After a blowout 60-10 win against the Akron Zips to start the season, the Auburn Tigers managed to one-up themselves this past Sunday shutting out Alabama State 62-0. While Auburn was the clear favorite in both of these matchups, scoring 122 points over two games is still an impressive start to the season, a start that speaks to the team's talented offensive core. The focus now lands on the Tigers' Saturday game against Penn State, one that will be the first real challenge Auburn has seen this year.
Tank Bigsby continued to be productive from the backfield on Sunday running for 122 yards on 11 carries. Averaging just over 11 yards a carry, this was another impressive performance by the sophomore, one that should give him confidence heading into Auburn’s upcoming game against Penn State. Playing on the road in University Park in front of a full house will be a new experience for many of the young players on the Auburn team due to COVID-related attendance limitations last year, but Bigsby is looking forward to the challenge. "Im thankful for this opportunity, I'm glad we get to play this game Saturday. I'm very excited for it and ready," Bigsby said in a press conference Monday.
Holding their first two opponents to just 10 points while outscoring them by 112 points should give the offense, defense, and special teams unit assurance that their team has most definitely come to play this season. The running game has looked sharp, Bo Nix has been reliable, and the Auburn defense has put up impressive numbers these past two games. Penn State will be entering the matchup on Saturday as a 2-0 team as well, setting the scene for a battle in University Park.
Saturday's game represents Auburn's first challenge of the year, but if the Tigers can play the style of football that they have played over these last two games, the team should record another win, one that would set the tone for the rest of their season.
Auburn faces off against Penn State Saturday, September 18th at 7:30 PM ET.