Friday, September 30, 2016
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Indians Warhawks are currently 1-2 and coming off a bye week. They beat Southern modestly, were blasted by Oklahoma, and lost a close one to Georgia Southern. That’s about all I know.
For a year or two there, the Warhawks were a scary little team. Of course we all remember that beautiful day when they beat Saban’s first Alabama team. We remember 2012 when they beat Arkansas in overtime the week before losing to Auburn in overtime. But other than that, the haven’t put a scare into many other teams.
Auburn is 9-0 against the Warhawks and I don’t see that 2nd number changing on Saturday. I’m sorry, Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, I just don’t.
Auburn has already dispatched one SunBelt team this season, a Sunbelt team that appears to be pretty bad (Arkansas State is now 0-4), and if things go as they should, the Tigers should be able to put another notch in their (sun) belt.
Despite the lack of touchdowns last week, the Auburn offense moved the ball against a really good defense. The redzone was the only part of the game that wasn’t worthy. It’s these types of games where those things get fixed.
Malzahn teased that we may see something a little different inside the redzone this week. Does that mean I-formation? I sure hope so. It’s what I said needs to happen when Tony Franklin was here and any other year without Cam Newton in the back field.
Whatever the difference is, Auburn should be able to work out the kinks this week, somewhat like they did with Arkansas State. Following the loss to Clemson, where five different people took snaps, the Tigers used the Red Wolves to figure out how to run the offense with one quarterback. Now that Auburn has that figured out and has done somewhat so against really good teams, it’s time to use a lesser team to figure out the rest.
The 1st-string Auburn defense should not surrender a single touchdown. The Auburn offense should not punt one time. Sean White should throw it at least 30 times, and John Franklin should play the entire 4th quarter.
After the September that Auburn had to play, this is the most welcome UL-Monroe has ever been to me. It’s a good week for people to come home (it’s Homecoming), take it easy, and watch Auburn go above .500.
Auburn 54, UL-Monroe 6
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Our military operations order style preview series continues with the team whose mascot is a WWII fighter plane, and that's pretty cool.
FRAGORD 5, Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
a) Enemy -
Intelligence reports indicate that the Auburn Tigers' opponent for Week 5 is a Sun Belt team led by a mobile "dual-threat" QB. They have struggled so far this season but do have a history of SEC upsets against teams from the state of Alabama. The enemy will attempt to shut down Auburn's offensive attack by any means necessary; however, they have the 3rd worst rushing defense in the nation, so their ability to slow Auburn up on the ground should be minimal. They do have the 31st ranked pass defense in the nation, but they haven't faced many teams that throw the ball.
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 very supportive of the Auburn Tigers. This will be the first afternoon game for Auburn and is Homecoming, so the crowd may not be as boisterous facing a G5 opponent.
d) Attachments & Detachments:
Attachments: Auburn University Marching Band, Auburn Cheerleaders, Aubie the Tiger, Nova and/or Spirit
The Auburn Tigers Football Team take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL at 1430 hours local time, in order to advance the program's goal of reaching the College Football Post Season.
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 - begins at the end of the LSU game and ends with the team departing for the Remain Over Night (RON) site in Montgomery. Phase 2 - the travel phase - begins upon arrival at the RON site 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 lead the unit on the field with quick, accurate passes, good reads of the defense on read-option plays, and effective driving of a fast-paced tempo. With Rhett Lashlee taking over play calling duties, expect to see some things different, but the red zone offense may not show too many new wrinkles against the Warhawks. Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson should get the ball a lot in the running game early, but Pettway will likely not play much with the bruised muscle he suffered against LSU. While varied play calling would be nice, we do not expect to see anything too different from the last few weeks against a Sun Belt opponent. Fast, decisive play with minimal substitutions should be the goal. 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. Louisiana-Monroe is led by a mobile QB in Garrett Smith. They have a Top-50 passing offense, and Smith is also their leading rusher. He does not have very much in the way of total rushing yards, though, and while he is considered mobile, he should not be put in the same discussion as Deshaun Watson and Trevor Knight. The defensive front for Auburn will need to establish dominance on the line early and pressure the QB into making bad decisions in the passing game while also sealing the edges to prevent him getting loose on runs. 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.
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.
Times will be adjusted based on subsequent operations.
Depart for RON site
12:30pm: Tiger Walk
1:10pm: Spirit March (East/West ends of Heisman and north/south ends of Donahue).
1:15pm: Pep Rally (Intersection of Heisman and Donahue)
2:14pm: Eagle Flight
2:18pm: Band Takes the Field
2:30pm: Game begins
Fans can wear whatever they want, for this one, thankfully.
(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
Casualty collection point will be the Auburn locker room.
SEC Medical Observers will monitor each game for possible concussion issues. MEDEVAC is available upon request
5) COMMAND & SIGNAL
(1) Location of Commander: No Change
(2) Succession of Command: No Change
(1) Higher Unit Location: No Change
(1) Call Signs: No Change
(2) Challenge and Password: REDZONE / ISSUES
(3) Running Password: CUPCAKES.
TV: SEC Network Alternate
Radio: Auburn Network
Stats: Auburn University Live Stats
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