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If Auburn can stay focused and not get overly excited causing numerous pentalty’s on offence I think we will be alright. There will be mass confusion with the new offence. Numerous coaches calling plays, up to 4 QBs getting a look, its gonna be nuts. However, I think we will be able to move the ball on the ground AND through the air expecially with 2 of clemsons starting linebackers not playing. I cant wait to see the spread. Ive heard rumors of Brad Lester linning up as a wide reciever in a five wide set. Its gonna be awesome. But I am a little nervous if things dont click right away because you guys know Brandon will start to feel pressure and being throwing off his back foot. Just stay focused offence.

Special teams is always a huge factor for us in all of our games. Its gonna gonna be up to how we do in the red zone. Im calling at least 1 wes byrum FG. Hopefully the new spread will keep him on the bench tonight. It will be interesting too to see Tristan Davis back returning kicks/punts. Maybe we can get some good field positioning or even a kick off return!

 I believe that the key to win will be the AU defence stopping Harper. He was recruited by AU, the man can throw. But the thing is, Quinten wants his sack lunch to break the record. mmyum yummm yummm. I say he gets it plus 2 more. Why? B/C Grooves is facing off against a redshirt freshman (hairston) who is making his FIRST, thats right FIRST career start tonight. I say coleman gets a sack as well if Q gets tired. The AU D is hungry.  But can our DB’s stop the long ball? Im predicting Clemson to come out and try to hit us hard and deep through the air first, then rely on their running game to hold us off. They know what we did to jones and mcfadden so I really dont think they are gonna come out running. If we can get to Harper and get him off his game like BC did to them 2 games ago…we should be alright. If he is able to stand in the pocket and throw, the AU secondary is going to struggle. I dont see that happening though. Muschamp is going to bring the pain…and so is Auburn…War eagle!

 Auburn 17

Clemson 14

[Video] Tubs talks playcalling

Key Matchup Tonight: AU “D” VS CU “O”


While there’s a lot of uncertainty on what to expect from Auburn’s offense and how Clemson will defend it Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, there’s no question that the strengths of both teams lie on the other side of the ball.

Auburn enters the game as the SEC’s top–ranked scoring defense and No. 8 in the nation in total defense. Clemson finished first in the ACC in scoring offense and second in total offense.

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Muschamp and AU’s defense must slow down a talented CU offense.

AU offensive coordinator Will Muschamp must design a scheme to slow down a balanced CU offense that features the running of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, the passing of Cullen Harper, and the receiving of Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham.

“They utilize their two playmakers — James Davis and C.J. Spiller are outstanding,” said Muschamp. Those guys are game-changers. They can take it the distance at any time.

“Cullen Harper has done an outstanding job at quarterback. He’s completing right at 68 percent of his passes. What they do in the throwing game is difficult because it’s the intermediate passing game. He’s very accurate.

“Aaron Kelly is a tough matchup outside. He’s a 6-5 kid who has great ball skills down the field. Tyler Grisham has done a great job in the slot.”

But it’s not what Muschamp has seen from Clemson on film that worries him the most. It’s the extra stuff that CU offensive coordinator Rob Spence has added to their attack that has Muschamp most concerned.

“They’re coordinator, Rob Spence, does an outstanding job of giving you multiple shifts, formations, and adjustments in the game,” said Muschamp. “You have to survive the first 12, 14, 16 snaps of the game as they’re working on the script of all the new things you’re going to see. What we’ve been practicing we’re probably not going to see. We’re going to see some different shifts, motions, personnel groupings.”

How quickly AU adjusts to those new schemes could be the key to the game.

“We’ve got to get honed in early as to what they’re giving us from an adjustment standpoint and do a great job from the press box to the sidelines of getting our kids in the right spots and right situations because they’re a very explosive attack,” said Muschamp.

While Muschamp gushes over the Clemson offense, Spence has similar praise for Auburn’s defense.

“Their strength is that front, and they are very, very athletic at end,” said Spence. “They’re very, very strong at the inside tackle position. Their three-technique is outstanding. Groves is a great outside rusher, and to control the four down linemen and then be able to also understand when they move from their different fronts how to protect and run the ball against those different fronts is going to present a big challenge to us in the game.

