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35 Responses to “Auburn v. West Carolina Predictions”
We win. Big. The true “predictions” are who will play and who won’t. I think Marshall plays, but he’s limited to handing the ball off and passing. We’ll be throwing the ball a lot in this game. Adams won’t play. Neither will Mckinzy. Or anyone else remotely banged up.
MCT, clearly you overestimate Western Carolina. As someone who has seen them play every year against my Georgia Southern Eagles for the past 20 years or so… they’re bad. I mean REALLY bad. We’ll cover the spread, I’m certain.
The giant elephant in the room is whether or not Marshall even plays, and if he doesn’t then does Wallace play the whole game, OR… do we burn JJ’s redshirt? The coaches are clearly not happy with the way the passing game has progressed, and as good as Marshall has been at managing the game, I think JJ could do the same thing and give us the edge on passing. I don’t think he’s ready to face the SEC yet, though, so I lean towards Marshall plays sparingly, if at all, and we ride him to the end of the year. I still think JJ is the starter next year. Unless Marshall’s woes in the passing game are really more a product of the receivers still needing to step up.
I think this week is prime time for the offence to get adjusted to running the no-huddle in an actual game scenario. It’s an actual game, not a practice and the crowd will be in effect so I hope this is an opportunity the offence really seizes.
I hear ya. But I think between the fact that they might be able to put a score on before the third stringers come in and the fact that the third stringers might see action early in the second half, there is a chance they get 17. I would say that if our no huddle gets clicking, we could bust upward of 60-70 points on them tho.
at this point there is no chance JJ gets rid of that red shirt. QB of the future? Quite possibly, but as we’ve have seen many times over the years the “heir apparent” oftentimes never gets the starring role…or stars as brightly – for many reasons. The kid from TX (whose name – fittingly – escapes me) that was the #2 dual threat QB in the country circa 2008 is just one of many examples. There was every reason to believe he was going to be the next Dameuyne Craig – or better. But he never took a snap during a game @ AU. No legal trouble, no injuries…just didn’t pan out so he transfered.
Walt is spot on with this factoid, W. Carolina is decidedly bad. I don’t often say this, but we could name the score if we wanted to. It will be Mismatch City and Gus will be the Mayor. We may go full bore speed wise for a handful of possessions but the dogs will be called off by mid 3rd and everyone NOT redshirting or banged up will get in for some snaps.
AU – 59 (with at least one score from the D or special teams…MAYBE both)
WCU – 10
BTW, MCT is onto something. The wise guys in Vegas have historically said, “…the worst college team in America to bet is Auburn. Just when you think they’ll blow the doors off some team they underachieve and let the other guys stay close…and just when you give them no chance they jump up and bite you.” I’m sticking with my score but sleepwalking through an easy opponent and getting a much closer game b/c of it is nothing new at AU.
Spencer, there’s a lot of speculation as to just how bad Marshall is injured. It’s probably nothing and he’ll play, but I can see some scenarios where JJ plays. If he’s as good as he’s supposed to be, then there’s a chance he doesn’t stick around his full 4 years (5 with the redshirt) anyway, so why not play him if you think you may need him later in the year?
And the QB from Texas was Tyrik Rollison. I know he got into a fight with some people during fall practice of 2009 and it was shortly afterwards that he transferred. I have no idea where he finally ended up, but I know it was one of the smaller Texas schools, I believe.
Univeristy of Pacific! lolz, I remember them in D-1….. I remember them being an offensive machine and still getting beat down! But props to whoever gets out there and competes in any sport. Good one tho Jason!
The reason I say we won’t cover the spread is because I have never seen Auburn HC going after style points and not because I think West Carolina will make a game out of it. 43.5 is a huge spread and I think Gus will call off the dogs after the 4th TD. Maybe we get another 2 TDs with the second / third string and that still is below the spread.
Thats a good question Thomas! Looks like I compete next in either December or January….. would be cool to come out to the ring or cage with a piece of that history. If I “lay the wood” to my opponent, I can say it came straight from Toomer’s Corner! lol
Parts of the trees are already for sale. I already have a piece.
In other news, rumors abound that Marshall’s knee troubles may be worse than publicly stated. I know one site is predicting we probably see JJ and an insider who is almost always spot on with insider news says we will likely see Johnson “Saturday and beyond.”
