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Will Auburn Be Facing a Hostile Crowd in the Peach Bowl?

By on December 13th, 2017 in Football, News 10 Comments »

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With each passing day it’s looking as if Auburn’s opponent in the Peach Bowl may be moving toward having a home field advantage. While the University of Central Florida  set a record by buying up the school’s entire allotment of tickets in less than 24 hours, Auburn has yet to sell its total after nine days.

The university offered tickets to scholarship donors first and then a few days later to smaller donors who participate in the Tigers Unlimited Fund. Now today the school has opened ticket sales to the general public.

No. 7 Auburn has a reputation for traveling well, and I expect fans would have bought up their allotment within hours had the Tigers been placed in the Cotton or Orange Bowls. Many Auburn fans are just not excited about making yet another trip to Atlanta since the school has played there seven times since 2007, including this year’s  SEC Championship game.

So at this point, it’s looking like the Tigers may be playing in front of another hostile crowd similar in size and determination as Georgia brought to the Benz two weeks ago.

While this will be only the second time UCF has played in a New Year’s Day Bowl, most of its fans’ enthusiasm comes from feeling slighted about not being selected for the college football playoff. And they have a good argument too. At 12–0 UCF is the only undefeated Division I team in the country, yet it was not even ranked in the Top 10, finishing the season at No. 12.

The Knights’ coach Scott Frost is the Home Depot National Coach of the Year and, although he was hired by Nebraska, he plans to coach in the Peach Bowl. In addition, the Knights were the nation’s top scoring offense during the regular season (49.4). And McKenzie Milton is one of the best quarterbacks in the country with a passing effiency (183.5) that ranks second only to Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. Milton threw for close to 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2017. Some Heisman voters even voted for him over Oklahoma’s Mayfield

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The Knights feel like they have a lot to prove, and their high scoring offense will be a challenge for the No. 7 Tigers. Auburn (10–3) will need as many fans as can get in Mercedes Benz Stadium to help pull the Tigers through. Coach Malzahn recognizes the challenge. “They’ve got a lot of weapons,” Gus said. “[And] any time you’re undefeated, that is a very, very special thing. So they’ve got everything going for them.”

Maybe Tiger fans are just looking on the open market for better deals and will show up strong. Besides, all the UCF mania over playing on the big stage doesn’t necessarily mean Auburn will not have plenty of fans there. In addition, the largest Auburn alumni contingent outside of the state of Alabama resides in Atlanta. So, hopefully, that will translate to a large Orange and Blue crowd on January 1st. 

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10 Comments

  1. AUglenn says:

    How many tickets did each school get and when was the other time UCF played in a New Year’s Day bowl?

  2. Jason Wright says:

    Sorry ATM but I just can’t believe that Auburn will not have more in the seats than UCF. I look for AU to have 60-70% of the stadium.

    Also, I know Milton is a good QB but I don’t think he’s seen an SEC type defense yet!

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Playing on Monday, Jan 1 is bad for a lot of fans. I, like most folks, have to go back to work bright and early Tuesday morning. For fans of that Sugar Bowl thing that doesn’t start till 8:45 PM, yeah. I feel for you. Even the Bammers.

  4. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    I do not know of anyone that is excited for this game. Virtually everyone thought we would be in the play-off.

    Maybe after the loss to UGA sinks in, we will get fired up.

    Traffic in Atlanta should be light on New Years morning. Soo there is that.

  5. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    We have our four tickets but purchasing through Tigers Unlimited will cost you $150 per ticket and these will, more than likely, be upper level. Auburn is the home team since AU is higher ranked and tickets on the Auburn side upper end zone (Section 323) are $100 on the secondary market. I had seem some earlier for $68 but prices have now gone up.
    To you point, Acid, I also have to work on January 2nd but we are only 25 miles from the stadium. And, for that reason, we have no airfare, hotels, rentals cars, etc. to deal with.
    But, sure, I wanted playoffs also and, had we won the SECCG, probably would have gotten the #4 slot and be back in the Sugar Bowl. And spending New Year’s Eve in the Big Easy was a lot of fun last year!

  6. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    "Many Auburn fans are just not excited about making yet another trip to Atlanta." …. That's right and Auburn opens the season in Atl. in next year's Kickoff Classic too.

    But even though I'd rather be going to a different bowl, we're still going to this one. Got to help pull 'em through.

  7. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    This is the one team I did not want to play. Not only do they have a chip on their shoulder but if Auburn beats UCF the talk will be – Well an SEC team is suppose to beat them.
    If they lose, it will be – Wow got beat by a lowly non power 5 team. and despite the knock against their regular season competition, McKenzie Milton and his receivers are some of the best in the country. I just hope everybody’s healthy for the bowl game, especially the secondary.

  8. Tigers5711 says:

    I want to see Auburn win #11 and play like they did vs Bama & GA in the regular season. Got 2 tix from StubHub for $150 each in mezzanine level. I live in ATL and will take Marta. It’s our “home” field and we need to fill it up. If we win and GA or Bama lose later in the day we look good for recruiting. WDE.

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