Oregon Ducks vs Auburn Tigers 2019 NCAAF Week 1 Game Preview
The Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers will face off in one of the most anticipated 2019 NCAAF Week 1 matchups. Although Oregon is ranked 11th and Auburn 16th, the Tigers are listed as the slight favorites.
This matchup is more than just about two heavyweight programs but also focuses on a pair of conferences; the SEC remains as the top league in the nation, while the Pac-12 has lost some of its luster over the past few seasons. A win by Oregon will restore some respect on the Ducks’ conference. Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down the matchup in this Oregon vs Auburn game preview.
Oregon vs Auburn Week 1 game preview
When: Saturday August 31, 2019
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Odds: Oregon (+3.5) vs Auburn (-3.5)
What to know about the Oregon Ducks
- The Ducks have a lot of confidence heading into the 2019 season. QB Justin Herbert is a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate and many scouts are expecting him to be a top-five pick in the next NFL draft. Herbert is the best player you’ll read about in any other Oregon vs Auburn game preview.
- WRs Brenden Schooler and JR Waters, will both be out of the lineup against the Tigers. TE Cam McCormick is dealing with an ankle injury and his status is up in the air, as of this writing, heading into this 2019 NCAAF Week 1 matchup.
- Herbert threw for 3,151 yards with 29 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2018.
What to know about the Auburn Tigers
- Kicking off theTigers’ side of this Oregon vs Auburn game preview is a true freshman, who will be starting at quarterback for Auburn in 2019 NCAAF Week 1 matchup against the Ducks. Bo Nix is a five-star recruit with tons of talent, but the Tigers are still uncertain what they will be getting from him. Fortunately for the Tigers, their offensive line is regarded as one of the best units in college football. The Tiger’s line will be crucial in determining how well Nix can carry himself in the pocket.
- Linebacker Chandler Wooten has a right knee injury but is expected to be on the field. WR Anthony Swartz is on the recovery trail from a broken hand and is questionable for the season opener. WR Will Hastings is also questionable for week one while he recovers from an ACL injury.
- In 2018, Auburn averaged 28.2 points per game while holding opponents to only 20.0 points per contest.
- Auburn is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as the favorite.
- The total has gone UNDER in all of Oregon’s last three games.
Auburn and Oregon are starting the season with the opportunity to rise higher than these teams’ respective preseason AP Poll rankings. This matchup has the potential to dictate how the rest of the season will look like for both teams and their conferences.
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