July 22, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev.-----Lyn Scarbrough is a long-time staff member for Lindy's Sports Annuals based in Birmingham, Alabama. He is most proud of attending every Auburn-Alabama football game since 1963.
Mr. Scarbrough offers a look at traveling to see the Spartans take on one of the top teams in the country and the Tigers themselves on September 6 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Tell us about making the trip to Auburn University:
"They're going to enjoy the Southern hospitality. I'll say that to start with. It's not as difficult to get there as you think it is. There are good flights into Birmingham, Montgomery and Atlanta. And, there'll probably be some good Southern weather. And, hopefully see some good football.
I cover the Mountain West. Lindy's is the only publication that does a Mountain West edition. People in the South may not give enough credit to teams in the Mountain West. You've had some pretty good ball games played by Mountain West teams. Utah State came into Auburn two years ago and played them right down to the end.
Boise State is playing Ole Miss and Utah State is playing Tennessee the week before San Jose State plays Auburn. You have some good Mountain West teams playing SEC teams. I think it will be a competitive ball game and certainly would encourage people to come."
What's your outlook for Auburn football in 2014?:
"Cautiously optimistic. I think the Auburn offense could be the best in the country. The San Jose State defense will have its work cut out for it. Anybody will have its work cut out for them. Auburn led the country in rushing last year, scored over 40 points several times. They have (quarterback) Nick Marshall coming back. He's the leading Heisman Trophy candidate in the Southeastern Conference. They return four of their five starting offensive linemen. They have Sammie Coates at wide receiver. They are bringing in (D'Haquille Williams) the number-one junior college wide receiver in the country. And, they return three of their top four running backs. It is a very, very, very fast and good offense.
Defensively, San Jose State might be able to exploit some things on them. They're (the Tigers) going to be better, but defensively has not been their strong point.
If you're going to beat Auburn, you're going to have to outscore them and not many people are going to do that. "