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  1. After the Gonzaga game, I gotta think that the Vols are our scariest rival this season. Of course, The Admiral was unconscious in the second half, especially down the stretch, and he will not be that guy every game (probably). But still, the starting five on this team are playing together, they play excellent defense, and they rebound, rebound, rebound at both ends of the floor. They are tough minded and disciplined on offense. Coach Barnes has them playing with energy, dedication, and a belief that they can win if they play every possession to their potential. Auburn and Tennessee play very different styles of BB. With Kentucky flailing around with their me-first crop, and Miss State competitive but showing weaknesses, as things stand right now, you gotta wonder if the last game of the season between the Tigers and the Vols will determine the SEC regular season championship. Of course, it is way premature to be looking that far ahead. As we saw last season, one key injury can do real damage, while the emergence of players (maybe Purifoy) introduce unknown advantages (or not). But the fact is, the game between Tennessee and Gonzaga was exciting basketball. Really exciting basketball at a national level. And what it really showed the country (and Auburn vs Duke did not) is that the SEC is not just a football conference.
  2. Looking for 4 tickets to our game against Clemson on 9/9/2017. I live in the Charlotte, NC area, and would like to take my 2 older sons (11 and 9 years old) to this games since it's only 2.5 hours away and meet my dad (who lives in Alabama) there. They're currently selling for around $200 each on the ticket broker sites, but I'm trying to find something a little cheaper, if possible. Thanks.
  3. Please inbox me if you have some for sale.
  4. J P

    The Florida Game

    We originally planned to leave Friday afternoon to attend all of Coach Barbee’s festivities at the Auburn Arena. In spite of our best intentions and plans, we were regulated to an early Saturday morning start. Your Tiger Tail Team crew for this game included Michael, Jason, JP, and our special guest “documentary guy” Ryan. Followers of the blog might remember Ryan. He was our chauffeur in Season 1, Episode 3: The Clemson Game. He’s kind of like our friend that is a jack of all trades. We began our trip with a rendezvous at a local Wally World in Calera, Alabama, early Saturday morning. We made a quick visit so that we could stock up on drinks and fine road-tripping cuisine like beef jerky. Afterwards, we stopped at the local franchised choke and puke to grab some breakfast for the road. The ride down to Auburn was smooth and largely uneventful. There wasn’t much traffic, and as always, we got some honks and waves from our fellow fans as they made their way down to Auburn. Once again we had a worst music contest. Jason one-upped everybody as he played Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” to secure the worst music award this week. (Don’t worry, I got a suggestion from a fan to trump them all next weekend.) Our first and only stop of the day came at Shorter, Alabama, home of Victoryland and more importantly, the Kold Keg. Apparently, Macon County, Alabama, is the only place in the state where you can buy beer by the gallon. We decided to stop because after a long conversation, it was determined that Michael and Jason had no idea about all of this. We pulled in and parked, causing a bit of a stir. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The sales associate didn’t seem to care about that idiom as he insulted us when we walked through the door. “You can’t park that piece of crap in my parking lot,” he said. Michael and Jason were ready to walk right back out that door. I kind of laughed it off, remembering that we were the ones going to the game and that he was the one stuck working behind the counter. Plus, there was no way that this fine gentlemen was the brain trust behind the operation. Or maybe he was. We were buying beer in plastic jugs. Ryan purchased a “trucker bomb” sized jug of Miller Lite. JP purchased a half gallon of Rogue Imperial Stout. We were able to make it out the door without any further insults. It was in our game plan to stop by our super secret off-campus tailgating site so that we could all wish a happy birthday to Jason’s grandmother, Ann. Grandma Ann, as we refer to her, is the definition of an Auburn fan. She is 80 years young and still manages to attend almost every home game. I could listen to her or Jason’s dad, Ken, talk about Auburn football games for hours. Getting to hear them talk about football games that occurred well before my time is a real treat. Their story about getting to the ’72 Iron Bowl is definitely “Tails From the Road”-worthy. We pulled off I-85 onto College Street about 10:45 a.m. When we exited the interstate something was wrong…the music from our outside speakers wasn’t getting very loud. Usually, the music on the outside is so loud that we turn the inside speakers off because we can hear it so clearly. It’s also so loud that you will hear us before you ever see us. We decided to continue on to our secret hideout while we came up with a plan for action. After a brief stop and discussion, we collectively decided that the amp needed to be replaced. Ryan, the voice of reason, was the lone dissenter. But before we could go, we had to go pick up Jill. We had promised Jill that she could ride in the Tiger Tail Team Van. We thought that was only fair since she drove her own vehicle to Arkansas the week before. We went to the hay fields on the search for Jill. It didn’t take us long to find her, and instead of driving around like we promised her, we made a bee-line for the Best Buy in Opelika. People seemed confused when we pulled up into the parking lot in Tiger Town. People were giving us the look like “Hey, Auburn’s that way!” To be honest, we should have pulled out some chairs and acted like we were going to set up a tailgate. The funny thing about Best Buy is that Murphy’s law seems always to apply whenever I go to that place. When I’m just window shopping, I have to beat off sales associates with a figurative stick. When I actually need something, they avoid me like the plague. After fifteen minutes, we finally got some help and were able to purchase the correct amplifier for our beloved beast. Then the real fun began. Ryan, our electrician friend, (remember, jack of all trades) pulled out the problematic amp. The only problem was that he really wasn’t equipped with the tools to complete the job properly. Plus, the power wire was too big to go into the new amp’s hole. (I’m sure there is a joke somewhere in there.) Ryan reminded us that this was why he was against carrying out this operation. During this time, people kept coming up asking if they could take pictures of the Van. So Ryan was cramped under the back seat of the van trying to install the new amp while the rest of us were greeting the general public. Ultimately, we had to go back into Best Buy and ask their installation guy to get a few parts in order to rig the amp to work for the day. After about an hour stop, Ryan was able to get everything working and its right place. So if you heard us on Saturday, you can thank Ryan for all his hard work…because for the most part, the rest of us just watched him work. The original game plan was to be in Auburn and at J&M Bookstore by 11 a.m. The time now read 12:45. Woops! But instead of heading directly over to J&M, we