Line: Auburn -2
Series: Auburn 58-23-2
Auburn travels to Starkvegas tonight to challenge the Western Bulldogs to another 3-2 tickle fight (2008). But with the performances of quarterbacks Cam Newton and Tyler Russell last week, it's safe to say at least one touchdown will be scored between the two cow colleges this time. So polish off those cowbells State fans because you can actually bring them again this year, and Ted Roof is calling the Auburn D.
In one of the few Thursday night games not featured in Columbia or on the Flats, the storyline will circle around two former Gators. Cam Newton, a former Dan Mullen pupil in Gainesville, has found a new home at Auburn and looked very comfortable in High School's offense last Saturday. Unfortunately, the Tigers coaching staff is concerned over some missing laptops with tonight's game plan on them.
Meanwhile, Mullen is building a better Miss. State in the West. The maroon and white was only 1:39 away from shutting out Memphis in a 49-7 win, and QB Tyler Russell was named SEC Freshman of the Week, completing 13 of 16 passes. Manny Diaz was hired as defensive coordinator and brings with him an aggressive scheme in four successful seasons at Middle Tennessee. His squad finished second nationally in tackles for loss in 2009. Diaz' name was also bandied about in Georgia's defensive coordinator search.
The cowbells will be ringing tonight as Mullen notches his first big win, but not last, of the 2010 campaign.
Prediction: Miss. State in an upset, 31-24.