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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Auburn-Ole Miss pre-game

Greetings from a soggy Jordan-Hare Stadium, where, as you can see, the Navy Nightmare promotion isn't exactly going to plan.

I'll be updating information until the game. We just got a lineup update sheet. There are no changes for Auburn.

So I guess I'll straight to the rundown of facts you need to know:
  • Auburn leads the series 24-9 and is 11-2 in games at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • The Tigers are still seventh nationally in rushing offense (230.4 ypg), 19th in total offense (430.9) and tied for 26th in scoring offense (31.8). You wouldn't have guessed it after the last three games, however.
  • Auburn has allowed only nine sacks in eight games. That's tied for 20th nationally.
  • Ole Miss has 21 sacks this year. That's second in the SEC.
  • Ben Tate is 11th nationally in rushing (115.4 ypg), with five 100-yard games to his credit this season. He ranks fifth in school history with 2,882 rushing yards and needs 77 more to be the 18th player in Auburn history to reach 1,000 yards in a season.
  • Despite underachieving slightly, Ole Miss (5-2) is off to its best start since 2003.
  • The Rebels are averaging 527.0 yards their last two games.
  • Ole Miss is third in the nation in pass defense efficiency and ninth in scoring (13.6 ppg). It's also 20th in overall defense (300.0 ypg).
10:50 update: DL Zach Clayton (ankle) is not dressed. Neither is DE Nosa Eguae. I would imagine he is a redshirt guy at this point.

10:57 update: It's raining. I know this because CCR's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" is playing. Also, there's a drizzle out there. The radar makes it seem like this won't last long, though.

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