News of the day, 9/7
Also, I've enjoyed the emails I have received from Arkansas fans. Keep em comin'. I'll say this -- they bring a more rational approach to the table. I haven't been called a name yet. Well, one guy said I was an Auburn homer. I'm pretty sure Auburn fans would disagree with that.
This is my 10th season on the beat. Half the angry emails I receive anoint me as an anti-Auburn writer. The other half say I'm an Auburn homer. I figure that's the perfect mix for me. I'm neutral.
Thanks for ingesting another portion of the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.
I'm pretty sure Auburn will have a difficult time with South Florida. I'm picking the Tigers to win (in the AuburnSports.com poll, which I'll link later) but I don't think it'll be easy. The defense will get a bigger test this week. USF has a very good quarterback, a very good tailback and some fast wideouts. The line looks at least satisfactory. Auburn's offense -- its biggest problem right now is mental toughness. I think the pieces are in place, even with Brandon Cox's unreamarkable arm strength. Still, I don't expect a big jump in offensive production this week. These kinds of issues take time to resolve.
I'm a little late on this, but there was a lot going on earlier in the week. Freshman WR Chris Slaughter didn't play against Kansas State. Assistant coach Greg Knox made reference this week to Slaughter's work habits needing improvement. I'll have to downgrade my Slaughter forecast now. With Montez (Gone-tez) Billings back now, Slaughter's chances for playing time now look bleak.
As a personal aside: If you had $1,500 to spend on an LCD/plasma tv, which would you buy? I need some ideas.
Also: Big shout-out to faithful reader Kyle W., who has become the first emailer in my career to insist that Brandon Cox has a strong arm. I love my readers. They are unafraid.