ESPN GameDay picks for Clemson-Auburn

Auburn settled for another Carlson field goal, this time from 28 yards out, after driving to the Clemson 6.

Auburn and Clemson are both known for their high-powered offenses, but defenses ruled the day in tonight's showdown - and Clemson's emerged victorious. All it took was a matchup with the Clemson defense to deflate the enthusiasm. The Tigers' passing offense didn't look great given the comfortable 41-7 advantage over Georgia Southern last weekend, but Auburn's defense held the Eagles to just 78 total yards. Auburn's 14-6 deficit certainly felt larger after the Tigers sacked Stidham on back-to-back dropbacks to force a three-and-out.

The former Prattville High School star didn't touch the football a single time in last year's 19-13 loss to Clemson at Jordan-Hare Stadium despite being on the field as a blocking H-back and eventually leading the Southeastern Conference with 122.4 yards per game in the 2016 season.

Auburn vs. Clemson live stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for Saturday's game between the two Tiger squads.

Plus, they were backed by a top-15 defense that allowed 322 yards per game.

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Auburn's backfield will bring some heft, and the team has a new quarterback in Jarrett Stidham, who passed for more than 1,200 yards as a starter in four games for Baylor two seasons ago. "We are going to go out there and win games, and that is what this team is destined to do".

"We had too many negative plays. For us, that's what we've got to be able to do". "Clemson had a lot to do with that, but we have to find ways to get it done".

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They are of course down receivers James Quick (769 yards and six scores) and Jamari Staples (615 and two TDs) and tight end Cole Hikutini (668 yards and eight TDs), a group that helped the Cardinals produce 23 plays of 40 or more yards (14th in FBS). The promising team out of the SEC West are attempting to let the college football world know that they are prime players out of the SEC and a vital road game against the defending national champions is a distinct opportunity.

According to the ESPN broadcast Saturday night, it only took two weeks of action for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn to assume play-calling duties again.

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