JUSTIN LEE: It’s better! Auburn is in a perfect position, still controlling his own destiny in the conference after the break, and the team and coaches have no excuse if they categorically come out of the week off. Gus Malzahn’s teams were near perfect after exemptions – 10-1 during his tenure – and now it’s Bryan Harsin’s turn to prove he can be just as effective with the extra time and preparation. This league is a chore, as they all say, so anytime you get a chance to rest and regroup you better take advantage.
Can the Tigers contain Ole Miss Quarterback Matt Corral?
JORDAN HILL: Corral impressed in his second season playing for Lane Kiffin, and it’s not hard to see why many people mention him as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. I think Corral will play against the Tigers, but I think his overall effectiveness will be limited because of the pieces around him. Ole Miss has two slapping wide receivers as well as a tight end and his starting right guard, and I think that will cost a lot. I expect Auburn’s pass rush to reach Corral – who has also fought injuries – enough to ensure that favorite Heisman doesn’t run away with the game.
JAKE WEESE: A lot of quarterbacks haven’t lived up to the preseason hype, but Corral has. I think Auburn can contain Corral this week. Last season Corral had a record 154 yards against Auburn, and it was at home. Now this season he is due to play at the Jordan-Hare Stadium at night on ESPN. Auburn’s defense has struggled with the pass at times this season, but they’ll be up to the challenge Corral presents with two weeks off. I think Corral and the Rebels will put some points on the board, but Auburn should be able to stop Corral and the offense.