went to see Mark Murphy of Inside the Auburn Tigers (ITAT). Mark hadn’t seen the Van in a while, and we wanted to show him some of the minor upgrades we had made. We talked for awhile and left the office with free magazines to give out. Jill left with a free t-shirt. Tell me, how is that fair? We left ITAT and made a semi-circle back around campus and up to J&M, where we parked the van. Our goal was now to find food. We all were hungry and cranky. We walked up and down College Street, arguing like old, crotchety men before deciding on Five Guys Burgers and Fries. We made a decision just in time, as the place became packed right after we ordered our food. Five Guys makes an excellent burger, but I’m still not sure it is worth the price of admission. I recommend that everyone tries it at least once. Afterwards, we made our way back to the van and around campus. JP changed into his morph suit to assume his identity as “Mr. Blue,” not to be confused with another super fan, “The Blue Menace.” The easiest way to tell the difference between the two of us is that JP is tall, and his “dreads” are orange and blue. “The Blue Menace” is a good bit shorter, has orange, blue and white “dreads,” and always has more pieces of flair. We made our way south on College Street. Our first stop was the hay fields where the Tiger Walk crew tailgates. We went there to see Lee Snyder, the original owner of the Van. We stopped, and it took a minute for him to appear out of the crowd. Lee told us how proud he was of us and everything we had done with the Van, and even though he would never admit it, he had a tear in his eye. Without Lee’s original Tiger Team crew and all of their hard work, none of what we are doing now would be possible. We continued making laps around campus for the next hour and a half. Along the way we lost Jill to her family’s tailgate. We’ve decided that cruising in the Van is probably our favorite thing to do now. It’s a blast to have a tailgate and have everyone come see you. It’s even better when you can take the Van everywhere else. During our hour and a half cruising, we had several memorable moments. The first was when we happened to come up behind one of the bicycle taxis as we turned of South College Street onto West Samford. Three Florida fans were riding in it. Their “driver” slowed down for us to pass. Ryan, our chauffeur, was driving and slowed down as well. We stayed a safe distance behind them, blasting Auburn fight songs and tiger roars for a good minute before the bicyclist finally just pulled off to the side. I don’t think the blowing of the horn made him really comfortable, either. The Florida fans were just laughing. I’m sure to anyone who saw this it looked like a tiger stalking its prey. Another memorable event also occurred on West Samford. We were on lap three or four and playing music from Auburn’s own T-WILL when Michael thought he actually spotted T-WILL walking on the sidewalk. We made a slightly less-than-legal U-turn a couple of blocks away and returned to the area where Michael made his sighting. Jason spotted the guy and also thought it was T-WILL. You could tell he was smiling at us, but kept on walking towards Tiger Walk. We ultimately turned around again to get our bearings straight. It was close to 3:45 p.m. by now, and the van slowed down at the top of the hill of South Donahue Drive, where “Mr. Blue” exited the vehicle. When I exited the Van, people weren’t quite sure what to make of me. It seems to be a common occurrence. I was tempted to walk down into the crowds farther down the street, but ultimately chose to stop where I was sure I would be able to give out high fives. I stood out like a sore thumb, or just a really tall Smurf. One of the best things about this whole adventure has been the people I’ve met along the way. It just so happened that the lady standing next to me at Tiger Walk was one of the more than 1,200 fans of the Tiger Tail Team on facebook. (You can be a fan too by clicking here and liking our page!) Miss Debbie introduced herself, and I immediately recognized the name because of her regular comments on the page. She was there with her husband, Alan, and two other friends whose names I do not recall. I think her husband and friends were confused about how on God’s green earth she knew this guy dressed up in a blue Spandex suit. We chatted and carried on while waiting for Tiger Walk to start and found out that we even knew one person in particular. I’m going to start a game called the six degrees of Lance Ingram. Everybody seems to know him. When Tiger Walk started, either Miss Debbie produced a camera out of mid-air or I just wasn’t paying attention. She told me that she would get some shots that I could use. Boy, did she ever! This was by the far most fun I’ve had at a Tiger Walk since Baton Rouge in ’05. I got to chest bump Trooper Taylor and receive awkward looks from every other coach on that staff. Thanks to Miss Debbie, I have photographic proof of it all! After Tiger Walk, Miss Debbie and her friends got to witness what it was like to hang out with a walking photo opportunity. It took us about 15 minutes to get back over to her “Fifth Quarter” tailgating site in the Tail Gate Guys Area. I hate that I couldn’t stick around, but I had somewhere else to be. I’d like to thank Miss Debbie for her kindness and hospitality. It is what Auburn is all about. Meanwhile, on the other side of campus, the rest of the crew made a couple of passes by the CDV and a group of festive tailgaters who had a sign that simply read “You Honk, We Drink.” Ryan, our chauffeur, kindly obliged. We are not sure how much our honking contributed to their intoxication, but our horn has multiple notes. In theory, a honk by the Tiger Tail Van should require more drinks than any other horn, so if any of you guys and gals over in that area bought into our theory and missed the game because of it, we are sorry. On the next trip around campus, an observant fan noticed that Tiger was leaking. Jason hopped out to investigate only to discover that it wasn’t leaking coolant, but spewing it. After closer inspection, it turned out that the radiator had blown out a plug and was draining antifreeze. Ryan, our backup mechanic, made the decision to drive the van back to the Inside the Auburn Tigers office parking lot. On the way back to ITAT, the van got stuck behind Tiger Walk and the band. A couple of tense minutes ensued, but the guys eventually were able to make it back to office building as planned. Back on campus, I (JP) had made my way to my brother’s tailgating site, unaware of the van’s trouble. The usual characters were there celebrating the 16th anniversary of my brother’s 21st birthday. Our professional mechanic Tim Nash and his wife, Miss Shanda, were among the guests. After hanging around for 15 minutes, I got the call about the van. Tim and I began making our way across campus before we were able to get the guys back on the phone. After a couple of minutes on the phone, it was determined that problem was easily fixable, but would have to wait till after the game. So for the next three and a half hours, we all enjoyed the defensive show that Auburn put on inside Jordan Hare. This game was a throwback to the ’80s with great defense, little offense, and low scores. After the game, we all met back up at the tailgating site. We decided that we were going to have to wait till after game day traffic cleared to move our Van to the Wally World parking lot. Wally World was the only place still open that was going to have the