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Meanwhile, from an alternate universe

This Auburn football highlight clip from yesterday’s game is almost as short as the proverbial Jewish Sports Legends book pamphlet article.

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That look you have after a 31.34 passer rating

It didn’t look any better measured by QBR standards, either.

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“Just. Knock. The. Ball. Down.”

“They didn’t.”

I think I feel even more sorry for Aaron Murray after watching that.

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“We were getting letters from people in prison. It was crazy.”

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Never gets old.  Ever.

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Auburn injury update

Keeping an eye on Sean White and Kamryn Pettway?  Judging from the coaches’ comments, they’ll both see the field on Saturday.  It’s just a question of how effective they’ll be.

Here’s what Rhett Lashlee said about White yesterday:

“Obviously he’s not 100 percent, but I think you saw on the touchdown pass to Darius (Slayton) last week, the ball is probably 30-35 yards in the air,” Lashlee said. “I don’t think he’s going to be limited in any capacity or we probably wouldn’t put him out there. I mean, if he full-go, 100 percent, healthy and fresh like it was the first game? Probably not. Again, not a lot of people are, but he’ll be good to go.”

Same song for Pettway.

“He was out there today,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “He was dressed out. At this point I’d say he’s just day-to-day.”

It’s a more promising outlook for the 6-foot, 240-pound running back than earlier in the day, even. During Wednesday morning’s SEC coaches teleconference, coach Gus Malzahn said Pettway was unable to practice Tuesday and he was uncertain if the third-year sophomore would be able to participate in Wednesday’s session.

While Malzahn was uncertain about Pettway’s practice availability, he seemed optimistic about Pettway’s availability against Georgia even if he missed practice on Wednesday.

“It’s not that hard this time of the year,” Malzahn said. “Now earlier in the year… it would have been a challenge.”

Sounds like they’re playing but there will be some schematic issues due to their conditions.

— On the challenges of gameplanning with an injured quarterback: “We’re going to gameplan the way we think we need to and call the game the way we think we need to win it.”

— On plug-and-play perception of Auburn’s run game: “We’re doing it as a team offense… We got confidence in our guys. We’re going to go out and put them in the best chance, best position to be successful.”

Maybe that’s promising news for Georgia’s defense, except Auburn was banged up for last week’s game against Vanderbilt and still managed a robust 6.23 yards per offensive play.  Vandy did hold the Tigers to a season low 62 plays, though, something that would be nice for Georgia to accomplish.  The good news is that’s actually a number in the Dawgs’ wheelhouse.

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Danielson sees the Georgia-Auburn game…

… and isn’t as pessimistic about the Dawgs’ chances as I am.

“If I was Gus Malzahn, I’d want to play ten other teams in the SEC rather than Georgia this week,” Danielson said. “I don’t like the fact that Kirby Smart has faced me in big-time pressure games before, I think he is very attuned how to attack the Auburn offense. If you look at Georgia’s defense, they’re really coming on with a lot of young athletes on the defensive line. I think they tackle well at linebacker and it should be a really tough game.”

It’s not just the defense he likes, either.

Danielson likes the development of Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason and running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

“I like the fact that maybe we can’t run the ball on them all day … but he can strike any part of the field at any time and should keep that secondary from Auburn from sniffing around,” Danielson said. “I think this would be a tremendous victory for Auburn if they can do it, and I know that Kirby Smart will have his team ready for this game.”

One positive, I suppose, is that, while Sean White leads the conference in passer rating, he’s not exactly going to scare you in the running game, which is an area where the last two Auburn quarterbacks who beat Georgia were more than capable.  (He’s also a little banged up coming into this week’s game.)  Not sure that makes me feel as confident about Georgia’s defense as Danielson sounds, though.

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Jay Jacobs, feelin’ it

If you’re wanting a little taste of what Greg McGarity might sound like should the day come when Kirby Smart gets things rolling a little, Auburn’s athletic director is here to smugly tell one and all he knew things were good all along.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told USA TODAY Sports the 1-2 start “was an odd time,” while noting both Clemson and Texas A&M were highly ranked. Jacobs said he heard the noise from frustrated fans — but doesn’t hear much anymore.

“It’s gotten deathly quiet,” Jacobs said Sunday afternoon. “In my role and in Gus’ role, you don’t listen to that. You take care of what’s inside the house. And inside the house, everybody’s been marching to the beat of the same drummer. I’m just glad to know that Gus and these coaches have helped these players find their identity.

“It took us two or three games to find out exactly what it was. Now we know it’s downhill, old-fashioned, run-the-ball and playing Southeastern Conference, Auburn defense…”

Well, and maybe one other little thing.

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UPDATE:  Big Jay may not have been listening to criticism, but it’s hard to believe he was ignoring that Auburn sold out a home game for just the second time this season.

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