SEC Football Preview: Kentucky at Auburn

Kentucky at Auburn preview

Kentucky visits Auburn on Saturday in Auburn, Alabama. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results

Auburn

Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Kentucky Auburn
Oct. 3 Auburn Georgia
Oct. 10 Arkansas Auburn
Oct. 17 Auburn South Carolina
Oct. 24 Auburn Ole Miss
Oct. 31 LSU Auburn
Nov. 14 Auburn Mississippi State
Nov. 21 Tennessee Auburn
Nov. 28 Auburn Alabama
Dec. 5 Texas A&M Auburn

Kentucky

Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Kentucky Auburn
Oct. 3 Ole Miss Kentucky
Oct. 10 Mississippi State Kentucky
Oct. 17 Kentucky Tennessee
Oct. 25 Georgia Kentucky
Oct. 31 Kentucky Missouri
Nov. 14 Vanderbilt Kentucky
Nov. 21 Kentucky Alabama
Nov. 28 Kentucky Florida
Dec. 5 South Carolina Kentucky

College Football Ratings

Rating Auburn Kentucky
ESPN FPI 9 24
Sagarin 6 33
Massey Composite 8 17
PiRate Ratings 10 20

Key Stats (2019)

Stat Auburn Kentucky
Points 33.2 27.2
Points Allowed 19.5 19.3
Total YDS 406.5 392.5
Pass YDS 300.8 222.6
Rush YDS 199.08 278.77
Total YDS Allowed 337.0 322.2
Pass YDS Allowed 213.8 167.8
Rush YDS Allowed 123.15 154.31
Turnover margin 0.46 -0.08
3rd Down Conv. 40.53 38.89
3rd Down Conv. DEF 29.9 38.55

Players to Watch

Auburn

CB Brandin Echols, QB Terry Wilson, OL Landon Young, WR Josh Ali, LB Jamar Watson, LB Chris Oats.

Kentucky

CB Roger McCleary, WR Anthony Schwartz, LB Owen Pappoe, LB KJ Britt, QB Bo Nix.

Injuries

Auburn

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/22/20 LB Romello Height Shoulder is out indefinitely
09/22/20 LB O.C. Brothers Shoulder is out indefinitely
09/22/20 RB D.J. Williams Undisclosed is probable Saturday vs Kentucky
09/18/20 LB Chandler Wooten Personal is out for season
09/18/20 LB Josh Marsh Personal is out for season

Kentucky

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/24/20 QB Joey Gatewood Eligibility is doubtful Saturday vs Auburn
09/21/20 QB Terry Wilson Knee is probable Saturday vs Auburn
09/04/20 LB Chris Oats Medical is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

This Auburn-Kentucky matchup is one of the best games in the country for this Saturday. Why would you televise Alabama and Missouri on ESPN when you have a much better Auburn-Kentucky matchup? The Tigers and Wildcats have been relegated to an SEC Network spot. At least they aren’t on the phantom SEC Alternate Network. I’ve never been able to find that one.

Most prognosticators do not give Kentucky a snowball’s chance in this game but look for the Wildcats to play at least a close game. UK has a ton of players back on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile Auburn has just 10 of 22 position players returning. The Kentucky players love Mark Stoops and would run through hell in gasoline-soaked drawers for him. Gus Malzahn is a good coach and not a bad person but I don’t think you could say the same thing about him in relation to his players. I expect this to be a close, exciting football game. Auburn will probably eek out a win at home. They are doing the right thing by allowing mostly students to utilize the 17,000 tickets that they are allowing to access the game. Football programs were originally started by students for students so the students should be the No. 1 priority.

Our Preseason Prediction

Auburn 31, Kentucky 20

Game Week 14Powers.com Prediction

Auburn 31, Kentucky 28

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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