Auburn had some trouble with Bret Bielema’s improved Arkansas team, at least for a half. The Tigers and Razorbacks were tied at 21 heading into the break, but Auburn ripped off 24 unanswered points in the second half and coasted to a 45-21 win. Jeremy Johnson shined in the absence of Nick Marshall, who played sparingly, going 4-for-6 through the air for 50 yards, and rushing for 19 yards and a touchdown. Johnson threw for 246 yards on just 16 pass attempts, and two touchdowns. It sure seems like Auburn has two guys who can make this offense work in a variety of ways.
San Jose State had a good performance in its opener against North Dakota, winning 42-10. Of course, there’s a bit of a jump in talent from UND to Gus Malzahn’s offense. New defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will have his hands full attempting to slow down the defending SEC champions.
Date: Saturday, Sep. 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, AL)
Betting Line: Auburn (-29) via 5Dimes
Prediction: San Jose State was a mid-level Mountain West team last season, and those aren’t the types of teams that go into massive SEC stadiums and pull upsets against top ten teams, generally. Gus Malzahn’s offense gets more refined every week, and after blowing the doors off of an improved Arkansas team in the second half, the Spartans shouldn’t stand much of a chance here. 29 points is a lot, but all things considered, Auburn is the smart play here.