We roll (tomorrow) night. To the git-tar bite. For those about to rock, we salute you.
It’s Death Valley Pt. I tomorrow night as Auburn meets Clemson for the first road show of the year. I know many fans like the home blues, but I’ve read consistently over the years that the players like wearing the stormtroopers much more, and so I hope that works out tomorrow night as well for a little extra oomph.
As for our biggest worry after last weekend — Kerryon Johnson’s hamstring injury — it doesn’t appear that he’ll be available tomorrow night.
Kerryon Johnson hasn't practiced at all this week, Gus Malzahn said on Tiger Talk. Team hopes to have him back "in the near future."— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) September 7, 2017
At this rate, we may have Kam Martin taking a big role in at least the first three games, as there’s no way Kerryon plays next week against Mercer if they’re still trying to rehab him up.
The other big issue right now revolves around the impending storm out in the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma is a big deal, causing cancellations around the state of Florida as it comes closer every day. Florida and Florida State have already scrubbed their paycheck games against Northern Colorado and Louisiana Monroe, but it wasn’t before Gator AD Scott Stricklin talked with Jay Jacobs to explore all options.
Jay Jacobs confirms on Tiger Talk that Scott Stricklin called about Florida play Northern Colorado at Auburnhttps://t.co/lAW26JvaWI— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 7, 2017
Right now, the path of the storm is inexact. We’re not sure if Auburn’s game with Clemson will be affected, but Irma likely won’t be in the South Carolina area until Monday. As of now, GAME ON.
If there is any adjustment to the schedule, it would likely need to happen this morning to allow for the changes to be made with TV and personnel, etc.
So, onto the game for now. We’ve all talked about the trench battles and how each quarterback will play, but we haven’t focused much on the fringe combat with receivers vs defensive backs. On both sides, it’ll be interesting to watch, but for Auburn, the most important matchup will come against Clemson’s best wideout.
Looking ahead to the weekend - big time draft prospect matchup as Clemson WR Deon Cain will be matched up against either Davis from Auburn. pic.twitter.com/pfR5tUXBE8— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 7, 2017
Last year, Mike Williams caught more than 170 yards worth of passes from Deshaun Watson against Carlton Davis.
That number aside, the defense played well last year (obviously), so we’re all feeling fairly confident against the purple Tigers this year.
Clemson’s 19 points against Auburn last season marked the only time in its last 34 games that Dabo Swinney’s team was held under 20.— Roy Philpott (@RoyPhilpott) September 6, 2017
And if for nothing else, we do need to knock these guys off their perch. Thanks for beating Alabama last year, now kindly leave.
... Auburn leads series over Clemson 34–14–2... pic.twitter.com/2XTmwI3cb3— The Juice (@thejuiceisgood) September 8, 2017
Is that kid on the right dabbing or sneezing?
Couple of notes for you from the university... apparently further stadium expansion is imminent.
Auburn BoT to vote on proposed videoboard in N end of Jordan-Hare, projects for baseball, softball & basketballhttps://t.co/uFqqiBW7Fa— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 8, 2017
I like the old charm of our current rinky-dink Northern scoreboard. It takes you back to a more idyllic time, and I don’t think we need another video board in that stadium. If they’re taking suggestions, BRICK THE ENTIRE EXTERIOR.
And we already knew this, but...
Southern Living magazine names Auburn one of the South's Top 10 small towns https://t.co/vOM5aDJx5w— Opelika-Auburn News (@oanow) September 7, 2017
Finally, with the start of the NFL season last night, we’ll leave you with Cammy Cam trashing Georgia.
Cam's got some shade for UGA's quarterback recruiting history https://t.co/cxbjeEn411— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 7, 2017
One day until the big one. War Eagle!