News of the day, 10/17
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Looks like Auburn will be almost at full strength for the LSU game. The only guy who doesn't appear ready is Ryan Pugh. I'm skeptical to say he's out, though, because the guy has a reputation for being the toughest guy on earth. Maybe he'll play. I'll say this: King Dunlap appears to have caught on to the fact that time is running out on his chances to play professional tackle football.
Speaking of players coming back, it'll be interesting to see what Auburn does with LB Merrill Johnson. The team's starting linebackers basically stayed in the entire Arkansas game. The defense played 55 snaps. Chris Evans (52), Craig Stevens (48) and Tray Blackmon (46) played central roles. Bo Harris had two snaps. Johnson had one. Who's going to get bumped? It's not Blackmon. It can't be Evans, who is the team's most productive defender. Johnson doesn't rotate with Stevens on the strong side. I have no idea what to expect. Johnson is supposed to be a starter on the weak side.
Keep an eye out for counterfeit tickets if you're headed down to Baton Rouge this weekend. LSU put out an advisory today saying that "large numbers of stolen and counterfeit tickets" were sold for the LSU-Florida game two weeks ago. Officials believe similar problems are set to occur this weekend. LSU is discouraging fans from buying tickets from third-party resellers.