necessary materials for us to patch our leak. Once we got there, we would have to let the van’s engine cool down before we could do anything. We were expecting to get home between 4 – 6 a.m., best case scenario. We had accepted this fate, but our full-time mechanic had different plans. Tim had decided to forgo his and his wife’s plans to help us out. We can’t begin to thank them enough for everything that they have done for us. Tim had to decided it would be easier for him to pick up the necessary parts from Wally World and do the repair back at the ITAT office building. Blue suit and all, I accompanied Tim and his wife to house that Walton built to grab supplies. The rest of the crew headed back to the Van to hang out and be merry. I could walk you through the whole process of going through Wally World and gathering supplies, but that would be boring. It was far more entertaining watching the staff watch Tim and me. Something about that blue suit throws people off. Tim’s walking next to me like its nothing out of the ordinary has to make it downright befuddling. It was 11:30 p.m. before we were able to make it back to the Van. The crew was just hanging out and had some entertaining stories to tell. Maybe one day they will. Tim went to work while the rest of us tried to assist him in the best way we could: by standing around. During that time, two college girls stopped by looking for a way home. They were trying to hitch hike back home. Michael went up to them and struck up a conversation. Apparently, the shuttle that runs from their apartment complex to campus stopped earlier than expected and they were left stranded. They told us it was a long way away and they didn’t feel comfortable walking that distance. We continued talking to them while Tim worked. After manufacturing a quick, homemade plug and filling up the radiator, Tim gave us the all clear. We cranked up our Van and did our good deed for the day - we gave the two girls a ride home. They weren’t kidding about the distance, and I know my parents wouldn’t have been happy with my walking home that distance, regardless of the time of day. We dropped them off and began our long journey north. The trip home was filled with laughter, banter, and stories that cannot be retold. We pulled off the interstate in beautiful Calera, Alabama, at 2:30. a.m. and everybody went their separate ways. I took the Van and didn’t arrive home in the greater Pehelenbaster area until around 4 a.m., but that is a whole other story…
  5. I tried to sit down and write my traditional Tails From the Road. It's always harder after a loss. My original plan was to have my buddy Ash (QuackVader) write his trip summary, and I write mine. He completed his first. As I sat down and read it, I was challenged to find a different angle. Instead of "rewriting" the wheel, he has given me permission to share his story about his first trip to Starkville. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Ash Tales: From the nosebleeds of Starkville It’s taken me a few days to get to the point where I can rationally discuss my trip to Starkville last weekend. JP, Abe, and I braved the elements and the early morning kickoff to support our team on their first SEC road venture, but despite the teams efforts we came away losers. My hope is that this column will be a weekly thing but we’ll see how interesting the article will be when I’m sitting around in my living room watching the game instead of traveling. Despite my loyalty to the Auburn Tigers I’ve never been much of a traveling ‘regular season’ fan. I’ve seen countless games in Auburn but other than a trek over to Athens and Tuscaloosa while I was covering the games for my ‘job’ at WEGL FM during college I haven’t seen many of our opponents’ home turfs. JP and Abe on the other hand are old hats at traveling to away games and assured me that Starkville was an easily accomplished over and back so I bought in and away we went. Few things are as loathsome as a 5:30 alarm clock on Saturday, but I managed to stumble my way out of bed and downing a tall boy of Red Bull as I climbed into my truck I headed out to meet JP and Abe at our predetermined spot. My truck is more of a gallons per mile and not mpg so we piled into the JP’s ‘Tiger Tail-less Car’™ and hit the road. Heading west till we smelled it, and then going south till we stepped in it, we found ourselves in Tuscaloosa. Surprisingly there wasn’t much gameday activity going on at 6:30am and we held our noses and zipped through as fast as we could. The drive went quick and after a quick breakfast stop we found ourselves in Starkville. Now JP assures me that Starkville used to be an ugly truckstop of a town with little to no visual appeal. I think his exact description was that it looked like ‘the generic NCAA Football 2010 stadium’ but even he admitted that whatever beautification they’d undergone recently was impressive. The first thing I noticed about Starkville from the entrance in which we came was that there weren’t cars everywhere. Their stadium seats just under 56k and it looked to be mostly full come kickoff, but their campus wasn’t overrun with cars. Auburn during a game day is an awful time to get a feel for the ‘beauty’ of the campus, as it’s so overrun with cars parked everywhere, but this was actually really scenic even with all the tailgating we saw. This leads me to the second point, covered tailgating. I don’t know much about their tailgating setup and who gets to set up where, but there was covered tailgating everywhere and they were all stacked side by side for as far as you can see. Auburn has some organized covered tailgating but they weren’t stacked as close as the MSU crowd. Not a great example of bunched up tailgating, but you can see some of it. In regards to the MSU crowd, they were much more polite than I had braced myself for. I expected cowbells in the face and especially on the walk of shame after the game but they were, other than 1 or 2 people, really polite and hospitable. The fans behind us in the stands weren’t overly obnoxious and for the most part followed their cowbell etiquette. We learned some about their tradition and hand painting their cowbells, and for the most part got in and out of there without any huge issues. Their stadium isn't huge, but we stopped and looked at a presentation of what they plan do do with the expansion and enclosing one of their end zones and it's very nice. The seats even in the nosebleeds were very good and you felt pretty close to the action. Their main scoreboard sound needs an upgrade as it was pretty distorted at time. Their concession stands were organized and moved quickly and it was pretty easy to get in/out and they had Dreamland BBQ nachos, which is always a plus. I would recommend a Starkville trip to any fan base considering it. I imagine if it wasn’t an 11:00am game their fans would have had more time to get ramped up so maybe this was a situational trip that isn’t representative of the real experience. But given the amount of mistreatment I’ve seen at times from fans in Auburn this was a really enjoyable trip minus the final outcome. If you’ve been to Starkville before or have some stories of your own about Mississippi State we’d love to hear them. Drop a comment or check out our Facebook page and leave your story over there. Also if you haven’t seen this week’s predictions be sure to go and check them out HERE. If you wonder what Auburn's loss in Starkville means for their season check out my revised outlook HERE. See you next week with my tale.
