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Official Discussion: UF @ Auburn

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First of all, sorry for the light posting this week.

Next, the focus shifts to the Auburn Tigers.  The Gators are 6-0 and playing their best football in several years, while the Tigers are coming off of what could be described as a below-average performance in their loss to Arkansas.  While one is on the way up after beating LSU and the other is trying to figure out how they are not leading the SEC West at this point, this game's outcome does not come easily predicted.

This will be the first time the Gators travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium since a pretty memorable game, a tight win for the Tigers in 2001.  Auburn Kicker Damon Duval kicked a last second field goal in gale-force winds to knock off a favored Gators team.  The last meeting between UF and Auburn came in 2002, a thrilling OT win for the Gators in Gainesville.

In last week's game against Arkansas, the Tigers gave up 284 yards rushing to the Razorbacks. What Arkansas did in this process was exploit what was thought to be a pretty good rushing defense (with the LSU game standing out) as average, something the Gators will have to take advantage of.  Gators RB DeShawn Wynn will be making his return to the lineup on Saturday (Percy Harvin also), so the running game MUST find a way to be effective for UF to win this game.

Kenny Irons is a very good running back, one of the tops in the SEC, so that stout run D that showed up against the Vols in week 3 will have to be on top of their game once again. If Auburn can control the clock and score some points, Florida's offense will have to find the big play to score like they did last week.

I'm hoping that UF doesn't overlook Auburn because of a loss last week against Arkansas. Auburn was ranked #2, and even though this was not that indicative of where they really stand, the Tigers are still an exceptional team.

  • How will Tim Tebow do? He cemented himself as a pretty good weapon last week against a good LSU defense. I'm wondering if Meyer may use Tebow a little too much or not in the same way he used him last week.
  • I'm thinking that draw plays will not be that effective against the Auburn defense because of the team speed. I hope they use more counter/speed running plays then the basic one they always use.
  • Chris Leak was VERY calm against Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. I'm pretty sure Leak will do just as well in Jordan-Hare in front of what will be a very rowdy crowd.
I'm leaving for Auburn in about an hour. Can't wait. GO GATORS!!!