Areas of concern for Auburn as they take on Georgia

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Auburn is currently riding a high they haven’t experienced since 1999.

The Tigers took down LSU in Baton Rouge this past weekend and now turn to face the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs with some momentum in their favor.

Unfortunately, momentum isn’t the only thing the Tigers are going to need to pull out a win at home this season. The Tigers will need to play a borderline perfect game against what appears to be a future playoff team in Georgia. Everyone’s going to need to be focused and having fun.

Here are some areas of concern for Auburn this weekend when they play the seemingly unbeatable Bulldogs.

Georgia's defensive line is the best in the nation

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All of Auburn’s problems on Saturday could stem from not being able to get a push against Georgia’s defensive line. The run game could shut down, and coverage sacks for Georgia have been a theme this season.

Auburn's receivers don't match up well with UGA's secondary

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Quite frankly, no team’s receivers have matched up well vs Georgia this season. The youth and inexperience Auburn has in their WR room could prove to make Auburn’s passing game inefficient and sloppy against such a talented defensive backfield.

Tank Bigsby isn't fully healthy

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This is crucial for Auburn. Hopefully, Bigsby is ready to go at 100% this weekend, but I doubt it. Auburn will have to rely on Jarquez Hunter, who has been exceptional this season, but I don’t trust him alone to get it done against a defense that is allowing less than 70 yards rushing per game this season.

Nix hasn't thrown a touchdown against Georgia in his career

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Without Auburn’s No. 1 running back, along with inexperience at wide receiver, is this the Georgia game that Nix throws a touchdown in? Auburn’s ability to move the ball is a huge concern in this game.

Owen Pappoe is still questionable

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In my opinion, Pappoe has the highest NFL upside of any player on Auburn’s defense. Without him this weekend, Auburn could struggle to make stops in the running game consistently. Nothing against Zakoby McClain and Chandler Wooten (who have played well this year), but Pappoe is the biggest linebacker to lose in my mind.

Auburn can't play defense the way they did against LSU

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Auburn is going to have to play Georgia straight up. No three-man rushes, no taking players out of the box to drop them into coverage. Auburn has struggled this season when they have been forced to respect both the passing game and the running game. I hope Georgia and Stetson Bennett (who I believe will start) don’t just slowly and methodically waltz down the field on Auburn.

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