Prior to this weekend's edition of College GameDay, ESPN analyst Desmond Howard appeared on SportsCenter to discuss the marquee games on the schedule.
The SEC will begin its 10-game, conference-only schedule this Saturday afternoon. Howard believes that one of the top teams in the conference is "vulnerable" heading into its season opener.
It turns out that Howard isn't too confident about Auburn's matchup with Kentucky. Even though Gus Malzahn will have sophomore quarterback Bo Nix back for another season, there are plenty of holes on the roster that need to be filled.
Auburn lost a handful of defensive players to the NFL, such as Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson and Noah Igbinoghene. Replacing that type of talent isn't going to be easy.
This is what Howard had to say about the Auburn-Kentucky game, via 247Sports:
"The most vulnerable team today? How about Auburn," Howard said. "Bo Nix had a really strong freshman campaign but, they lose a lot on defense. Losing tackles Marlon Davidson and Derrick Brown — that's a lot of productivity. They're playing a Kentucky team that doesn't get a lot of respect, but they can run the ball.
Kentucky has a three-headed monster in its backfield with Asim Rose, Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke. Rose was the top tailback for the Wildcats last season, as he had 826 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
If the Wildcats are going to upset the Tigers on the road this afternoon, they'll need to have success running the football.
Another factor to this game is how Terry Wilson performs in his first game back since suffering a major knee injury. He has the potential to take Kentucky's offense to the next level.
Kickoff for the Auburn-Kentucky game is at 12 p.m. ET from Jordan-Hare Stadium.