Auburn

Auburn had a mildly disappointing season last year. Although the Tigers did reach a bowl game, fans on the plains are starting to get a little restless with their head Football coach. Although they reached the title game in his first year, they could not pull out the victory against a tough Florida State team. Ever since then, the Tigers have started to fall out of the national conversation.

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Entering this year, the Tigers hope that their defense is better than last year. Offense is not going to be a problem under Gus Malzahn, but the Tigers have struggled to stop anyone on defense. Heading into this great week 1 matchup, Auburn fans are hoping that defensive end Carl Lawson is firing on all cylinders. When he is healthy, he is one of the biggest matchup problems in the entire conference.

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This is a tough week 1 matchup for the Auburn Tigers, and they are currently a touchdown underdog to Clemson. Fans would love to see them pull off the upset, but to do that Clemson is going to have to play poorly.

Clemson

The Clemson Tigers are one of the hottest football programs in the country today. They came within one possession of beating Alabama for the title game last year, and coach Dabo Swinney is building a great program at the school.

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Clemson has faired well in these out of conference games during his tenure, and they will be looking to show that they are still a school to be feared. The defense lost a ton of talent to the draft, Dodd, Lawson, and Alexander are all now playing in the NFL. However, Clemson is consistently one of the top recruiting schools in the nation. Over the long term, it will be fun to see whether they can stay at their current peak.

Ball control.

For this matchup, it will be about controlling the ball. If Clemson does not turn the ball over, it is going to be difficult for Auburn to win. Clemson still has one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and on paper they are more talented and experienced than Auburn. Clemson needs to play clean, control the clock, and they should come out with a win.

Prediction: 38 - 27 Clemson

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