Western Carolina vs. Auburn: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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Western Carolina vs. Auburn: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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The Auburn Tigers are the latest in a line of SEC fooball teams to schedule a cupcake game in order to prep for more important contests down the road.

Auburn faces the 1-5 Western Carolina Catamounts from the Southern division on Saturday, but has a massive showdown against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in two weeks.

In order for Western Carolina to pull off the huge upset, it will take a combination of Auburn simply not taking its opposition seriously and the Catamounts playing the best football they can possibly muster, but crazier things have happened.

Here is everything fans need to know about the game.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL

Television: Local

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under:
  • Spread: Auburn (-43.5)

 

Catamounts Injury Report (via USA Today)

Injury info unavailable.

 

Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Montavius Adams DL 10/09/2013 is probable for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Probable knee
Jaylon Denson WR 09/22/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Justin Garrett LB 10/09/2013 is doubtful for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Doubtful undisclosed
Keymiya Harrell DL 10/09/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Questionable knee
Jonathan Jones CB 10/09/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Questionable foot
Nick Marshall QB 10/09/2013 is probable for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Probable knee
Cassanova McKinzy LB 10/07/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Questionable neck
Demetruce McNeal S 08/17/2013 was dismissed from the team Out legal/disciplinary
Craig Sanders DL 10/09/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Western Carolina Questionable ankle
Jeffrey Whitaker DT 08/31/2013 will miss the entire season Out knee

 

Can Auburn Avoid a Sluggish Showing?

In reality, a chance at an upset here is highly unlikely for Western Carolina. Auburn is firing on all cylinders and is two weeks removed from a humbling loss to No. 6 LSU in SEC play.

The Tigers bounced back last week, upsetting No. 24 Ole Miss by eight points thanks to a ridiculous showing from junior quarterback Nick Marshall, who had 140 yards rushing along with two touchdowns on just 14 carries.

Auburn needs to keep the ball rolling against Western Carolina to build even more momentum heading into its contest with the Aggies.

Marshall has done little as a passer outside of ripping Mississippi State for 339 yards and two touchdowns a few weeks back, so he especially can use the opportunity to iron out his issues in preparation for the Aggies.

 

Prediction

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Western Carolina has surrendered 40 or more points in four of its six contests this year. The Catamounts have scored as many as 30 points just once while its one matchup against legitimate competition in Virginia Tech resulted in a 45-3 thrashing.

As Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com noted, the Catamounts have not recorded a winning season, or more than three wins in a season, since 2005 and hold a horrific record against SEC opposition:

They’ve gone 0-7 against SEC teams since 2002. They’ve played Alabama three times and Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt once each. The average score of those games: 52-3. Five of the games ended in shutouts, including the 2004 and 2012 games against Alabama and the 2002 game against Auburn.

It is going to be a long day for the Catamounts. Auburn should be questioned for even scheduling the matchup. That said, the Tigers will score a major win in prepping for the Aggies.

 

Final: Auburn 48, Western Carolina 3

 

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