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  1. Do we still protect Gus from Arkansas?

    Naw, let's trade him for Kevin Sumlin, Butch Jones, Bret Beliemna, Jim McElwain, or better yet, Huge Freeze. Good gosh we have some fans that have lived around Bammers too long!
  2. Best Auburn team ever?

    Premature. To be the best, they would have to win the Natty rather handily. Currently the best would be 1957 2010 2004 1993 1983 2013 2017
  3. Officiating

    Actually, I though the officiating for this game was some of the best we have seen all year. The replay booth was all over it. Kudos to the refs in this one. They were actually pretty much on their game. Did they miss some? Of course but in the end, it was an pretty evenly called game.
  4. Kerryon Johnson updates

    I am extremely worried about our running attack without Kerryon Johnson. No doubt the second best option here would be Kam Martin, who also went down with an injury. I do not see Martin carrying 30 times a game though, too small. Kam Pettway, even if he is able to return, will be extremely rusty. He hasn't played for most of the year and has zero carries in the past 4 weeks. When Pettway is healthy and has a full year of practice and experience under his belt, he is unstoppable. But this is not that year for him. Hope he returns next year. His draft stock will be extremely low this year if he decides to declare, and he may not get picked up at all. Kam Martin is fast a elusive and I think we will be fine if he can carry the ball at least 16 times against Georgia. Bring in Devin Barrett the rest of the time, if Kam Pettway is not healthy. If Pettway is healthy, let Pettway carry it up the middle and shake the rust off and he made be able to get back to 80% of last year's form. Swap he and Martin out (if Martin is ready to go) and we will be OK. Malik Miller just has not impressed me at all. I know he has had no time on the field and personally, I think there is a reason for that. He certainly has the size, but seemingly not the speed or decisiveness hitting the holes. Blocking is crucial for Stidham to have time to set up and throw. That is going to be a huge concern for any of the backups. Of course the best case scenario is Kerryon and I hope he is OK. It will be hard to keep him off the field (even if he is not 100%), but we will need him desperately in the play-offs, so I do not want he or the coaches to push it. Each game is crucial at this point in time, so others have to step up and be willing to carry the load.
  5. Pettway out indefinitely

    Kam's injury happened on his second to last play of the Arkansas game, in others words, right before he broke loose for a TD. He felt his shoulder was sore, but thought it was nothing more than a sore shoulder. So he did not indicate he needed to come out and the next play he went for a TD. During this week's practice, Kam told the coaches the soreness was not going away, so they send him in for X-Rays. That is when they found the fracture. No way that Kam or the coaches could have known there was a fracture. Just one of those freak things that happen in this sport.
  6. ***Auburn 52 Arkansas 20 -- Postgame Thread***

    I don't believe ANY team in the top 5 could do that. Best we can do is win out during the regular season. I see no way of beating Georgia and Bama twice this year. Beating either once will be tough enough.
  7. If we can field a healthy Kam Pettway and a health Kerryon Johnson at the same time, that gives us a much better chance of beating TAMU and being competitive with Georgia and Alabama. Glad to see him get his legs back and break tackles. WDE
  8. In Order to Beat Georgia and Bama

    How to beat Bama and Georgia? The 1980's Pat Dye takes over as coach.
  9. Arkansas score predictions.

