I’ve missed the first few minutes of both games this year.
I do have a reason. My younger son was involved in a baseball game last weekend and baseball practice the weekend before. I got to the game as soon as I could. In both cases, we had already scored by the time I got home.
The same thing happened last year when we played West Virginia. It was a Thursday night game. Something with work made me late and I missed the start. (Not that I’m complaining. I definitely like having a job, especially in this economy.) As we went up 17-0 (and it should have been 21-0), I got all happy Then, they scored quickly to make a game up of it and followed it with that last second TD at the end of the half to take momentum into the locker room. And though I was still hopeful, much of the air went out of my sails, probably the same way it did for MSU last weekend.
So, it’s time for a little payback, I think.
Forget that, I KNOW. But it won’t be easy.
For starters, facing West Virginia will be like facing Georgia in that we’re facing a team with excellent athletes that just reloaded after losing some key playmakers. (Yes, Georgia is ranked. WVU is not. However, it’s still a valid analogy.) Plus, WVU’s defense has one thing up on both MSU and La. Tech. They’ve faced a spread offense, their own, and know how it works. Our defense has gotten used to a spread offense recently, but is hardly as experienced as WVU’s.
WVU comes into Auburn knowing that we’re upset about last year’s outcome. They come in 2-0 having exacted revenge on East Carolina for a loss last year. They understand repayment. However, hopefully they’re a little spent.
Hopefully, they’re a little smug and thinking it won’t happen to them.
Hopefully, they’re focused on their week off, as they have a bye before a second revenge game against a currently woeful Colorado team. (Yeah, I know it’s a stretch.)
Because I know we’re not. We won’t have any trouble focusing on West Virginia.
I originally predicted Auburn would lose the game. I’m leaning toward changing my mind, but I haven’t yet. West Virginia has played less impressive competition than Auburn in its first two match-ups, but will be impressive in their visit to the Plains. This will go down to the wire and a bloop will make it a sad day for one team’s fans. I just hope it’s the home team that comes out on top.
P.S. Thank to all the WVU fans who are visiting this blog and leaving comments. You're always welcome here.