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  1. Ryan Davis: "We Know What We Have to Fix" By Mark Murphy16 hrs Auburn, Ala.--Leading the Auburn football team in receptions and receiving yardage at the halfway point of the 2018 regular season schedule, Ryan Davis and his teammates will try to bounce back from a disappointing loss when they take on the Tennessee Vols on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium as the 4-2 Tigers take on the 2-3 visitors, who were off last week. “We have just got to move forward,” says Davis, whose team struggled last Saturday night in a 23-9 loss at Mississippi State. “Our mindset is just to continue to get better,” he says. “We have got to put everything in the past and leave it behind us. We know what we have to fix, what we have to work on. We have just got to stay positive. Our mindset right now is sticking together and get through this tough time. We will continue to do that.” Ryan Davis has 137 career interceptions. (Photo: Todd Van Emst) Davis will go into this week’s game after posting season highs for receptions (nine) and yards (91) vs. Mississippi State. He has a streak of 20 consecutive games in which he has caught two or more passes. Against the Bulldogs the Auburn offense only scored three field goals and missed four very good opportunities to score touchdowns. “We just haven’ been able to click right now,” Davis says of the offense as a whole. “Obviously, it is frustrating. We are not playing as good as we want to, but obviously have to get through it, keep punching and just keep working every day and find a way to get through it. I feel like we will, and I know that we will. It’s just a matter of time. We'll definitely get that corrected as soon as possible.” 11COMMENTS Commenting on the offense, Davis says, "I definitely think we're at our best when we get into tempo, when we're having positive plays. I think our offense is hurt sometimes when we get behind the chains. It kind of sets us back. It's definitely hard to call plays for, like, third-and-long. That puts us as an offense in a bind as well. The more positive plays we get and the more we get rolling and get into rhythm, I think it'll be better for the offense." One of the best plays for the offense last week was the first one of the third quarter for the Tigers when Davis caught a deep sideline route for a play that produced 42 yards. “It definitely helps with teams keeping them honest, making them play me different ways and stuff like that,” says Davis, who is most known for catching shorter passes. “Showing that I can go deep on guys and that I’m not just a short-yardage guy and an intermediate guy, but I also catch balls down the field, I definitely think that helps a lot.” Click Here to Sign Up for Premium Content
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    GAME THREAD: Auburn vs Tennessee

    tough day. my heart tells me to go back to bed but i refuse to give up.
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    questions and answers