  6. New Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn taught the Arkansas State Red Wolves a tough lesson this past week—he started their nine-game win streak, and he could end it as well. That is exactly what happened as Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers mauled his former team 38-9. The Red Wolves’ nine-game winning streak was the second-longest in the country, and eight of those wins came with Malzahn leading from the sidelines. Although the final score looks like complete domination, it was red-zone efficiency that was the difference in this game. Auburn gained 468 yards, but Arkansas State also produced 422 yards on 80 plays. Auburn scored on all five of its trips inside the Red Wolves' 20-yard line. Meanwhile, the Red Wolves were held out of the end zone despite reaching the red zone four times. So far this season, the Tigers have had a bend-but-don't-break approach on defense, and so far it has worked. The Tigers have not allowed an offensive touchdown in six-plus quarters. The running game continued to impress as the Tigers rushed for 301 yards Saturday. The three-headed monster of Corey Grant, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 241 of those 301 yards. Artis-Payne led the Tigers in rushing with 102 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Mason finished one yard short of the century mark with 99 yards rushing and also scored a touchdown. Grant, who had 144 yards in the opener, finished with 40 yards. The Tigers staff had to be impressed with the progression of JUCO transfer and starting quarterback Nick Marshall. Marshall finished the game completing 10 of 17 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, plus 53 yards rushing. Those two touchdown passes both came in the first half, and both showed the potential that the Auburn coaching staff sees in Marshall. The first was an 18-yard touchdown pass to freshman Marcus Davis, and the second was a perfect 68-yard touchdown strike to Sammie Coates. Both Marshall and the Auburn defense will need to continue their progression heading into Week 3 as they open up SEC play. The Tigers will square off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend with an opportunity to match their win total for all of 2012 in Week 3. Two games into the Malzahn-era, fans are once again chanting, “It's great to be a Auburn Tiger.”
  7. Follow@thedrsec If the 2010 national championship season was the best of times for the Auburn Tigers fanbase, 2012 was very close to being the worst of times. Just two seasons removed from being the undisputed kings of college football, the Tigers fell to a woeful 3-9 overall record and were winless in the SEC. Gone is the 2010 SEC and National Coach of the Year in Gene Chizik, and entering is the man whom many believe was the mastermind of the 2010 season, Gus Malzahn. While there is no doubting that Malzahn was a big part of the Tigers' success in 2010, Chizik's contributions should not be devalued. He was a great motivator and recruiter and a better game planner than most give him credit for. After Malzahn departed for the vacant Arkansas State head coaching job after the 2011 season, Chizik brought in new offensive and defensive coordinators. Both coaches were qualified, but the personnel did not fit the schemes. Will the return of Malzahn equal more wins in 2013? Can the Tigers take the first step toward restoring the roar? Offense The keys to Malzahn's complex no-huddle, hurry-up offense have been handed over to JUCO transfer Nick Marshall. Marshall is transferring from Garden City Community College, where he passed for 3,142 yards with 18 touchdowns in just 11 games. He also rushed for an additional 1,095 yards and 19 touchdowns. Despite playing one less game, Marshall's JUCO statistics of 4,237 offensive yards and 37 total touchdowns trump former Auburn great Cam Newton's 3,488 offensive yards and 38 total touchdowns on the JUCO level. However, the stat that is most troubling for Marshall is that he led the NJCAA in interceptions thrown with 20. Compare that to Newton's five interceptions, and expectations must be harnessed for Marshall this season as he adjusts to playing against SEC defenses. He will have the benefit of junior running back Tre Mason returning to the backfield. Mason rushed for 1,000 yards last season despite being one of the few weapons in the Tigers' anemic offense. He has the potential to put up big numbers this season if the passing game can improve from last season's dismal performance. Last season at Arkansas State, Malzahn's offense ran the football 57 percent of the time. So look for Mason and JUCO transfer Cameron Artis-Payne to put up big numbers this season. While the running backs should increase their numbers this season, the wide receivers will need to as well. The Tigers ranked 112th in the nation in passing offense last season and lost their No. 1 receiver Emory Blake to the NFL. Blake had 50 receptions last season. Moreover, all of the Tigers' returning wide receivers had only 54 receptions combined. However, the receiver position features a ton of potential. If Marshall can get the football to his targets accurately, the wideouts could be the most improved wide receiver unit in the SEC. All of these improvements are possible, but the play of the offensive line will make or break the Tigers' offensive production. The good news is that the Tigers return six offensive linemen who have 70 combined starts. The bad news is that those returning players contributed to the team giving up 37 sacks last season, which ranked 109th in the nation. The key to this unit will be conditioning. The offensive line will be asked to do a much different job at an increased pace in 2013. Marshall is quick on his feet, but players like Reese Dismukes, Chad Slade and Patrick Miller must get better as a unit. Malzahn's play-calling ability alone will boost Auburn's embarrassing 18.7 points per game average from 2012. However, to make major advancements from the 2012 season, there must be vast improvements in quarterback play and the offensive line's consistency. Defense The most surprising part of the 2012 Auburn season was defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's inability to strengthen the Tigers defense. The Auburn defense continued to struggle in 2012, finishing 66th in the nation in scoring (28.3 