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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Auburn-Ball State pre-game

You're looking LIVE at the outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium, shortly before a rainstorm moved through the area and soaked the field.

The weather was a big enough of a concern that the game time has been pushed back 30 minutes. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT.

I'll be back with more updates as we get closer to game time.

Also, you would have found this information out literally minutes ago if you followed the blog on Twitter. So follow along. All the cool Auburn fans are doing it.

Some pre-game notes to keep in mind. Auburn ...
  • Is seeking a 4-0 start for the third time in the last six seasons.
  • Has scored 127 points so far this season, two less than the Tigers scored in their first seven games last year.
  • Has scored in every quarter this season, including touchdowns in 11 of 12 quarters.
  • Is tied for second in the nation in turnover margin (+2.3), tied for second in interceptions (8) and tied for third in turnovers forced (10).
  • Has out-scored its opponents 66-19 in the second half.
  • Is 6-0 all-time against current members of the MAC. The Tigers have out-scored MAC schools 238-37 in those games.
  • Is 2-0 all-time against Ball State. It won 30-0 in 2001 and 63-3 in 2005.
By the way, there's more weather on the way, according to this map. Could be another soggy night at Jordan-Hare.
  • S Drew Cole is on crutches with his left foot in a boot.
Just got a pre-game note sheet with some info:
  • Freshman John Sullen will start in place of Byron Isom at left guard. We've heard this is for injury reasons.
  • PR/WR Anthony Gulley will wear No. 84 instead of No. 24. Wonder if that means D'Antoine Hood (the original No. 24) will play some this week?
  • Two walk-ons were added to the dress list: DB, No. 33 Woody Parramore and WR, No. 41 Xavier Brown.
  • Couple of players not dressed: DE Nosa Eguae (foot), S Mike McNeil (leg), LB Spencer Pybus (concussion), G A.J. Greene, G Jorell Bostrom, S Mike Slade, OL Vance Smith.
  • Didn't spot Isom on the field during stretching.
  • DE Antoine Carter is dressed and stretching. He's got a brace on his right knee.

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