Matty Matt’s Pregame: Auburn VS LSU

   
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The Game:

The first place Auburn Tigers (3-0, 1-0) continue their stroll down SEC competition lane against the LSU Tigers(2-0, 0-0) Saturday night at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL., starting at 6:45 pm Central Time.

The Ballers:

 AUBURN TIGERS:

  • QB Chris Todd
    • Fifth in the SEC with 472 passing yards.  This controversal QB needs to be more comfortbale in the pocket and make quicker decisions if he wants to keep LSU’s front four off of his back.
  • RB  Ben Tate
    • 278 yds on the ground is good enough to lead the team and to rank 2nd overall in the SEC.  He has big play ability and does not go down easily.
  • PR Robert Dunn
    • Ranks among the nation’s punt-return leaders with an average of 21.4 yards per attempt, including a 66-yard touchdown scamper.  Always a threat to go yard every time he touches the ball.
  • LB Tray Blackmon
    • Speed, Power, Size, and strength.  Blackmon anchors a defense that is 9th in the nation against the run, giving up a measly 53 yards per game.
  • DL Antonio Coleman
    • Leads the team with 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and 12 total tackles.  A bright future is in store for this NFL bound defensive stud.  Also, does he not look like Quentin Groves?

LSU TIGERS :

  • RB  Charles Scott
    • Scott is averaging 11 yds a carry and already has racked up 4 touchdowns.  A very powerfull runner who uses his size to get through the line of scrimmage and then uses his speed to take it to the house.
  • WR Demertius Byrd
    • A fast reciever who is on NFL scout’s radar.  He left the North Texas game with a high ankle sprain but is said to be good to go against Auburn.  Byrd can make big plays but has not had as much production due to the inexperience of LSU’s quarterbacks.
  • OL Ciron Black and Herman Johnson
    • Black at 6’5″ 327 lbs and Johnson at 6’7″ 386lbs, Auburn has not seen lineman like this since King Dunlap graduated.  Auburn must use their speed and leverage to get past these two enourmous hog mollies.
  • DL  Ricky Jean-Fracois
    • 2008 2nd Preseason ALL-SEC, 2007 Defensive MVP of BCS Title Game, 2006 First-team Freshman all american.  The acculades keep adding up for this 6’3″ 289lb junior.
  • PR/KR Trindon Holiday
    • One of, if not, the fastest player in the SEC.  At 5’5″, 165 lbs, Holiday has already returned a punt 92 yards for a score and is used in trick plays and reverses.  A small player, if Auburn can catch up to him and put a lick on him, he could end up not being a factor.

The Coaches:

Tommy Tuberville

  • “Big Game Tommy” has won nine of his last 12 against Top 10 teams.  He is tied for the most wins against current SEC head coaches with 30.

Les Miles 

  • Miles is 15-6 against SEC foes but he was handed a pretty good team that won the National Title in 2003.  He is 2-1 against Tubs. 

How To Catch It:

Saturday’s game can be seen on ESPN  at 6:45 pm Central Time. 

 THE RUNDOWN:

…If Auburn wants a shot at the SEC tiltle, this is an absolute must win for the Tigers …not because i think the season hangs in the balance on this game, as i still believe this team will win a lot of games this year, but with the media and most fans on the brink of calling it a rebuilding year, the Auburn Tigers need this win to prevent them from falling out of the top 10 and taking a huge step back in the SEC West…

…after a 3-2 game some of you may be skeptic but let’s not forget that this is College Football and anything can happen in  a week.  We are the home team and we do get the advantage so let’s use it to the fullest.  Scream loud, cheer often, and show confidence in the true Tigers, the Auburn Tigers  …  Auburn 17  LSU 14. 

…go tigers, and as always, WAR EAGLE

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