Auburn Tigers Football: 10 Things to Know about UT-Chattanooga

Nathan Deal@@NateDawgAUCorrespondent INovember 2, 2010

Auburn Tigers Football: 10 Things to Know about UT-Chattanooga

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with the fans after their 24-17 over the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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

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    Bad things happen in C's....
    Bad things happen in C's....

    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.

    So there.

They're The Mocs, Yet They Have a Train Logo

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers is tackled by Kendrick Adams #37 of the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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

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    9 Sep 1995:  Quarterback Jeff Peters of the Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins drops back to pass during a game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.  Auburn won the game 76-10. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire  /Allsport
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    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

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers pulls in this touchdown reception against Josh Bynes #17 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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

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    Expect Cam to be smiling all day against UTC.
    Expect Cam to be smiling all day against UTC.Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

    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

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    GREENVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05:  Armanti Edwards #14 of the Appalachian State Mountaineers reacts to his teams' 29-24 loss to the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Greenville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/G
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    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

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers rushes upfield against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Here is their schedule to this point:

    vs. Appalachian StateL, 42-41 (App. State beat Michigan in 2007)

    @ Jacksonville StateL, 21-17 (JSU beat Ole Miss to start the 2010 season)

    vs. Eastern KentuckyW, 42-24

    @ Western CarolinaW, 27-21 (WCU was the first opponent Alabama faced with Saban as coach)

    @ The CitadelW, 28-10 (Auburn beat The Citadel during their 2004 championship season)

    vs. Georgia SouthernW, 35-27

    @ FurmanW, 36-28 (Auburn played Furman last year)

    vs. ElonL, 49-35

    On the season, UT-Chattanooga is 5-3.

    Next up, however, is No. 2 Auburn. Yikes.

They're Coached by Russ Huesman

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    Russ Huesman is in year two at UTC.
    Russ Huesman is in year two at UTC.

    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

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with the fans after their 24-17 over the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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?