Thursday, October 22, 2009

Auburn vs. LSU Preview

A lot of news stories have made a big deal that this weekend is Auburn’s first game this season against a ranked opponent.

That’s technically true.

However, what the story fails to mention is that one of Auburn’s earlier opponents this year, a team that wasn’t ranked when Auburn played them, is ranked now. West Virginia, with a record of 5-1, is ranked in the Top 25 in all three polls. They are probably kicking themselves about losing to Auburn.

So what does that have to do with anything?

Absolutely nothing.

The point is, we can’t change the past. In my preseason predictions, I had Auburn 5-2 at this point, with losses to Arkansas and WVU. While I thought we had an outside shot of beating WVU, I never imagined losing to Kentucky. However, a senior-filled offensive line can make up for a lot of mistakes elsewhere. Auburn has experience on the O-line as well, but they’ve spent a lot of time recently jumping offsides. Still, we can’t look to the past. We can only go forward.

And that means going to Baton Rouge, a place where Auburn has won only five games. The last time was the infamous Cigar Game, when Auburn won 41-7. The last two games Auburn played there were nailbiters, in which Auburn came up on the short end. Oddly, saying Auburn’s won only five times in Baton Rouge isn’t saying much. LSU’s only won six times at Auburn.

So what does that have to do with anything?

Not much.

Despite it’s 5-2 record and two recent shanks in the fairway that is the college football season, Auburn is pretty high up on a number of charts. According to the Auburn website, Auburn is
=> 7th in the nation in rushing offense
=> 8th in total offense
=> 12th in scoring offense

So what does that have to do with anything?

Some, but it hasn’t meant much lately.

The SEC Referee Crew that blew both UGA-LSU game and Florida – Arkansas game has been suspended, at least for this weekend.

So what does that have to do with anything?

A lot, as it means they can’t botch our game.

This weekend, Auburn has a chance to erase the memories of the last two weekends in a place where they are long overdue for a victory and the coach is living on borrowed luck.
So what does that have to do with anything?


In one of the original Star Trek episodes, the villain exchanges bodies with Captain Kirk through a mind transference device. I’m convinced something similar happened in Knoxville between Chris Todd and Jonathon Crompton sometime during the Tennessee game. In the Star Trek episode, the only way to make the transference complete was to kill one of two parties. Else, they would switch back to the way they were.

Auburn ain’t dead yet.

This weekend, the switch happens and I hope we prove it.

War Eagle!

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