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The AUperations Order, FRAGORD 13: The Sugar Bowl vs the Oklahoma Sooners

The military Operations Order style preview is back with the final game, FRAGORD* 13, The Sugar Bowl

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AUperations Order: 2016 Football Season.

FRAGORD 1, Clemson.

FRAGORD 2, Arkansas State.

FRAGORD 3, Texas A&M Aggies.


FRAGORD 5, Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

FRAGORD 6, Mississippi State Bulldogs

FRAGORD 7, Arkansas Razorbacks

FRAGORD 8, Ole Miss Rebels

FRAGORD 9, Vanderbilt Commodores

FRAGORD 10, Georgia Bulldogs

FRAGORD 11, Alabama A&M

FRAGORD 12, Alabama Crimson Tide

FRAGORD 13, Oklahoma Sooners

Task Organization: The Auburn Tigers will be organized using this week's depth chart.


a) Enemy -

Intelligence reports indicate that the Auburn Tigers' opponent for the Sugar Bowl is a high-powered offensive team lead by two players who finished as 2016 Heisman Trophy finalists. They have a balanced attack that will effectively attack the secondary with quick, accurate passing and a ground game powered by two powerful running backs. They will attempt to maintain a balanced attack while making Auburn one-dimensional and overwhelming the Tigers with pace and points.

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 a mixture of friendly and hostile to the Auburn Tigers as it is a neutral site game. Given the geographic proximity, it is likely that it will be slightly more supportive of the Auburn Tigers than hostile.

d) Attachments & Detachments:

Attachments: Auburn University Marching Band, Auburn Cheerleaders, Aubie the Tiger, Nova and/or Spirit

Detachments: None


The Auburn Tigers Football Team take on the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA at 1930 hours local time, in order to finish the season on a strong note and go into the offseason with positive momentum.


a) Concept of the Operation.

The football team will play four quarters of fast, physical football against all opponents 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 announcement of the bowl game matchup and ends with the team departing for the bowl site. Phase 2 - the preparation phase - begins upon arrival at the RON site and includes Bowl Game practices and activities and ends with Tiger Walk. Phase 3 - the execution phase - begins upon arrival at the 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 conduct fast-paced, minimal communication attacks against the enemy utilizing multiple air and land-based weapons systems. Sean White will start at quarterback and is supposedly 100%. As is Kamryn Pettway and the rest of the offense (potentially minus Marcus Davis). If Sean White is indeed healthy, the Tigers will attack the Sooners with a heavy dose of the running game behind Pettway, Kerryon Johnson, and Stanton Truitt. This will be augmented by Sean White's quick outs and over-the-middle passes, particularly in 3rd and 7-9, where Sean actually excels when he's healthy. Oklahoma's run defense has been porous at times and could allow for the Tigers to play ball-control offense with the running backs gaining extensive yards on the ground. With Oklahoma's offensive prowess, this may be the best course of active versus attempting to play at pace. If White is not 100%, then this could potentially be a very long night for Auburn if the offense struggles as it did in the UGA game. Through speed of maneuver, simplicity in planning, and security of ball-control, the offense will attack the defense and cross the opponent's goal line as quickly and as often as possible.

Defense, a supporting effort, will employ fast/physical assaults on the opponent's offense. The Sooners feature one of the best offensive attacks in the nation and will present a serious test to the Auburn defense. They have the best passing attack Auburn has seen since Chad Kelly at Ole Miss, and they are probably better. Unlike the Rebels, the Sooners actually have a ground game to augment this passing attack, which makes them extremely dangerous. They put up a lot of points. They have struggled when playing very good defenses like Houston and Ohio State who could force them to be one-dimensional and attack the QB on pass rushes. Stopping the running game will be Auburn's primary focus along with getting after the quarterback and attempting to get Baker Mayfield out of his comfort zone. The best defensive backs on the field should be tasked with marking star wide receiver Dede Westbrook and attempting to limit his big play ability. Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams want to go out with a big game to help regain the Auburn legacy of powerful and dominating defenses. This is definitely the game that they can do it, with. Through surprise, mass, and economy of force, the defense will prevent the opposing offense from crossing the Auburn goal line through expending of their downs or through creating turnovers.

Special Teams, a supporting effort, will conduct all kicking and return duties. #Legatron will hopefully not be needed for short field goals and is available for trick plays. Through maneuver, simplicity, mass, and economy of force, special teams will attempt to score points when supporting the offensive efforts and prevent opponents from scoring points while supporting defensive efforts.

Fans, a supporting effort, will conduct themselves in a manner befitting proper sportsmanship standards while still loudly cheering on the Auburn Tigers football team and disrupting the opponents' game plan, rhythms, snap counts, etc. Under no circumstances will Auburn fans conduct themselves in the manner that rival fanbases have against the Sooners.

b) Task to Subordinate Units

(1) Offense. Task: No Change. Purpose: No Change.

(2) Defense. Task: No Change. Purpose: No Change.

(3) Special Teams. Task: No Change. Purpose: No Change.

c) Coordinating Instructions

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

(2) Timeline

Times will be adjusted based on subsequent operations.




1700: Tiger Walk, Marriott New Orleans (555 Canal Street). No Tiger Walk at the Superdome.

1730: Kickoff


a) Logistics

(1) Supply: The team will be supplied with all equipment needed by the equipment managers

(2) Transportation: Auburn will be transported to and from the RON site by bus

(3) Fan Information: For more info, see the Sugar Bowl policies and procedures.

b) Personnel

Casualty collection point will be the Auburn locker room.

c) Medical

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


a) Command

(1) Location of Commander: No Change

(2) Succession of Command: No Change

b) Control

(1) Higher Unit Location: No Change

c) Signal

(1) Call Signs: No Change

(2) Challenge and Password: ONE / SECOND

(3) Running Password: LUTZIE.

(4) Frequencies (How to Watch, Listen, Stream)

TV: ESPN (primary broadcast)

TV Option 2: SECNetwork (analytical broadcast)

Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Auburn Network

The time is now SUGAR BOWL. What are your questions?

*On a fun note, I won a work argument not too long ago with a Major and Lieutenant Colonel who are my bosses over the use of FRAGORD vs FRAGO. The old way of saying Warning Order and Fragmentary Order was WARNO and FRAGO. IT changed a year or so ago, but that hasn't filtered down through the ranks well, yet. I know it because I was teaching it at the ROTC level. My bosses thought I was nuts and needed some better development. It was fun being able to find and show them the new ADRP 1-02 (Operational Terms and Graphics) and prove I was right. SCORE ONE FOR WALT.