points allowed) and 79th in total defense (420.5 yards allowed). New defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson will introduce the Tigers to their second new scheme in as many years. This time, the Tigers will transition from a 4-3 defense to a 4-2-5 defense. The major difference between the two schemes is the “star” position in Ellis' defense. The star is a hybrid safety/linebacker position and will likely be filled by Justin Garrett, who recently returned to practice after missing 10 days with a sprained foot. Auburn will need to get better across the board on defense, and the recent dismissal of safety Demetruce McNeal has made it even more difficult. The Tigers will need defensive end Dee Ford to continue his progression in 2013. He led the Tigers in sacks last season with six but will miss at least the opener with a knee injury he suffered in practice. I do believe they have a star in the making in Angelo Blackson, but they will need more than just these two players to perform at a high level. Can junior Gabe Wright finally reach his potential? If he had the boldness to wear a “Nick Who?” hat on signing day, it is time for the talented lineman to become a consistent contributor. The Tigers are not great at linebacker, but technically, Ellis only needs two in his base package. I expect to see several young players get increased playing time at the linebacker position as the season progresses. Despite the dismissal of McNeal, the Tigers have major potential in the secondary, but I believe the Auburn defensive backs underperformed last season for two reasons. First, the team lacked a consistent pass rush. Second, the entire defense only had two interceptions, and none of the starting defensive backs had one. That is a recipe for disaster. The fact that Auburn was 47th in the nation with those two dynamics in place is a positive sign for potential improvements in 2013. Ellis is a good defensive coordinator, and the players should be better suited for his 4-2-5 scheme. The questions are: Can the Tigers get a consistent pass rush, and will they be able to create more turnovers? Special Teams This is the most stable unit for Auburn heading into the 2013 season. Punter Steven Clark and place-kicker Cody Parkey should continue to play well this season. Clark is a former Ray Guy Award finalist, and Parkey connected on 11 of his 14 field-goal attempts last season. Whoever replaces Onterio McCalebb in the return game will be a downgrade, but the Tigers have enough speed on their team to find a suitable backup. Predictions: Worst-Case Scenario: 2-10 (0-8 in SEC) Best-Case Scenario: 8-4 and Bowl bid (4-4 in SEC) Dr. SEC Preseason Prediction: 7-6 with a win in the Compass Bowl (2-6 in SEC) Think you can beat Dr. SEC? Join our pick' em contest. The winner receives a $350 Visa Gift Card. http://football.fant...om/college/8469 password: sec
  8. Follow @theDrSEC If you don't know Gus Malzahn, his rapid rise from high school football coach to head coach of Auburn University is stunning. However, if you met him anywhere along the way, you're not surprised at all. No matter where Malzahn was, he prepared like the head coach of a major SEC football program. Malzahn graduated from Fort Smith Christian High School (AR) in 1984. He was a good football player, but not elite. There were no coaches from big-time college football programs begging for his commitment. While he was not an elite athlete, he was good enough to walk on at the University of Arkansas. Malzahn worked hard and got the most out of his talent while practicing with the Razorbacks. Malzahn wanted more, though, so he transferred to Henderson State University, a Division II school located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Malzahn finally got the playing time he desired, but perhaps not at the position he thought. While he did catch 24 passes for 288 yards during his two years at Henderson State, it was his punting that kept him on the field. He averaged 35.3 yards per punt in his junior season and 37.7 yards in his senior season. He had a career long of 64 yards and was selected All-AIC Honorable Mention in his senior season. Just like with his playing career, there were no big-time programs lining up to hire the coach who would later be tabbed as a mad scientist. In fact, his first coaching job was not even on the offensive side of the football. Instead,Malzahn was hired as defensive coordinator of a small high school in Arkansas named Hughes High School. With fewer than 2,000 people in the city, few would have guessed it was the first step for a future SEC head coach. In fact, the high school no longer even has a football program. Malzahn did what he always does and made the most of the situation. After just one season as a defensive coordinator, he was promoted to head coach. While he had not yet developed into the offensive mastermind he is today, he found ways to put his players in the best position to succeed. With very few players and perhaps even less talent, Malzahn guided Hughes High School to unimaginable heights. In 1994, he led the team to the Class AAA state championship game, where it fell just yards short of a state championship despite barely having enough players to dress a full squad. The loss was devastating to Malzahn. However, he had shown his potential on a bigger stage and people took notice. One program that took notice was Springdale, Arkansas' Shiloh Christian. In 1994, Malzahn was hired to replace the well-respected Dennis DeBusk.His first season at Shiloh was filled with mixed reviews. He did lead the Saints to a conference championship and into the second round of the state playoffs, but they finished a mediocre 6-6. During the spring of 1997, he developed the hurry-up, no-huddle philosophy that would transform high school football in the state of Arkansas. Over the next four seasons, the Saints would compile an overall record of 57-2-1. Moreover, they would win two state championships and finish as state runner-ups twice. Malzahn loved Shiloh, but it was not the national powerhouse that it is today. As a result, Malzahn would need to make another move. In 2001, Malzahn become the head football coach at Springdale High School. Much like his experience at Shiloh, he started off with a mediocre 7-5 record. However, as has always been the case, Malzahn turned things