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Rece Davis on College GameDay: “I think Auburn needs to be careful next week.”

As the ACC and Big 12 continue to test the college football waters among Power Five programs, the SEC is officially set to return to action next week, including eight ranked teams in the conference making their season debuts.

One of the most intriguing matchups of the week? None other than No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn, one of just three games featuring two ranked teams.

On ESPN College GameDay this morning, the crew picked out a few intriguing SEC matchups to keep an eye on next week, specifically pointing out UK’s season-opening road trip to Auburn as one of the best games on the schedule.

While the Tigers come in as home favorites, ESPN’s Rece Davis said the Wildcats are the team to watch in Week 1.

“I know Kentucky’s not going to play Louisville this year, but they will open next weekend on the Plains against Gus Malzahn and the Tigers,” said Davis. “I’m gonna tell you, this is a game I’m really looking forward to. I know Lynn Bowden is gone, but Terry Wilson is back, Jamar Watson is back for Kentucky, and there is a question on the offensive line for Auburn. What will Bo Nix be able to do? I’d get it out to Anthony Schwartz as quickly as you can, he’s the fastest man in college football. Auburn better be careful.”

To close out the first hour of the show, Davis doubled down on the Kentucky love to open the season, adding that the Wildcats are “a little underrated.”

“I think Auburn needs to be careful next week,” said Davis. “Kentucky is a little underrated”

This isn’t the first time a national analyst has put Auburn on upset watch leading up to Week 1.

Back in August, college football analyst Greg McElroy said Kentucky vs. Auburn was a game to watch to open the year, adding that the Wildcats could be a “potential disruptor” in the SEC East.

“Kentucky is a team that last year went 8-5 and won five of their final six with a wide receiver [Lynn Bowden] playing quarterback,” McElroy said on ESPN’s College Football Live. “That’s right. You heard me right. In comes Terry Wilson — or potentially Joey Gatewood — the transfer from Auburn. So if he gets the start, he’s going against his former team.

“Auburn should have high hopes off what was a very impressive season last year with a true freshman starting quarterback in Bo Nix.”

SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic said he would pick Kentucky straight up right now.

“I would actually lean Kentucky in that game right now,” Cubelic said on Kentucky Roll Call. “I think physically at the line of scrimmage Kentucky has an advantage. It’s not going to be the defensive line we saw Auburn have last year with Marlon Davidson and Derrick Brown gone. Now you look at Drake Jackson, Landon Young and Darian Kinnard returning on the offensive line with multiple weapons in the backfield, that could be a game that Kentucky really tries to control on the ground … right now that advantage lies with Kentucky based on what Auburn has to replace.”

Will the Wildcats be able to take down the Tigers on the road?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Rece Davis on College GameDay: “I think Auburn needs to be careful next week.”

  1. CJKAssassin123
    2:22 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    I sure hope so.

  2. csnailnrun
    3:49 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    Why does Reece point out that we aren’t playing loserville this year? I don’t give a rats ass about that school.

    • dcforuk
      6:14 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

      Probably an easy transition if he’s in Lou today

  3. BigBogee
    3:57 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    I want UK to win. Being a realist, I would say AU 27-21.

  4. 2andToodleLoo
    4:29 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink


  5. Skooms
    5:45 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    Ummmmmmm maybe because it was College GameDay…. At UofL. Gotta start comprehending what you’re reading bro.

  6. michaelb
    6:13 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    So what they’re sayin is there’s gonna be a lot of holding going on down in auburn , that won’t be called

    • dcforuk
      6:59 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

      Mr. stoops will be yelling at the refs with his hand causing interference with lip readers if that happens. Let’s go!!

    • michaelb
      8:07 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

      Whatever works hehe

  7. Miller45
    6:48 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    Block, tackle, take care of the ball, dont panic.

    • michaelb
      8:08 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

      You got it , don’t overthink it . Decent effort on those things you mentioned will have us in the ball game in the 4th quarter

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      12:14 am September 20, 2020 Permalink

      This. Methodical, controlled, smash mouth football.

  8. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:43 am September 20, 2020 Permalink

    I hope this is Malzan’s retirement causing game.

  9. jaws2
    3:38 pm September 20, 2020 Permalink

    If we control the ball running we win this game. Other than being held all day, our defense is good enough to win there.