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The base OPORD for the 2015 football season can be found here. FRAGORD 1: Louisville can be found here. FRAGORD 2: Jacksonville State is here.  FRAGORD 3: LSU is here. Remember, this is a work in progress. I welcome suggestions for changes.

FRAGORD 4: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Time Zone Used Throughout: Central Daylight Time.

Light and Weather Data: Electric illumination will be necessary due to the evening kick-off. If necessary, just run the video board. That thing is big as hell and can light up the field. Currently there is a 10% chance of precipitation around kickoff, and game temperatures should be in the mid 60s with humidity at 98%, and winds ENE at 7mph.

Terrain: The beautiful and immaculate turf of Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium

1) SITUATION

a) Enemy -

Intelligence reports indicate the enemy is a highly talented conference foe capable of inflicting serious damage on the Auburn Tigers' ability to complete their 2015 mission. Weapons include a mobile quarterback and accurate quarterback complemented by a very talented wide receiver. The defense is under new leadership, but that leadership is known to present Auburn coordinators with issues. The Most Likely Course of Action is that MSU will employ zone reads to take advantage of their quarterback's mobility, along with throwing the ball against Auburn's relatively weak secondary. The Most Dangerous Course of Action is pretty much the same thing. Joy.

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 and will cheer no matter what. I mean that. Really. DO NOT BOO OUR OWN TEAM. DON'T DO IT.

d) Attachments & Detachments:

Attachments: Auburn University Marching Band, Auburn Cheerleaders, Aubie the Tiger

Detachments: Still Carl Lawson. Damn it.

2) MISSION

The Auburn Tigers Football Team competes against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on 26 September 2015 at 6:30pm CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL in order to advance towards the SEC Championship Game and the College Football Playoff.

3) EXECUTION

a) Concept of the Operation.

The football team will play four quarters of fast, physical football against the MSU Bulldogs 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 Sunday's practice following the LSU game and will end with the Reverse Tiger Walk at 4:45pm on Friday 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 Tiger 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 upon the team's arrival back at the athletic facility in Auburn.

Offense, the main effort, will attack the MSU defense using power-runs and play-action passes. The focus should be on RUNNING THE DANG BALL, PAAAAAAWWWWWL. No, seriously this time. RUN. THE. BALL. Yes, I know Sean White is accurate, but we've really got to get back to using the running backs. Peyton Barber and Kerryon Johnson in particular should be utilized. Deep shots still need to be taken to open up the defense, check-downs upon covered receivers, and quick screens will be heavily involved, as well. Play fast, hard, and with minimal mistakes. Please.

Defense, a supporting effort, will employ fast/physical assaults on the opponent's offense. MSU's offensive game plan will likely consist of zone reads or called Quarterback draws along with an effective and accurate passing attack. The defensive line of Auburn should focus on filling run gaps and containing the edges. Communication between defensive efforts is also key, and care should be taken with new or younger personnel getting significant playing time or first starts.

Special Teams, a supporting effort, will conduct all kicking and returning duties. Weather should have little affect on any kicking games. The return team should provide holes for the return man. If possibly, Johnathan Ford should return most kickoffs given his success the previous week. 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. Purpose: Move the ball into scoring position in order to score more points than the opponent.

(2) Defense. Task: Conduct attacking defensive schemes to block the opponent from moving the football toward the end-zone. Purpose: Prevent the opposing offense from scoring more points than the Auburn offense.

(3) Special Teams. Task: Conduct all kicking and returning activities. Purpose: To score points via the kicking and return game while preventing the opponent from scoring points via there special teams.

c) Coordinating Instructions

(1) Priority Intelligence Requirements (PIR): Opposing team signals, tendencies, etc. Only to be obtained through ethical, legal means.

(2) Commander's Critical Information Requirements (CCIR): Injury to an Auburn football player. Loss of Auburn signals to the opposing team.

(3) Friendly Force Intelligence Requirements (FFIR): Health of all players on the Auburn football team. Any issues that affect team chemistry. Status of uniforms and equipment. Status of communications equipment.

(4) Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFI): Play calls, signals, game plans, exact injury status of any wounded players.

(2) Timeline

Times will be adjusted based on subsequent operations.

Sunday-Thursday: Practice/Preparation

Friday: 4:45pm, Reverse Tiger Walk and Depart for RON site

Saturday: 4:30pm, Tiger Walk

Saturday: 5:16pm, Spirit March

Saturday: 5:21pm: Pep-rally

Saturday: 5:38pm: Band March Around

Saturday: 6:17pm: Recognition of 1957 National Championship Team

Saturday: 6:20pm: Eagle Flight

Saturday: 6:23pm: Band Takes Field

Saturday: H Hour: 6:36pm, Game Begins

4) SUSTAINMENT

a) Logistics

(1) Supply: No change

(2) Transportation: Charter Bus 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: ESPN2

Stream: WatchESPN

Internet Audio: Auburn IMG Network

Satellite Radio: Sirius 190, XM 190

The time is now FOOTBALL. What are your questions?