College Football Pick Auburn at Kentucky 10-9-10

October 7, 2010

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#8 Auburn Tigers at Kentucky Wildcats

Saturday October 9, 2010 7:30 PM EST

Line: Auburn -6

Auburn comes into this SEC battle with a perfect 5-0 record. They only have played 1 game on the road this season however. Kentucky is looking for their first SEC win as they come in with a 3-2 record. Their two losses have come at the hands of SEC opponents on the road. They are a perfect 2-0 at home this year.

Auburn has shown some good things this year. Their defense comes in ranked 37th in the nation allowing 18.8 points per game. Their offense has been good scoring 36.6. points per game, 20th overall. A major reason their offense has been so good is the fact that their rushing game is averaging 269 yards a game which is 8th best in college football. Junior QB Chris Newton has been able to do it all this year as he has ran for 474 yards with 5 TDs. He has been impressive throwing the ball as well. Newton has 928 yards with 12 TDs and 4 Ints. Newton will be the key to the game for the Tigers.

Kentucky has a below average defense which causes Auburn to be favored in this game. The Wildcat defense has allowed 28.8 points a game which is 88th in the nation. The reason the spread isn’t ¬†huge is because the Wildcats have shown good things on offense. They have scored 36.4 points per game, 21st overall. Their rushing and passing games both rank inside the top 35. A major reason for all the wildcat points has been Senior QB Mike Hartline. Hartline has 1,222 yards with 8 TDs and 3 Ints. He has been supported by Senior RB Derrick Locke who has 543 yards and 7 TDs. Locke also has 178 yards receiving.

With all football picks, I like defenses. Auburn without a doubt has the better defense coming into this game. Even though this is only the second road game for the Tigers, I feel like Chris Newton has been playing out of his mind and could be a sleeper to contend for the Heisman Trophy. If he wants his name to go down in the history books, he will need a good performance against a weaker Kentucky team because the Tiger SEC schedule is a lot tougher down the road.

Free College Football Pick: Auburn -6


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