Apparently Auburn is the worst 8-0 team in the history of football. Apparently Ole Miss hasn’t actually lost four games and will roll to a win this weekend. We all know neither are true, but if you believed what you heard on TV and read on the big media sites, you probably wouldn’t even want to watch this weekend’s game.
When it comes down to it, all of the Auburn dis-creditors don’t really expect a loss, they want a loss. Why? Because Auburn being at the top of the polls proves them wrong. Nobody had Auburn inside the top 15 at the beginning of the season, and now that they are #1 in the BCS, it proves that their preseason predictions were just stupid (as most are). Humans don’t like to be wrong, so they’ve been trying to find any way possible to tell us that every Auburn win has been too close, too sloppy, not big enough, etc. Not being named Boise might have something to do with it as well.
So now the trendy thing to say is that Auburn is primed for an upset and Ole Miss is just the team to do it. Well, I got news for you, it doesn’t work that way. Telling a team that’s obviously better that they are going to lose to an inferior team usually ends up with the complete opposite result. An upset is only an upset if no one expects it, so keep telling Mike Dyer that Cam is the only player on the team. Keep telling Fairley that his defense sucks. Let’s see how that works for you.
Now let’s actually do some sort of previewing.
Auburn beat Arkansas by 22, but we all know that the game was much closer, and most of the points came from late turnovers. If you just look at the score, it would seem that the Tigers had blown the Razorbacks out of the stadium, but all know that wasn’t the case. Why am I bringing this up? Because I want a blowout. A big one. A “how good do you think we are now” one.
Every game against an able opponent this season has been way too close at some point and time. Say it’s the defense’s fault, say it’s the play-calling once Auburn has a lead, but whatever it is, Auburn needs a blowout. As I said earlier, everyone wants to say Auburn is primed for a loss, but I say they are primed for a big (and easy) win. When you look at what Auburn has been able to accomplish in the record books and their undefeated season, it really makes no sense for Auburn not to have at least one easy SEC victory.
Jeremiah Masoli will pose a problem for the Auburn defense, but if he is that good then why does Ole Miss have four losses? The defensive line for Ole Miss is supposed to be pretty decent, but how and why did they give up 49 points to Jacksonville State?
Auburn is the better team, by far. If they can get over the uniform changes, the “Yell-O” stuff, and handle their business, the game shouldn’t even be close.
Auburn sends the Rebear fans home early, plays a complete game, and coasts to a win.
Auburn 45, Ole Miss 17
*Note: Yes, I know that is Ole Miss’s old helmet. They are supposedly wearing them tomorrow.