How do Auburn and northwestern compare in bowl games?
The Tigers went 2-5 in bowl games during Gus Malzahn’s tenure while the Wildcats have won three in a row. Auburn has more individual talent, but Northwestern is a better team. The Wildcats draw even with the Tigers, avenging a 38-35 Outback Bowl loss on New Year’s Day 2010.
What are the odds for Auburn Tigers-northwestern Northwestern Wildcats game?
Auburn Tigers (6-4 SU, 5-5 ATS) vs. No. 14 Northwestern Wildcats (6-2 SU, 6-1-1 ATS) Date/Time: Friday, January 1st, 2021. 12:00PM (EST) Point Spread: AUB +3.5/NW -3.5 ( BAS – You only lay -105 odds there! NOT -110!) Over/Under Total: 43.5
How can Auburn use northwestern’s weakness against the spread?
Auburn is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven non-conference games, and it should be able to exploit Northwestern’s weakness with its running game. The Wildcats give up 156.5 yards per game on the ground (54th in FBS), and the Tigers averaged 172.7 yards per game on the ground this season.
What is the Citrus Bowl spread between Northwestern and Auburn?
Their successful regular season led to a berth in the Citrus Bowl though where the Wildcats will face the Auburn Tigers as Northwestern tries to win its fourth straight bowl game. Spread: Northwestern -3.5 Total: 43.5 Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be the head coach for this game as Bryan Harsin won’t lead Auburn against Northwestern.
Money line (ML)
A lot of jobs will be auditioned for the changing-of-the-guard Tigers. But a lot of bodies could also be on the shelf for this one – and on both sides. PASS.
Against the spread (ATS)
The Tigers are 0-4 ATS against winning teams. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in such situations.
When Auburn Has the Ball
The entire offense for the Tigers runs through dual-threat quarterback Bo Nix. The sophomore finished the regular season fifth in the SEC in passing yards (2,123) and second on his team in rushing yards (356). He also has a team-high seven rushing touchdowns.
When Northwestern Has the Ball
With a new offensive coordinator (Mike Bajakian) and quarterback (Peyton Ramsey), the Wildcats enter this game 11th in the Big Ten in both scoring (23.4 ppg) and total (348.6 ypg) offense. That’s better production compared to last year (16. 3, 297.1), but this is far from a prolific attack.
Bowl games are not always about which team has the most talent, but about which team wants it more. With Auburn already in transition on the sidelines, will they show up looking to impress new head coach Bryan Harsin (previously at Boise State)? On the other side, focus or effort has never been an issue for Northwestern under Pat Fitzgerald.
Prediction: Northwestern 24, Auburn 17
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How to Handicap Auburn vs. Northwestern
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be the head coach for this game as Bryan Harsin won’t lead Auburn against Northwestern.
The only other time that Auburn and Northwestern met on the field was on New Year’s Day too. These teams met in the 2010 Outback Bowl with the Tigers edging the Wildcats 38-35. Northwestern had 621 total yards of offense in that game, but Mike Kafka threw five interceptions.
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“This game is nearly impossible to predict. The Tigers have experienced coaching upheaval over the last few weeks, working through the wildest coaching searches in recent memory in which their interim coach, Kevin Steele, was a major part of the process.
“This is not a great matchup for Northwestern’s defense, which has excelled in shutting down opposing passers but got shredded by Ohio State RB Trey Sermon for 331 yards. Auburn is just going to hand off over and over to star freshman Tank Bigsby, and its defense should handle the Wildcats’ offense.”
“Northwestern lost the Big Ten championship game, but they can still close the season with a bowl victory against Auburn, which is looking for a new coach. The Tigers take advantage of a few Wildcats’ turnovers to win a bowl game this time.”
“With Auburn already in transition on the sidelines, will they show up looking to impress new head coach Bryan Harsin (previously at Boise State)? On the other side, focus or effort has never been an issue for Northwestern under Pat Fitzgerald.”
“Northwestern is trying to extend a three-game bowl winning streak. Not a big deal for many schools, but the Wildcats did not win a bowl game until 2012 and have won four of five since.”
The Tigers and Wildcats will clash on New Year’s Day on Friday in Orlando
There may not be a better way to start the new year than by watching No. 14 Northwestern take on Auburn in the Citrus Bowl on Friday.
Auburn: It’s been a difficult season for Auburn. The Tigers came into the 2020 season with hopes of competing for a division title and possible SEC championship.
Game: Citrus Bowl
Date: Friday, Jan. 1 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Camping World Stadium — Orlando, Florida
TV: ABC | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
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