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  1. 5 points
    This article, though!! Should be an interesting game ahead, but not nearly as exciting as ours tonight! War Eagle forever! "The final straw came sometime last week. Kiffin — who, like other Alabama assistants, is not allowed to speak to the media during the season — finally got to dish out his unfiltered thoughts about working for Saban, both during Peach Bowl media availability and for a Sports Illustrated article in which he went house-hunting in Boca Raton with reporter Pete Thamel. “I don’t recall a happy moment,” he told reporters in Atlanta. “I just recall the ass-chewings. “This will come across wrong,” he told Thamel. “But it’s like dog years. Three years is like 21.” http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/lane-kiffin-just-cant-stop-sabotaging-010217
  2. 5 points
    Our OL would bulldoze WMU undersized DL much more than what Wisc is doing.
  3. 5 points
    My open letter to Herb..... Please read up on pass pro and picking up blitzes.
  4. 4 points
    Ed Cunningham on the Outback Bowl said he has a hard time believing Sark was given play calling duties for the NC Game if he hasn' t had any on-field experience this season as he was supposed to. He said he would like to ask nick saban that. Man, would I love to see satan blow up on that question. No one on al.com would ever ask it.
  5. 3 points
    Lol I'll stop short of calling our NYE tasting "epic", but we did close the night with a Mexican Cake Biscotti Break, a Firestone Walker XVI, a Kane anniversary (don't remember which, and had never heard of the brewery, but it was very good) and a Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. There were 8 or 9 bottles popped before those. I felt it in the morning. Beer nerd brothers in law are a blessing and a curse.
  6. 3 points
    White is no where near 100% so I predict we are going to see JJ early and often in the game tonight. And lol if you believe anything Gus says anymore.
  7. 3 points
    More like Cutty Sark in the water.
  8. 3 points
    The better position coaches are looking to become coordinators then head coaches. To get a really good DB coach who will be with team 3-4 years you take a chance on a young unproven guy who needs time to build his resume or an older guy who wants a final stopping place. When you are looking for the best position coaches part of the problem is how long you will be able to keep them.
  9. 3 points
    Your probably right he won't work out like the two examples most don't but the reason these two were given as examples is to prove that sometimes players who were not rated highly work out. I watched his film also I have a higher opinion then you do based on his film and athleticism but I am not blown away by his passing skills but he could develop and fit into our offense. My big question is can we develop him?
  10. 3 points
    I would give him respect if he had earned those wins without any extra help that other teams are not allowed. Until then....he's just another coach.
  11. 3 points
    Will never forget that call as long as I live! Thanks for the memory.
  12. 3 points
    Sigh. If I ever really want to read page after page after page after page after page of pointless arguing about pointless points, I know exactly where to come. The coaches obviously saw enough talent here to make the offer. Welcome to Auburn and WDE, Malik!
  13. 3 points
    Urban can go away now hopefully! Sick of ohio state getting passes so many times and laying the egg. This love affair with urban can't stop soon enough!
  14. 3 points
    They also had exactly zero help from the offense in those games. They were having to keep a sinking ship afloat.
  15. 2 points
    WAR EAGLE from snowy Salt Lake City! About to go out and shovel snow for the 2nd time today!........... Really missing back home!
  16. 2 points
    Admittedly Kiffin's offense looked pretty anemic Saturday...and on a few other Saturdays. But still, seems like you let the guy that led you to the National Championship game have the honor of being part of that game and perhaps earning a ring, even if Sark does all the actual coaching for that game. Timing, to me, looks like Saban & Kiffin's ego finally couldn't fit in the same sideline or office, and the implosion just happened a week (or two) early. I have to wonder how 'mutual' this was at this particular time. If someone had to leave early, I suspect the guy staying in Tuscaloosa* had more say-so in the situation. [*...Plus, he's just the kind of guy who might do something like this out of spite or indifference. ]
  17. 2 points
    Hard to make a guess it could be a close win or blow out by either team, too many questions on the offensive side for Auburn. I will say this if qbs start rotating in and out every play, I will promptly turn over to celebrity apprentice for the premier of the Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  18. 2 points
    That's right, but I would bet the farm he was strapping on a headset all season. sabear isnt going to pay any attention to those irrelevant rules.
