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The Auburn Football Operations Order: FRAGORD 1: Louisville Cardinals

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In the first run of an actual preview, here is a new preview for Auburn football.

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The base OPORD for the 2015 football season can be found here. Remember, this is a work in progress. I welcome suggestions for changes.

1) SITUATION

a) Enemy -

Intelligence at this time is unsure of the exact nature of the foe facing the Auburn Tigers in week 1. The quarterback for the Cardinals has yet to be announced, and the possible game plans will vary based on the chosen signal caller. Based on past knowledge, Bobby Petrino likes to run a pass-heavy offense that is augmented by a power run game. The defense is a 3-4 scheme featuring a number of transfers that are highly talented and capable. The pass rush of Devonte Fields will test the Auburn offensive line in particular. Most Likely Course of Action is that Auburn and Louisville fight a close game until the fourth quarter when Auburn pulls away for the victory. The Most Dangerous Course of Action is that the new defense under Will Muschamp struggles to contain an offense they aren't completely prepared for and the Louisville defense stifles Auburn's offense and comes away with the victory.

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 populace will be largely neutral, though a slight majority should be supportive of Auburn. Care should be taken as a number of other events are going on in the city of Atlanta during the operation and strange things may be witnessed.

d) Attachments & Detachments:

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

Detachments: None

2) MISSION

The Auburn Tigers Football Team competes in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against the Louisville Cardinals on 5 September 2015 at 2:30pm CDT at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA in order to advance in rankings towards the College Football Playoff.

3) EXECUTION

a) Concept of the Operation.

The football team will play four quarters of fast, physical football against the Louisville Cardinals 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 the beginning of preseason practice in early August and will end when the team departs for the Remain Over Night (RON) site in Atlanta on Friday afternoon. 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 the Georgia Dome 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 Louisville defense using power-runs and play-action passes. The focus should be on forcing the Cardinals to respect both the running game and QB Jeremy Johnson's passing ability and prohibiting the defense from focusing on any one individual aspect of the Tigers' offensive attack. Heavy application of ground maneuvering will be used with multiple running backs and wide receivers running the speed sweep. Deep aerial attacks should be executed no less than twice per quarter. The offensive line must focus on opening holes for the ground game and protecting the quarterback from the tenacious Louisville Front Seven.

Defense, a supporting effort, will employ fast/physical assaults on the opponent's offense. The Cardinal offensive line is young and inexperienced. This weakness should be exploited to prevent holes for the Louisville rushing offense and focusing blockers inside to free up the edge pass rush of Carl Lawson & Company. The Cardinal offense has a strong advantage in height of their receivers vs Auburn defensive backs. It is therefore imperative that the Tiger front seven pressures the quarterback and does not give him time to target these receivers.

Special Teams, a supporting effort, will conduct all kicking and returning duties. A lack of wind due to the indoor stadium should aid in special teams' efforts. Accurate kicking of the football should be employed, with deep strikes by the punter and kickoff team. The return team should provide holes for the return man. 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: Depart for RON site

Saturday: 11:55am CDT, Tiger Walk

Saturday: H - 1:00, Pre-game warm-ups

Saturday: H - 00:20, Pre-game activities

Saturday: H Hour: 2:30pm CDT, Game Begins

4) SUSTAINMENT

a) Logistics

(1) Supply: No change

(2) Transportation: Charter Bus will take the team from Auburn to Atlanta and return the team to Auburn

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

No Change

The time is now FOOTBALL. What are your questions?