I've already covered most of this in my AUperations Order, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't get read as closely and people miss it, so here we are with more information!
So, let's talk about the game! Here's a short preview and how to watch.
When Auburn Has The Ball:
Auburn needs to establish the run. But, they also need to be able to pass on 1st down and pass well. Kamryn Pettway is supposed to be healthy and ready to go. Kerryon Johnson is one of the best backs in the SEC, but against an SEC defense you have to have at least two backs due to the punishing nature of the league.
In the passing game, the offensive line has to give Sean White time. MSU doesn't have the linebackers that LSU had or Arden Key, but they do still have a very stout defensive line with some good talent. The secondary is questionable, though, so if the line gives White time, he should be able to find the receivers. It will be interesting to see just which receivers get in the game.
On defense, AJ Jefferson is the anchor of the line for the Bulldogs. He has 9 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Senior linebacker Richie Brown leads them in total tackles. Auburn has had issues with negative plays - though they've cut down on them in the last two games - and that is a definite worry with the Bulldogs' front 7. If Auburn can attack this secondary, though, there's potential for big plays.
When Mississippi State Has The Ball:
Nick Fitzgerald is the starting QB and the leading rusher. The Bulldogs don't exactly have much of a ground game. Fitzgerald has 329 yards rushing, which isn't bad, but it's never good when your starting QB has over 130 yards more rushing than your best running back. Brandon Holloway is next in rushing, but he's a tiny back at 5'8, 165 lbs, and Auburn's defensive line and linebackers should be able to handle him.
The biggest worries for Auburn should be Fitzgerald getting loose on the ground and him targeting wide receiver Fred Ross. Donald Gray is close behind Ross in receptions and yards, with Brandon Holloway sliding out of the backfield and into 3rd in receiving.
Mississippi State has the worst 3rd down offense in the SEC, and Auburn has one of the best 3rd down defenses. This is a situation where Auburn should be able to take advantage and shut the Bulldogs down if they can limit them on 1st and 2nd down.
How will this game play out? I think Auburn will win a close game, although the final score may not be as close as the game. I could be completely wrong, though.
How to Watch, Stream, Listen:
Time: 12:00 Eastern / 11:00am Central
TV: ESPN (Don't forget this; it's moved!)