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Auburn goes on the road for the first big game of the Bryan Harsin era with plenty of questions to be answered.
Picks and predictions: Auburn at Penn State | Auburn University Sports News The Opelika-Auburn News sports team is making its predictions for Auburn vs. Penn State, namely Auburn beat writer Jordan Hill, deputy editor Justin Lee and sports intern Jake Weese.
1. How does Auburn handle its first raucous road environment since 2019? JUSTIN LEE: Even if Bryan Harsin hasn’t had many experiences like this one, longtime SEC stalwarts Mike Bobo and Derek Mason have had plenty. They should have their units prepared to communicate in deafening noise, after plenty of collective experiences in loud SEC stadiums like Death Valley, The Swamp, and even Jordan-Hare. The noise will definitely affect Auburn, but if it rattles the Tigers hard it’s a failure on the coaching staff.
JORDAN HILL: Auburn’s veterans have gotten their feel of playing in loud road games, but some of the more inexperienced players will be in for a rude awakening Saturday. On the whole, I believe the Tigers will do a decent job of handling the crowd and not allowing the moment to get too big for them; there will, however, be a handful of false-start penalties as a result of the noise in Beaver Stadium. Here’s how they see things going for the Tigers in the big game:
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