around quickly by leading Springdale to state championship appearances in 2002 and 2004 before finally capturing the elusive title in 2005. His 2005 team was loaded with Division I talent. So when Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt offered Malzahn his vacant offensive coordinator position, people outside of the state of Arkansas were shocked. This had to be Nutt giving a job to a high school coach to secure its top players, right? Well, all doubters were quickly silenced. Despite Arkansas only winning four games in the season prior to Malzahn's arrival, the Razorbacks won 10 games and the Western Division crown. The college football world was shocked, as Arkansas won more games in 2006 than it did over the two previous seasons combined. For reasons laid out by AL.com, Malzahn left Arkansas after one season to become offensive coordinator at Tulsa. The results were fast and impressive. In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Golden Hurricanes won 10 games and a divisional crown. Tulsa ranked No. 1 in the nation in total offense with the rare combination of a 5,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher. Malzahn's second year with the program was just as impressive. Tulsa finished the season 11-3 and as a divisional champion for the second consecutive season. Tulsa once again was the No. 1 offense in the nation in total yards and the second-highest scoring offense in the history of major college football. After the successful season, Malzahn packed his bags and headed back to the SEC—this time to the Auburn Tigers, who had fallen on hard times. However, as is always the case with Malzahn, the hard times didn't last long. In Malzahn's first season as offensive coordinator at Auburn, the Tigers increased their win total by three games. Moreover, Auburn's scoring offense improved from 110th to 17th with over 33 points per game. The wide open offense did not go unnoticed by the media and young recruits.Malzahn's offense was one of the primary reasons JUCO transfer Cam Newton would choose Auburn University. The rest, as they say, is history. The combination of Newton and Malzahn was golden and led to the 2010 BCS National Championship after a perfect 14-0 season. Malzahn would last one more season in Auburn before accepting his first head coaching job at the college football level. The results? As expected, Malzahn led Arkansas State to a 9-3 record and Sun Belt Conference Championship with a blowout win over Middle Tennessee State in the championship game. Now Malzahn is back at Auburn. The doubters are back out in full force. They refuse to notice that his offenses were great far before Newton ever stepped on campus. They refuse to acknowledge that the colleges that Malzahn coached at averaged 5.67 wins the season prior to his arrival and over 10 wins per season during his tenure. They dropped back to 5.3 wins the season after his departure. Coincidence? Not at all. Malzahn is a winner and can do more with less than almost any of his peers. Auburn will be improved this season and Malzahn will be the reason.
  9. weagle26

    I love Auburn

    Hi this is my intro post to AUFamily, some of may seen it on facebook! I'm a football fan from Scotland. I like pro football have always been a big fan of NFL and in college I've mainly followed the players such as Tebow, Manziel, Newton, Clausen, Ingram and wanted them to do well on their teams. Last year I said I would root for bama since I was going to visit Alabama for the first time and I liked some of their previous players I went to Tuscaloosa for the first time too and did a tour (my girlfriend lives in Mobile,AL) I went to the stores bought a lot of merch and stuff for my room though something didn't feel right... I don't mean this about every Alabama fan but I couldn't help but feel a large part of their fan base are that dumb redneck racists who just shout roll tide at everything I had my doubts about what I just got into. Anyways my girlfriend and her family are auburn fans (her grandad was a major auburn fan) they explained to me how auburn is a better school and all the bad stuff and about Alabama fans though I thought they were just messing. Skip forward this summer and my second visit to Alabama I visited her grandmas home and saw her granddads old office it was orange and blue with pictures of the old aubie logo and pics of Nova etc. I felt a genuine connection to Auburn it was sentimental as opposed to a football team with cool Nike apparel. I'm also a baseball and basketball fan and the history with Barkley and Bo is awesome The Tigers to me have that family feeling as opposed to the savage and ruthless Alabama fans who will aggressively say they are better. ...yeah there maybe alabama A's and apparel everywhere you go but that's what cool about Auburn is they aren't always the favourite or the most loved a saying I like to say is "we all we got, we all we need" I am writing this message as I am back in Scotland now and got all that crappy red/crimson whatever they calling it out that didn't suit me,anyways and gonna throw that crap on eBay! I have spent a lot of money in stores like Bama Fever/Tiger Pride, Walmart and Ross to get my wardrobe straight for the new season, boy oh boy does orange and blue look damn good on me. I was sitting on the bus and someone said war eagle to me and I said it back that was an awesome feeling. I have not been to Jordan-Hare before but I really want to go to a game there next! I AM ORANGE AND BLUE and hope to get to know you all I hope I am welcome and if you want to friend me you can AUBURN FAMILY Win lose or tie auburn till I die W.D.E
  10. They are out and look good. Only concern I have is we have managed to shrink Danzey, but he put on 9 lbs. Too much on the squat rack?
  11. The first poll is out for swimming and diving. http://cscaa.org/downloads/CSCAADivisionIMenTeamRankingOctober232012.pdf Auburn men are ranked sixth. Waiting for women to come out. UF is ranked first and haven't competed in any meets yet. Last time they won the SEC? 1993 Last time we didn't win the SEC? 1996 when Tennessee prevented us from getting a three-peat. Also, through two meets this year (LSU[22] and Bama[20]) the men have not lost a race. War Eagle. I will post in here from now on for results, rankings, and if I remember I will post about upcoming events.
