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Saturday, September 19, 2009

West Virginia is true test for Tigers

Here's how my advance for today's West Virginia game starts:

AUBURN, Ala. — After two decisive wins, 1,145 yards of offense and an increasing amount of praise on a national scale, Gene Chizik still refuses to buy stock in his Auburn Tigers, not until they prove themselves against some top-notch competition.

West Virginia would seem to fit the bill.

The Tigers (2-0) host the Mountaineers (2-0) at Jordan-Hare Stadium tonight at 7:45 on ESPN2. The battle is between two teams possessing high-powered offenses and quick-to-the ball defenses, both on the cusp of cracking the national polls.

“I think that after Saturday night we will have another step in the direction of knowing who we are,” Chizik said. “Because again, we are a work in progress and I’m not sure who we are yet.”

If Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State were warm-up acts, West Virginia, which is 44-9 in its last 53 games and has won five straight against SEC teams dating back to 2000, is the headliner in Auburn’s first month of the season.

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1 comment:

War Eagle AC-47 said...

By some happy coincidence, this season was designed perfectly to help our fledgling offense develop gradually and successfully.

Our first two opponents were each more sophisticated and able than the next, but not so much so that we were overwhelmed.

Now comes West Virginia. This could be a case of sibling rivalry were their fans not so obnoxious.

If we pass this test then we know we have arrived. And I think we will, with flying colors.

A brief rest with Ball State and we are ready to take on Tennessee. We are looking better as the season prgresses. Them, not so much.

War Eagle