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The AUperations Order: FRAGORD 11, Idaho Vandals

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The base OPORD for the 2015 football season can be found here.

FRAGORD 1: Louisville

FRAGORD 2: Jacksonville State


FRAGORD 4: Mississippi State

FRAGORD 5: San Jose State

FRAGORD 6: Kentucky Wildcats

FRAGORD 7: Arkansas Razorbacks

FRAGORD 8: Ole Miss Rebels

FRAGORD 9: Texas A&M Aggies

FRAGORD 10: Georgia Bulldogs

FRAGORD 11: Idaho Vandals

Time Zone Used Throughout: Central Standard Time.

Light and Weather Data: While the game will begin in daylight, electric illumination will be necessary during the game as it will be played in late afternoon twilight and will become dark during game time. Currently there is a 20% chance of precipitation at the scheduled game time. The high for the day is 62 degrees, with a low of 41.

Terrain: The immaculate natural grass surface of Pat Dye Field.


a) Enemy -

Intelligence reports indicate the enemy is a Sun Belt team coached by a Petrino. Do you really need to know anymore? They have an effective quarterback capable of making deep throws, but their star wide receiver was dismissed from the team earlier  On the defensive side of the ball they have struggled with the run against their own conference opponents. The Most Likely Course of Action is that they will put a marginal fight and gain some yards, but will ultimately succumb to the Tigers' ground assault. The Most Dangerous Course of Action is that they are able to get a passing game going and Auburn struggles with an injured offensive line and the game stays close.

b) Friendly -

(1) Higher Unit Mission Two Levels Up: No Change

(2) Higher Unit Mission One Level Up: No Change

c) Civil Considerations:

The local population will be friendly to the Auburn Tigers.

d) Attachments & Detachments:

Attachments: Auburn Cheerleaders, Aubie the Tiger. Unknown whether the Auburn University Marching Band will be with the team.

Detachments: None.


The Auburn Tigers Football Team competes against the Idaho Vandals on 21 November 2015 at 3pm CST at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL, in order to better the national perception of Auburn Football and to become post-season eligible.


a) Concept of the Operation.

The football team will play four quarters of fast, physical football against the Idaho Vandals with each portion of the team performing special duties  assigned to them.

Scheme of Maneuver.

The operation will consist of multiple phases. Phase 1- the planning and preparation phase - began with practice following the Georgia game and will end with the Reverse Tiger Walk on Friday afternoon when the team departs for the Remain Over Night (RON) site. Phase 2 - the travel phase - begins upon departure for the RON site and ends with Tiger Walk. Phase 3 - the execution phase - begins upon arrival at Jordan-Hare Stadium and consists of pre-game warm-ups and game activity. It will end upon completion of the contest. Phase 4 - the recovery phase - begins with post-game locker-room activities, and ends Sunday when the Tigers return to the practice field.

Offense, the main effort, will attack the Idaho defense using power-runs. Utilizing runs away from motion and stacking receivers as in the Texas A&M game should help. The running game should be there for the taking, so the Tigers should also take advantage of any opportunities to get Jeremy Johnson confident in throwing the football. Explosive plays via deep passes to Ricardo Louis, Tony Stevens, Jason Smith, or other Auburn wide receivers should be attempted at least once per quarter. Peyton Barber should be given enough carries that he tops the 1000 yard mark for the 2015 season. Keep Jovon on the sidelines to rest for the Iron Bowl, if possible. In addition, the offense should attempt to stay ahead of the chains, not beat itself with penalties, and take advantage of pace in order to confuse the defense.

Defense, a supporting effort, will employ fast/physical assaults on the opponent's offense. Idaho's strength is in its passing game. Their quarterback does have 74 carries on the season, but he is averaging 2.6 yards per carry. The defensive line of Auburn should focus on getting to the quarterback on passing plays and not over-pursuing in the backfield and allowing the running backs to break through to the second level. Communication between defensive efforts is also key, and care should be taken with new or younger personnel who are still relatively inexperienced.

Special Teams, a supporting effort, will conduct all kicking and returning duties. The return team should provide holes for the return man. The return team should exercise caution, but definitely take advantages to use Auburn's speed on returns to set the offense up in good field position. All advantages should be taken if it is observed that the opposing team has "only fat guys" on the field.

b) Task to Subordinate Units

(1) Offense. Task: Conduct fast/physical hurry-up, no-huddle offensive maneuvers via ground and air attacks. Please. Fast. Go fast. Let's see more of what we saw against A&M. Peyton Barber should be used to gain chunks of yardage on the ground to facilitate the hurry-up aspect. Purpose: Move the ball into scoring position in order to score more points than the opponent.

(2) Defense. Task: Generate a pass rush to attack an inexperience quarterback while not allowing him to break containment. Purpose: Keep Idaho from scoring points. Duh.

(3) Special Teams. No change

c) Coordinating Instructions

(1) Priority Intelligence Requirements (PIR): No change

(2) Commander's Critical Information Requirements (CCIR): No change

(3) Friendly Force Intelligence Requirements (FFIR): No change

(4) Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFI): No change

(2) Timeline

Friday, 4:45pm: Reverse Tiger Walk

Saturday, 11:00am: Tiger Transit Service Begins

Saturday, 1:00pm: Tiger Walk, All Gates Open

Saturday, 1:40pm: Spirit March (east and west ends of Heisman and north and south ends of Donahue)

Saturday, 1:45pm: Pep Rally (Heisman and Donahue)

Saturday, 2:44pm: Eagle Flight

Saturday, 2:48pm: Band takes the field

Saturday, 3:00pm: Kickoff


a) Logistics

(1) Supply: No change

(2) Transportation: Charter buses will take the team from Auburn to the RON site and return the team to Auburn for the game

b) Personnel

No change

c) Medical

SEC Medical Observers will monitor each game for possible concussion issues. MEDEVAC is available upon request


a) Command - No Change

b) Signal

1) Call Signs - No Change

2) Challenge / Password - No Change

3) Running Password - No Change

4) Frequencies

TV: SEC Network

Stream: Watch ESPN

Internet Audio: Auburn IMG Network

Satellite Radio: Sirius, XM 191

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