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This should be a very exciting game. Even though Missouri is my home state, I’m not torn at all for who I’m pulling for, but it does make me happy to see them in the SECCG over USC/UGA. That said, I’m worried. I’m worried our guys are still on cloud 9 which might keep them from staying focused on a very good foe. I just hope Gus plays some of our footage from last year to remind them to never lose sight of defeat.
We FINALLY made a SI cover! Of course, it’s often bad luck and a curse to have that before a big game, but, hey, the Bammer grads had to put us on the cover! Whoo hoo!!
In other news, it should be a great, fast game that would make a good drinking game– a shot for every change of possession– if you want to get totally @!$& faced.
This season has been unbelievable. I never dreamed we would be 11-1 with a win over the “dynasty.” With that said, I don’t want to go into the SEC championship game and lose it. Especially when I know we CAN win. I’ve read that Missouri is an excellent football team, but I don’t know much about them. I have rarely watched their games. I think their offense will be tough to stop, but so will ours. Their rush defense ranking is a little inflated IMO since they haven’t played many rushing offenses, or at least heavy-rushing offenses. I also think we will be their most physical opponent since they have played South Carolina and we know how that turned out. They easily beat Vandy, the Tennesse, Kentucky, crippled Georgia and crippled Florida from the East. However, they played their couple of West teams (A&M and Ole Miss) close. We should be their first high powered offense plus physical defense match-up all year. They will not be better than Alabama’s defense. I think it will be a close game, but I see us winning.
If Mizzou’s offense starts fast, gets loose with the passing game and plays up to potential, we could have a real threat to deal with. That said, If we control the ground and attack through the air at the right times, I see us taking the SEC crown.
Aubies gang – 34
Don’t think the SI curse will affect Auburn. It seems like The Sporting News putting Auburn on the cover has historically been a jinx. Luckily they’re now online only so we’re safe there. If we can keep Lee Corso from picking Auburn, we’ll be ok.
I agree with others that the coaching staff have a tough job on their hands getting the team back down to earth. But Mizzou is having a dream season too even if in less spectacular fashion. Their players are likely to have stars in their eyes too for their first trip to Atlanta.
Well said Jason…ATL is a whole new experience for the UM guys. Our seniors were on a team that WON a national title…some of them even played (e.g., Nosa Eguae). Also I’m not as familiar with the UM coaching staff but our group is heavily seasoned with men who have coached and played on the big stage. Gary Pinknel is an excellent coach but the last time he was at this point (leading UM team toward a NC chance) they blew it royally. The last time Malzhan was at this point we raised a crystal football.
As for game match ups, if we can run for just under 300 v. UA with essentially a one dimensional approach then there is zero chance UM can stop us for long. Their pass defense will give us some opportunities as well. The part we’ll need to contain is their balanced attack…easier said than done. The receivers are tall, fast and good. If their QB has time to throw we’ll have our hands full. They run exceptionally well too – their not Auburn, but then again neither is anyone else.
Then you come to points…..they are yet to give up 30 in a game this year. AU has scored 30 or more the last 9 games in a row. Something’s gotta give. I say it’s them.
I’ll stab at….
AU – 30
UM – 26
p.s. just for fun I looked up UM’s opponents individually to see how well they statistically ran the ball. Then I noticed we needed to throw out non-conference teams b/c freakin TOLEDO is the 16th best running team in the country…Indiana was 32…….Arkansas State was 28. OK, having eliminated the non-conference teams, the AVERAGE statistical rating for the SEC teams UM faced this year was 60th. The lone one under 30 was S. Carolina (29) who beat them in Columbia. We’re bringing big bad # 5 to the GA Dome. :)
MCT….that very facet came to mind but I forgot to get that on my analysis. I do have confidence that our coaches will be able to get the kids focused on the task at hand. Tdog as for showing the players film from last year Malzhan was quoted earlier this week on what all he did to turn the program around and one of the things he said first was “we made a decision to not show any film from last year…” I doubt he breaks that routine now. :)
Auburn is down 35-31 in the fourth quarter. With less than a minute to go, and having just scored, Auburn fakes an onside, and squibbs it down the field. A Mssouri player picks it up, and runs toward the endzone, and in Leon Lett fashion, one of our players knocks the ball out of his hand just before he crosses the goal line, and we recover and hook-and-ladder the ball all the way down the field and score as time runs out. I mean, after UGA and Bama, that’s about the only way we top the last two games! Actually, I think that this is going to be a heavily scored, but not very close game. Mizzou has a great team, and they match up with us well. They want to win as bad as we do for an outside shot at the BCS, but our cohesion and experience push us past them in terms of play execution. Marshal has a breakout rushing game, and we continue to rack up ground yards with our RB trio. Throw in a couple of long passes, and we have a 500+ yd game; 300 rushing 200 passing. That, and continued success on special teams (blocked punt and/or field goal in the SECCG) give us an edge.
Auburn 56 Vortex Burgers
Mizzou 41 Varsity Chili Dogs
I think someone posted somewhere that Mizzou, while having a stout run defense, isn’t exactly playing a lot of teams that run the ball a lot. To the point that they’re holding opponents’ run games to around just over 90% of their average ypg. Whereas we’ve been running for MUCH more than opponents’ run D numbers. Sooooo… yeah, I like our chances to stuff the ball down their throat. Two of our scoring drives against Alabama were run using almost the exact same plays over and over and over again. We just kept pounding repeatedly. We’ll be able to run. The question is how well we’ll be able to pressure their QB and how well we can cover their giant WRs. I think it’ll be close for a while, but our offense will wear them down late and our D will be well conditioned as always. We go into the 4th quarter at 24-21 Auburn, but end the game 38-27.
