2023 Game 2: at Auburn

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2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Calmass9 » Sun Aug 27, 2023 8:31 pm

Coming off an upset in week 0, UMass heads to legendary Jordan-Hare stadium as a 36.5 point underdog on Saturday. That line has come down from 39.5 when it opened a week ago. With the over/under being set at 52, Vegas is predicting a final score of (roughly) 45-7. UMass is 9-1 against the spread vs SEC teams since moving up to the FBS in 2012. My money will be on the Minutemen to cover once again.

Hugh Freeze returns to the SEC and will be coaching his first game at Auburn. Freeze was at Liberty the last 4 years, making a bowl game each year in addition to beating UMass handily 4 times from 2019-2022.

At Quarterback for Auburn will be Michigan State transfer Payton Thorne. Thorne threw for over 6500 yards, 49 TDs, 24 INTs in 3 seasons with the Spartans. He's a big time talent that Auburn will be relying on to make an immediate impact in 2023. Freeze prefers to play a very up-tempo RPO (run pass option) style offense but Thorne is not a runner so it will be interesting to watch how the offense is designed.

If UMass can keep this within 24 points and stay healthy, that's a victory. I'll predict a 38-17 loss, with the game being close well into the 3rd quarter. Hope we shock the world.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by InnervisionsUMASS » Mon Aug 28, 2023 8:30 am

Avoid major injuries and this is a success.
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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Sheck » Mon Aug 28, 2023 8:45 am

Must win game to keep our CFB playoff hopes alive.
It will get better.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Upstate10 » Mon Aug 28, 2023 8:53 am

I have a couple large +39.5 tickets. I think we give them a scare in the first half. Just come out healthy and we have four straight very winnable games.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Floyd » Mon Aug 28, 2023 10:47 am

Close ur eyes and imagine, just imagine if we keep this game close. The airtime on ESPN etc would be crazy.

Not expecting a W but I could see this group playing up and opening some eyes. This is our Super Bowl and guys will be pumped up for some respect
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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by e_parade » Mon Aug 28, 2023 10:53 am

I'll be happy if we're able to be removed from the Bottom 10 for the remainder of the season at some point this year.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by TheInsider » Mon Aug 28, 2023 11:03 am

Play hard and stay healthy.. keep mistakes to a minimum.. the score will be whatever it will be.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by stevemaz » Mon Aug 28, 2023 11:26 am

Auburn may have lousy run defense. I predict 17-14 UMass at halftime.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by 69MG » Mon Aug 28, 2023 12:04 pm

I think we're all on the same page, keep the score respectable and don't suffer any key injuries.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by TheInsider » Tue Aug 29, 2023 5:21 am

obviously Auburn will much deeper with talent than Umass but I think we can keep it close early and the game might not get too out of hand. I only say this because Auburn has a new coach with a new qb and system. It may take them a bit to get going. If we were playing them in game 8, this wouldn't matter but having them in their game 1 and having tape on Freeze from last year will be a big help.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Old Cage » Tue Aug 29, 2023 6:42 am

"Everything you need to know from Don Brown’s presser on Monday"

https://nefootballjournal.com/2023/08/2 ... on-monday/
"Jack didn’t have any envy in him," Calipari said. "He was the greatest coach to ever coach here."

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by eldonabe » Tue Aug 29, 2023 6:44 am

TheInsider wrote: Tue Aug 29, 2023 5:21 am obviously Auburn will much deeper with talent than Umass but I think we can keep it close early and the game might not get too out of hand. I only say this because Auburn has a new coach with a new qb and system. It may take them a bit to get going. If we were playing them in game 8, this wouldn't matter but having them in their game 1 and having tape on Freeze from last year will be a big help.
They will be tied 0-0 at the start of the game so your prediction is spot on sir :wink:

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Old Cage » Tue Aug 29, 2023 7:10 am

Now here's a stat that I would never have thought possible:

Of all FBS teams that have attempted more than one field goal, UMass is the only team to make them all.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Quann » Tue Aug 29, 2023 7:35 am

Having a good college kicker is so huge. Majority of FBS kickers are pretty inconsistent. It's probably gotten better compared to 20 years ago but you still see a lot of misses at the FBS level.

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Re: 2023 Game 2: at Auburn

Post by Calmass9 » Tue Aug 29, 2023 8:22 am

Quann wrote: Tue Aug 29, 2023 7:35 am Having a good college kicker is so huge. Majority of FBS kickers are pretty inconsistent. It's probably gotten better compared to 20 years ago but you still see a lot of misses at the FBS level.
Since the beginning of last year Carson hasn't missed an XP (18/18) and is 15/18 on field goals inside of 50 yards. He's a very legit college kicker and a huge safety net for us.

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