    MAILBAG: Does Auburn need a running quarterback to be successful? Josh Vitale, Montgomery Advertiser 10-12 minutes AUBURN — If my Twitter mentions are any indication, the days since Saturday’s loss at Mississippi State have been an absolute roller coaster of emotions for Auburn fans. The takes went from hot (fire the coach, bench the quarterback) straight to nuclear (cut every scholarship offensive lineman from the roster). There were reports of anger and unrest in the locker room, as well as an acknowledgment of the fan base’s frustrations. When weather concerns forced the university to cancel Thursday’s Tipoff at Toomer’s event, it seemed nothing could go right. MORE: Auburn expects to turn season around in second half But the football season will go on as planned on Saturday, with Auburn hosting Tennessee at 11 a.m. CT. Before we get to that game, let’s get to this week’s Mailbag. As always, you can tweet me your questions each week. I will answer the best ones on Friday. Here we go: How do we fire Gus Malzahn and who do we replace him with? — @PourItOut4Homie Let’s just get this one out of the way quickly and be done with it: Malzahn is in the first year of a seven-year, $49 million contract, and 75 percent of that money is guaranteed. If Auburn fires him on Dec. 1 of this year, it would owe him a buyout of $32.1 million. That buyout doesn’t drop below $20 million until after the 2021 season. And if Malzahn decides he wants to leave for another job, he would owe the university $7 million. Like it or not, Malzahn is Auburn’s head coach, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. What’s wrong with No. 8? — Skye (@SkyeUnderwood) Coynis Miller Jr.? Nothing, as far as I know. He’s a true freshman on a very deep defensive line. It should come as no surprise that he’s on track to take advantage of the four-game redshirt rule this season. Oh, you mean Jarrett Stidham? Right. Yeah, that makes more sense. Honestly, I don’t know exactly why his performance has regressed so much since last season. If I did, I would be getting paid a lot more money to coach football than to write about it. He didn’t suddenly become less talented, but the dropoffs in accuracy (66.5 percent to 60.1) and production (8.5 yards per attempt to 7) from last season have obviously been significant concerns. MORE: Stidham focused on playing better, not criticism or job security I do think, though, that you can’t put all of Auburn’s offensive struggles on Stidham. The offensive line has had a hard time protecting him, and you can tell that’s in his head every time he turns his eyes down and bails rather than stepping up into the pocket, however small it is. He no longer has a Kerryon Johnson he can rely on out of the backfield, and that lack of run game has put more pressure on him to carry the offense, which he has not been able to do consistently. He does have weapons in the passing game, but he doesn’t have Will Hastings, who was such a constant security blanket for him over the middle of the field last year. Stidham obviously needs to play a lot better if Auburn’s offense is ever going to find a rhythm this season. He cannot miss throws like the one he did to a wide-open Darius Slayton against Mississippi State, and he can’t scramble from the pocket at the first sign of trouble. But he needs some more help, too. Two questions from last week’s game. Defensively, why did Auburn play two deep safeties most of the game allowing Mississippi State to have numbers to run the ball when it doesn’t throw it well? Why did JaTarvious Whitlow get only eight carries after averaging 11 yards per rush? — Ryan (@PearcyRyan) Auburn played two deep safeties at Mississippi State because that’s what the offensive alignment called for. The Bulldogs ran the ball on 54 of 74 plays, but a lot of those runs came out of four- and five-wide formations. They spread out the Tigers defense enough to where it was five offensive linemen vs. four defensive linemen and a linebacker in the box, and they consistently won those matchups. As defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said Sunday, Auburn didn’t fit gaps properly, and it missed a lot of tackles. But the moment the Tigers committed an extra defender to the box to stop the run, the Bulldogs would have had numbers on the back end (possibly five receivers one-on-one with zero safety help) and might have been able to throw over the top. That’s why you consistently saw two safeties deep. As for Whitlow getting only eight carries, that was a result of him not starting the game due to a left shoulder injury and Auburn completely abandoning the run in the second half. I tweeted during the game that I believed he needed more touches, because he was effective when he got them — even if you take out the 41-yard non-touchdown, he still averaged 6.7 yards on his other seven carries. Malzahn said he’s “full-go” for Saturday’s game against Tennessee, so I think you’ll see him get more opportunities this week. I think there is a place in this offense for Kam Martin, Asa Martin and Shaun Shivers, and I think Auburn should keep all three involved in the ways that best fits their skill sets, but Whitlow has consistently been the team’s most effective runner this season. Will Auburn top 400 yards on Saturday? — Dave (@AuburnGrad2000) Auburn has topped 400 yards of total offense once in five games against FBS schools this season. Tennessee’s defense has allowed at least 387 in three of four such games. So, I don’t know, maybe? One of those has to give, right? MORE: Gus Malzahn knows Auburn’s offense is out of excuses at the season’s halfway point In all seriousness, I am of the opinion that this Auburn team does not need to rack up 400 yards and score even 30 points to win games. I think hope for the kind of breakout that came in 2016 and 2017 has already come and gone. But that doesn’t mean this team can’t still be successful. Look at last week’s game at Mississippi State: The Tigers played their worst defensive game of the season and one of the worst since Steele became the coordinator, and they allowed just 23 points. It was a one-score game midway through the fourth quarter. The final offensive numbers were poor pretty much all the way around, but Auburn clearly left 21 points on the field — Stidham’s overthrow of Slayton, Whitlow’s fumble at the goal line, and Slayton’s drop of what would have been a touchdown in the back of the end zone. One of those drives ended in a field goal, and two more with no points. Turn all three of those into touchdowns, and the Tigers might have been leading in that game. MORE: Team captains trying to lead Auburn through adversity That, to me, is the key: Auburn has struggled to consistently move the ball and score on offense, but it has moved the ball and scored this season. If it takes advantage of those opportunities (which it did not do in Starkville) and avoids turnovers (also did not do in Starkville), it has the ability to score enough points that the defense should be able to do the rest against Tennessee and Ole Miss going into the bye week. That would at least a start going into a brutal November with Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama on the schedule. I have come to the conclusion that I like Gus rushing the ball on offense 65 percent of the time like his years working with Rhett Lashlee. Not really liking the Chip Lindsey offense. Do you think Auburn needs to go back to the running style with Nick Marshall at quarterback over what it has now? — Jeremy (@jeremyminton9) Whether it’s been Lashlee or Lindsey at coordinator, this has always been Malzahn’s offense. Lindsey has added a few more passing elements, but the base concepts are the same as they have been since 2013. And if Auburn could run the ball on 65 percent of its snaps and march the ball down the field like it could with Tre Mason in 2013, Cameron Artis-Payne in 2014, Kamryn Pettway in 2016 and Johnson in 2017, it absolutely would. The Tigers tried to establish that type of run game Weeks 4 and 5 against Arkansas and Southern Miss, but it simply didn’t work — they averaged just 2.53 and 2.67 yards per carry in those games, respectively. That’s why you saw such a pass-heavy approach in the second half at Mississippi State. Auburn is trying to find something that works, because what it has traditionally done under Malzahn has not through six games this season. MORE: Is an up-tempo, pass-heavy attack the answer for Auburn’s stagnant offense? I don’t think a running quarterback is necessarily the answer, though. I think that’s the most common misconception about Malzahn’s offense, that it needs a quarterback who can run to be at its best. Yes, that offense has never been better at Auburn than it was when Cam Newton and Nick Marshall ran it, but that’s because both those quarterbacks are exceptional players. If the Tigers had a Newton or a Marshall on the roster, you can be sure they would start them. But just because Joey Gatewood and Malik Willis are quarterbacks who can run doesn’t mean they’re capable of being Newton or Marshall. Again, those are two exceptional players. And Auburn’s offense has been incredibly effective without a running quarterback. It tore through teams during the middle part of the 2016 season when Sean White and Pettway were both healthy, and performed very well behind Stidham and Johnson last season. The Tigers don’t need a running quarterback; they need a running threat. That’s the common thread between all those seasons — whether it was Michael Dyer with Newton, Mason and Artis-Payne with Marshall, Pettway with White and Johnson with Stidham, Auburn always had one of the nation’s best rushing offenses. This year, the Tigers have a few talented running backs, but all of them are either young or unproven or both, and the offensive line has not been able to block adequately for them. All of this is to say that there is no magic fix for this Auburn offense. The Tigers can’t just decide they want to run the football more effectively. Stidham can certainly be a more accurate passer and make more throws, but he’s going to need help from the offensive line blocking for him and the coaches calling the plays. No one player, coach or strategy is to blame for Auburn’s offensive struggles. It comes down to everyone. Take it from Malzahn: “Offense is a unique thing,” he said this week. “It takes all 11 guys to do their job to make things work. So far, we haven't done enough of that consistently. That's kind of what we're looking at.”
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    HAPPY GAMEDAY!!!

    christman is coming up......hint hint...lol. thats awesome.
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    Auburn vs. Tennessee Score Prediction

    31 to 10 auburn. the team is in a bad mood with all the negative stuff going on so they will dish the pain.
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    Auburn vs. Tennessee Score Prediction

    so now some of you ******* are going to blame gus for basketball. you must be special.
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    Turnover prop

    ......what would it be? i have seen "U's and a dog collar. if we had one what would it be? what would you like it to be? or would you rather not have one?
  8. Tennessee at Auburn by the numbers: Tigers' 6-game winning streak stretches 18 years By Mark Inabinett minabinett@al.com Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) at No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 1-2) 11 a.m. CDT Saturday (SEC Network) Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn 0 Seniors have started a game on offense this season for Tennessee. The Volunteers' two-deep depth chart includes only two seniors -- QB Keller Chryst and RB Madre London. 1 Victory for Tennessee in its past 28 games against ranked teams in their home stadiums. A 34-31 victory against No. 11 Georgia on Oct. 1, 2016, was the Volunteers' first in a true road game against a ranked team since a 51-33 win over No. 10 Georgia at Sanford Stadium on Oct. 7, 2006. 2 Consecutive games with an interception for Auburn S Jeremiah Dinson. In last week's loss to Mississippi State, Dinson also made 15 tackles for the Tigers, the most for an Auburn player since Daren Bates had 16 against Ole Miss in 2012. 6 Victories and one loss for Auburn when playing as the No. 21 team in the AP poll. The lone defeat came on Sept. 17, 2011, when Clemson defeated the Tigers 38-24. In Auburn's previous two outings at No. 21, the Tigers have walloped Arkansas 52-20 in 2017 and 56-3 in 2016. 7 TDs have been given up by Auburn this season, tied with Mississippi State for the fewest in the nation. 7 Victories and one defeat for Auburn when playing at home on Oct. 13. The Tigers' lone loss on this date in Auburn came in 1973 against LSU. Auburn has an 11-4 overall record on Oct. 13. Tennessee has a 10-4 record on Oct. 13. 10 Years since Tennessee played at Auburn. Since the Volunteers' 14-12 loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 27, 2008, Tennessee has played at each of the other 12 SEC members at least once and hosted Auburn twice. 11 Consecutive conference games have been lost by Tennessee, the longest league losing streak in the Volunteers' SEC history. Tennessee most recently defeated an SEC opponent on Nov. 19, 2016, when the Vols beat Missouri 63-37. 12 Field goals have been made by Auburn's opponents this season. The Tigers, Northern Illinois and New Mexico State have seen their opponents make 12 field goals in 2018, the most in the nation. SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 for Week 7 Ten numbers, along with the schedule, to get ready for the seventh Saturday of the SEC's 2018 football season. 13 Spots in the AP poll were lost by Auburn after its 23-9 defeat by Mississippi State last week -- equaling the largest drop within the poll in the Tigers' history. Auburn took the field against the Bulldogs ranked eighth, and it's No. 21 for Saturday's game. In 1985, No. 1 Auburn lost to Tennessee 38-20 on Sept. 28, and the Tigers were ranked 14th in the next poll. 13 Consecutive losses against SEC West teams on the road for Tennessee. The Volunteers haven't posted a victory in a Western Division team's home stadium since they defeated Mississippi State 33-21 in Starkville on Oct. 13, 2007. Not included in the streak is a loss in the 2007 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta to LSU. 15 Consecutive losses have been suffered by Tennessee in games against SEC West teams. Tennessee hasn't beaten a team from the Western Division since topping Ole Miss 52-14 on Nov. 13, 2010. 16 Receptions are needed by Auburn WR Ryan Davis to become the school's career leader. Courtney Taylor set the Tigers' career record with 153 receptions from 2003 through 2006. 28 Victories for Auburn, 21 victories for Tennessee and three ties in the Tigers-Volunteers series. The teams most recently played in 2013, when Auburn posted its sixth straight victory over Tennessee. The Vols most recently defeated the Tigers in 1999 and earned their most recent victory in Auburn in 1998. Auburn leads the series 7-2-1 at home. The Tigers have a 12-7-2 record against Tennessee when playing as a ranked team, including a 4-1-1 mark at home. 36 Consecutive seasons featured an Auburn-Tennessee football game, an annual series ended when the SEC divided into divisions in 1992. The Tigers and Volunteers had squared off annually from 1956 through 1991, with all but one of the games played on the final Saturday in September. 73 Games have been played by Auburn since it was most recently shut out. Since Gus Malzahn became Auburn's coach, the Tigers have not been blanked. If Auburn scores against Tennessee, the Tigers will tie the second-longest scoring streak in school history -- 74 games, a streak which ended with a 49-0 loss to Alabama in Auburn's last game before Malzahn became coach. Auburn's longest scoring streak is 149 games between a 42-0 loss to Tennessee on Sept. 27, 1980, and a 17-0 loss to Alabama on Nov. 26, 1992. 114 Completions have been thrown by QB Jarrett Stidham to WR Ryan Davis, the second-most frequent passing connection in Auburn history. Pat Sullivan completed 140 passes to Terry Beasley for the Tigers from 1969 through 1971. 183 Passing yards per game have been averaged by the Tennessee offense this season. The Tennessee defense also is giving up 183 passing yards per game. Auburn has averaged 200 passing yards per game while giving up 188 passing yards per game in 2018. 244 Consecutive extra-point attempts have been made by Auburn place-kickers. That's the longest active streak in the nation and longest in SEC history after the Tigers moved past Texas A&M's 234 (from 2013 through 2017) earlier this season. The NCAA record is 302 in a row by Florida State from 2012 through 2016. Auburn most recently missed a PAT on Nov. 9, 2013, against Tennessee. During Auburn's streak, Cody Parkey made 27 kicks, Daniel Carlson 198 and current kicker Anders Carlson 19. FOR MORE OF AL.COM'S COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE SEC, GO TO OUR SEC PAGE SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 6 Ten numbers about the sixth Saturday of the SEC's 2018 football season. Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.
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    HAPPY GAMEDAY!!!

    he is a goofy lookin bastid ........
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    HAPPY GAMEDAY!!!

    for a min i thought you said pothead and i was about to take offense.....lol
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    HAPPY GAMEDAY!!!

    WAR EAGLE! i have missed playing tennessee so i hope this one is fun. they say tennessee is struggling so bad that the bar has dropped so low that a dachshund could step over it . . .lol
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    Turnover prop

    just drumming up conversation is all. i got tired of reading the same few articles over and over.
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    A program at a crossroads

    auburn.247sports.com #PMARSHONAU: A program at a crossroads ByPhillip Marshall 8-10 minutes Ten months after his team was soundly beaten 26-14 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, is Nick Saban, with an assist from Kirby Smart, finally on the verge of breaking Auburn football? That shouldn’t be the case, but warning signs abound. Auburn football, halfway through a season that has not gone as well as expected, is at a crossroads. Will Auburn people pull together, redouble their commitment to winning at the highest level or will Auburn football be brought down by bickering and infighting? That’s a more important question than how many games this team will win down the stretch. Can Gus Malzahn, taking some serious heat in his sixth season, be the catalyst? Can Auburn people rally around him and his program? If they can’t, can they move on without upheaval, finger-pointing and name-calling? History says that hasn’t been the Auburn way. Saban hasn’t been able to break Auburn on the field. Malzahn, beating him twice in five seasons, is the only current SEC coach that has been able to even slow Saban’s march toward being remembered as the greatest coach in college football history. Auburn is the only SEC West program in that period other than Alabama to win anything. And it’s happened amid challenging circumstances. In his five-plus seasons at Auburn, Malzahn has coached against 11 top-five teams. Pat Dye, whose name is on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, had coached against nine of them six games into the 1986 season, his sixth. Both took over Auburn programs that were not in good shape, Dye a team that had gone 5-6 the previous season and Malzahn a team that had gone 3-9. In that span, Dye had won one SEC championship and gone 2-3 against Alabama. He’d had one season of 10 or more wins. That would become two at the end of the 1986 season. Malzahn has won one SEC championship and has gone 2-3 against Alabama. He’s had two seasons in which he won 10-plus games. Malzahn has played the eventual national champion an astonishing four times in his first five seasons. In 12 seasons, Dye played one team that won the national championship, that coming in the final game of his coaching career. Tommy Tuberville lost four or more games in seven of his 10 Auburn seasons, but he beat a wounded Alabama six straight times and seven times in 10 years. That overshadowed underachieving teams in 2002 and 2003, two more teams that missed out on the SEC Championship Game by losing games they should have won at LSU, another that followed up a perfect season by losing to Georgia Tech at home in the 2005 season-opener. Those are facts that can’t be disputed, but they don’t mean the same things now as they did then. The reason they don’t is because of what is going on across the state in Tuscaloosa and to a lesser extent to the east in Athens, Ga. No previous Auburn coach, even in the days of Bear Bryant, has faced anything like it. The Auburn fan base is in turmoil today because of two losses in the first six games that could have, probably should have, been victories. Losing games that could have or should have been won is certainly not unique to this Auburn program or to any other program. But what makes it different is the specter of No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia waiting on the road at the end of the season. After the overwhelming joy of beating Georgia 40-17 and Alabama 26-14, both ranked No. 1, at Jordan-Hare Stadium last season, things couldn’t have turned out any worse for Auburn folks. Georgia got revenge 28-7 in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama beat Georgia to win the national championship and Auburn lost 34-27 to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl. Should that have sucked all the joy out of what happened in November? No, but for a lot of people it did. So what now? Will there be any joy if Auburn pulls together and beats Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Liberty and loses to Georgia and Alabama to finish 8-4? What if it’s worse than that? Where does this program go? Buyout or not, anything less than 8-4 will no doubt leave many fans screaming for Malzahn’s scalp. Even 8-4 won’t make a lot of people happy, not if it includes losses to Georgia and Alabama. Will Auburn hold it together? Will people get on the same page and stay on the same page? Or will they splinter into factions of those who demand change and those who oppose it and then further factions who can’t agree on what that change should be? The odds at the moment are trending toward the latter, and that could signal trouble for Auburn football. It’s hard enough to win anywhere in the SEC. It’s harder still at Auburn, where Alabama and Georgia are constants on the schedule and on the minds of Auburn people. It’s nearly impossible if administrators, coaches, players and supporters aren’t pulling together in pursuit of a common goal. *** Without comment, here are records and accomplishments of all SEC head football coaches starting in 2013, Malzahn’s first season at Auburn, until the present. WEST DIVISION ALABAMA Nick Saban: 70-7 (90.9 percent) overall, 39-4 (90.69 percent) SEC, 3 SEC titles, 5 West Division titles (2 shared with Auburn), 5 New Year’s Six bowls, 4 CFP, 2 national titles. AUBURN Gus Malzahn: 49-24 (67.12 percent) overall, 26-17 (60.46 percent) SEC, 1 SEC title, 2 West Division titles, 3 New Year’s Six bowls, runnerup BCS Championship Game. LSU Les Miles: 29-13 (69.04 percent) overall, 15-11 (57.6 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowl games, 0 CFP. Ed Orgeron 20-7 (74.07 percent) overall, 12-5 (70.58 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. MISSISSIPPI STATE Dan Mullen: 40-24 (62.5 percent) overall, 20-20 (50 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 1 New Year’s Six bowl, 0 CFP. Joe Moorhead (first year): 5-2 overall, 1-2 SEC. OLE MISS Hugh Freeze: 32-19 (62.74 percent) overall, 16-16 (50 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 2 New Year’s Six bowls, O CFP. Matt Luke: 10-8 (55.55 percent), 3-7 SEC (30 percent), 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. ARKANSAS Brett Bielema: 29-34 (53.96 percent) overall, 11-29 (27.5 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Chad Morris (first season): 1-5 overall, 0-3 SEC. TEXAS A&M Kevin Sumlin: 40-24 (62.5 percent) overall, 19-21 (47.5 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 West Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Jimbo Fisher (first season): 4-2 overall, 2-1 SEC. EAST DIVISION GEORGIA Mark Richt: 27-12 (69.23 percent) overall, 16-8 (66.66 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP Kirby Smart: 27-7 (79.41 percent) overall, 15-5 SEC (75 percent), 1 SEC title, 1 East Division title, 1 New Year’s 6 bowl, CFP runnerup. FLORIDA Will Muschamp 10-13 (43.47 percent) overall, 7-9 (43.75 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s 6 bowls, 0 CFP. Jim McElwain: 22-12 overall (64.7 percent), 16-8 (66.66 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 2 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Dan Mullen (first season): 5-1 overall, 3-1 SEC. TENNESSEE Butch Jones: 34-27 (55.73 percent) overall, 14-24 (36.85 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Jeremy Pruitt (first season): 2-3 overall, 0-2 SEC. KENTUCKY Mark Stoops: 31-37 (45.58 percent) overall, 15-29 (34.09 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. MISSOURI Gary Pinkel: 28-12 overall (70 percent), 15-9 (62.5 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 2 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Barry Odom: 14-16 (46.66 percent) overall, 6-12 (33.3 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles,0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. VANDERBILT James Franklin: 9-4 overall, 4-4 SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Derek Mason: 21-34 (46.66 percent) overall, 6-28 (17.64 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. SOUTH CAROLINA Steve Spurrier: 20-12 overall (62.5 percent), 9-11 (45 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP. Will Muschamp: 18-13 (58.06 percent) overall, 10-10 (50 percent) SEC, 0 SEC titles, 0 East Division titles, 0 New Year’s Six bowls, 0 CFP.
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    finding some momentum

    Auburn believes it has found 'some momentum' offensively heading into 2nd half of season Updated 8:52 AM; Posted 8:52 AM Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham looks downfield in the second half against Mississippi State. Despite the loss, Auburn feels it built some momentum offensively heading into this week's game against Tennessee. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) 237 shares By Tom Green tgreen@al.com Auburn's second-half drive chart against Mississippi State last week included a lost fumble, a pair of field goals and two turnovers on downs just outside the red zone. No touchdowns were scored, though Boobee Whitlow came close before fumbling the ball into the end zone on a long run. Despite the general outcome, however, Auburn believes its offense showed signs of turning a corner in the second half against the Bulldogs -- something the Tigers hope can carry over into Saturday's 11 a.m. home matchup against Tennessee. "Obviously, we had some corrections, but at the same time I was really pleased with how our guys finished the second half," Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said. "I think we had 220-something yards of offense there in the second half, which is good.... Even as frustrating as it was early, at the end, when we blocked the field goal, we had an opportunity to go and really win the game to at least tie the game, and we didn't get it done. But, at the same time, I think we made some strides. "I think we've got some momentum, I hope, built for this week. I feel really good about the way we finished." Indeed, Auburn's offensive production saw a considerable uptick in the second half against Mississippi State last week -- though that wasn't too high of a bar to clear after totaling 79 first-half yards. The Tigers put up 225 yards of offense after halftime, at least reaching the Bulldogs' 30-yard line on all five of their possessions, and they did it with just 8 minutes, 21 seconds of possession. It marked Auburn's most productive half of offense against an FBS opponent since its opening-week win against Washington, when the Tigers totaled 247 yards on six drives in the first half of the season's first game. Receiver Ryan Davis said the second half in Starkville, Miss., was "definitely" the best the offense has looked since that Washington game -- despite the lack of touchdowns. 5 things Auburn needs to do to turn season around in 2nd half A look at what No. 21 Auburn needs to do to get back on track and salvage the 2018 season. "When you get positive plays, you get in a rhythm and guys make plays all around," Davis said. "Just getting the ball out of Jarrett (Stidham)'s hand -- a lot of teams have been trying to pressure us and stuff like that -- so it's just us getting it out and us just trying to make plays, trying to get positive yards. Definitely. When everybody was throwing and catching, it's definitely a lot easier to move the ball." Auburn's offensive success after halftime came thanks to a different approach for the Tigers. They focused more heavily on the passing game, with Stidham attempting 28 passes and the Tigers calling 31 total pass plays (Stidham was sacked three times) versus just five run calls (eight when you factor in the three sacks). The Tigers found success getting the ball on the perimeter, particularly with screens, and they were able to make a few chunk plays in the passing game, most notably a 42-yarder down the right sideline to Davis on the team's first play of the third quarter. The passing game helped open things up for the run game, when Auburn tried to run it, as was the case on Whitlow's 41-yard run that was this close to being a touchdown before being upheld as a fumble recovered in the end zone by Mississippi State upon replay review. "Just like the LSU game, there was, what, three consecutive drives we went down and scored -- running the ball effectively, throwing the ball effectively, and kind of the same thing the other night," Stidham said. "We had, you know, a stretch there where we were really moving the ball, doing some really good things, and we just couldn't get the ball in the end zone. Whatever it may be, we just kind of stalled off. And that's my job as a leader of the offense to continue to push those guys whenever we get in those tough situations in big games. "So, I've got to do a better job of really pushing our guys to be the best that they can be, and I've got to do a better job personally." What is Auburn's offensive identity midway through the season? Auburn's offense has not looked like it has in previous years under Gus Malzahn. Aside from the fumble, which would have brought Auburn within a field goal in the third quarter, there were other missed opportunities for the Tigers, specifically on overthrown passes by Stidham. Still, Auburn was able to find some rhythm in the second half and get itself into pace situations. That's when the Tigers' offense is at its best, and the team believes it has found the formula -- which largely begins with better play-calls and success on first downs -- to sustain that moving forward into the second half of the season. "Obviously, we're a rhythm offense," Lindsey said. "We got to make sure we get into rhythm and, you know, I got to do a better job as a coach of making sure we do that. That's what I'm trying to focus on." Head to Head: Auburn vs. Tennessee Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
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    similar feeling to last year

    Auburn has 'similar feeling' to last year, but here's why it's different Updated Oct 11, 12:09 PM; Posted Oct 11, 12:00 PM By Tom Green tgreen@al.com Gus Malzahn and Auburn's three captains -- Jarrett Stidham, Deshaun Davis and Ryan Davis -- stood in front of the media Tuesday and delivered comparable messages. All four were in sync, noting that while Auburn's 4-2 start to the season wasn't expected or even acceptable, they were confident the team would be able to turn things around during the second half of the season. They said they needed to look no further than to last season's midyear turnaround for proof that it was not only possible, but that this team had the pieces capable of righting the ship. "Now that our backs are against the wall, it's a real similar feeling as it was last year," Malzahn said. "I'm very confident that we're going to finish this thing. Our team is in a good spot mentally for everything that we went through the first half of the season, and I think we're set up to improve each week. We've done that the last few seasons. I think we'll do that again this year." Last year, Auburn started the season 5-2, with an early-season loss at Clemson and then disappointing road loss to LSU midway through the year. Despite that second loss, and Auburn's subsequent drop to 21st in the AP and Coaches poll, the team bounce back with five straight wins to close the regular season -- including two wins over No. 1 teams in a three-game span to win the SEC West -- and found itself squarely in the College Football Playoff discussion as the calendar turned to December. 5 things Auburn needs to do to turn season around in second half A look at what No. 21 Auburn needs to do to get back on track and salvage the 2018 season. While Auburn again finds itself ranked 21st following its second loss of the season, there is one crucial difference between 2018 and 2017 that separates the two teams in this comparison. Unlike last year, when Auburn's first loss came to CFP contender from the ACC and the reigning national runner-up, both of Auburn's losses this season have some in SEC play -- a one-point loss to LSU at home and then last week's 14-point loss at Mississippi State. That dropped Auburn to 1-2 in the SEC and fifth overall in the SEC West, surpassing the team's conference losses from a year ago and greatly damaging any hopes the Tigers had of repeating as SEC West champs. For a team that opened the year with sights set on a return trip to Atlanta, the loss to the Bulldogs was devastating. "Well, it was a long shot last year at this point, too," Malzahn said. "It was probably a really similar feeling. Obviously, we don't control our own destiny. We'll need some help, there's no doubt about that. But there's still a whole lot to play for. If we can finish like we did last year, there'll be a lot of good things ahead. There's a whole lot to play for, and our team understands that." The Tigers' standing in the SEC has surely made their CFP hopes incredibly bleak with six games still remaining on the schedule, but they aren't counting themselves out as they prepare for the second half of the season, which begins Saturday at 11 a.m. against a struggling Tennessee. They still feel they have plenty to play for this season. Malzahn take responsibility for Auburn's struggles this season Gus Malzahn sounded more solemn at his weekly press conference and accepted full responsibility for his team not living up to expectations. "For us, especially as the leaders of the team, we have to take this one game at a time," Stidham said. "Obviously, we've lost two games in the West, but there's still a lot of ball left to play this year. And we were kind of sitting in this same spot last year. A lot of people counting us out, that sort of thing. Like I said, I think I said this after the game Saturday, this team is really resilient. "We're going to find a way to improve every week, and we're just going to take it one game at a time, one week at a time, and not get too far ahead of ourselves." Even if that "similar feeling" is considerably different than last year's scenario, Deshaun Davis believes the Tigers can take from their experience a year ago and apply it to the second half of this season. Yes, the SEC West and CFP are longshots at this point--the Tigers have 100/1 odds to make the CFP, per Bovada -- but Auburn is confident that the 2018 season can still be salvaged. "What I want to see from this team that saw from last year's team was, we answered the bell pretty quickly," Deshaun Davis said. "It was like, we took that second loss to LSU (in 2017), and it was just like, the next day at practice, everyone was like, 'All right, let's do it.' We can't have any more slip ups, we can't have any more mistakes, there's no more time for my bad or I'll do it next time. It's we got to do it now. There's no more times for mistakes. The team that I want to see show up is a hungry team that has each other's back. And we do. I know a lot of negativity and stuff is going around, but we're in a program like this where you're expected to win. "We expect to win, and we're not getting that done as a team right now.... I know no one's going to fold, no one's going to tank. We're still going to be Auburn, we're still going to go out and compete, we're still going to fight, and at the end of the year, we'll see where we'll be standing." Head to Head: Auburn vs. Tennessee Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
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    Turnover prop

    cheapskate lol. jax state players were getting hundred dollar handshakes in the nineties...........
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    Turnover prop

    well gosh what about helmet stickers? they have been around forever..........
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    Breaking down Tennessee game

