Auburn Tigers: A First Look

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Auburn, Ala., for their toughest matchup for the season. Here is your first look at the Auburn Tigers.

SEASON SO FAR

Auburn (6-2, 4-1 SEC) opened its season with a 19-13 home loss to second-ranked Clemson. After a home blowout of Arkansas State, the Tigers fell to 1-2 with a home loss to Texas A&M. Game four, Auburn versus LSU, was the hot seat bowl for opposing coaches Gus Malzahn and Les Miles. Two late field goals paced the Tigers to an 18-13 over the Tigers (LSU) and Miles joined the rolls of America's unemployed. Auburn then destroyed Louisiana-Lafayette 58-7 and Mississippi State 34-14 before blasting No. 17 Arkansas 56-3. Most recently the Tigers scored 13-straight fourth quarter points in defeating Ole Miss in Oxford 40-29.    

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Auburn has been fortunate in the injury department. No injuries have been reported since early October when two freshmen, cornerback Jayvaughn Myers and running back Malik Miller were sidelined with knee injuries.  In September the Tigers had lost linebacker Paul James the III.  Several players have yet to see the field for Auburn and due to injuries incurred either during preseason practice or lingering injuries from the 2015 season. The Tigers include defensive back Jeremiah Dinson, defensive lineman Jaunta'vius Johnson, running back Stephen Davis Jr, quarterback Tyler Queen, and defensive back Jamel Dean. 

CHALLENGES

Winning at Auburn is not something that has come easily for Vanderbilt, in fact, the Commodores have never won a game at Auburn. After the two close early losses to Clemson and Texas A&M, the Tigers have been on a tear and literally running over teams.  Over the past four games Auburn has piled up a combined 1,488 yards (372 ypg) on the ground. The main culprit of that ground game success has been running back Kamryn Pettway, a six-foot, 240-pound battering ram who recently passed Ralph Webb in rushing yardage with 936 yards and seven scores.  Pettway is not the only rushing threat for the Tigers, though, they also have Kerryon Johnson who has over 500 yards and eight touchdowns. 

Vandy is currently riding a 2-game winning streak both in the 2016 season and in its series with Auburn. Vandy leads the all-time series with the Tigers 21-20-1. However, the last time the Commodores defeated the Tigers in the state of Alabama was in 1948 in a game played in Montgomery.  Vandy is 0-8 all time in Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium with those game’s average score being a lopsided 39-11 in favor of the Tigers.  

Saturday’s game kicks off at 11:00 am CT and can be seen on the SEC Network. 


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