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It’s statement time. And we owe CLANGA for last year. I think we pound them with the STABLE of backs and then open it up for some quick slants and other short passes and either Louis or Coates is going to catch a bomb (and one or the other is likely to NOT catch another one) and the D steps up again. I’m not sure I’d say we hold a team without a TD again, but I think this one is going to be about 31-10, Auburn.
Auburn’s defense does well against designed run plays but gives up plenty of zone coverage quick-hitting screens for five to six yards a pop. They also struggle to contain Mrs. State’s QB when flushed out of the pocket. If Auburn opens up any sort of consistent passing game the running game explodes. Look for Marshall to be terrified in the first quarter. Turnovers will happen in this game. Still, late Lashlee settle Marshall down and he starts completing a few passes. Auburn’s defense shuts down State’s offense, another bend but don’t break look from the D. A win is had, but hard fought. After the game analysis is inconclusive heading into Death Valley as we don’t know how good (or bad) the previous teams were. WSU better than advertised. ASU was not as good as advertised (or were they?). And finally the only two teams Mrs. State has played is us and OSU, and OSU blew them out. So still lots of unknowns. And we will be back to square one on Sunday wondering how the Plainsman will fare in Baton Rouge.
I’m nearly dead on with Malakai…About the only difference is I give us a 6 point W:
AU – 26
MSU – 20
I fully expect 8 men in the box which will kill our run game early on. My 26 points is based on some positive adjustments we make after getting stuffed. They will MAKE Marshall beat them throwing the ball. If he settles down we could boat race ‘em….if not we could be 2-1.
Spencer, in 2011, we managed to run for 235 yards on 36 carries against MSU. This was with Gus’ offense handcuffed by Chizik. I do not think our run will be killed early on. Gus knows they will stack the box and he will be ready.
Expect us to come out full speed to get the MSU D off balanced right from the get go.
And I think Spencer Lee is spot on about the passing game. Having three good running backs could mean we can wear them down, particularly late in the game or maybe earlier if we can avoid clock-stopping penalties on offense and get a fast pace going. But any opposing coach who has watched tape of the first two games is going to sell out on stopping the run until we can establish a consistent passing threat without the overthrows and without receivers missing the ball when it hits them in the hands.
Unlike last year, I think we’ll get there with the passing game by the end of the season, but if we need to get it sooner than later.
.. “Bama Fans, we live in a world that has Rules and those Rules need to be
guarded by Yahoo. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Bama Fan? Yahoo has a greater
responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for ALABAMA and curse
Yahoo; you can do that. You do not know what the Media knows: that ALABAMA’S
Cheating, while tragic, probably got them a National Title. It’s grotesque and
You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at
parties you want Yahoo on that wall, you need Yahoo on that wall. You use words
like honor, code, loyalty. You use then as the backbone of a life trying to
Yahoo has neither the time nor the inclination to explain themselves to a man
who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that Yahoo provides
and then questions the manner in which Yahoo provides it. Yahoo would rather you
just said “thank you,” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest that you pick
up a pen and write your own article. Either way, Yahoo doesn’t give a d*mn what
you think and what you think Alabama is entitled to.”
Looks like our team is still doing some growing up, if you will, and that is evident in the fact that we are getting penalties on offense that are avoidable. This could be our bane in this game, and I am concerned about that more than anything else. I would hate to see a long Tre La Soul run come back because of a holding penalty, but I fear that will happen at least once in this game. Marshall either needs to better his timing on long passes, or our receivers have to get quicker and more mobile. On the defensive side of the ball, I see no real concerns except maybe some stupid penalties, but not as bad as the offense. Fortunately, our defense is pretty sound and can rebound from missed opportunities better than our offense can. The biggest plus on our side is the HUNH offense, and if we can use it properly to control tempo in this game, we will be 3 – 0 waiting for the Bayou Bengals.
Auburn – 38
MSU – 28
To piggy back on Gaines take, the thing that drives me nuts as a fan (and surely even moreso to the coaches) is a penalty NOWHERE NEAR the play itself – or even where the play could be expected to end up. Kind of like a block in the back on a fair caught punt…thankfully we haven’t seen that abomination yet. We’ve got a lot to clean up in the flag department.