  12. Post Season Numbers & Thoughts: During the first 7 games of the season the Auburn defense allowed 5.88 yards per play during the first-half and 4.21 yards per play during the second-half. During the final 6 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 5.97 yards per play during the first-half and 6.76 yards per play during the second-half. During the first 7 games of the season, 49.0% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It increased to 55.6% during the second half of games. During the last 6 games of the season, 43.7% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It decreased to 42.9% during the second half. The top-5 play-makers on offense this season based on impact-plays were: Cameron Artis Payne (26), Duke Williams (22), Nick Marshall (20), Sammie Coates (14) and Quan Bray (12). Injuries to Williams and Coates took away from Auburn's explosiveness this season. During the first 6 games of the season, Nick Marshall averaged 82.0 yards rushing per game on 6.6 yards per attempt. During the final 7 games of the season, Marshall averaged only 43.7 yards per rush on 3.9 yards per carry. The read-option was nowhere close to last season. During the final 7 games of the 2013 season, Marshall & Mason averaged 257.6 YPG on 6.09 YPC. During the final 7 games of 2014, Marshall & CAP combined for 179.3 YPG on 4.92 YPC. Ricardo Louis is a player to watch for in 2015. With the departure of Sammie Coates, Auburn will need him to become a consistent playmaker. During the first 6 games of the season, Louis had 15 offensive touches for 118-yards. During the final 7 games of the season, Louis had 22 offensive touches for 353-yards. Of his 9 impact plays on the season, 7 came during the second-half of the season. Duke Williams was No. 12 nationally in generating pass-receptions of 15-yards or more and Sammie Coates was No. 21. The Auburn offense simply wasn't the same without both healthy and on the field together. During Auburn's 8 victories this season, the Tigers compiled a pass-rating of 157.1 on first-down and only 117.2 during their 5 defeats. From 1992-2014 Auburn has compiled a pass-rating of 136.0 on first-down and was only 134.9 in 2014. Of Auburn's 332 passes on the season, only 96 (28.6%) came on first down, which was dead last nationally. The national average was 37.9%, which means Nick Marshall was forced to throw more often when the opponent wanted him to, rather than when Malzahn wanted him to throw. I expect that percentage to change drastically with Jeremy Johnson at quarterback. In terms of the game day report cards, the Auburn offense had a passing grade in 11 of 13 games, the defense 6 in 13 games and special teams, 7 of 13 games. Last season the offense had a passing grade in 12 of 14 games, the defense 7 of 14 games and special teams 13 of 14 games. Overall the offense improved to 74.9% from 74.6% in 2013. The defense dropped to 47.7% from 49.3% in 2013 and special teams took the biggest dive to 53.4% from 71.7% in 2013. During the last 3 games of the season Auburn allowed 3.93 yards per rush during the first-half and 7.58 yards per attempt during the second-half. How vital are impact plays? During Auburn's 73 scoring drives this season, 63 involved at least 1 play of 15-yards or more during the possession. Last season the Auburn defense registered 32 sacks and 13 interceptions. This season despite only 20 sacks, Auburn intercepted 22 passes. One can only imagine how many picks Auburn could have totaled in 2014 with a more consistent pass-rush. During the first 5 games of the season, the Auburn defense forced a "3 & out", 45 percent of the time. During the final 8 games of the season, it dropped to only 18 percent. During the first 5 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 24-yards per possession and a TD every 37.2 snaps. During the final 8 games of the season, the defense allowed 36-yards per possession and a TD every 16.6 snaps defended. During the first 7 games of the season, Auburn scored 75 points from their opponent's turnovers. During the final 6 games of the season, Auburn scored only 24 points off of turnovers. Rarely does a player find immediate success after making a position change at the collegiate level. Johnathan "Rudy" Ford moved to safety this season, finishing the year as Auburn's leading tackler with 93 stops. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 1 forced-fumble. Look for him to continue to grow into his position under Will Muschamp. Rudy Ford was No. 14 in the SEC with 7.15 tackles per game. Cassanova McKinzy was No. 16 and Kris Frost was No. 17. McKinzy was also No. 14 in the SEC with 11 tackles for loss. Fifteen SEC defensive linemen had more tackles for loss than Auburn's leader, Montravius Adams (8). Cameron Artis-Payne had some major shoes to fill, replacing Tre Mason. The senior RB, responded with an All-SEC season, leading the conference in rushing and No. 2 in rushing TD's. CAP's 123.7 yards per game was the 5th best average in school history. Cameron Artis-Payne was No. 15 nationally in yards per game. Quarterback Nick Marshall improved his passer-rating from 143.2 in 2013 to 150.8. His 150.8 rating is the 4th highest rated performance among the 37 Auburn quarterbacks to attempt at least 150 passes during a season. His TD ratio of 1 every 14.6 attempts was 5th best in school history. Marshall was No. 33 in pass-efficiency during 2013, improving to No. 15 his senior year. The Auburn offense finished No. 13 in run-offense and No. 9 in pass-efficiency offense. The Tigers were No. 17 in total-offense and No. 26 in scoring-offense. Based on yards per game, yards per play, points per game, TD ratio and strength of schedule, the 2014 Auburn offense is No. 3 among the past 60 Auburn offensive units. The 2010 offense was No. 1 with a 213.5 rating, the 2013 offense was No. 2 with a 209.9 rating and the 2014 unit had a rating of 199.6. From 1970-2014, Auburn has compiled a record of 204-6-0, when scoring at least 30 points during regulation. Four of the 6 losses have come during the past 2 seasons. From 2009-2014 (79 games), Auburn has allowed 26 PPG, 398.3 YPG and 163.2 yards rushing per game. Of those 79 games, it includes 26 losses, where Auburn allowed 36 PPG, 446.5 YPG and 222.6 yards rushing per game. The second installment of Will Muschamp's defense cannot start soon enough. The 2014 season marks the 12th time Auburn has closed a season with only 1 win during their last 5 games of the season since 1950. The Auburn coaching staff has their work cut out for them as Auburn followed up the previous 11 seasons with a win percentage of .622 the following year. Looking at only FBS competition, Auburn's 2014 schedule ended up being the 6th most difficult in school history, minus the result of the "Auburn" game. 10 of Auburn's 13 opponents this season (76.9%) were FBS programs that finished the season with a winning record. It was the 3rd highest percentage of winning opponents faced during a season from 1950-2014. The 1983 team holds the highest percentage (83.3%). So what happened to the 2014 Auburn defense? During the first 5 games of the season, Auburn faced opponents that averaged 402.0 YPG, averaging 30.4 PPG. The Auburn defense held them to 24% below their yardage average and 53% below their scoring average. During their last 7 FBS games, Auburn faced offenses that averaged 463.3 YPG, while scoring 35.1 PPG. Auburn allowed those 7 teams to gain 5.5% more yardage than their average, while scoring 7.7% more than the opponent's average. In a nutshell, the competition was better during the second-half of the season, but Auburn's production percentages should not have collapsed as much as it did. Time to move onto 2015 and Happy New Year!
