Two of the nation’s strongest rushing attacks square off when the Auburn Tigers (6-4) take college football’s eighth-ranked rushing offense into a matchup with the New Mexico State Aggies (8-3), who have the No. 11 rushing offense, on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The Tigers are double-digit, 26-point favorites. The contest has an over/under of 48 points.
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Tigers vs. Aggies Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
- Time: 4:00 PM ET
- Channel: SECN
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Auburn, Alabama
- Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium
- The Tigers rank 76th in total offense (374.4 yards per game) and 41st in total defense (347.2 yards allowed per game) this year.
- The Tigers are putting up 29.3 points per game offensively this year (51st in the FBS), and they are allowing 20.5 points per game (31st) on the other side of the ball.
- While Auburn’s pass defense ranks 27th with 196.0 passing yards allowed per game,the offense has been worse, ranking 13th-worst (164.4 passing yards per game).
- The Tigers rank 70th in run defense this year (151.2 rushing yards allowed per game), but they’ve been thriving on the offensive side of the ball, ranking eighth-best in the FBS with 210.0 rushing yards per game.
- Auburn ranks 108th in third-down conversion rate this season (34.6%), but has been playing really well on defense, ranking 12th-best in the FBS with a 29.0% third-down percentage allowed.
- The Tigers own the 42nd-ranked turnover margin in college football at +2, forcing 15 turnovers (14th in the FBS) while turning it over 13 times (95th in the FBS).
- With 419.7 total yards per game on offense, New Mexico State ranks 46th in the FBS in 2023. Defensively, it ranks 72nd, surrendering 378.8 total yards per game.
- In terms of points scored New Mexico State ranks 61st in the FBS (28.7 points per game), and it is 38th defensively (20.8 points allowed per contest).
- From an offensive angle, the Aggies are accumulating 214.2 passing yards per game (81st-ranked). They rank 100th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (242.7 passing yards allowed per game).
- New Mexico State’s run offense has been excelling, piling up 205.5 rushing yards per contest (11th-best) this season. On defense, it ranks 45th by surrendering 136.1 rushing yards per game.
- In terms of third-down efficiency, the Aggies rank 62nd in the FBS (39.8% third-down conversion percentage) and 52nd defensively (37.2% third-down rate allowed).
- New Mexico State has compiled seven forced turnovers (115th in the FBS) and committed eight turnovers (29th in the FBS) this season for a -1 turnover margin that ranks 73rd in the FBS.
- Payton Thorne has 1,432 passing yards in 10 games this year, averaging 143.2 per game with a 63.5% completion percentage and 13 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
- He has tacked on 425 rushing yards (42.5 per game) and three touchdowns on the ground.
- Jarquez Hunter’s rushing output this season includes 745 yards and seven TDs. He is averaging 82.8 yards per game and 6.0 per attempt (47th in the FBS).
- Hunter has 13 catches on zero targets for 108 yards. He has yet to score a receiving touchdown.
- Robby Ashford has 145 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions this year. He has completed 51.9% of his attempts, averaging 16.1 yards per game and 5.4 per attempt.
- He has also rushed for 220 yards (fourth on the Tigers) and added five touchdowns on the ground, averaging 24.4 yards per game.
- In 11 games played this year, Diego Pavia has amassed 2,257 passing yards, while throwing 19 touchdowns against six interceptions and completing 59.7% of his passes.
- Pavia has also rushed for five touchdowns and 714 yards (first on the Aggies).
- Star Thomas has scored four rushing touchdowns, while totaling 515 rushing yards (5.9 per carry and 46.8 per game).
- Thomas also has 16 catches for 160 yards (sixth on the Aggies), with one receiving touchdown. He has been targeted zero times and averages 14.5 yards per game.
- Ahmonte Watkins has rushed for two touchdowns this year, and has totaled 531 rushing yards (48.3 per game and 10.8 per carry).
- Watkins has helped in the receiving game, picking up 77 receiving yards (7.0 per game) on eight catches (0.7 per game), while being targeted zero times. He has one receiving touchdown.