The Samford Bulldogs will stay in state on Saturday to take on the defending National Champion Auburn Tigers.
This is certainly not Auburn's best team, but they are still ranked in the Top 25 and have scored quality wins this season.
Saturday will be the Tigers' last game before the Iron Bowl against Alabama.
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn, Alabama
When: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. EST
Watch: Steamed at ESPN3. Available on ESPN Gameplan
Off the board. Obviously, there is no real advice to give here. Keep an eye on this game to see if it maybe comes on the board later in the week. I wouldn't bet on either team if it's anything more than Auburn (-30), but if you find a place where it's smaller than that, I like the bet.
How will Pat Sullivan do against the team he won the Heisman Trophy for in 1971?
Frankly, Auburn is a much better team. They are FBS, while Samford isn't even a particularly strong FCS team. Still, it will be fun to watch Sullivan come home.
Who Might Not Play for Auburn
LB LaDarius Owens, OL Jared Cooper, RB Anthony Morgan, DE Dee Ford, DE Justin Delaine, UT Kris Frost and OL Aubrey Phillips are out.
RB Onterio McCalebb and OL Ed Christian are questionable.
BCS/Top 25 Implications
At No. 24 in the BCS, Auburn likely needs a blowout to stay ranked. I don't see a huge problem there, but even a slight struggle would hurt them.
As far as their standing for a BCS goes, this game won't make any difference. Auburn won't be going to a BCS game this season.
What They're Saying
Charles Goldberg of the Auburn Bureau, The Birmingham News, Press-Register, and The Huntsville Times wrote this about Sullvan's homecoming, and how this game came to being.
Sullivan will be remembered for his Auburn days Saturday, but all three will be honored, likely in the spring, when their statues are unveiled outside of Jordan-Hare.
Getting the statue might have been easier than getting Auburn to play Samford on Saturday. It took a phone call to athletics director Jay Jacobs to finally make it happen.
"I read in the paper that Auburn was fixing to play Chattanooga, and I had been trying to get a game. So when I read about it, I called and fussed at Jay strong, probably too strong. He worked it out," Sullivan said.
Samford Player to Watch
Running back Fabian Truss. He's a genuine playmaker and can make Auburn's day far more difficult than it needs to be.
Auburn Player to Watch
Quarterback Clint Moseley. Auburn's only chance of being tested is if he turns the ball over.
Truss vs. the Auburn defense. It will be fun to see how the playmaker does against a FBS, SEC team.
On the Hotseat
Nobody's job is really in danger here. Even a stunning loss wouldn't hurt the Auburn coaching staff too much. Remember, they are the defending National Champions.
Prediction: Auburn 45, Samford 3
Even though this isn't Auburn's best team, they will roll Samford.
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