Auburn, Florida showcase ‘big-boy ball’ in top-10 matchup

College Football Week 6 picks by The Spun staff

College Football Week 6 picks by The Spun staff

The Gators haven't allowed a touchdown in three home games this season, outscoring woeful Tennessee and two lower-division teams 117-3. Mullen challenged the play, but officials eventually told him it couldn't be reviewed for targeting. The Gators showed diversity on that side against Auburn. On Auburn's punt return, the ball was downed at Auburn's 9-yard line. But it was a lovely fourth quarter or the Gators, who hadn't played the Tigers since 2011 and hadn't beaten them since 2002. The defense and the rest of the Gators will have their hands full next week with they travel to play the LSU Tigers.

Florida: The Gators have a defense capable of winning a championship.

Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix will learn from his mistakes, but on Saturday he made a few big ones against Florida. This Auburn defense has held up to much stronger offenses.

However, while Florida's defense wasn't the talk of the town before the game, they certainly were after. ESPN's College GameDay is on campus for the sold-out game, which is expected to include one of the largest crowds in school history.

According to the latest oddsmakers, Auburn is the slight favorite on the road, as the Tigers are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Gators.

However, it wasn't necessarily the Gator defensive line that was the story of the night - instead, it was the defensive backs.

It was an ugly game in the Swamp, and the Gators still have plenty to work on. Henderson and the other defensive backs all played to a high standard. Three interceptions did not help the Tigers.

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Todd Grantham's defense will face a veteran quarterback in Joe Burrow, a senior quarterback who is ranked third in passing touchdowns in the FBS, only trailing Tua Tagovailoa by six touchdowns. The Tigers' defense, to its credit, did its part to keep the game close until Perine's touchdown sealed the win in the fourth quarter.

It's been documented that Auburn wasn't all that interested in running back Lamical Perine during his recruitment because he was "too slow".

I did, however, see lots of white jerseys chasing him - trying to stop the dagger-of-a-touchdown from being scored. "That's a result of us being dialed in throughout the week in preparation and it shows on Saturdays".

"It's a big win tonight, don't mean a whole lot by tomorrow morning".

"We have to get it corrected", Malzahn said.

Gainesville, Florida, will likely command the lion's share of attention as the No.10 ranked Gators host No. 7 ranked Auburn in arguably the most anticipated matchup of Week 6.

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