Sean White (above) is Auburn's starting quarterback.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn has an opportunity to open its SEC football schedule with a win and pick up a victory over a nationally-ranked opponent on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Kickoff is set for shortly after 6 p.m. CDT for a contest that will be televised on ESPN. The Tigers are 1-1 overall while 17th-ranked Texas A&M comes to Auburn with a 2-0 record.
As the Tigers and Aggies square off in the SEC West showdown, here is what to watch:
*Will Sean White have enough protection to throw the football when Texas A&M’s star defensive ends, junior Myles Garrett and senior Daeshon Hall, try to attack the Auburn quarterback? Last year the Tigers did a good job vs. the Aggie defensive ends, but the offensive tackles who did that have moved on to the NFL, leaving the assignments in the hands of junior Austin Golson on the left side and senior Robert Leff at right tackle.
*After struggling to get anything going with the running attack in week one vs. Clemson, the Tigers ran wild in week two vs. Arkansas State. The question is did Auburn improve a great deal or were the Red Wolves really weak defensively?
*Auburn’s rebuilt wide receiver group showed improvement from week one to week two. Will that continue in week three against an opponent that returned four starters in the secondary?
*The Tigers will be counting on their defensive line to have a good night stopping the run and rushing the passer vs. a rebuilt Texas A&M offensive line. How this matchup goes should be a key determining factor in which team wins this game.
Trevor Knight is a graduate transfer QB from Oklahoma.
*Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight is a dangerous passer with a fleet of talented receivers to throw to so Auburn’s defense needs to limit his time to find targets like Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones and Josh Reynolds. When Knight does throw the football the defense needs to keep him off-balance as much as possible to prevent a hot-and-cold QB from getting into a good rhythm. Additionally, Knight is a major threat to run the ball and AU’s defense needs to be well aware of that aspect of his game.
*Led by Christian Kirk the Aggies are dangerous in the return game, which means that kicker Daniel Carlson and punter Kevin Phillips will need to continue their strong play to prevent the visitors to have opportunities for big plays on special teams.