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Swat the Hornets! (Auburn vs. Alabama State Open Thread)

By on September 8th, 2018 in Football Comments Off on Swat the Hornets! (Auburn vs. Alabama State Open Thread)

Another sunset kickoff is at hand
(Photo by Acid Reign)

     War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2018 home opener for the Auburn Tigers. Making a short trek up I-85 to play the Tigers tonight are the Alabama State Hornets. For Auburn, this is hopefully the least challenging game on the schedule, and the team can treat this like a glorified practice. For the Hornets, this is a big payday and a chance to show off on national TV.

     Speaking of showing off, I really hope that the TV people show at least some of the ASU band at halftime. It will be a show to be remembered! This game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 PM Central Time. It will be televised by the SEC Network, possibly on the SEC Alternate channel. Failing that, it will be on ESPN+ for those with a decent streaming option.

     For those attending this game, expect another muggy September evening with highs around 88 at kickoff, going down to about 80 when this one is done. There will be no moon for this night game, but most of a summer-long parade of planets will likely be visible in the night sky over the stadium. Jupiter and Mars will be the stars, with bright Jupiter over the west stands and red Mars over the east after dark.

     Some people call these sorts of games boring, but they have been anything but in recent years. In 2015, Jacksonville State took Auburn to overtime before going into a conservative offensive shell while the Tigers escaped. Last season, Mercer forced 5 turnovers and was threatening late to tie the game before Auburn managed a long drive with a clinching touchdown near the end.

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will be at the keyboard for my usual play by play, armed with a cool evening drink and some delicacies such as lightly steamed oysters and other badness. War Eagle! And, beat the Hornets!

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