Auburn will make their first trip to The Swamp since 2007 when Wes Byrum made a 43-yard field goal as time expired to upset Florida. The most recent matchup between the teams was in 2011 at Jordan-Hare Stadium when Auburn won 17-6.
The schools will renew the rivalry that used to be played yearly. Auburn leads the series 43-38-2 and is currently on a three-game winning streak.
The 2019 edition will be a top-10 matchup with a freshman quarterback leading the way for Auburn and a backup quarterback for Florida.
There are several key statistics and numbers to pay attention to as the teams face off for the first time in eight years.
17 rushing touchdowns:
Auburn is third in the nation with 17 rushing touchdowns. Auburn scored 25 rushing touchdowns last year. Boobee Whitlow has accounted for seven of those scores and Joey Gatewood has three touchdowns on the ground. Bo Nix, Kam Martin and Anthony Schwartz have scored twice. Eli Stove has also scored a rushing touchdown. The rushing attack has greatly improved from 2018 to 2019 with a more experienced offensive line and running backs. As Auburn runs well, they will open up the passing game for Bo Nix as well.
Florida leads the SEC in sacks with 24 and it is not close. Arkansas is the next closest with 15 sacks. Linebacker Jonathan Greenard leads the way with four sacks with Jabari Zuniga close behind with three sacks. Auburn has done a good job of protecting Bo Nix this season only allowing six sacks through five games. That is good for second in the SEC tied with Alabama.
13 forced turnovers:
Florida is second in the SEC in takeaways with 14 including nine interceptions. The nine interceptions lead the SEC and the nation. Seven different Gators have recorded an interception this season. Shawn Davis and Kaiir Elam have two interceptions each. Bo Nix has not thrown an interception since throwing two against Oregon in the season-opener. This will be the biggest test for Nix early in the season.
299 consecutive extra points:
This is how many consecutive extra points Auburn has made dating back to 2013. The last time Auburn missed an extra point was during the first quarter against Tennessee in November of 2013 when Cody Parkey’s kick was blocked. He did get the current streak started in the second quarter of that game. Daniel Carlson contributed the most to the streak making 198 extra points over his career and not missing a single one. His younger brother Anders has a chance to break that record in the coming weeks if he connects on all of his extra points. The team that currently holds the record is Florida State when they made 302 consecutive extra points from 2012-2016.
Auburn and Florida will kick off at 2:30 CDT on CBS at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Stay tuned to weglfm.com for full game coverage.
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