Second best SEC team? Tommy Tuberville gives slight edge to one team
Everyone knows Alabama is still the king of the SEC, but the battle for second place in the conference is heating up.
The two teams with a valid claim to second place in the league are Georgia and Auburn. Georgia looks to be the best team in the SEC East this season after demolishing Mississippi State and Tennessee to begin SEC play 2-0. The Bulldogs are undefeated with a 5-0 record and No. 5 ranking in the AP Poll.
Auburn has recovered from an early loss to Clemson and a win over Mercer that saw the offense stall out multiple times. Auburn’s loss to Clemson looks a bit better as Clemson is all the way up to No. 2 in the AP Poll. Auburn has also started 2-0 in the SEC with two blowouts, and QB Jarrett Stidham has found his stride with the Tigers offense.
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville made a recent appearance on The Opening Kickoff radio show Thursday, and Mark Heim with AL.com reports he asked Tuberville during the show who he thinks is better between Auburn or Georgia right now.
Tuberville did not back down, and he sees one team with a slight edge in the race behind Alabama.
“That’s a good question,” said Tuberville. “They are very similar on defense. They have speed. They both have pretty good depth. They are getting better on the offensive line…I would probably say, if they played today on a neutral field, I’d give a little bit of the edge to Georgia, simply for the fact the two running backs and the emergence of the offensive line.”
The two teams will not meet until Nov. 11, and it is worth noting that Tuberville’s pick was for a neutral field matchup. This year’s game will actually be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, and the home crowd could push the Tigers to a victory in that game.