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Clemson vs. Auburn, 09/01/2012 19:00
Point Spread: +3/-110 Auburn
Saturday's Free Pick: Auburn +3
I strongly believe the wrong team is favored in this matchup. This is a much better Auburn team than the one that got beat by two touchdowns last season. Last year, Auburn had just six starters coming back. They have 15 back in 2012. Look for them to make huge improvements on both sides of the ball, especially their defense, which gets back 9 starters.
A lot of people are going to look at how Clemson put 624 total yards last year, and expect them to do the same. That isn't going too happen. Clemson will be without one of their most dynamic player in Sammy Watkins. The fact that he isn't playing this game is huge. Watkins had 10 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown, plus 7 rushes for 44 yards in last years win over Auburn. The fact that Auburn doesn't have to game plan around keeping Watkins in check, will allow them to be a lot more effective against the run.
On the other side of the ball, I expect Auburn to have a lot of success moving the chains. Auburn is going to come into this game extremely motivated after last year's loss and I think that is something you can't overlook. BET AUBURN!