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Weekend preview

Nice time for a move, Dontae.

Big weekend for Auburn sports, and even if by the time anyone reads this (or could read it) they’ll be off to Happy Hour and not looking for links to help them prepare, here are said links anyway:

A-Day. The AU-fficial site has the complete lowdown, though the important thing for us ex-pats is that ESPNU will be providing live coverage at 1 p.m. central. As always, I’d recommend those in attendance take in some track and field at the War Eagle Invitational after A-Day; track meets can be a lot of fun live, sprints and hurdles in particular.

But so much for that expectation that the game would resemble an actual football game. It sort of will for a half, but the scoring system won’t be traditional and the second half will 1. be offense vs. defense rather than two teams 2. have a running clock. All of which is fine. As long as we get to watch Cam Newton in action and see if the defensive line is still alive, I’m good.

Baseball. Huge series up in Nashville as Auburn either kickstarts what could be a serious drive towards division honors or settles back into trying to just clinch their spot at Hoover and a comfy spot at Regionals. PPL has your weekly essential 5P preview, with Kevin predicting Auburn to win the series 2-1. Unfortunately, I tend to think the ‘Dores are due for some good luck after outscoring solid opposition by a total of six runs the last two weekends and only having a 2-4 record to show for it; I think a 2-1 Vandy series win is the most likely outcome, especially with the series in Nashville. But Auburn’s played so well of late that it’s not hard at all to see the Tigers taking 2 of 3, or even sweeping if they can catch a few breaks.

Equestrian. Remember, Auburn’s going for a national title this weekend. I’m guessing the best places for info are the Varsity Equestrian site or the Auburn equestrian page.

Women’s golf.
The No. 3 Auburn women are the favorites to repeat as SEC champions this weekend. Read the link to find out why.

Krootin’. Auburn is going to have a massive number of recruits on hand for A-Day, but even more impressive than the quantity is the quality. Bryan Matthews runs down most of the big names, but there’s still several others that could/should be in attendance: Keymiya Harrell, Chris Landrum, Stephon Tuitt. The biggest name of all? Reese Dismukes, scheduled to announce his college choice next week and apparently making his final visit beforehand to the Plains. Nice omen, that.

All right: enjoy your A-Day, those of you attending know how jealous I am of you, and I’ll see you Sunday for some knee-jerk reaction.

Photo by Leffie Dailey.

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