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Cocktail Thursday: Auburn Edition

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If your Georgia Bulldogs are going on the road to take on a top 20 opponent and traditional rival bent on revenge you could probably use a drink. I can help you with that.

Earlier this week we shared on Twitter what I still believe is the most improbable statistic of the 2021 college football season.

It’s true. Look it up if you want. Bo Nix, the swashbuckling, Devil-may-care, chaotically off-script quarterback of the Auburn Tigers has played five football games this season and not thrown a single interception.

It’s a very Sinbad genie movie of a number because we’re all certain that we saw Bone X (TM) throw a crippling pick against Penn State. Or maybe it was early against Georgia State. But it happened, right? Right?

No, reader. It did not. Not yet. But you’re perhaps not completely bereft of your senses. Because the fact that he hasn’t been intercepted doesn’t mean that Nix has been that effective. He’s still only completing 58% of his passes, which in a Mike Bobo-coordinated offense is indeed not great. It’s below the 61.1% Aaron Murray managed as a wide-eyed first year starter, for reference.

And somehow that doesn’t even tell the whole story. Because Nix’s completion percentage has declined in every game this season since he hit on 22 of 27 passes for 3 touchdowns to open the season against a pretty atrocious Akron team. Last week against LSU he hit 24 of 48 passes for 260 yards and precisely 1 touchdown. Yet still didn’t manage to complete one to the Bayou Bengals.

In sum, it may not be that Bo Nix isn’t throwing interceptable balls. Rather I think it’s more likely that the Plainsmen’s mashup of Fran Tarkenton and Joe Cox just hasn’t met the defense to make him pay for chucking footballs around like Ludacris flinging small bills in an early 2000s gentlemen’s club.

That should end this weekend. You won’t just see Bo Nix. You’re going to see his ill-mannered cousin from Enterprise:

The Mo’ Pix.

You’ll need 1 cup of apple cider, 1 and 12 oz. of Southern Comfort, 1/2 oz. of peach schnapps, and a dash of lemon juice. Mix it all together, garnish with a cinammon stick, and enjoy (it works warm or chilled, by the way). For an added kick you could probably also light this drink on fire for a more complex taste. I’ve never tried it and it seems a little dangerous, but after all it is probably what Bo Nix would do.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!