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November 9, 2017

NCAA Football: Auburn at Texas A&M Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Before we get started today, it’s imperative to note that there are some things in life that are certain. Our own James Jones puts it perfectly.

You’ve probably all seen the news that Bruce Pearl is refusing to cooperate with the internal investigation regarding all the basketball scandal pieces, and that he’s been told his job is at stake.

I remember walking into the stadium before the Georgia game in 2010, and there was Mark Schlabach standing right outside the gate doing a live hit for ESPN, talking loudly about the horrific scandal wherein Auburn had paid Cam Newton. He was having to speak up because people were not shy about yelling at him and booing during his piece. Normally, I don’t condone that kind of behavior, but it was pretty warranted there.

So, take it with a grain of salt until you hear something a little more concrete, from a more credible source.

If you want to read a little more about it, you can go to the OA News instead of ESPN.

Now for some happier news — we’ve got a very deserving Broyles Award candidate in our defensive coordinator.

We’ll need to help out his defense on Saturday with one of the best home atmospheres in the country. Kirby Smart doesn’t think it’ll impact his freshman quarterback all that much, but the only road venues they’ve played in this year are at Notre Dame, where the visiting Bulldog fans gobbled up roughly half the tickets available because the Irish didn’t think they’d be any good, at Tennessee, where a lame duck coach is putting a poor product on the field, and at Vanderbilt. Let’s see what happens on Saturday on the Plains.

On the other side of the ball, the offense is coming together with a couple of nice pieces hitting their stride at the right time — mainly, Kerryon Johnson.

And Jarrett Stidham’s one of the most quietly efficient quarterbacks in the league and the country.

After last year, it shouldn’t be hard to find motivation to win this game.

And finally today, let’s look back at one of the bigger games between these two — 2010. It won the West for Auburn, pissed off the Cam haters, and made that year even more special.

Boom. Smothered and covered. War Eagle.