Auburn Tigers Football: 10 Things to Know about UT-Chattanooga
In the homecoming game this weekend, Cam Newton and No. 2 Auburn are expected to splatter UT-Chattanooga all over the walls.
This will probably come to fruition. But how much do you know about the team that Auburn is going to destroy this Saturday in preparation for Georgia and Alabama (both to be aired by CBS, by the way)?
Here are 10 things to keep in mind about UTC.
Terrell Owens Played There
Bet some of you didn't know that!
T.O. did, in fact, play for the Mocs before dancing, celebrating and crying his way to the NFL.
Their Kicking Game is Not Very Good
Their leading kicker, Jeff Veres, is 28-30 on PATs this year (meaning he's missed not one, but two) and is also only 2-6 on field-goal tries.
Their other two kickers are a combined 2-5 on PATs. But one of them, Mike Hammons, did make his only field-goal try this year.
They're The Mocs, Yet They Have a Train Logo
I do understand it's in Chattanooga, a great place for train rides and the train industry and such.
But just because Auburn has beautiful land doesn't mean we have a tree or a leaf as a logo. That's for hockey.
They are Very Good on Third Down
This season, UTC is converting on 49 percent of its third-down situations faced, while its opponents have converted just 40 percent.
Passing is Their Biggest Strength
The Mocs' B.J. Coleman averages 282 yards a game and has tossed 21 TDs compared to 12 INTs.
Their leading receiver, Joel Bradford, has scored seven TDs this year. 102 of UTC's 191 first downs have come through the air.
They Aren't Strong Defensively
While it seems like a given that Auburn should move up and down the field as they please on the Mocs, there is some evidence to back this up from the UTC perspective.
They give up 5.2 yards a play this season, which makes it pretty stunning they only give up 342 yards a game. They surrender 27 points per game as well.
Expect Auburn to put up nearly 50 in the first half against this defense.
They Almost Upset Appalachian State
They played the No. 1 team in the FCS that is famous for its upset of No. 5 Michigan in 2007.
They lost just 42-41 in a back-and-forth game. It was a good effort by the Mocs.
It's even better for them considering...
They Have a Winning Record
Here is their schedule to this point:
vs. Appalachian State—L, 42-41 (App. State beat Michigan in 2007)
@ Jacksonville State—L, 21-17 (JSU beat Ole Miss to start the 2010 season)
vs. Eastern Kentucky—W, 42-24
@ Western Carolina—W, 27-21 (WCU was the first opponent Alabama faced with Saban as coach)
@ The Citadel—W, 28-10 (Auburn beat The Citadel during their 2004 championship season)
vs. Georgia Southern—W, 35-27
@ Furman—W, 36-28 (Auburn played Furman last year)
vs. Elon—L, 49-35
On the season, UT-Chattanooga is 5-3.
Next up, however, is No. 2 Auburn. Yikes.
They're Coached by Russ Huesman
Russ Huesman, a nice guy by the way, is the head coach at his alma mater.
They're Going to Get Splattered by Auburn this Saturday
UTC shows up, gets their paycheck, takes their whipping and heads back to the Volunteer State.
Auburn rolls up almost 700 yards in a 70-6 romp over the Mocs. What say you?