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ESPN CFB Writer Ryan McGee Says Auburn Will Beat Clemson

Clemson won the national championship in January but might they suffer an early September loss?

They will be, at least according to one ESPN writer. Ryan McGee, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine who covers college football, is calling for Auburn to upend the national champs on Sept. 9 in Death Valley.

McGee made this prediction on the radio this morning with the SEC Network's Cole Cubelic.

Surely Auburn and Clemson fans will react to this news with careful, measured responses. That's what college football fans do, no?

All-time, Auburn leads the series between these two schools, 34-14-2. Clemson has won the last three meetings, in 2011 and 2012 and last season. Auburn nearly upset CU in the 2016 opener, but the orange-clad Tigers held on, despite some curious clock management.

In 2017, Clemson will have to replace quarterback Deshaun Watson, wide receiver Mike Williams and others, but Dabo Swinney has his program humming on a yearly basis. Auburn, meanwhile, will be breaking in a new QB of its own, but there is considerable buzz surrounding that young man, Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham.

Who will actually win this match-up? Only about six more months until we find out.