38

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Auburn 31, Western Kentucky 28

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SECN+/ESPN+ Network.

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