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All In baby!

Men, I’ve got some good news and bad news about our game in Baton Rouge. I will start with the bad news first. The folks out in Vegas say we are going to lose by at least 21 points. The math wizards who configure the BCS standings tell me LSU is the best team in college football this season. The media experts at ESPN are talking about the LSU-Alabama game that won’t tee off until two weeks from now. They’ve made it abundantly clear LSU can afford to suspend three starters with no worries of l

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Spotlighting Auburn's LB's vs. Arkansas

Auburn's run defense has been improving as the season progresses, which is the result of an improved performance by Auburn's front seven. The key to a good run defense is gap containment, avoiding being swallowed up in traffic (getting off blocks) and good pursuit angles. With all this factored in, the play has to finish with a sound tackle or everything else is meaningless. On this play, you will see great execution by Auburn's 3 linebackers on an Arkansas run. The play... On this play, Ark

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LSU Postgame Thoughts

It was the first time in a very long time I could not wait for an Auburn game to be over with. Not because I was angry or disappointed in the outcome but it was clearly a game of two teams that were not playing at the same level of competition. LSU was a well-oiled machine and Auburn was a struggling rebuilding team still in search of their “team” identity. This game was not about schemes, play-calling or even execution. This game simply came down to LSU crushing Auburn on both sides of the line

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Florida Game Report Card

Game #7 Statistical Evaluation (Florida) Offensive Report Card 1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 4.64 (failed) 2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 7.7 pct (failed) 3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 3.60 (failed) 4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 21.4% (failed) 5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33%: 42.9% (failed) 6) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 7.69 (failed) 7) Score above 75% in red zone: 100.0% (check) 8) Average 30-yards per possession: 19.9 YPP

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Upon Further Review - Florida

During the first 5 games of the game, the Auburn offense faced an average of 7.2 situations involving 2-yards to convert a first down or touchdown. In the last 2 games, they’ve had only 3 against Arkansas and 3 against Florida. Facing fewer short yardage situations is a strong indicator of poor production on first down. A forced-turnover by the Auburn defense has been worth 2.85 points. An Auburn offensive turnover has been worth 2.7 points for the opponent. Only 5 players were targe

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Florida Postgame Thoughts

Congratulations to Ted Roof and the Auburn defense for playing a near perfect game and for the continuing improvement since the Clemson loss. During the first 3 games of the season, the defense allowed 534-yards and 37 points per game. Over the last 4 games, the defense has allowed 307-yards and 18 points per game. Auburn’s defense allowed their opponent to convert 64 percent of their 3rd downs during the first 3 games and only 30 percent during the last 4 games. The defense is still youthful an

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Spotlighting Clint Moseley in the pocket

A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with a person I highly respect when it comes to football and he commented on a quarterback's ability to utilize the pocket before escaping it. He suggested there were times Barrett Trotter leaving the pocket created more pressure for the OL and often compounded the issue. Looking back at some of the break downs in pass protection, I discovered he was correct in his observations. With this in mind, here is a break down of Clint Moseley against Florida, facing

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Spotlighting Clint Moseley (Impact plays)

During halftime of the Florida game, Auburn coaches decided to make a change at quarterback in hopes that Clint Moseley would give a spark to the offense. Auburn had 98 yards on 29 plays at halftime and finished the second half with 180-yards of offense on 30 plays. This was a major improvement from 3.4 yards per play to 6.0 yards per play. Though Moseley only attempted 7 passes during the second half, 3 of his 4 completions were impact plays, something the pass-offense had been lacking for t

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Texas A&M Postgame

It was the worst first quarter of Auburn football that I have witnessed in the 35-years I have followed Auburn football. It then transformed into the worst first half of Auburn football and eventually the worst defensive performance I have ever seen by an Auburn defense. The only highlight of the evening was watching a true freshman quarterback play his heart out, giving a lifeless Auburn offense a much needed spark. I enjoyed watching Mr. Wallace play so much, I wanted the Aggies to score as q

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Don't close your eyes just yet...