I hold in my hand the envelopes. As even a Bama fan can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They’ve been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar in the window sill of Toomer’s Drug since noon today. No one knows the contents of these envelopes, but I, in my borderline divine and mystical way, will ascertain the answers having never before seen the questions.
2) Peach Pit.
1) What Mizzou’s coach will be called after he poops himself when he sees how fast AU’s pass rush is.
2) Where Missouri will be playing on December 31 after losing to AU.
3) What Eguae will be telling Franklin when he tries to throw a screen.
4) The talking heads at ESPN and CBS after AU continues to win.
Real, Manly Tigers- 34
Josey and the Pussycats- 31
(Yes, that lowercase was intentional).
Thus has seen AU-nac, so let it be… God willing!
And Coach Gus, keep the guys grounded and focused… a lot of people think we are going to get run-over. Keep the guys sharp.
I’m not gonna be the one Auburner guy who picks against us, but with their balanced offense, how long can the breaks keep going our way? Even if we got top-shelf D-line pressure, their QB can really run. Our secondary is better than years past, but they have NFL receivers. I think our O will click as usual. But question is will our D consistently avoid the near-misses that end up costing teams big? I think so. And I don’t think its going to be quite as high-scoring as some might think.
JCMac, hope the tickets show up in time. There are rumors that only 10% of Missouri’s allotment of tickets were sold to people who live in Missouri. Apparently their ticket department didn’t put any restrictions on who could buy tickets. Most were bought by people at addresses in Alabama and Georgia. While some of those might be Mizzou fans, I get the feeling it’s going to be a very Auburn crowd.
I seriously doubt Texas will want Gus. Don’t get me wrong, he’s awesome, but they are going to want someone who is proven over the years…I mean, they did dodge the Mushchamp bullet. I just don’t see UT taking chances on another AU coordinator who hasn’t been battle tested over the years. They can’t afford it (which is fine by me!!).
I do think the Gus talk is a smokescreen for someone who will be making the move to Texas…and they have the same agent…hint hint…
Well, McCryon can kiss his Heisman buh-bye…Winston is not being charged.
Walt I was the uber nerd that actually took the time to review the national rankings of each UM opponent’s rushing stats. And naturally we bring the lumber to this party. They have the frightful WR’s and a solid run game. Ought to be interesting. They make hay with turnovers…they thrive on takeaways. Protect the football and we probably win.
Tdog I think McCryon still wins the Heisman. A lot of voters felt foolish when they voted for Reggie Bush only to have egg on their face. The best source for dirt on McCryon’s is his AU girlfriend. We won’t get that tell all book for at least another year…when his tryout for the New Orleans VooDoo falls through. lol
Congrats on the tix JCMac! Best wishes on the logistics…
As for UM’s ticket allotment – that would be clever (buying off their site)…well played! The weather will hurt a few would be attendees from MO but I’m sure they will be an excitable contingent…but let’s be real. ATL is loaded with our version of Tigers. We’ll rock that joint!
So I have my tickets! It was a xmas gift TO my wife…. another reason I love my wife… she is as big of a fan as I am… she chose this over tickets to Wicked!
I know my tickets at stubhub came from Mizzouri… Its going to be interesting to see the number of fans from both teams.. either way I hope to make new Mizzou and Auburn friends in our section–
I am really pissed and getting worried about all the talk on the shows….is Auburn deserving of going to Pasadena vs. OSU….like ASSUMING we are going to win the SEC championship…Mizzou is getting some really good bulletin board material with the disrespect on that issue….I’m sure Gus is telling his players to play the game of their life and Mizzou is as tough as anyone they have faced this year, but you know how teams get up when this sort of media trash happens. OK, I am officially getting nervous.
Mizzou fans are pretty cool. When I was up visiting family this October both my husband and I were sporting our AU gear and they were great to talk SEC football with. Their thoughts on a lot of teams were pretty similar to most AU peeps…LSU is voodoo evil and over-ranked this year, they don’t understand the hype each year about MSU/Ole Miss although they fear the Rebel Akbears more, they hate/worry about Arky as much as we do and they all generally hate Bama. A lot (you can thank the way the Bammers acted last year when they played Mizzou, they said they were horribly disrespectful).
Still worried, but gonna wear my lucky navy top!!!
So, I will have to rely on the DVR for this game. Had scheduled my daughter’s birthday party on Dec 7th thinking the season would be over and won’t have to worry about missing any Auburn games. Oh boy! Thank god for DVR though.
I will have on my new (and only one ever) lucky Auburn shirt Saturday. I wore it for the AU vs UGA game and it became my lucky shirt. I then made sure to wear it for the Iron Bowl, and well, y’all know how that turned out. I will be proudly sporting it tomorrow too!
I did see that, Spencer. Jerry Hinnen wrote a great article that’s on TheWarEagleReader. I miss his old blog, The Joe Cribbs Car Wash. TheAuburner was my first Auburn home on the net, but tJCCW was my second.
NIU isn’t looking very good tonight. Should they fall, that will likely put Oregon in the Sugar Bowl. Perhaps a rematch of 2010 is in the cards should neither Sparty nor Duke pull off the upset tomorrow.