Sure, it's a glorified exhibition. In the grand scheme of things, Auburn's performance in today's game really won't mean all THAT much. But it sure would feel good for Auburn to come away with a convincing win, wouldn't it?
We're going to be without Duke Williams. We may be without Sammie Coates. Our receiving corps is depleted, but there is still a lot of talent there. If Sammie doesn't play today, I'm willing to bet we see some of the future when Tony Stevens steps on to the field.
Melvin Gordon is one of the best running backs in the country. Cameron Artis-Payne has been one of the best backs in the SEC. It will be quite the duel between those two to see who looks more impressive. However, it's not like they're facing each other directly. CAP will be taking on a very good Wisconsin defense. Gordon will be taking on an Auburn defense that struggled mightily in the final few games.
However, those struggles were mostly against the pass. Sure, Georgia destroyed Auburn on the ground, but that was after they realized they weren't going to have to throw the ball, because Auburn's offense wasn't going to be able to keep up with the flow of the game.
As I said in my preview yesterday, I think we see Gus Malzahn unleash this offense today. Last season's bowl game was for all the marbles. This one is for fun. This one is like the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. It's to show what we CAN do. I look for Corey Grant to have a good day. I look for Nick Marshall to air it out. I think Auburn's offense is going to have fun.
It's the final game of the season. Aubie is the Capital One Mascot Challenge Champion. Let's have some fun. War Eagle, everyone.
Kick 'em in the butt, Big Blue.