Looking back as far as spring of 2011 here are some conclusions I have come to… The plan was for Cameron Newton to be at Auburn for 2010 and 2011. The fact the coaches made a push for Russell Wilson should be some level of an indicator how the coaches perceived the quarterback personnel. Through 6 games, the pass offense has regressed for various reasons and not just the performance of the quarterbacks. The conservative game plan against FAU initially concerned me but I now believe

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Recovering from big losses

One of the primary concerns for most AU supporters is the big losses suffered in 2011. The last time AU lost 5 games by 14 or more points in one season was 1973. The question now is how much ground can Auburn make up in one year? It's the natural fear that because Auburn was smashed 4 times last season, they will continue to struggle the following year. It should be noted that after the dismal 1973 season, Auburn did bounce back to a 10-2 record the following season avenging 3 of the 4 losses.

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Major challenges ahead for Sophomore QB

Kiehl Frazier's starting debut might be the most challenging during the modern era of Auburn football. Consider the following... Since 1951 Auburn has opened the season against a ranked opponent in 6 of 61 seasons (1952, 1957, 1984, 2002, 2003 and 2005). Of those 6 season openers, 4 were away from Jordan-Hare. Frazier will make his starting debut on the road against the No. 14 ranked team in the country against an opponent that defeated Auburn by 14 points the year before. There will be 3 new

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Deep seam route to Lutzenkirchen

Though his starting debut was not one for the record books, there were plenty of positives about Kiehl Frazier's performance against Clemson. He was nervous early on but that was to be expected considering it was his first start, not to mention the venue and caliber of opponent. I'm sure there were a couple of throws he would like to have back but it did not change the fact he made some key completions during the game. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 12 from their own 48-ya

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Thoughts on Alabama and Auburn

Over the past 5 seasons Alabama has compiled a record of 61-7, winning 3 BCSNC games along the way. Alabama's 3 national championships in 4 years marks only the 3rd time since the 1940's, a team has accomplished this feat. Does this make Nick Saban the greatest coach of all time? Probably not but it certainly places his name in the discussion to say the least. There are those who will argue that Alabama has backed their way into their last 2 BCSNC and there is some truth to it. Of course only

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Is quarterback play more vital than ever?

1979 was the first season the NCAA implemented the pass-efficiency rating formula to rank quarterbacks and pass-offense. Prior to 1979, quarterbacks and pass-offenses were ranked based on yards gained per game. * In 1979, only 7 quarterbacks finished the season with a rating of 140.0 or better at the Division I level. * During the 2012 season, 43 quarterbacks finished the season with a rating of 140.0 or better at the FBS level. Not only has quarterback play become better over the last 30-ye

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#StatTiger: The "Bread & Butter" Play

One of the frequent plays seen in Gus Malzahn's offense is the power sweep, similar to the version made famous by Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. It has been a very successful play in the Malzahn playbook with Ben Tate and Michael Dyer recording numerous long TD runs during their Auburn careers. Cameron Artis-Payne benefited from the same play during the 2013 A-Day game, scoring on a 27-yard run. The play... Malzahn has a couple of variations of this play but they all involve both guards

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#StatTiger: Thoughts on Malzhan's Pass-Offense

From 2000-2012, SEC teams have combined for an efficiency rating of 129.2. During Malzahn's 4 seasons as an OC in the SEC, his pass-offenses had an efficiency rating of 142.8. That's very impressive, when you consider how many quarterbacks account for that overall rating (good & bad). Imagine how efficient it would be with a returning starter in place, which he has never had at the collegiate level. For the most part, if Auburn can run the football, they will have a consistent pass-offense t

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Spotlighting Auburn vs. Clemson - Onterio McCalebb pass

