Clemson vs. Auburn: Preview, Prediction and Analysis

The landscape of college football can change fast.  The Auburn Tigers will play the role of underdog and host the Clemson Tigers on the opening Saturday night of the College Football Regular Season.


Date:  Saturday, September 3rd


Game Time: 9:00 PM ET on ESPN


Location: Auburn, Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium


Why this game is worth watching:


Deshaun Watson makes his debut after putting up mind-blowing numbers last season- In 13 games last season, Watson threw for over 4,100 yards, rushed for over 1,100 yards and led his team to the final game of the College Football Playoff, barely falling short to the University of Alabama.  What’s he got ready for an encore?  Tune in and find out.


Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat-  At the moment, Malzahn, head coach of the Auburn Tigers, has anything but a guaranteed job at the end of the year if the club can’t improve on their 7-6 record from last season.


Clemson faces a road test that could erase their hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff- When the expectation is to compete for a national title, there’s not much room for error.  Although Clemson appears to easily be the team with the most talent, you never know what can happen on the road in a hostile environment.  Especially at night.  Auburn will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after underperforming last season.  That plus a rowdy home crowd could be enough to make this game worth watching till the end.


Key to the Game:


Take a look at the 2016 All-ACC Preseason Football Team.  Six of the 12 selections on the first-team offense play for the Clemson Tigers.  My key to the game is best expressed as a question.  Can the Clemson offense be stopped?


Player who is an X-Factor:


Sean White- The starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers will have to make an immediate impact in the first week of the season if his team has any chance of upsetting Clemson.  It’s that simple.




This is one of those games where the entire outlook of the season could change immediately.  That is, if Clemson loses.  I think this game is competitive for four quarters, with Clemson making a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes early on due to crowd noise and the sky-high expectations put on them.  In the end, they still find a way to go on the road and defeat Auburn.


Clemson 35  Auburn 27


Photo Credit: Lauren Nelson (



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