Auburn’s defense played well against Clemson in Week 2, but couldn’t overcome 11 sacks allowed by the offensive line in a 14-6 loss.

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Now, the Tigers face another tough defense when the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs come to town on Saturday afternoon.

However, while discussing the game with reporters, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he’s seen a lot of improvement from Auburn’s offensive line in the weeks since that embarrassing performance at Clemson.

According to, he said he expects the Bulldogs to have a tougher time getting to QB Jarrett Stidham, thanks to the improved offensive line:

“I think there is a little misnomer there with that because when you watch that game they are not the same team now that they were then,” Smart said. “They are not the same offensive line now that they were then. Clemson certainly has some really elite rushers, and they got after them. It was also their quarterback’s first time playing at Auburn in a big game in a situation like that, so I don’t really go much off that. Clemson has their personnel and they play the way they play.”

That said, Georgia will still likely find ways to make Auburn uncomfortable in the pocket, and that will be one of the biggest keys to the game.

Watch the intense SEC East-West rivalry game on Saturday afternoon to see if the Bulldogs can get to Stidham. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on CBS.