Auburn at Kentucky
When:Saturday, October 9th – 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY.
9/4--Auburn 52, Arkansas State 26
9/9–Auburn 17, Mississippi State 14
9/18–Auburn 27, Clemson 24 (overtime)
9/25–Auburn 35, South Carolina 27
10/2–Auburn 52, Louisiana-Monroe 3
10/9–Auburn at Kentucky 6:30 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
10/16–Arkansas at Auburn
10/23–LSU at Auburn
10/30–Auburn at Ole Miss
11/6–Tennessee-Chattanooga at Auburn
11/13–Georgia at Auburn
11/26–Auburn at Alabama
Auburn Rushing: Cameron Newton 76 carries, 474 yards, 5 touchdowns
Kentucky Rushing: Derrick Locke 103 carries, 543 yards, 7 touchdowns
Auburn Passing: Cameron Newton 57-87, 928 yards, 12 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Kentucky Passing: Mike Hartline 102-160, 1222 yards, 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Auburn Receiving: Darvin Adams 16 catches, 284 yards, 2 touchdowns
Kentucky Receiving: Randall Cobb 25 catches, 335 yards, 3 touchdowns
Auburn Tackles: Josh Bynes 31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss
Kentucky Tackles: Danny Trevathan 42 tackles, 8 tackles for loss
Auburn Sacks: Nick Fairley 5 sacks
Kentucky Sacks: Mark Crawford, Luke McDermott 2 sacks
Auburn Interceptions: Four with one
Kentucky Interceptions: Three with one
Rushing Offense: Kentucky 189.8 – Auburn 269
Passing Offense: Kentucky 263.8 – Auburn 206.4
Total Offense: Kentucky 453.6 – Auburn 475.4
Scoring Offense: Kentucky 36.4 – Auburn 36.6
Rushing Defense: Kentucky 166.2 – Auburn 92.8
Passing Defense: Kentucky 141.8 – Auburn 243.2
Total Defense: Kentucky 308.0 – Auburn 336.0
Scoring Defense: Kentucky 28.8 – Auburn 18.8
Turnover Margin: Kentucky Even – Auburn +.2
Last season Kentucky defeated Auburn on the road in one of the biggest wins of the Rich Brooks era at Kentucky. Now that Auburn is traveling to Kentucky, new coach Joker Phillips is hoping to make Auburn his first signature win. The Tigers are rated number eight in the country and look like a contender for the SEC West behind quarterback Cameron Newton.
Last season Kentucky ran the ball all over Auburn's defense, playing a very physical game on both sides of the ball. Many of those players are gone for the Wildcats, but Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke were both key contributors to the victory and will be keys to the game, as usual, on Saturday. Auburn has been strong against the run which will push Kentucky to put the ball in the air a little more. Auburn will attempt to play Kentucky straight up without having to put too much effort into stopping the Wildcat passing game. If Kentucky can execute through the air and stay away from interceptions and turnovers, the Wildcats should be able to move the ball.
Defensively the Wildcats have struggled to defense the running game all season. Kentucky will need to force Newton and the Tigers to beat them through the air. While Newton is outstanding in the run game, they are still capable through the air as well. Kentucky will need to be able to play Auburn straight up in order to hold the Tigers back. If they can't play them straight up, they will likely try to force Newton to throw the ball, hoping that he won't be able to execute down the field.
This game could turn into another shootout and if Kentucky can get the ball down field through the air, but also maintain an advantage in time of possession, the Cats can pull off the victory. But Kentucky's running game will have to be better against the Tigers than any other team that Auburn's faced this year. The Wildcats also can't afford to lose the turnover battle and penalties are key. Final Score, Auburn 37, Kentucky 28.