Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Auburn vs. Arkansas Preview

Sorry for the late post. I’ve had a busy few days. Usually, I like to post my previews no later than Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Besides, if I’d posted earlier, I would have missed the news. Tony Franklin fired. So, I find myself wondering who might call the plays.

Hugh Nall and/or Steve Ensminger. That worked really well in 2003.

Tuberville? He’s a defensive specialist.

Does Borges still live in town? (Ok, I’m kidding.)

This should be interesting.

And so we play football.

This weekend, Auburn faces Arkansas. It’s the first meeting between Tuberville and Petrino since the infamous night flight on the Colonial Bank jet to Louisville. They both publicly claim that there’s no hostility between the two of them.

I don’t think so, do you?!

Auburn and Arkansas haven’t been playing each other long. The first time was the ’84 Liberty Bowl. Auburn won 21-15. I was a freshman then. The schools started playing each other every year when Arkansas joined the SEC (and caused the implosion of the old SWC) in 1992. The 1992 match-up yielded a 24-24 tie. Auburn now leads the series 10-6-1.

Last year’s game was a 9-7 AU victory. Auburn held McFadden and Jones both under 100 yards total, if memory serves me correctly. We know the defense will be ready to play. However, will the offense?

I don’t think so, do you?!

The offense is hurting. I’ve seen more missed blocking assignments causing problems for Auburn than I’ve seen in a while. I’ve seen more lackluster play from Auburn than I’ve seen in a while. I’ve seen more backfiring when we could have taken control than I’ve seen in a while.

And our season teeters on edge as thin as an envelope that’s been sliced lengthwise with a surgical scalpel.

Still, it’s Arkansas, and our team has something to play for. We can salvage things going forward AND make this season better AND make it memorable. Does Arkansas have a chance to spoil it?

I don’t think so, do you?!

One more thing. Given the problems in the banking industry right now, do you think Colonial Bank still wants to keep that jet if they still have it?

I don’t think so, do you?!

War Damn Eagle!

No comments: