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  1. I'm assuming everyone is giving a thumbs up/like because the website still hasn't implemented a "clawing at my eyeballs in horror" or "gibbering quietly in the corner" reaction option.
  2. Well...this is starkly put. (Whole piece is good and worth the read - FB season is almost here!) In six seasons as Auburn's head coach, Gus Malzahn has beaten seven teams that were ranked in the top 10 at the time. Part of being a successful coach is stockpiling moments, and Malzahn's had more than his fair share. Of course, when you play the schedule Auburn tends to play, you have plenty of opportunities at those moments. You probably suffer plenty of losses, too. You could make the case that Auburn's own personal conference is the country's hardest. Not only do the Tigers play in the SEC West, but they also draw Georgia each year in interdivision play. They've also played a top-10 team in nonconference play for three straight years, and depending on where Oregon ends up in the preseason polls (likely in the No. 8-11 range), that could soon become four straight years. In all, Malzahn's team has played 20 top-10 teams, nearly 3½ per year. (Alabama has played only 21 such games in that span, and that's with nine CFP games mixed in.) Auburn has played 15 more teams ranked between 11th and 25th, too (it's 9-6). In 2017, his Tigers beat No. 2 Georgia by 23 and No. 1 Alabama by 12. Their reward: having to play Georgia again for the SEC crown. If FBS had an FCS-style 24-team playoff or something, we would say these schedules make Auburn battle-tested and ready. Instead, these schedules mostly eliminate the Tigers from playoff contention. Nothing will change in this regard in 2019. Auburn is scheduled to play two projected top-20 teams (per S&P+), both away from home, among its first four games, then play five top-10 teams from there. For good measure, the Tigers also somehow go over a month without a home game in the middle of the season. They are projected eighth overall, and their most likely record is 8-4, a record that would feature at least three big-time wins. Three big-time wins with a freshman quarterback, by the way. With Jarrett Stidham going pro and last season's backup, Malik Willis, announcing his transfer in May, Malzahn will likely be starting either true freshman Bo Nix or one of two redshirt freshmen -- Joey Gatewood and Cord Sandberg -- when the Tigers meet Oregon in Arlington, Texas, in Week 1. Granted, said QB will have a pretty good supporting cast. Backs JaTarvious Whitlow and Shaun Shivers were both ultra-efficient as freshmen last season, and veterans Kam Martinand Malik Miller are both still around as well. Plus, after returning almost no experience last season, the offensive line is stocked and continuous -- those responsible for 64 of last season's 65 starts are back, including five seniors. There's some turnover to worry about at receiver with the loss of leaders Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton. But while a lack of passing game continuity can be damning for an offense, Lord knows there's talent in a batch that includes sophomores Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz, 2018 injured players Will Hastingsand Eli Stove, and transfers Zach Farrar(Youngstown State) and H-back Jay Jay Wilson(Arizona State). Derrick Brown returns to anchor a fearsome defensive front for the Tigers. Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire Defensively, things appear as favorable as ever. Auburn has ranked sixth or better in defensive S&P+ in back-to-back seasons under coordinator Kevin Steele, and the Tigers boast a seasoned defensive front led by tackle Derrick Brown and ends Marlon Davidson and Nick Coe, plus a veteran secondary led by safeties Daniel Thomasand Jeremiah Dinson and corners Noah Igbinoghene (who held his own despite changing from offense to defense) and Javaris Davis. Young safeties Jamien Sherwood and Smoke Monday have major disruptive potential, too. Still, Alabama returns Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia returns Jake Fromm, LSU returns Joe Burrow, Texas A&M returns Kellen Mond, Oregon returns Justin Herbert, and Auburn is starting a freshman. That's frightening. Sure, Malzahn's two best seasons (2013 and 2017) came with first-year starters. But that doesn't change the fact that Auburn's starting from behind in the most important position in the sport. Malzahn has done a really good job on the Plains. During one of the most dominant times in rival Alabama's history, he has two SEC West titles, two Iron Bowl victories, two top-10 finishes and an SEC title. That's the same number of top-10 finishes and SEC titles as Tommy Tuberville managed in a decade. Hell, it's the same number of conference titles as Shug Jordan won, and Auburn's stadium is half-named after him! But even with a top-10 caliber team, this stands to be a season as emotionally fraught as any other he's faced there.
  3. Woo! Know what might be fun? A weekly thread and poll of which man crush crushed it the most. We ride or die with our crush, but that would be a great thread/place for someone to brag and tell everyone why, in particular, they should be envious. Fabulous internet points for the winner, ignominious defeat for the losers.
  4. Seriously though, let's set a date and time for the new thread. Could tie it to the SEC Media Days since that's the unofficial kickoff for CFB. Makes it strategeric too - are people ready to grab their crush without seeing how the Fall Practice is going? Or are you going to risk waiting and grab the dark horse in August?
  5. BRB going to go grab AuFantasyLand handle for the website...
  6. Although I admit to liking this post, please, for all of our sake please don't make us think of your nips anymore.
  7. The ONLY argument I can see against just booting a kid that's in trouble is that maybe you're trying to not scuttle a kids chances somewhere else. Not saying that's what is happening here. Let's say hypothetically a player is on the outs for something stupid and big (we will go DUI for the example). They've been told that they have zero chances left. Then they do something that breaks the rules, but it's not something terrible. The kid doesn't have to go to a JuCo cause he screwed up - it could seriously be a drastic change in the kids life outcomes. There's a big history of players flaming out after getting kicked off a team and getting themselves in more and more trouble with the law or substance abuse or blown chances to BE somebody. Giving a kid the chance to put themselves in the portal is the equivalent in that case of letting someone resign instead of being fired. I feel you regarding the idea about rules and chances. I just see this as another tool in the toolbox. I can guarantee some other schools that are big on family atmosphere would use it too. I know if it were my kid, seeing a coach take a high road and not blow up some other kids future would give me a lot of trust he's really looking out for my kids interest. Probably an unintended consequence of the transfer portal, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.
  8. At least six Division I men's basketball programs will receive notices of allegations for Level I violations from the NCAA by the summer, stemming from the federal government's recently completed investigation of the sport, a top NCAA official told CBS Sports. Stan Wilcox, NCAA vice president for regulatory affairs, said two high-profile programs would receive notices of allegations by early July. The remaining four would be rolled out later in the summer in what was described as a wave of NCAA investigations meant to clean up major-college basketball. "There's even another group of cases that we're still working on," Wilcox said. "The main thing is that we're up and ready. We're moving forward and you'll see consequences."
  9. Not to quibble but there's absolutely way he's being charged with murder, which under the law requires intent to deprive life. Manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide - my guess is the latter. I'm sorry for the legal analysis. It's been a rough morning, with this, and concurrently finding out a HS classmate of mine passed of cancer as well at 38. I think I will go find dogs, wives, and childrens to hug.
  10. Devil's advocate: of course, all of those coaches still coach at Auburn, so it's clear that a change in coaching is an automatic recipe for sustained success and winning. Technically, this data can also be as much an argument that all we will get if we change coaches is Gus or Gene. Quick success followed by years and years of everyone slowly beating their liver to death and single handedly keeping the makers of Pepto-Bismol afloat. Not an argument for or against. (Edit to add: this is why, while I am not against a coaching change, I am against one that isn't done in a deliberate, considered manner. If we are going to roll the dice, I want to make sure they're loaded.)
  11. I think I have eligibility. So long as they let me have blowdarts full of tranquilizers to shoot at bullrushing DTs, put me in coach. Edit: Ptoo! Ptoo! Ptoo!
  12. Hang on, let me go back in time and make the 2010 team better so we can be 1st best. Seriously. Yes, it's a clickbait article. But it's also a list of national champions. Being on a list of those is just fine, no matter where you are on it because they are independent variables. Not every team every year can be the best team ever in college football and setting that as an unrealistic goal just makes you an angry person who...well, writes that kind of post.