  19. 2 points
    True...the way it should be. As we have discussed many many times, there is no reason for Gus to reveal ANYTHING about the health of his players or who his starters will be. Disinformation is best way to answer the curious who have no need to know.
  20. 2 points
    Dabo's dumber than we all thought if he doesn't hire Kiffin to sit in an "analyst" role for the next week.
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    I think he's had all he can take of saban based on the comments in a recent interview. Saban probably hasn't let up a hair since he has a replacement there now who runs the same O. Lots of immediate pressure on sark. Could lead a man to............ Sark in the water? Lol.
  23. 2 points
    As a follow-up on your kid-friendly theme: Years (YEARS) ago, as a college kid in Mobile, I noted that the King Tut exhibit was in NOLA. A friend and I hit the road to see it, figuring we'd find a cheap motel post arrival. By pay phone (back when it was a dime), scanning yellow-page ads for "low rates," I kept getting proprietors that were shocked that I was looking for low "nightly" rates, but they were happy to calculate them for me from their advertised low hourly rates.
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Coach's Corner: Auburn vs Oklahoma.... In one of those anomalous events that comes along only now and then, an 8-4 Auburn team will play in the Sugar Bowl as the Southeastern Conference representative, facing Oklahoma, the champions of the Big Twelve. This will be the 83rd Sugar Bowl, and game time is 7:30 on January 2nd. The first round of the College Football Playoffs will be in the books by then, with those games scheduled for New Year’s Eve, so college football fans across the country will be searching for quality games to watch as the 2016 season winds down. In my obviously biased opinion, this game will be one to watch. In the minds of most fans, myself included, this one is mostly about OU’s high-powered offense vs Auburn’s strong defense. The Sooners come into the game averaging 44.7 points per game. They’ve won 9 games in a row since being beaten handily by Ohio State back in September. Since that loss, led by junior quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Sooners lead the nation in completion percentage, passing touchdowns, and yards per pass attempt. Over the last nine games, Mayfield has competed 73.5% of his pass attempts. Through that same nine-game stretch, wide receiver DeDe Westbrook (6-0, 176) leads the country in receiving yards (1,311), yards per catch (23), and receiving touchdowns (16). Despite missing the final game of the season with an injury, Westbrook has 74 receptions this season. With their very impressive passing game stats, it’s tempting to look at OU as a somewhat typical Big 12 air-it-out offense. That’s not really accurate, as the Sooners can run the football very well. Running backs Samaje Perine (5-10, 235, Jr.) and Joe Mixon (6-1, 230, R-Soph.) average a combined 256 rushing yards per game. Perine averages 5.7 yards per carry, Mixon 6.8. Mixon has also caught 32 passes this season. The Sooners generate explosive plays both through the air (Westbrook has 12 TD catches of 40 yards or more), and on the ground (Mixon has 10 runs of at least 30 yards this season). Part of OU Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley's method is to spread the field as widely as possible, pulling defenders far away from the box to facilitate his running game, much like Baylor has done in recent years. Defensively, OU is a 3-4 base, and not quite as “big” as most of the defensive units Auburn faces during the regular season. They have given up a lot of yards this season, and rank 89th out of 128 FBS teams in total defense, 119th in pass defense, giving up 4.6 yards per rush attempt, and 7.2 per pass attempt. They do rank second in the Big 12 against the run, although I’m not sure defensive stats in that league mean much. Against Texas Tech, the OU defense gave up an astonishing 854 yards of total offense, a game OU won, 66-59. The Sooners do have an effective pass rush, led by outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (6-2, 245, Jr.). Okoronkwo has 9 sacks this season. As for “how they’ll play it”, OU will likely set out to establish a running game with Perine and Mixon, and if they’re able to establish that, incorporate play action passes. If Auburn is able to defend the run with 6 in the box, the numbers in the AU secondary should help control the Sooner passing game. If AU has to drop another defender in the box to stop the run, OU will gain an advantage downfield, and Mayfield will open up the big play passing game. The OU offensive line is talented, and executes pretty well in the