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

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers looks to throw a pass against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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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 AdamsDL10/09/2013is probable for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaProbableknee
Jaylon DensonWR09/22/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Justin GarrettLB10/09/2013is doubtful for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaDoubtfulundisclosed
Keymiya HarrellDL10/09/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaQuestionableknee
Jonathan JonesCB10/09/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaQuestionablefoot
Nick MarshallQB10/09/2013is probable for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaProbableknee
Cassanova McKinzyLB10/07/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaQuestionableneck
Demetruce McNealS08/17/2013was dismissed from the teamOutlegal/disciplinary
Craig SandersDL10/09/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Western CarolinaQuestionableankle
Jeffrey WhitakerDT08/31/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee

 

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

Oct 5, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Mississippi Rebels at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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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