Auburn-MSU: Pregame Notes

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Today’s forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 90 (we’re there now)

ESPN2 announcers: Mark Jones, Bob Davie

XM: Channel 199

Records: Auburn 2-0, MSU 1-1

Rankings: Auburn No. 9 (AP), MSU NR

• MSU’s sporting the maroon pants today. Nice look. I like the big white stripes down the legs.

• Davie, the former Notre Dame coach, was on ESPN Radio this afternoon talking about the game. He said he thinks the Bulldogs can pull off the upset, and that it will probably come down to a special teams play at the end.

• It’s LB Dominic Douglas‘ turn to wear the No. 22 jersey of injured Jamar Chaney. Keith Fitzhugh, who wore it last week, will don his regular No. 1.

• Auburn’s opponents thus far – Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Miss – are a combined 3-for-32 on third down. That’s 9.4%. MSU has converted on 12 of 30 third downs (40%). On the flip side, Auburn is 9 of 27 (33%) in that category, while MSU’s opponents (Louisiana Tech and SE Louisiana) are 8 of 30 (27%).

• Auburn’s opponents have reached the red zone only four times, scoring twice.

De’Mon Glanton, who backs up Fitzhugh at SS, leads the Bulldogs with six solo tackles.

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