run game; they are not particularly effective in pass protection. Although he pushes the ball downfield very well in the passing game, Mayfield will not be using 5 and 7-step drops, for protection reasons. The OU attack is more of a get-it-out-quick scheme than a deep-drop pocket-passing scheme. Mayfield is athletic enough to move around and extend plays, and he is excellent at keeping his eyes downfield while doing that. Defensively, OU will obviously focus on stopping Auburn’s running game. Not unlike the situation for the Auburn defense, the Sooners will try to stop the run with 6 in the box. Their history through this season suggests they won’t be able to do that effectively, and will have to bring a seventh….and possibly even an eighth….defender down to stop Auburn’s power running attack. If that happens, and Sean White is healthy enough to throw effectively, Auburn will have opportunities to open up the passing game some and get the OU defense off-balance. I expect Auburn to be able to play power football against a somewhat lighter OU defense. If the OL is executing well, OU will be forced to add numbers to the box, and if AU can execute a decent passing game, they’ll have a chance to keep up with the Sooners’ big play offense. Finding a rhythm in the passing game may prove difficult for Auburn, as OU held their last three regular-season opponents under 50% completion percentage. All of the Sooner defensive backs who play regularly are 6-0 or 6-1, so they have good size in the back end. They do start a freshman corner, and a freshman OLB. Special teams are advantage Auburn in terms of kicking, and advantage OU in returns. The OU kicker (he’s also the punter) is 11-for-15 on field goals this season, with a long of 39 yards. He’s 0-for-3 from 40 yards or more, and averages 40.8 as a punter. Westbrook is a threat as a punt returner. He’s only returned 4 this year, but averages 19.8 per. On kickoff returns, Westbrook has averaged 28.4. Mixon is the primary kickoff returner, and averages 23.5. There has been lots of media commentary on the fact that the bowl games outside of the playoffs are “meaningless." In terms of international trade agreements, treaties, and alliances across the globe, that’s probably true, and likely applies to the playoff games as well. But in terms of college football, players, fans, and alumni, a classic bowl like the Sugar Bowl is never meaningless. The players will remember the experience for the rest of their lives. OU Coach Bob Stoops has been very outspoken for a few years now about “the hype surrounding the SEC”, and he’s won his last three games against SEC teams, including a huge win over Alabama in the Sugar. Gus Malzahn could really use a win in this game to establish in Auburn people’s minds that the program is truly back on track after a poor start to 2016, and the two losses at the end of the year were more about injuries than about the status of the program. As for recruiting, the momentum of a win over a so-called “blue blood” program like OU (which has had 14 10-win seasons in 18 years) might sway a recruit or two. So, I don’t see “meaningless” at all. It’s the end of the season, it’s one of the “classic” bowls, and it’s Auburn Football, so I’ll be watching anxiously and intensely. Obviously, if you’re reading this, you will be as well! WAR EAGLE!!!
  26. 2 points
    I'd love to have this kid but I can't get excited until I see this staff utilize the talent we have in the passing game. Look what we just signed last year. I'm not being negative but until we scrap our route tree and start running routes that use the whole field it won't matter if we recruit Jerry Rice and Cliff Branch with Tony Gonzalez at TE. We have talent at the position right now. You can't have 4 WRs run long developing routes downfield on 3rd and 7 when the defense is blitzing unless you plan on your QB either getting killed in 2.5 seconds or running for a 1st down. Our routes consist of go long or WR screen. It is the single most irritating part of our offense.
  27. 2 points
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  29. 2 points
    Agreed. However, the committee still got it wrong.
  30. 2 points
    It's a no win for the committee: OSU gets beat and everyone points out the obvious - had they selected PSU and Clemson slams them, then then everyone would say "we knew OSU was the best team" What makes college football great (and better than the NFL) is not the prefections but the inprefections! Embrace them, enjoy them and understand this is the life we celebrate. Happy New Year and War DAMN Eagle ?
  31. 2 points
    Likely but PSU 'earned" the right to play the game in my view. Committee failed to let things play out on the field and decided it knew better.
