Looking for a Clemson vs. Auburn prediction? We've got you covered. Here's how we see the battle between the Tigers and the...Tigers shaping up.
Saturday's matchup between No. 2 Clemson and Auburn is set to take place on Saturday, September 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The contest between the Tigers and the Tigers (yep) will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Clemson vs. Auburn prediction.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Clemson wins the matchup 70% of the time. The spread, for those of you interested in placing a wager on the contest, sits at Clemson -8, per ESPN.
The contest will be played at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, which seats 87,451 fans.
Spread: Clemson -8
Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Auburn will be Clemson's first non-conference opponent of the season. The Tigers also play Troy, South Carolina State and South Carolina out-of-conference.
Auburn will face Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Alabama A&M for its out-of-conference slate.
Clemson finished the 2015 season with a 14-1 record. The Tigers won the ACC Atlantic, defeated North Carolina in the league's title game and knocked off Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. In the College Football Playoff National Championship, the Tigers were edged out by Alabama, 45-40.
Auburn, meanwhile, had a disappointing 2015 campaign. The Tigers finished 2-6 in the SEC West and 7-6 overall. They won the Birmingham Bowl over Memphis, 31-10.
Clemson is coached by Dabo Swinney, who is 75-27 in his time on-campus. Auburn is led by Gus Malzahn, who has posted a 27-13 mark in his three years with the Tigers.
Clemson and Auburn have met 49 times on the gridiron. Auburn leads the series 34-13-2 all-time. The two schools last met in September of 2012, when Clemson prevailed 26-19.
Clemson vs. Auburn prediction:
Auburn may be playing at home on Saturday night, but Clemson, which still has quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the charge, likely has too much firepower for the Tigers. We'll take Clemson to prevail by two touchdowns:
Clemson 31, Auburn 17