Texas A&M football: 3 reasons Aggies will beat Auburn

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Auburn defense is average

In terms of scoring defense, which admittedly is the ultimate statistic for a defense, Auburn stacks up with the best. They are No. 12 in the country allowing just 17.6 points per contest.

However, they’ve been average in terms of giving up yards. They are No. 43 in total yards, No. 35 in rushing yards and No. 66 in passing yards allowed. They aren’t an elite defense and the A&M offense should be able to move the ball on Saturday.

They’ve looked less than stellar in recent weeks as well. They gave up 349 rushing yards and 23 points to a struggling Mississippi State offense, then gave up 30 points to 3-5 Tennessee who have been inconsistent offensively this season.

As much as the Aggies have struggled to score in the red zone, Auburn allows teams to score points 81.82 percent of the time, which is No. 52 in the nation.

This is not the elite Mississippi State defense.