Auburn has struggled with running quarterbacks over the last few years, and now they'll face one on whom they have very little film. Texas A&M started freshman Kyler Murray last week, and it worked out quite well for them. He's a dynamic threat who is sure to present the Tigers' defense with all sorts of problems. Hopefully Carl Lawson will be able to play even more snaps this week and can continue to strengthen what has overall been a weak defense, this season.
There's some reason for hope in that regard. If the Tigers are able to contain Murray in any way and if Sean White is in better shape this week than last (which may be the case, since he's reportedly practiced some this week, whereas he didn't practice last week), then the Tigers could have a decent chance of pulling off the upset. Not because of Sean White, though.
This week may be the week where we finally see what Jovon Robinson is capable of. Texas A&M's run defense has not been the strongest, and Robinson is anxious to prove what he can do. With White being slowed by his injury, the ground game will be a key for Auburn if they hope to escape with the victory. Blocking Texas A&M's defensive linemen will be a tough test for the Auburn offensive line.
It's going to be an interesting test. It's been the swing game in Auburn's last three seasons. It was the Texas A&M that really sent the Tigers reeling in 2012. The 2013 game launched the Tigers on their way to the BCS Championship Game. Then last season it was the Texas A&M game that seemed to send Auburn on a downward spiral. What will this season's game bring? We'll soon find out.
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