January 1, 11:00am
(7-5) ______________ SEC ____________ 121.93
___________YPG = 412.5 (122%) → +15%
____________PPG = 30.2 (139%) → +49%
_________dYPG = 361.5 (99%) → -3%
_________dPPG = 26.5 (100%) → -7%
(8-4) ______________ Big10 __________ 126.96
YPG = 377 (107%)
PPG = 23.2 (90%)
dYPG = 356.9 (102%)
dPPG = 24.2 (107%)
The Tigers have had a very up-and-down season, to say the least. New coach, starting out with five straight wins, losing three in a row, getting back on track, then losing to rivals Georgia & Alabama. Northwestern has been a bit more even keel, but not by much - a headslapper against Syracuse to go with wins over Iowa & Wisconsin. The stats all point to an edge for the Tigers, especially when it comes to points. But since the Wildcats have had time to study film and get ready for the Auburn attack, they might be able to neutralize it like others have. They're also coming in with more confidence, having won three straight including their big Big10 ones...
The Line: Northwestern +8
The Call: Auburn wins, but Northwestern covers the spread
The Result: Auburn 38-35 OT
As many breaks as Northwestern kept getting in the fourth quarter and overtime, they just couldn't convert for their first bowl win in over a half-century. That's gonna sting. Auburn nearly fell apart there and hang on by the skin of their teeth - yikes. Hell of an exciting, if ugly and turnover-infested, game though.