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ESPN Experts Make Score Picks For Auburn-Oregon

A close-up of an Oregon helmet during the Fiesta Bowl.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: A detail of the helmet of an Oregon Ducks player is senn as he warms up prior to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The biggest game in college football's opening weekend has national experts split on who will win.

Oregon, the 11th ranked team in the nation, is led by quarterback Justin Herbert. The Ducks will face 16th ranked Auburn, who many consider to have the best defensive line college football.

With ESPN's College GameDay in attendance, the game garners the national spotlight.

Ahead of the anticipated match-up, 15 ESPN experts pick who they believe will win the game. As has been the case for this specific contest, the picks are split.

Eight ESPN experts pick Oregon to win while seven pick the Tigers to pull out the victory. Given Auburn's currently a 3.5 point favorite, the majority are picking the underdog Ducks to pull off the upset.

Seven of the ESPN experts — including Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low — also give their reasoning regarding their prediction. The explanations are as one would expect.

"Justin Herbert makes the difference," Rittenberg said, via ESPN. "And Oregon's playmaking secondary picks off Nix late. Oregon 28-24."

Low takes his pick in the opposite direction.

 "In a classic OL-DL showdown," Low said. "Derrick Brown and Auburn's defensive front will pluck the Ducks. Auburn 30-21."

Auburn and Oregon kicks off at 7:30 PM ET on Saturday. The game will be televised on ABC.