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A Must Win Game for Auburn.

By on September 6th, 2012 in Football 3 Comments »

 

Bulldogs attempt to block Auburn from a winning season.

     War Eagle, everybody! It’s SEC opener week for Auburn, Saturday in Starkville. The Tigers take on Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium at 11:00 AM Central Time, on ESPN. This is an absolutely pivital match up for Auburn. A loss would start Auburn in the cellar of the SEC Western Division, and would make a run to a bowl game a difficult proposition.

      Auburn plays three home games after this one, against Louisiana Monroe, LSU and Arkansas, next. Should the Tigers lose to Mississippi State, there’s the distinct possibility that Auburn could begin the season with a 1-4 record. That has not happened since the second year of Shug Jordan’s tenure, in 1952. That Tiger team started 1-4, and finished the season at 2-8.

      Auburn and Mississippi State have tangled the past two years in nail-biting, down to the wire games. This year may be no different, although in my mind things could go either way. If Auburn’s defense tackles like they did in the Clemson game, Mississippi State has weapons like Chad Bumphis and LaDarius Perkins who can make big plays, just like Andre Ellington did last weekend.

      From where I sit, it looks like Mississippi State has similar problems with their young defensive front. The Bulldogs blew out the Jackson State 56-9, but allowed 156 rushing yards to the FCS team, and generated only 377 total yards on offense. It’s imperative this week for the Tigers to run the ball well again, and avoid getting into long yardage situations with bad throws and penalties. The Tiger defense must take better angles, and stop the Bulldog skill people. Mississippi State has a spread-to-run offense not terribly different from Clemson’s, and they’ll likely try to exploit the same weak spots.

     Bulldog quarterback Tyler Russell is a good passer, and contrary to popular belief, he can hurt a defense with his feet. It’s imperative that Auburn put a good rush on him, and contain better than they did against Tajh Boyd the first week. Should the Tigers pressure, tackle better, and continue to run the ball well, this could be a double-digit Auburn win.

     The weather looks mild for this morning kickoff, but there may be thunderstorms as a cold front blows through during the game. The temperature should struggle to even make 80 degrees, and the day will be partly cloudy.

    We’ll have our usual open thread ready for this game, on Saturday morning, but I won’t be doing my usual play-by-play. I’ll be in Davis Wade stadium, cheering on the Tigers, and hoping to get some good pictures. I should have a post-game analysis ready Sunday afternoon, hopefully celebrating a big Auburn win. War Eagle, everybody! Beat the Bulldogs!

 

3 Comments

  1. Derrick Roberts says:

    Excellent write up, Acid! MSU has anointed this game as their annual Super Bowl of sorts and for good reason. We are each other’s (Auburn and MSU respectively) potential stepping stone to the SEC West crown. This young Auburn team is going to have to play 4 quarters of quality football to come away with their first SEC victory of the season.

    I want to see Loeffler guiding Frazier and co. through multiple soul-crushing, down-hill rushing, smash mouth drives that eat clock and keep the MSU offense watching from the sidelines and the cowbells subdued.

    War Eagle! Beat Mississippi State!

    • AubTigerman says:

      Your right.

      And MSU looks at it that way every year since the arrival of that X Fla. coach to Starkville.

      Hopefully BVG will take what he learned from the Clemson spread and shut down or severely slow down the Maroon Bulldogs.

      Go Tigers!

  2. Todd92 says:

    This game certainly seems to have more riding on it than usual, for AU anyway.

    I would hope that Loeffler has learned that ground and pound is the way to win the matchup when the talent level is high and the experience level is low……at the very least I hope he has learned not to stop running the ball until they stop you from running the ball.

    Frazier should show some significant improvement in throwing the ball, as well, should the typical learning curve for a young QB apply. Question remains if a third and fourth WR will step up and shine. I was truthfully expecting to see Stallworth in the Clemson game along with Reed, Bray, and Coates. But he was conspicuously missing from the game plan.

    Regardless, this weekend will tell us several things about our coaches philosophies. Will our offense be willing to be patient and play the 3 yards and a cloud of dust that we know they can….especially in the redone? Or will Loeffler insist On developing a passing game quickly? Will the DTs get some push and disrupt the MSU backfield or will we see another running back hit 3rd gear before the second level while another QB sidesteps the DEs to either run for big yardage or buy time to find a target?

    Let’s hope we get it together an leave Dan Mullen answering more questions about why he can’t beat an SEC west team outside of Ole Piss! War Damn Eagle! Beat the Mullen out of the Bulldogs!