Rivals demeanour to play College Football Playoff spoilers opposite Alabama, Clemson and Georgia

AUBURN, Ala.  Things haven’t left a approach Auburn hoped this season.

After going from a tip 10 to unranked, a Tigers have a possibility to damp nervous fans: Play a spoiler and dissapoint their biggest rival, No. 1 Alabama.

“Win this diversion and a lot of people kind of forget all a disastrous things that happened this year,” Auburn far-reaching receiver Ryan Davis pronounced Tuesday.

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Ditto for South Carolina opposite No. 2 Clemson. Not to discuss Georgia Tech contra No. 5 Georgia. 

The Crimson Tide, Bulldogs and a Tigers in Clemson are all perplexing to keep their College Football Playoff hopes intact, while their in-state rivals would adore to change those holiday plans.

“That’s something we can keep in a behind of your mind, usually meaningful we can spoil a lot of things they have going on,” Georgia Tech comparison quarterback TaQuon Marshall said.

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A demeanour during these 3 adversary games and what they could meant to a underdogs:


The Yellow Jackets can spoil Georgia’s hopes to play in a second true CFP. Georgia (10-1, No. 5 CFP) also needs to kick Alabama in subsequent week’s Southeastern Conference championship diversion in Atlanta to pierce into a four-team playoff.

The Yellow Jackets have won 4 straight, including final week’s 30-27 overtime feat over Virginia. But a strain that is a prohibited subject this week is Georgia Tech’s dual true wins in Athens — a 30-24 overtime win in 2014 and a 28-27 thriller in 2016.

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The Bulldogs were widespread in final year’s 38-7 win during Georgia Tech, though a Yellow Jackets are anticipating to supplement to their new success in Athens, generally when they can spoil Georgia’s inhabitant championship dream.

“Yeah, that would be a outrageous deal,” pronounced left ensure Parker Braun. “You never wish to rip another group down, though if we kick them it’s improved for us, we know what I’m saying. we consider we have an event to do that.”


Just a few years ago, a Gamecocks had a unquestioned upper-hand on a adversary and in recruiting in a Palmetto State.

South Carolina won 5 true games over Clemson (11-0, No. 2 CFP) from 2009-13 featuring such standouts and NFL breeze picks as defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and far-reaching receiver Alshon Jeffery. But it has been a Tigers who’ve had a top palm — and in a widespread approach — over a past 4 seasons.

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The Tigers have won 3 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, played in 3 College Football Playoffs and won a inhabitant championship in 2016 while a Gamecocks module fell apart. South Carolina has gradually built things behind underneath third-year manager Will Muschamp, nonetheless their initial outing to Clemson in 2016 was a 56-7 drubbing that stranded with players ever since.

Linebacker T.J. Brunson, a Gamecocks heading tackler, thinks Muschamp has started infusing some-more talent into a program.

Brunson pronounced South Carolina players know a event they have to finish a losing streak, derail Clemson’s ideal deteriorate and spoil what looks like another inhabitant pretension run for a Tigers.

“For me, it’s always been a unchanging diversion each week and we try not to get overly romantic about it,” Brunson said. “But this is a large diversion for us … we can shake adult a world.”

AUBURN (7-4) during ALABAMA

The Tigers know all too good that even an Iron Bowl dissapoint competence not keep a Tide (11-0, No. 1 CFP) from a inhabitant pretension shot. The Tigers won 26-14 final deteriorate to acquire a mark in a SEC championship diversion though Alabama still went on to not usually make a playoffs though win another inhabitant title.

This Auburn group is a bigger loser after a deteriorate in that a Tigers fell from a No. 8 ranking to out of a Top 25.

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham insists that indeterminate things can occur in adversary games.

“I consider each year, regardless of what a resources are for possibly team, anything can occur in this game,” Stidham said. “Rivalry games, for whatever reason, are usually like that. Ohio State-Michigan is kind of another one where anything can happen.

“Everybody here, we’re usually really vehement for a opportunity. we mean, we get to play a No. 1 group in a country, on a road, everybody opposite you. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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