Southern Miss Preview

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First off, I would like to apologize for my lack of writing. My job has made me work a ton with little time for research and writing. Without futher ado...


Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 1-0 (0-0) vs. Auburn Tigers 1-0 (0-0)

Location: Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

Time: 11:30 a.m. CDT

TV: Raycom Sports


Head Coach: Larry Fedora (1st season)

Conference: Conference USA

Key Players to Watch: QB Austin Davis, RB Damion Fletcher, LB Gerald McRath

The Golden Eagles come off a dominating win over Lousiana-Lafayette, 51-21. Damion Fletcher gained 222 yards on the ground and Austin Davis was 14-of-20 passing for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The offense gained 633 total yards in its first game, showcasing more of a running game than passing game.

Gerald McRath led the team with 15 tackles in the opener. The Golden Eagles look to continue their early success this weekend on the Plains.


Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (10th season)

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Key Players to Watch: QB Chris Todd, RB Ben Tate, DE Antonio Coleman, DBs Neiko Thorpe and Jerraud Powers.

The Tigers come of a dominating victory over the Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks34-0. Auburn gained 321 yards on the ground, 115 of them coming from Ben Tate. QB Chris Todd will start this weekend, and it will be interesting to see what they will do with the young quarterback. Antonio Coleman had five tackles, two tackles for loss, including one sack that forced a fumble. Freshamn NeikoThorpe lead the team with seven tackles, while Jerraud Powers was all over the field accumulating six tackles in the LA-Monroe game. Auburn will look to improve its meager 85 passing yards against Southern Miss.


Who has the edge at each position?

Quarterbacks: Southern Miss

Austin Davis may be a redshirt freshman, but his performance against La.-Lafayette was much better than either Kodi Burns' or Chris Todd's. What's yet to be seen is how Davis does against a top-notch defense.

Running Backs: Auburn

Damion Fletcher and Bubba Kirksey ran for 341 of the 444 rushing yards last week, but Auburn's running back corps of Brad Lester, Ben Tate, and up-and-comer Eric Smith is deeper and a bit more talented, and fumbles less as well.

Wide Receivers: Even

Southern Miss wideouts put up more yards last week, but yet to be seen is how they react to a defense like Auburn. Auburn's receivers are talented, but were unable to showcase their talents last game. Dropped passes also plagued the Tigers.

Offensive Line: Even

Southern Miss and Auburn both only gave up one sack each in their previous games, and paved the way for their respective running games.

Defensive Line: Auburn

Auburn kept La.-Monroe to 84 yards rushing and pressured the quarterback the whole game. Southern Miss allowed more yards on the ground against La.-Lafayette.

Linebackers: Auburn

Gerald McRath is the force for Southern Miss at linebacker. Auburn has more playmakers with Tray Blackmon, Merrill Johnson, and Chris Evans.

Defensive backs: Auburn

Southern Miss and Auburn seem even as far as stats, but rising players for Auburn such as Neiko Thorpe make the Tigers have a slight edge in this matchup.

Special Teams: Auburn

Stat-wise, Auburn has the better tandem all-around, plus Robert Dunn can make huge returns.

Coaching: Auburn

Tuberville has been at Auburn longer than Fedora, and coached bigger games.


This game will be a bigger test for Auburn, but the Tigers should be able to handle it well before SEC play starts.

Predicted Score: Auburn 31, Southern Miss 14