The Auburn Tigers (0-2) are hosting the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-0) in a game that has become much more intriguing than when it was originally scheduled.
Auburn is coming off two straight losses and on the brink of disaster early in the 2012 season, while ULM just pulled off one of the most shocking defeats in recent history by beating the Arkansas Razorbacks.
This is going to be an exciting game that you will not want to miss, so keep reading to find out where to watch, who to keep an eye on and a prediction on the final score.
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12:21 p.m. ET
Watch: SEC Network
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Betting Line: Auburn -16.5 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
The Warhawks are coming off an incredible victory over the No. 8 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks and are hoping to pull off another major upset against the Tigers.
Speaking of Auburn, the team is already 0-2 after losing the opener to then-No. 14 Clemson and a complete 28-10 meltdown against Mississippi State in Week 2.
This was supposed to be an easy win for the SEC powerhouse, but now it looks like Auburn has a legitimate chance to fall to 0-3.
It will take another miraculous performance from the Warhawks, but they proved they have the grit, determination and skills to make it happen.
Who Might Not Play for Louisiana-Monroe (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
No significant injuries to report.
Who Might Not Play for Auburn (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
WR DeAngelo Benton—Suspension—OUT
BCS/Top 25 Implications
ULM is knocking on the door for both the USA Today and AP rankings. The Warhawks have garnered a number of supporters in the press and respect of coaches, which is why they have made their way onto the “others receiving votes” portion of these polls.
The Sun Belt squad has a brutal opening schedule that included Arkansas at home, this contest against Auburn on the road and Baylor at home in Week 4.
If they can go undefeated in that stretch, there is a good chance that ULM will hit the Top 25 and remain ranked for much of the season.
Auburn has to win this game and then beat No. 3 ranked LSU on Sept. 22 to even be considered for a BCS spot later this year.
What They’re Saying
Jay Walker of ESPN 1420 AM put together a quick recap of what ULM accomplished last week and how a win next week would likely result in a historic accomplishment for a Sun Belt conference team.
The Warhawks did it with a defense that did not allow Arkansas a first down on its last six drives. In their final 18 plays before overtime, the Hogs had a grand total of 32 yards.
Kolton Browning led the big ULM by throwing for 412 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 69 net yards as well. He’s been named the league’s offensive player of the week.
ULM travels to Auburn next week. The Tigers looked woeful against Mississippi State. If the Warhawks pull it off again this week, they’ll be the first-ever Sun Belt team to crack the top 25.
Louisiana-Monroe Player to Watch: Kolton Browning
Browning was the catalyst for the ULM victory over Arkansas.
The junior running back from Mabank, Texas completed 42 of his 67 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns while throwing just one interception.
He also added 69 yards and a TD via the ground on 16 carries.
If the Warhawks want a chance to pull off another victory against an SEC opponent, Browning will have to match the level of excellence he set in Week 2 against the Razorbacks.
Auburn Player to Watch: Kiehl Frazier
The Tigers have struggled to move to a pro-style offense and that is due in no small part to play of the starting QB.
Frazier is just 24-of-49 for 319 yards and one touchdown this season, and he’s thrown four interceptions and been sacked four times.
That is simply unacceptable for a team that had aspirations of competing in the SEC in 2012.
Expect Frazier to step up on Saturday or risk losing his job during the game.
On the Hot Seat: Gene Chizik
There has been chatter that Chizik might not lead his War Eagle squad through the season if this performance continues.
He’s got to figure out a way to get this Auburn team motivated and on point, as this is the most disappointing start to a season in his four-year tenure as head coach.
Don’t be surprised to hear a lot of talk about Chizik getting canned if they lose this matchup.
Prediction: Auburn 21, ULM 14
Lightning won’t strike twice for the Warhawks. Auburn has too much pride and too much to play for in this contest and will not let a subpar team like ULM beat them.
Louisiana-Monroe may have shocked the Razorbacks and the world, but it simply won’t happen again.