A Golden Eagle Visit
It’s been ten years since these teams have clashed
(Photo by Acid Reign)
War Eagle, everybody! Saturday afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is around a 26-point favorite in this game, but there’s some question whether Auburn can cover that line if the offense continues to be off. On the other hand, Southern Miss lost to Louisiana Monroe at home a few weeks ago!
Southern Mississippi has had success moving the ball when they aren’t turning it over. The Golden Eagles are averaging 486.4 yards per game and 38.3 points per game. Where the Eagle offense has had issues is with pressure on the quarterback. Louisiana Monroe managed to pressure the quarterback, and Jack Abraham rewarded the Warhawks with 4 turnovers, which cost Southern Miss the game.
Auburn looks to get the Tiger offense back on track, but this is a USM team that loves a lot of crazy blitzes. It will be a challenge for Auburn to pick them all up. The good news is that opposing quarterbacks have been able to light up the USM secondary when they are able to get the ball out.
This game kicks off at 3:00 PM Central Time on the SEC Network. It figures to be another warm day on the Plains, though not as hot as the last couple of games have been. The temp should be around 85° at kickoff with only a small chance of rain. We will have our usual TrackEmTigers.com open thread up and running, and I’ll be doing my usual play by -play.
A look at other SEC games this weekend, after the jump!
In early action, Alabama hosts Louisiana (the Ragin’ Cajuns) at 11:00 AM. No real threat to the Tide in this one. Texas A&M hosts Arkansas, and we might be able to get a measuring stick to compare to Auburn’s performance last week.
Strangely, CBS picked the Tennessee at Georgia tilt as the Game of the Week at 2:30 PM. I can’t imagine UT will be much competition in this one.
At 3:00 PM, Southern Miss is at Auburn, and Tennessee State is at Vanderbilt. Let’s hope neither of these games are competitive!
Florida visits Mississippi State at the odd time of 5:00 PM on ESPN. This should be an interesting homecoming for new Florida head coach Dan Mullen. Both teams are smarting after losing to Kentucky by double digits in recent weeks.
South Carolina visits Kentucky at 6:30 PM. Can the Wildcats stay unbeaten? I think South Carolina can force Kentucky to have to throw it more.
In the nightcap, it’s Ole Miss visiting LSU with an 8:00 PM kickoff. We know that Baton Rouge can be a rowdy place at night. Will the fans be able to stay up that late?