“Their secondary plays a lot of different variations of man coverage as well as zones, and they do an excellent job coordinating those coverages with their front.”

According to Spence, one of the best ways to attack AU’s defense is over the top.

“We’ll have to take advantage of that when given the opportunity,” he said. “People that have moved the ball on them have gotten some chuck plays and made big plays down the field on the perimeter, but they’re pretty good as defensive backs, especially at their corner positions. They’re athletic, and they do a nice job out there, but that’s obviously a place where you hope you get some chances during the game.”

It’s not just AU’s personnel that impress Spence.

“The first night I started looking at film of this great defense, I watched (Muschamp) run about 40 yards down field to congratulate one of the players on a great play,” said Spence. “I saw an intensity of emotion, a different level of enthusiasm than I’m accustomed to seeing, and that is reflected in that defense.

“His personality truly comes out loud and clear, and I think our players understand that’s a big part of the game.”

I tazed me, bro.

Hopefully it wont be a trainwreck. War eagle guys.

Expect AU’s offense to have misfires

Meet the West Coast Spread Offense with as many as five play-callers and four quarterbacks.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville made a bold move by hiring spread guru Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator. And although it may produce good results in the years to come, Auburn’s offense Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl could resemble a train wreck, with Al Borges’ old West Coast system intertwined with Franklin’s spread scheme.

The multiple quarterback situation combined with cramming in an offense in 10 days, not having a set play-caller and mixing in two entirely different schemes sounds like a recipe for disaster.

The play-calling

As of Sunday morning, Tuberville and staff had not formulated a play-calling plan for the game against No. 15 Clemson. And the comments he offered at the time surely sounded shaky.

“(Tony) is going to call some of the plays,” Tuberville said. “We’ll get together tonight as a staff and decide who he wants to defer to when we’re running some of the other offense.”

So, Franklin is going to call plays for his new spread offense and someone else — an offensive assistant(s) presumably — will call plays for the old offense?

Don’t be surprised if Auburn has a few delay-of-game penalties or uses all of its timeouts by the middle of the first quarter. Whether it’s in the press box, on the sideline or on the field, there will likely be tons of confusion.

Badgered about the play-calling deal for almost three weeks, Tuberville and Franklin have mentioned a host of names who could call plays, including offensive line coach Hugh Nall, running backs coach Eddie Gran, receivers coach Greg Knox and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger.

Yep, that’s the entire offensive staff, and Franklin’s name also can be included since true freshman quarterback Kodi Burns said this week that Franklin was doing all the play-calling in practice.

Of course, Brandon Cox, a few minutes later, said it was a combination of several assistants and Franklin.

“It’ll be a group deal,” Tuberville said Sunday. “It’s hard to do it. We’ll find out what input we want out of each coach. I don’t want a lot of guys talking on the phone. You don’t have much time to get the play called.”

The quarterbacks

Tuberville acknowledged Sunday how difficult it would be on his senior quarterback.

Cox has run the West Coast offense for the past three years as a starter for the Tigers.

“This is going to be a tough one for him. We’ll be running a little bit new offense at times, handling the crowd noise and handling the emotions,” Tuberville said.

Cox mentioned earlier this week that Burns and other backups Blake Field and Neil Caudle could all rotate in. Tuberville said Auburn would play two quarterbacks — again, presumably Cox and Burns — but he then listed the other two.

The systems

Although Franklin and some of the players insist the spread offense is much easier to comprehend than Borges’ West Coast system, the mixing of the two systems seems odd.

Tuberville said Saturday he will choose how much of the spread to run throughout the game.

“We don’t want to panic and do a lot. We don’t know what we’re doing,” he said.

The West Coast offense is built around a strong running game that leads to short passes. The spread sets up the run with short, medium and long throws.

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Bowl Schwag

Aside from the pride and joy of playing in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl you’ll also get a Sony PSP, Madden ’08 plus generic clothing stufts.

If you play in the National Championship’s you’ll get a Nintendo Wii, Madden ’08, 2 more games, fleece and a cap.

Auburn and Clemson players will be getting iPod Video Nano, Fossil watch, Jostens ring, Russell Athletic duffle bag, two Russell Athletic caps, ball.

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