While much of the conversation has been about Bo Nix’s development in the offseason and Auburn’s passing game, the running game also looked different.
In the season opener, Auburn’s ground game was by committee with D.J. Williams, Shaun Shivers and Tank Bigsby splitting the carries. The trio finished with 20 rushing attempts, 65 rushing yards and a touchdown.
This Saturday, Auburn travels to Athens, Georgia, for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry in a top 10 matchup.
“‘We’ve come back with a chip on our shoulder,” Shivers said. “Of course we lost to them last year, and we’re just motivated in every play. Georgia is a good football team, so we’ve got to come in and play, so we’re just motivated by that. Cause we know they’re going to come to play, so we’ve got to come to play too.”
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“We treat it like any other game,” Shivers said. “Your schedule might move around a little bit, and you might have to play a tough opponent like we played Week 1. It doesn’t really matter who we are playing. We just know we’re going to play.”
Georgia faced Arkansas in its Week 1 game, where the Bulldogs took down the Razorbacks 37-10. The Bulldogs defense held the Razorbacks to an average of 2.75 yards per carry in the contest.
On Tuesday, Malzahn referred to the Bulldogs’ defense as one of the country’s best. Auburn now looks to put up a fight in the running game to combat that defense.
“We know Georgia’s defense is one of the best defenses in the SEC,” Shivers said. “They fly around to the ball. They show up good on film, so we’ve just got to be prepared and be ready to break a fight. It’s going to be a dog fight, so we’ve got to come to play.”
No. 7 Auburn will play No. 4 Georgia this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcasted on ESPN.
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