You’re looking LIVE at a very empty Jordan-Hare Stadium, site of today’s Auburn-Florida Atlantic game. I expect there to be more people at kickoff.
It’s another gorgeous day for football and tailgating, so I can’t imagine you’re at a computer right now. But I’m sure you have access to smart phones. So here’s today’s game advance if you haven’t read it yet, and here’s a link to yesterday’s matchups blog post.
I’ll be updating this post with pertinent information leading up to gametime, so check back. Also, follow the blog on Twitter for running commentary/insight/bad jokes throughout the contest.
Back with more in a little bit. In the meantime, here’s today’s program cover, featuring walk-ons Davis Hooper, Chandler Brooks, Chris Humphries and Ashton Richardson. It’s titled “The Road Less Traveled.” It does not feature any players covered in mud, for reasons I can’t explain.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: We’ve got pre-game minutia, as usual.
- The teams have never met on a football field, so you’re seeing a first.
- Auburn is favored by anywhere from 31 to 32 points. That’s a lot of points to give for this defense, not that I condone gambling.
- Although the Tigers’ winning streak was snapped at 17 games last week, they’ve still won 10 straight at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the 10th longest streak in school history.
- Mike Dyer, who everyone claims will have a bigger role in the offense, is averaging 119.3 rushing yards per game, second in the SEC.
- Auburn is 22-4 in home games at night since 2000.
- Head coach Gene Chizik is 11-1 against non-conference opponents at Auburn, his lone loss coming last week at Clemson.
- Auburn is the only team in the top three in the SEC in punting (2nd), kick return average (2nd) and kickoff coverage (2nd).
- WR Emory Blake has a touchdown catch in six straight games, two shy of the school record held by Terry Beasley.
- Chizik and FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger are two of 10 active head coaches with a national championship on their resume. The other eight? Alabama’s Nick Saban, LSU’s Les Miles, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, Texas’ Mack Brown, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Arizona State’s Dennis Erickson and UT-San Antonio’s Larry Coker.
UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: Some lineup nuggets today, all of which are probably injury related. Brandon Fulse will start at tight end for Philip Lutzenkirchen, Chad Slade will start at right tackle for Brandon Mosley and Jonathon Mincy will start at left corner for Chris Davis.
Lutzenkirchen and Davis both had to leave the Clemson game after getting banged up. Lutz appeared to hurt his ankle. Davis took a knee to the head and later had his ankle rolled up on.
I can’t think of any reason for Mosley to be out other than an injury. Certainly Auburn wants a full, healthy roster before a tough October stretch against SEC competition.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Auburn has passed out a correction: Slade is starting at right guard for John Sullen, not for Mosley, who presumably will start at right tackle still.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m. : Davis and LB Jonathan Evans are not dressed out. Lutzenkirchen hasn’t been in the stretching lines or on the sideline. Not sure his deal.
CB Jonathan Rose and FB Ladarious Phillips, who missed last week’s game for a violation of team rules, are both dressed out.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Backup center Blake Burgess is wearing No. 86 instead of 63 today. Does this mean Auburn plans to use him as some type of H-back/tight end? Not sure. Maybe they did this because of Lutzenkirchen’s condition. We’ll see.