  32. 2 points
    UA vs Mich St last year... Still should have been Clem vs PSU. Committee blew it.
  33. 2 points
    I've seen a lot of beatdowns, but I don't think I've ever seen a team that was supposedly that "so good" get so manhandled up and down the field.
  34. 2 points
    There is a difference between a run in with the law and a football player physically assaulting a woman, on camera.
  35. 1 point
    While Saban maybe was not happy about the O performance, this is as bad as timing as you can get to make this type change. While Sark probably has been involved with the game planning he does not have the game experience for this team and the ebb and flow of how the game is going. So while he has been in the press box with headset on, he should not have had any type communication with Kiffens or Saban during the game. May not change the ultimate outcome of the game, but I do not think this makes their O better. Could make them worse. You do not make this change unless you absolutely have to.
  36. 1 point
    I'm traveling and and got to see parts of the game, but team chemistry is and has been an issue. It's been discussed at length that you can't just plug a guy in and move others around without taking a step back. This loss hurts but doesn't kill any goals (yet). We can't keep losing home games. We have a chance to make up for this one on the road vs Vandy and get back on track. This is one is in the defensive end. We scored enough to win, we allowed Georgia to grossly out perform their averages. Defense has to get better, the good news is it can. Not time to panic, but have to learn. So far this season the team has respond well to losing, time to answer the bell. Ware Eagle.
  37. 1 point
    He is our best offensive weapon no doubt. However, we need far more TDs than FGs to win each game. DC needs to be the icing on the cake, and not the whole cake with icing. Let's get Braden Smith on board and this will be a great recruiting keep.
  38. 1 point
    We need a coach that will here a while and can help us stop the revolving door that is that position coach. I hate to see us get another coach and he only be here 1 or 2 years. I trust Gus and Steele to get someone that will be here 3, 4 or 5 years, i know that's hard, but i'm sure he has that in the back of his mind.
  39. 1 point
    Nothing wrong with that. I meant to add earlier that my favorite cranks are bluegill patterns for clear water.
  40. 1 point
    That's good. I hope Clemson gang rapes some of uat players next week on the field. Talking about sissies Reuben Foster took off for the locker rooms before the end of the game with one of his buddies. Washington OL had enough of his crap and started tossing him around like a rag doll so he tucked his legs and run. Allen was saying after the game and when he was far away from Washington that they were soft. But he was singing a different tune when they were kicking his azz out there. Those uat players can talk the talk but they run when the shiz hits the fan. Cowards of the state. WDE
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    I hope DC can get the Oregon job and get the he heck out of LSU.
  43. 1 point
    Nice thought out and detailed response. You really did your homework on this one. Almost makes me change my position.
  44. 1 point
    Acknowledged. Also worthy of note (though admittedly less relevant to the thread topic): We limped into UA (#1) on crutches and wheelchairs and eked out 12 points. A Committee-selected semifinalist, with a month to recover from a truly grueling Pac12 schedule, managed 7 against the same team. More germane to the topic: I think that the SEC is currently 5-5 in bowls, and 1-0 in the playoff (6-5 in post-season, so far, with three games still pending). Might not equate to "former glory," but there might be some joy in Mudville because Mighty Casey got at least a few base hits. Not all teams can be champions every year.
  45. 1 point
    Thanks for the explanation. I didn't know that was the procedure. it. It seems to give one team an advantage over the other. The routine , pregame preparations and familiarity with the venue will be familiar to the team that holds all its practices at the dome. Lets hope it doesn't affect Auburn.
  46. 1 point
    I always thought Ohio State stunk. They barely moved the ball against Michigan. I knew they couldn't score, I wasn't expecting 0 points but maybe this will give Clemson the confidence going into the next game
  47. 1 point
    Just had 8 years of that, homer... ( What would your reaction be if she had done this for Obama? )
  48. 1 point
    Dell McGee seems to fit this profile more than etheridge would at this point. Auburn is not a on the job training kind of job. we need proven guys.
  49. 1 point
    Those are recruited california girls. No native women of Oregon are in that group of cheerleaders.
  50. 1 point