    Tigers = 27 Hogs=24
  10. When you play not to lose

    You have already mentally lost. Auburn goes up 20 points in Baton Rouge like they were suppose to. Auburn has more talent than LSU on every side of the ball. There is no way that LSU should have been in that game, and the first half proved it. But what happened after LSU was beaten? What was it that changed the course and outcome of the game? Auburn started playing not to lose, rather than continuing to play to win . This is the same thing that happened the week before. Some AU fans got upset with me, because I was very unhappy with the fact that we did not score a single touchdown in the second half of the Ole Miss game. It was not because I wanted to humiliate Ole Miss, it was because I knew it sets a dangerous precedence. It tells a team that once you go up, you can relax and coast to victory. Well, what did we see in Baton Rouge? Precisely the same thing we had seen the week before. I have seen businesses and business units take this same approach, namely playing it safe. Playing not to lose rather than playing to win. These businesses get ahead and since they have won in the past, they start playing it safe, playing not to lose what they have established. The results are almost always the same. Within 5 years, they are usually bought out, bankrupt, or become a former shell of themselves. If you do not grow, do not seek to improve, and simply start playing it safe, you are ceding your fire and ardor to someone else. That's precisely what happened in Baton Rouge yesterday afternoon. We got ahead, decided to play it safe, milk the clock, and play not lose. The results were predictable. We lost all momentum, drive, and initiative. We let a team that was losing hope fast, start believing. We saw a stadium of dejected fans wake up and have a glimmer of hope. LSU was playing out of desperation and giving it all they had. As soon as they realize a modicum of success, they started playing harder. It changed from playing not to be embarrassed to playing with purpose While Auburn was simply going through the motions and playing not to lose, LSU started playing to win. It became contagious and the fans started believing as well. LSU started to play to win. That renewed hope was not something that the LSU team by itself created. Auburn gave them that hope, that spark, that life. since we had abandon it. We let them do the driving, we were there just to finish the ride and arrive at our destination. When we woke up, it was too late. All the passion, fire, and energy had gone to the other side. We lost our mojo. We lost our drive. We lost our sense of urgency. We lost that high level of intensity. There is a reason Alabama rarely loses. Yes, it is because of the great talent pool they have to choose from, but it is also because they have a coach that understands that coasting is not an option. You NEVER play not to lose, you always play to win and win big. It doesn't matter if first string, second string, or third string is in the game, you have to see that fire, passion, and the need to excel and win. Malzahn simply does not have that killer instinct. He will go into his "safe mode", and the results are predictable. Think what could have been if the team in the first half were REQUIRED to play like they did in the first half. What would have been the outcome if the first half team was also the second half team? What if the coaches had been requiring 100% effort, regardless of the score? What if they had been playing with the foot on the gas the entire second half, just as in the first half? I believe we would all be here celebrating a victory rather than lamenting a loss. This coaching staff has done a terrible disservice to this team. They have instilled in these young men a terrible precedent that is going to be difficult to overcome. There is a time to relax, but it is not when you are engaged in fierce competition. Your brand will not carry you. The hype is insufficient. You have to produce, you have to be diligent, you have to be focused. You have to be driven. You have to fight through the fatigue until the victor is awarded the prize. If you don't, you lose, even if the scoreboard says you won. You are setting a terrible precedence that is not going to serve you well. You have just mentally settled for mediocrity and sooner or later, mediocrity is what you will become.
  11. No. If we lose to Arkansas, A&M, Georgia, and Alabama then perhaps Malzahn is toast. If we split the wins in these four games (our best hopes are Arkansas and A&M), then I think he stays. That being said, I would not bet we win against A&M. Arkansas might be the only game we win out of our next 4 SEC teams.
  12. Most Deflating Loss in a Long Time

    After our non play in the second half I am officially on the fire Gus bus.
  13. Score Prediction- LSU (merged threads)

    LSU is not the typical LSU.. Troy beat them and they barely got by a mediocre Florida team. Add to this that Moo State blew them out. I expect their best game of the year, but is that enough? In a word, NO. The only way LSU is in this game is if we cough the ball up and if we suffer key injuries. Even most of their ardent fans know that they have little to no chance.
  14. Score Prediction- LSU (merged threads)

    AU= 31 LSU = 13
  15. 2018 4* OT Dylan Wonnum (USCe)

    Referring more to the stability of the program (as in coaching staff is in real trouble), than I am about win/loss record. Coach Orgeron will be there next year (due to huge buyout), but beyond that? Who knows?