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The AUperations Order: FRAGORD 12, Alabama Crimson Tide

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

FRAGORD 1: Louisville

FRAGORD 2: Jacksonville State

FRAGORD 3: LSU

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

FRAGORD 12: Alabama Crimson Tide

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 no chance of precipitation at the scheduled game time. The high for the day is 71 degrees, at the time of kickoff, with a low in the mid-60s.

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

1) SITUATION

a) Enemy -

Intelligence reports indicate the enemy is an SEC rival coached by a soulless robot. Or at least we're somewhat of a rival. I've heard they claim we're not, now. They have a game manager at quarterback and rely heavily on the ground game behind a leading Heisman Trophy Candidate in Derrick Henry. On the defensive side of the ball they have one of - if not THE - toughest fronts in college football. The Most Likely Course of Action is that they will attempt to grind away at the Auburn defense through repeated efforts on the ground while slowing Auburn's attempts at gaining traction on the ground. The Most Dangerous Course of Action is that they are able to get a passing game going, too, and Auburn is unable to slow their running attack while also not able to get any offense going for themselves.

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; however, there will be a significant portion of the opposing fan base on campus, as well. Be careful around them, as they often exhibit minimal levels of intelligence, as evidenced by their inability to understand that they were the ones who had not sold out their allotment of tickets for this game, yet, as opposed to Auburn.

d) Attachments & Detachments:

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

Detachments: None.

2) MISSION

The Auburn Tigers Football Team competes against the Alabama Crimson Tide on 28 November 2015 at 2:30pm CST at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL, in order to better the national perception of Auburn Football and to ruin Alabama's football season.

3) EXECUTION

a) Concept of the Operation.

The football team will play four quarters of fast, physical football against the Alabama Crimson Tide 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 Idaho 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 Alabama defense using play-action passes, jet sweeps, and pretty much everything in the Gus Malzahn playbook. Utilizing runs away from motion and stacking receivers as in the Texas A&M game should help. Alabama's defensive strength is in its ability to contain the run up the middle, so buck sweeps, jet sweeps, and screens will be essential in clearing out the box. 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, as their defense has shown some susceptibility to the deep ball . The running game of Jovon Robinson, Peyton Barber, and Roc Thomas cannot be abandoned, though. It will still be necessary to gain yards in the line. At all costs, the offense must 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. Alabama's strength is in its rushing game. The defensive line of Auburn should focus on shutting down the run at the line. Putting the Tide in passing situations will be a big key. 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. Attempt to spread the defense out. Purpose: Move the ball into scoring position in order to score more points than the opponent.

(2) Defense. Task: Slow down and contain Alabama's running attack, forcing them to pass the football. Purpose: Disrupt Alabama's game plan and minimize their scoring opportunities.

(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, 10:30am: Tiger Transit Service Begins

Saturday, 12:30pm: Tiger Walk, All Gates Open

Saturday, 1:10pm: Spirit March (east and west ends of Heisman and north and south ends of Donahue)

Saturday, 1:15pm: Pep Rally (Heisman and Donahue)

Saturday, 2:24pm: Eagle Flight

Saturday, 2:26pm: Band takes the field

Saturday, 2:39pm: Kickoff

4) SUSTAINMENT

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

5) COMMAND & SIGNAL

a) Command - No Change

b) Signal

1) Call Signs - No Change

2) Challenge / Password - No Change

3) Running Password - No Change

4) Frequencies

TV: CBS. With Gary and Verne. Welcome back, Gary!

Stream: CBS Sports Online

Internet Audio: Auburn IMG Network

Satellite Radio: Sirius, XM 84

The time is now FOOTBALL. What are your questions?