USA Today sees Western Kentucky as a potential upset
Confidence in this season’s Auburn Tigers has been a topic of conversation this offseason, with some writers and pundits having far less than others.
This was the case in a new list by USA Today, who outlined the potential upheaval this season in college football in conjunction with the payment these teams receive for playing the Power 5 teams in question. Auburn’s $1.9 million game with Western Kentucky was named as a potential upset for the Tigers late in the season – here’s what the article had to say about the game:
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It’s true that the Tigers came within a few points of Alabama last season. It’s also true that this same team had been in a four-quarter struggle with Georgia State earlier in the campaign. In short, you never know exactly what you’ll get with Auburn, which incidentally will also have the rendezvous with the Crimson Tide on the horizon when WKU comes to town. The Hilltoppers likely won’t rack up touchdown passes like they were last season with QB Bailey Zappe in charge, but the wide-open system is still in place, and some early success on the Plains will have the home crowd nervous. .
With a very tough schedule and a non-conference game against Penn State, losing to Western Kentucky at home would certainly spell disaster for the Tigers’ bowl game chances under head coach Bryan Harsin. The Hilltoppers’ air raid offensive could cause problems for the teams though, so it remains to be seen what happens on Nov. 17 when the two teams square off at Jordan-Hare.