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  1. Oregon ranks 17, A&M 25 and Tulane 33 in defensive yards per game allowed (so I'm not sure A&Ms defense will be much better than what we have already seen personnel-wise).
  2. Match-up-wise: I think we will attack their linebackers with outside runs, including qb runs, and short throws ( a lot of side to side actions). Mond is turnover prone and I think we are good enough to win a tight game if we don't beat ourselves; I think Mond is more likely to cost them the game than Bo Nix is to cost us the game I think Bo Nix's legs will be important in this game. A&M has a true freshman guard that will be trying to block Brown, that Oline struggled to run vs Clemson's D-line (ours is better this year) A&M's secondary is suspect with multiple new starters that Clemson exploited and I think Hastings and Stove will find opportunities down the field Much like the Oregon game, I think our Defense will keep us in the game and the offense can do enough to get a close W.
  3. He had definitely had some footwork issues at times, but he's been pretty accurate given the circumstances. He has attempted more passes outside the pocket than any other QB in the SEC. Part of that is him bailing too early, and part has been protection issues. Either way I think we will see him grow and improve his completion percentage. He had one bad throw last week, an over throw when he was falling back (for no reason) and he missed a TD opportunity. Other than that he had 3 incompletions, 2 of which were drops. Seems like progress. Even if against Kent St. We will need him to play well this week in order to win.
  4. Surely given AU’s strength of schedule literally being among the toughest in the country the last few years, you aren’t suggesting Gus’s path has been easier? Objectively?
  5. I'll be up front, I'm not the most knowledgeable football fan out there. I didn't play past high school and have never coached, but as a life long AU fan and alum, I'm very familiar with our history, our programs and our administration. WIth that in mind let's look at two coaches tape, both of whom had 1 year coaching at a non-power five school before they got a head job in a power five conference: Coach 1 (7 seasons; 1 non-power five season) 62-30 (.673) 2 conference championships (1 non-power five and 1 power five) 2 10+ win seasons (highest win total 12). 1 season with 6 losses (3 seasons with 5 losses) 7 winning seasons fewest wins in a season - 7 (only one such season, every other season was 8 or more wins) highest AP rank - 2 (ranked in the top 10 of the AP in six seasons, finished ranked in AP 4 times including 2 top 10 finishes) bowl game record 2-4 (one BCS championship game appearance and one sugar bowl appearance) in state rival (primary state school) best record during coaches tenure 14-1; 5 conference championships; 3 national championships record vs in state power 5 rival 2-4 Coach 2 (7 seasons; 1 non-power five season) 51-30 (.629) 1 conference championship (1 non-power five co-championship) 0 10+ win seasons (highest win total 9) 2 seasons with 6 losses ( 2 seasons with 5 losses) 5 winning seasons (2 seasons of 6-6) fewest wins in a season - 6 (3 seasons of 6 wins as well as one season of 7 wins) highest AP rank - 5 ( ranked in the top 10 in one season, finished ranked in AP 2 times including 1 top 10 finish) bowl game record 1-3 (one peach bowl appearance) in state rival (primary state school) best record during coaches tenure 10-2; 1 conference championship; 0 national championships record vs in state power 5 rival 2-3 Gus is a young head coach who is cutting his teeth against one of the best coaches of all time, who has our in state rival on one of the greatest runs of all time. He is doing it with what has been a dysfunctional relationship with the president and AD's office, an administration that wouldn't (until recently) build competitive facilities. The above records are of Gus (coach 1) and Nick Saban (coach 2). Gus has done better in his first seven years in the given environment, than Saban did at Toledo/Mich St/Lsu in much better/easier conditions. Is the guy perfect? No. He is however better than Saban was at this point (given that some of you only measure Auburn as it compares to ALabama). A single game (even a loss) won't determine the status of the program and shouldn't determine his job status. At some point if it is conclusive he is doing a poor overall job and the program is not moving in a competitive direction, we should make a change that the AD/pres/board believe will lead in that direction. I say all of that to say, it's not surprising to me that Gus has been inconsistent in the early years of his head coaching career. FEW coaches have prolonged consistent success, hopefully he gets us there. The talent on this team and the status of the current recruiting seem like good signs.
  6. We have a weird way of reacting to being 2-0 (covering the spread in both games mind you) with a neutral site win over a top 15 team and ranked at #8 in the country all while putting together an outstanding recruiting class. This team has some improvement to make, but I just can't understand the sky is falling mentality at this point. Any objective audit of the health of the program would give it a pretty good grade. In his tenure we have won the west twice (in six seasons), won the league once and played for a natty. Only other school to win the west in his tenure has been bama. We have been ranked in the top ten at some point in EVERY season that Gus has been the head coach and twice finished the season in the top 10. He has done this in at a time when your in state rival is on one of the greatest runs in college football history. I want to win every game as much as every other Auburn fan, but this program is not in the shape that many portray it. That fact won't change based on the outcome of any single game. Also, keep in mind it is highly likely that Tennessee and FSU will both be replacing coaches at the end of this season if things keep up at this point. Also, ask UCLA how its going after hitting a home run on a coaching hire.
  7. His role greatly depends on the roster make up at the beginning of next season. Who stays, how do the recruits look, do we get any transfers, etc. That being said, he would have to greatly expand his skill set to be the star on next year's team. I can see him improving to the point of possibly being a starter and heavy contributor at this point.
  8. Depends on who's ranking you choose, I've seen us ranked in the 20s. I think we deserve a preseason ranking of at least that, assuming we bring back McCormick, Doughty, Purifoy, Chuma and Wiley among others and add in our solid recruiting class. (definitely not preseason top 10 without Harper). Honestly, it is probably best for the long term if Harper goes. If he stays we will have too many point/combo guards. I think CBP brought in McCormick, not only because of the Mitchell transfer, but he knew last year when Harper tested the NBA waters, we'd probably lose him this year. Now, on the ranking, if we won the title with 10 losses are we ranked #1? If so, then we should be ranked no lower than #4 now. IF not, then we shouldn't even be ranked as high as fifth. My point is I don't really understand what this ranking even means, and further that I couldn't care less about any final rankings. We have SEC championship and Final Four banners to hang, no one hangs a banner for a poll ranking.
  9. So long as it is an agent that is registered with the NCAA
  10. I wish Harper nothing but the best. Above all else the item that will affect his ability to play in the league will be, who can he defend. I would expect him to get put in uncomfortable defensive situations in workouts to see who he can defend.
  11. Not a foul if you switch on the screen. Have to show and recover in order to get the call.
  12. After more than normal review, I feel pretty good about the game at this point. I think our spacing and quickness will really help us on offense. We will need to force some turnovers and run when we can, but I think we can win this one ugly as long as we just hang around long enough for one good run. My primary concern is if we get behind early.
  13. I suspect you are right about this. Given he is a transfer from Alabama, we are pretty familiar with him and his game though. They did press you, I watched the game. I didn't track the percentage of time they pressed you, but they mixed it in on and off. We will for sure press some amount, but we don't run a trapping press. It is really just a full court or three quarters court man-to-man defense. The point isn't to turn over the point guard as he brings the ball up, the point is to speed him up, force him in to avoiding pressure rather than getting into your offense. Causing disruption and then trying to forcing the speed of the rest of your offense.
  14. NC State presses them with some good success.
  15. Also, I've looked at some of the NC State game as well where they went to 4 out 1 in and were able to get good shots. I expect us to use Purifoy more than Spencer this time around for his shooting ability, and possibly play McLemore some at the 4 instead of Spencer and let him play exclusively 5.