Tiger Buzz: Auburn vs. Akron TV information, key matchups and what to stay up for


Auburn (0-0) vs. Akron (0-0)

When: 6 p.m. CT, Saturday

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn.

TV: ESPN+/SEC Network+

Line: Auburn -37

This recreation will decide…

Its the primary recreation of the Bryan Harsin technology, and whilst no person expects perfection out of the gate, first impressions are the entirety as Harsin himself has stated a couple of instances since taking up this system and Saturdays house debut will set the tone for Year 1 for Auburn underneath its new head trainer.

Three issues to search for…

1. Auburns offensive line may see some motion all over those first two weeks of the season because the group ramps up for its marquee nonconference matchup with Penn State. The Tigers havent formally settled on a absolute best 5 alongside the road, with co-starters indexed at each and every of the guard spots (Brandon Council and Alec Jackson at left guard; Keiondre Jones and Tashawn Manning at proper guard). According to middle Nick Brahms, Auburn might rotate the ones 4 gamers each and every few drives in opposition to Akron or have a delegated collection of drives for each and every. Either approach, there seems to be a plan in position for they all to get reps as Auburn tries to choose a top-five alongside the road.

2. Bo Nix enters Year 3 as Auburns beginning quarterback, and after an offseason of exchange with a brand new training team of workers and new offense and communicate during the preseason of his building on the place, its time for the junior to turn how some distance he has come. His first alternative will come in opposition to an Akron protection that ranked ultimate amongst FBS group ultimate season in move potency (178.96) and gave up a whopping 10 yards in keeping with move strive.

3. Auburns new-look line of defense shall be one thing to trace early within the season, because the Tigers change starters Big Kat Bryant, Daquan Newkirk and Tyrone Truesdell up entrance this season whilst additionally transferring to a brand new scheme underneath defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Colby Wooden returns to anchor the crowd after main Auburn in tackles for loss ultimate season, whilst transfers Marcus Harris and Tony Fair will get started at the inner, and Derick Hall will lead the fee off the brink. How efficient the road can also be will move some distance in figuring out the ceiling for this protection, particularly given what the Tigers go back at linebacker and within the secondary this season.

Key matchup

Auburn in opposition to itself. The Tigers most probably wont be examined an excessive amount of those first two video games of the season in opposition to inferior combatants, however theyll nonetheless have to come back ready. The first actual problem will are available Week 3 in opposition to Penn State, and till then, the most important factor status in the way in which of Auburns luck shall be itself. The Tigers want to deal with trade in opposition to Akron, in finding some rhythm and determine an id on offense, and be disciplined and sound on protection.

By the numbers

18-7-1 The report of first-year Auburn coaches of their debut with this system.

Key accidents

Auburn DT Jeremiah Wright (ACL).

Akron N/A

Akron participant to observe

A.J. Watts The Columbus, Ga., local is getting into his 3rd 12 months as a beginning cornerback for the Zips. Last season, he registered 29 tackles, led the group with a couple of pass-breakups and a fumble restoration, and he recorded the one two interceptions for Akrons protection.

Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.

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