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Friday, November 6, 2009

Auburn-Furman breakdown

I'm off to cover the battle between LaGrange and Troup County tonight. You can throw out the records when those two teams square off. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's Furman breakdown:

Furman (4-4, 3-3 SoCon) at Auburn (6-3, 3-3 SEC)

  • Where: Auburn, Ala.
  • When: 1:30 p.m. ET, Pay-Per-View TV
  • Last meeting: Auburn 41, Furman 0, Oct. 6, 1956, in Auburn
Furman: Quarterback Jordan Sorrells has 1,738 passing yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Running back Tersoo Uhaa has touchdowns in seven of the Paladins’ eight games. He ran for a career-high 104 yards last week against Appalachian State.

Auburn: The Tigers got back on track against a solid Ole Miss defense, gaining 401 total yards and scoring three offensive touchdowns. Running back Ben Tate leads the SEC in rushing yards (1,067) and figures to add to the six touchdowns he’s scored this year. Auburn has 11 scoring drives that have lasted less than a minute. Ten have resulted in touchdowns.

EDGE: Auburn
Furman: Linebacker Kadarron Anderson has 74 tackles in the Paladins’ last four games, including 19 in Furman’s 7-5 victory against Samford three weeks ago. Safety Max Lerner, one of the stars of the MTV reality show “Two-A-Days” at Hoover High outside of Birmingham, has 49 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a team-high two interceptions.

Auburn: Defensive end Antonio Coleman had his finest outing of the year against Ole Miss, with four tackles for a loss, two sacks and four quarterback hurries. Junior college transfer Demond Washington will move from cornerback to safety to replace Zac Etheridge, who is out for the year after suffering a season-ending neck injury last week.

EDGE: Auburn
Special teams:
Furman: Kicker Matthew Cesari is 8-for-10 on field goals this year, earning SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week honors with four field goals in a win against Western Carolina on Sept. 26.

Auburn: The Tigers continue to struggle in the return game, ranking 114th nationally in punt returns (3.4 yard average). Auburn also got burned on a kickoff last week, giving up an 82-yard touchdown to Ole Miss’ Jesse Grandy. Kicker Wes Byrum remains a steady force, though, with 13 field goals in 14 attempts.

EDGE: Auburn
Prediction: This one won't be close. Auburn will get its reserves in early and roll to an easy victory. The only question is by how much. Auburn 52, Furman 10


War Eagle AC-47 said...

I think the term "Edge" in this instance should be replaced by "Insurmountable precipice."

Anonymous said...

There was a blatantly obvious hold on that kickoff return touchdown....Go back and watch the replay

Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Hey Michael.

How you doing? Do you still read this blog? I do. It rules.


I know I made fun of you for your blatant ripoff of the "lunchtime links" title at one time, but I am a big fan of both your choice of stories to link and your commentary on the subject matter. Thanks.

Andy Bitter said...

I dropped the "lunchtime" part, if you've noticed. I can't be bound by the time frame, especially since I write for two different time zones.

Glad you like the links.

Anonymous said...

well I hope takes the role of lagrange geeze what a louzy game that was.Guess I can cheer on the other tigers.

Acid Reign said...

.....Lunchtime or not, I love the links. It's always time to sit down with a snack and a cup of coffee, and click up 10 or so tabs, when that link post goes up!