    Tiger Buzz: Breaking down Auburn-Tennessee Updated Oct 11, 11:56 AM; Posted Oct 11, 11:56 AM Jarrett Stidham has struggled the last few games, and his offense on Saturday will by a significant indicator of where Auburn's season is headed. (Tom Green) By Sam Blum | SBlum@al.com SBlum@al.com The details: What: No. 21 Auburn vs. Tennessee When: Saturday, 11 a.m. CT Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium This game will determine... If Auburn has any chance to salvage what appears to be a sinking season. Tennessee is a favorable opponent on paper for the Tigers, and is, for all intents and purposes, a must-win. Tennessee allows 25.6 points per game while Auburn is at just 14.3 points per game allowed. This game will also determine a lot of for Auburn’s struggling offense. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been overthrowing his targets. The Tigers didn’t score a touchdown against Mississippi State last week, and didn’t get much offense going against Southern Mississippi or Arkansas in the weeks prior. The Volunteers are coming off a bye week. Three things to look for: 1. On-target passing: Head coach Gus Malzahn and Stidham both acknowledged the lack of accuracy in the throwing game, and both took responsibility for those issues. The team has publicly stood behind their junior QB through his struggles, with receiver Ryan Davis giving a full-throated endorsement of Stidham on Tuesday. This week will determine if the weekday words are empty. The offense hasn’t improved over the last month, and Tennessee presents an opportunity to make amends. 2. Tennessee’s deceptively bad defense: The Volunteers don’t have great defensive statistics, but their full-season stats are definitely skewed by opponent. In the three games against power-five competition, UT has allowed 115 points. In the two games against mid-major competition, they’ve allowed just three points. In those three losses, Tennessee has allowed seven touchdowns of 28 yards or more, showing a propensity to cough up big plays. 3. Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano: The other Jarrett in this matchup comes in after playing a solid game against Georiga two weeks ago. He was 13-of-21 for 143 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. That is not nearly enough to beat the Bulltdogs, but it was improvement for the sophomore in comparison to his game against Florida the week prior, when he throw for two interceptions and no touchdowns. Key matchup: Auburn’s defensive line vs. Tennessee rushers The Tigers are coming off an abysmal defensive game on the ground where it allowed 349 yards, mostly to quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Tennessee is not an offensive juggernaut, but they average 177.2 yards on the ground per game this season. Auburn’s run defense is typically stellar, and only give up 135.5 yards on average, and that’s factoring in the MSU results. Stopping that offensive aspect for the Volunteers, led by Tim Jordan and Ty Chandler, will be crucial. By the numbers: -0.5 Tennessee is No. 1 in the SEC and No. 3 in the nation in punt return defense, averaging -0.5 yards per return. Tennessee player to watch: Bituli The junior linebacker Daniel Bituli has been Tennessee’s most consistently good tackler over the last two seasons. He led the Volunteers with 90 tackles last season and is currently atop the list with 26 so far in this campaign. He actually posted 23 tackles in a game against Georgia Tech last season.
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    Turnover prop

    i am all for it if the players like it. it might give them that extra step. football is hard but it should also be fun but that is just me.
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    Turnover prop

    tough crowd.....................lol.
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    Hugh Freeze hired by Arizona AAF team as OC

    any of you fella's have a link for the b'ham iron? i would love to read in depth about them but all i can find are a couple of short articles. thanx..........just in case.
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    What I want to see against the vols

    i think stidham will be it. i am thinking maybe they hope to correct some of his issues. also just my opinion i am not sure how bad the drop off would be going to another qb. personally i do not see another qb playing unless they decide to sit stidham to maybe get his attention. i would love to see mk, cord, and gatewood all play a few snaps. i would also love to see asa get more touches. i will predict we destroy tennessee. lsu was a hard loss to take but i think msu embarrassed our players and they come out like their behind is on fire. book it!. i should be here after the game but if not i will be here monday for any that want to serve me up some fresh baked crow................
  23. this is why i never diss players. and no sir i am not pointing fingers at you so we are clear. and two thumbs up for auburn stepping up and having williams back.
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    A program at a crossroads

    well i did whine a lot and still might. but posters like you make me feel good when i take the time to post something.....
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    A program at a crossroads

    and yes dag i have worked on not being as upset when folks do not care for what i post. darn shame to be a sissy at 64......and especially on a message board. lol