AuburnFish I read that piece from NTY Foundation on Wednesday….that site leaves NO stone unturned. Bravo for putting all the little bricks together. The only article from that site I was critical of was their hit piece on Evan Woodbury. I thought their take was heavy handed re: Woodbury. I always enjoyed Woodbury’s work and for one I couldn’t care less where someone went to school. Carl Stephens was a Bama grad for Pete sake…and for the well over 40 crowd you know what a loyal AU icon that man was.
Walt, put me in the “I’d be shocked” camp if JJ suits up Saturday. I think if Nick can’t play – or they simply choose to rest him – we’d see a major dose of Jonathan Wallace and Kheil Frazier. If we DO see JJ play then one of two things will have happened – either Marshall’s knee is indeed damaged to where he would be significantly limited going forward or Lashlee, Gus and Dameyune collectively believe JJ gives the team the best chance to win now and for the remainder of the games……plus if they were going to play him this would be the ideal “work him in” game since WCU should be little more than a sparring partner.
All that being said, I’ll stick with my prediction he keeps wearing the red shirt and looks forward to 2014. We’ll see.
p.s. Tip of the cap for giving the name to us – Tyrik Rollison. I was just too lazy to look it up. :)
p.p.s. Out of morbid curiosity I looked again at the dumpster fire that were my Pick ‘Em selections from last week. Truly egregious…out of 21 pickers I was 20th. That’s so bad it resembled the 3 month long debacle known as 2012 AU football. This week I’m hoping to match the 2010 version. :)
Why would we start JJ now and burn his red shirt? If he was close to being the starter in fall camp, would we not have made him take a few snaps in the 5 games we have played so far? It just doesn’t make sense. Unless, as Spencer and a few others have noted, Marshall’s knee is lot more damaged than what we are led to believe and the coaches have no confidence in Wallace.
Or its just to throw TAMU off by starting JJ this weekend and bring back Marshall next weekend.
Far more curious about people’s theories about how Johnson-vs-Marshall for 2014 plays out than about WCU predictions.
Obviously the best hope is JJ destroys the rest of this year and wrenches the starter-ship from Marshall. In reality I hope Malzahn doesn’t go all Chiziky-Tubervilley and waffle and scare JJ into going all Barrett Trotterry.
My general thinking is that Marshall is too risky to risk getting hurt worse than he is, so they decided to go ahead and give JJ the game reps rather than Wallace, since JJ is really the #2 guy. I still foresee NM starting against TAMU unless he is still injured.
In other words, looking ahead, if for some reason NM isn’t healthy by next weekend or goes out with an injury before we play UT, Arkansas, UGA and UA, who would give us the best chance of winning? I think they are saying JJ will over Marshall, so we need to get him ready now.
I’m on my phone, so I can’t reay post links, but the university store’s website has links I’m sure.
I honestly think JJ is the starter at QB next year. I think he’s way too talented and after the last few weeks has worked enough that Gustav is confident in him to lead the offense. He pushed Marshall in fall practice to be the starter then. And reports were he was making NFL level throws, he just needed to work on understanding the offense. NM has a cannon of an arm, but not as much accuracy. JJ is the future at QB. I can see NM moving back to the secondary next year.
Nick brought up the most intriguing aspect of the QB battle…what happens in 2014? The 2013 QB issue would seem to hinge mostly on NM’s health. If he were 100% I doubt we would be having the JJ conversation but that’s exactly what you have now. Ought to be interesting.
I hope this is brilliant strategy to trap the opposition into gameplanning for one QB then pulling the old switcheroo. Otherwise Id say even if the frosh were to get most of the reps, why wouldn’t the at least give Wallace the start for the W on his resume? Seems like hes earned that.
My Pick Em went up in flames like kindling wood @ a bonfire. I may set new lows. On the up side I thought AU handled its business v. a wildly inferior opponent in good fashion. Only occasional sloppiness as far as I could judge.
And Walt – wow, today shows how little I keep up with the inner workings of my Auburn Tigers. You had this JJ thing called from early on. Hats off to you bud! Also, Mark Schlabaugh has never met me, but I owe him an apology. He called Mizzou over UGA and I openly scoffed……boy did that blow up in my face. :(