Posted on: September 18, 2010 8:53 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 11:30 pm

Clemson takes 17-3 lead into halftime at Auburn

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The highly-touted matchup between Clemson and Auburn has been something of a dud thus far -- and it's all Clemson so far. Clemson, buoyed by stifling defense on Cam Newton and a sensational touchdown by Jamie Harper, leads 17-3 at the break.

Harper has both Clemson touchdowns on the day. The first came on a nifty catch-and-run from 8 yards out on a shovel pass, and the second was a 24-yard score on an amazing diving catch from a wheel route.

Past that, Clemson's defense has swarmed the line of scrimmage, and Auburn QB Cam Newton has been disturbingly inaccurate on his throws. Only Newton's considerable rushing ability helped Clemson get a field goal out of the last drive of the half, but that's not a blueprint for success for Auburn.

Also of note is the way Clemson has used TE/H-Back Dwayne Allen. Allen has done a good job getting open in the flats after motioning into the backfield, to the point that it sure seems like the Clemson coaches noticed some tendencies by Auburn's linebackers. Allen has five catches for 64 yards so far, and he's been clutch at moving the chains for the Clemson offense.

If this score holds up, it would be a minor upset; Auburn is a ranked team playing at home, after all, and they were favored by about a touchdown coming into the game. But watching the game, it sure doesn't seem like Auburn's actually the better team of the two thus far.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 am

Game day weather updates, Week 3

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Will the heat affect teams' gameplans in the southeast? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia, 12:00, Athens, GA: Lower 80s, clear, hot

Maryland at No. 21 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 8 Nebraska at Washington, 3:30, Seattle, WA: Mid 60s, cloudy, scattered showers

No. 18 USC at Minnesota, 3:30, Minneapolis, MN: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

No. 10 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Mid 80s, clear, hot

Evening kickoffs

Clemson at No. 16 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Mid 80s, cloudy, slight chance of showers

No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech, 8:00, Lubbock, TX: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, windy

Late kickoffs

No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona, 10:30, Tucson, AZ: Lower 90s, breezy, hot

No. 23 Houston at UCLA, 10:30, Pasadena, CA: Upper 60s, clear

Wake Forest at No. 19 Stanford, 11:15, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 60s, clear

Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:36 pm

Could Auburn wear blue helmets against Clemson?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Saturday evening's match up between Auburn and Clemson already is different from your typical early season non-conference game.  Both schools have a long, rich history of college football in the South.  Both schools share many similar characteristics, and even the same mascot and a similar team color.  With the game's heightened status as ESPN College Gameday host, Auburn has dubbed this game "True Blue."  The school is encouraging fans to leave all the orange apparel at home so as not to be confused with a Clemson fan.  

The "True Blue" theme has sparked rumors all over message boards of an "all blue" alternate uniform.  Auburn does very little to stray from their classic home uniform (white helmet, blue jersey, white pants) and any change would be a big deal to the War Eagle faithful.  Head coach Gene Chizik addressed the rumor after practice on Wednesday, trying his best to put it to rest

“Our uniforms are our uniforms. And we love them,” Chizik said. “That's what we got.”

Other members from within the athletic department continue to insist that Auburn will wear their white helmets against Clemson on Saturday, despite the following picture making its rounds across the blogosphere.  Even if Auburn trots out a classic uniform against Clemson on Saturday, the picture does appear to prove that an alternate at least exists as a possibility.

(Tip of the hat: War Blogle)

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:13 pm

Cam Newton off to scintillating start

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Sure, it's just Arkansas State, but if Florida transfer Cam Newton's first two quarters as an Auburn Tiger are any indication, Auburn is in for a heck of a season this year.

In the first half, Newton threw for 100 yards, ran for nearly 150 more, and scored four touchdowns--2 on the ground, 2 in the air. Three of his touchdowns came from at least 36 yards out.

Auburn leads Arkansas State 35-16 early in the second half.

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