Last season, Onterio McCalebb rushed for 810-yards on just 95 carries, registering 28 runs of 10-yards or more and 10 runs of over 20-yards. McCalebb became a wonderful compliment to the inside running of Cameron Newton with his ability to break long runs on the perimeter. This season through 3 games, Onterio McCalebb has been held to 4.87 yards per rush, his lowest average since becoming an Auburn Tiger. One of the problems has been Auburn's inability to seal the edge and to consistently block

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Michael Dyer vs. Arkansas

Michael Dyer recorded his 5th long run of the season, scoring on a 55-yard touchdown run against the Arkansas Razorbacks. What made this long run unique from the previous 4 long runs was that it did not involve a pulling guard or lead blocker. Gus Malzahn took advantage of the boundary side by have a "trips" set to the wide side of the field. Overloading the boundary side was not necessary with Arkansas playing more personnel to the wide side of the field. The play... On this play, Auburn wi

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Spotlighting Clint Moseley vs. LSU

There were not many bright moments for the Auburn offense vs. LSU but the 30-yard completion from Clint Moseley to DeAngelo Benton was perhaps the best play of the game for the Auburn offense. Auburn quarterbacks were harassed the majority of the game and this play came on 3rd down under severe pressure. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 10 from their own 21-yard line. LSU shows a blitz look but will only come with 4 rushers. Clint Moseley drops back to pass, looking at his

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How much will AU improve in 2012?

Based on yards per game gained and allowed per game, here is how Auburn has progressed since the 2000 season. Offense: 2000-2001: +.6 percent 2001-2002: +7.4 percent 2002-2003: -2.9 percent 2003-2004: +10.6 percent 2004-2005: -2.6 percent 2005-2006: -21.7 percent (Numbers skewed by NCAA rule changes) 2006-2007: +4.2 percent (Numbers skewed by NCAA rule changes) 2007-2008: -9.6 percent 2008-2009: +29.8 percent 2009-2010: +13.5 percent 2010-2011: -32.3 percent Defense: 2000-2001: -13

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Georgia Postgame Numbers and Thoughts

Coach Pat Dye was right when he stated Georgia was the third most physical team in the SEC. The way they played tonight, they could give LSU or Alabama a run for their money and they will get their shot in the SECCG. This game was identical to the LSU game as Auburn was simply dominated up front on both sides of the football. Auburn was beat in every phase of the game, including coaching. It’s difficult to make adjustments if the opponent is dominating the line of scrimmage, which was clearly th

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Auburn in Bowl Games

Auburn is 11-4 during their last 15 bowl games. Auburn has averaged 333-yards and 20 PPG in bowl action, while allowing 340-yards and 20 PPG on defense. Auburn is 8-1-0 in bowl games, when the Tigers rush for at least 200-yards. Auburn is 5-8-0 in bowl games, when the Tigers throw at least 2 interceptions. Auburn is 15-0-0 in bowl games, when they hold their opponent under 140-yards in rushing. Ronnie Browns’ 184-yards rushing against Penn State (2003) remains a school recor

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Virginia Game Postgame Thoughts

Once again, Coach Gene Chizik’s staff did a solid job of preparing their team for bowl game competition. There were many distractions leading up to this season’s game but the coaching staff and players were able to overcome the obstacles to defeat their opponent by 19-points. The Auburn offense and special teams were clearly the difference in the game as Coach Gus Malzahn leaves on a high note, directing a unit without it’s best player in 2011. With Clint Moseley going down with an ankle injur

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Scot Loeffler - Receivers

Last season, 38.9 percent of the passes caught by Temple's wide-receivers went for 15-yards or more. This was very close to the 39.4 percent mark by Auburn's 2010 receivers. Though Temple's offense under Scot Loeffler was extremely run-heavy in 2011, it did not prevent his pass-offense from being efficient. Incorporating elements of the west coast offense, Loeffler attempted to put his quarterbacks in the best possible position to make plays, which improved the Temple pass-offense from No.65 in

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