Smoke the Hogs! (Auburn vs. Arkansas open thread)
Razorbacks try to circle the wagons before the slaughter.
War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2014 season opener for the Auburn Tigers! Today, the Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks, at 3:00 PM Central Time on the brand-spanking-new SEC Network. (channel 811 on my Charter dial, check your local listings.) For Auburn, expected to contend for the SEC Title once again, this is a must-win game. Arkansas comes in riding a 12-game SEC losing streak, and desperately hopes to turn around its fortunes.
We’ve been waiting for another slack-jawed, arrogant outburst from Razorback coach Bret Bielema this week, but he’s been a bit more circumspect than in the past. Bielema seems confident, and expects to beat the Tigers. Meanwhile, Auburn coach Gus Malzhan has been steady as they come, and likely has a plan for everything that might happen.
There was one late-breaking bit of news yesterday evening that is a boon to the team. Last year’s defensive MVP Robensen Therezie has been cleared to play, and will give the Tigers some badly needed depth at the Star position. While Therezie hasn’t had many reps in practice, he started all 14 regular season games last season, and played nearly every meaningful defensive snap. He may not play a lot today, but his availability is a great thing for the team to have.
A couple of weeks ago, we were bemoaning the likely heat-stroke August afternoon weather. The forecast now is for mostly cloudy skies, and a 50/50 chance of thunderstorms. It won’t rain all game long, but a downpour is possible at any time. The sun could also break through, so bring both your poncho and the sunblock.
As always, feel free to participate in this thread. We’ll be in during the day at times, and at the keyboard for a live play by play. This is it, folks! The SEC season-opener! If Auburn is to contend for titles this season, Arkansas must be beaten. Go, Tigers! Smash those Razorbacks!