  13. After the 2012 season, I noted Auburn's 11-14 record was the worst 2-year run following a MNC season since 1970. Auburn was the only team among the MNC winners from 1970-2012, to finish with a below .500 record the two seasons after winning the championship. The average win percentage the 2-years following a MNC season was .801. I thought coming into this season Auburn was likely looking at a 9-3 or 10-2 regular season record, primarily because of their brutal schedule. We all want Auburn to win big but reality can often be a major slap in the face. Winning back-to-back SEC titles was going to be a major task considering it was last accomplished in 1997 and 1998 by Tennessee. Because I made it a point to show Auburn's downfall after winning the MNC in 2010, I thought I would show what they have accomplished since the 2012 season. I took all the previous MNC winners from 1970-2013 and singled out the seasons they won only 4 games. Here are the 2-year win percentages following those 4-win seasons. Nebraska did not have any seasons worse than 4-wins, so I included their 5-win seasons for this comparison. I also included Miami's 5-win season because most of their bad seasons came before their program became an established football program. FSU did not have any 5-win seasons after Bobby Bowden established them as a power. Auburn currently sits at the top of the list, making this one of the greatest 2-year turnarounds following a bad season, if not the best. Even if Auburn finishes this season with a 9-4 record, it would be the 5th best turnaround. I can understand why we are disappointed Auburn is likely out of a championship hunt this season but the above data places things into perspective.
  14. Great interactive map from NYtimes graphics department... Check it out.... article here interactive map here #IronIsland WDE
  15. Basically the Auburn-Arkansas game will come down to the Razorbacks ability to defend space and Auburn's ability to defend mass. We witnessed South Carolina struggle dearly last night. Defending 60 pass attempts, the Gameocks mustered up only 1 sack, 2 QB hurries and had only 2 passes defended. In contrast, A&M defended 40 pass attempts but came up with 3 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 4 passes broken up and 1 pick. Go back and watch A&M's QB and he rarely had to go through any progressions. His primary receiver was open on almost every pass play to the point he got away with starring down his primary target. At times last season we witnessed the Auburn defense struggle, defending mass. Hopefully the front-7 will be better defending the run and creating more situational plays. The way the Auburn offense is built in comparison to Arkansas, on paper it would appear Auburn has a smaller field to defend except for the times the Razorbacks throw vertically. On a dry field, I believe this heavily favors Auburn but a heavy rain could even those odds for Arkansas. With all the attention on Coates and Williams, when Auburn passes, I believe this could open up a huge opportunity for Ricardo Louis. He is a play that will touch the ball in the running game as well as the passing game. Enjoy the season folks and don't let one game define the season. We will have some ups and downs this season, so don't focus too much on the negatives. If Auburn stays fairly healthy, there will be far more ups than downs. War Eagle and beat those Pigs! Auburn 38, Arkansas 23
  16. Ran across this article earlier today, Cross-posted here. Article in The Wichita Eagle at Kansas.com on the history of Kansas State teams coached by Bill Snyder with a proven returning QB. Sort of puts a different (scarier) spin on AU's Thursday night trip to face the Wildcats this season. Link and excerpt: K-State has a formula that leads to big things Imagine a world in which you could accurately predict a college football team’s future. No more analyzing schedules. No more scouring the Internet for information. No more feeding statistics into computers until they spit out numbers that make sense. No more guessing. Sound good? Well, you’re in luck. Such a world may already exist – at least for those of you trying to forecast Kansas State’s upcoming season. Over the years, a mathematical formula has taken shape that has consistently produced the same successful result for the Wildcats. The inexact science looks like this: Bill Snyder, plus a returning full-time starter at quarterback, equals 11 victories. Test it out for yourself. The last five times Snyder, K-State’s longtime coach, has welcomed back his leading passer from the previous season, the Wildcats have won 11 games. It happened in 1998 with Michael Bishop, 2000 with Jonathan Beasley, 2002 and 2003 with Ell Roberson, and then again in 2012 with Collin Klein. Combine Snyder with a quarterback he trusts, and big things happen. Dating back to 1989, Snyder’s first year in Manhattan, he has gone 70-32 with a returning full-time starter at quarterback. Throw out his first two seasons, rebuilding efforts even with the experienced Carl Straw at quarterback, and he has gone 64-16. Expand the research to include proven returning quarterbacks – obvious up-and-comers destined for the starting job – and his record is 111-39-1. More at the link... 111-39-1 with a proven returning QB. That is not too shabby, especially for a team like Kansas State. Not sure what kind of composition of teams make up those wins and losses, but I expect Snyder's Wildcats to be a very dangerous team for our Tigers. I will have this article in the back of my mind as this game approaches. Will be very interesting to see how KSU looks in their first few games, that's for sure.
  17. Saw an article on facebook about Arky's most recent scrimmage, where he addressed the fans prior to the open scrimmage. He asked them not to video anything, and asked that if they saw anyone recording anything, tell them not too. He then added "and if they are wearing an Auburn shirt and/or hat, knock the (expletive) out of them". I'm sorry, Bert, are you under the delusion that we may need to cheat to beat you? Seriously???? With your QB that threw how many interceptions in your spring game??? 3? 4?? Or how about your freshman RB that put up 102 yards on 8 carries against your stout defense? That's alright, Coach Meatsweats. August 31st will be here soon enough, and it'll be all over. You'll be back in Arky, licking your wounds from an epic ass-kicking, and you can then focus on how you will manage to lose another 8-9 games. Good luck, and sleep tight! Seems like Gus haunts your dreams, but if you think that is scary, wait until August 30th! That's when nightmare becomes reality!!! I think I smell bacon already!!! War Eagle!!!
  18. Will Auburn improve upon run-defense in 2014? It needs to for Auburn to make another championship run. Last season was the Year of the Quarterback in the SEC. I believe this season could be the Year of the Running Back in the conference. During the 125 games under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn's defense allowed over 200-yards rushing on 11 occasions or 1 every 11.4 games. During the 66 games since Tuberville left Auburn, the defense has allowed over 200-yards rushing, 23 times or 1 every 2.9 games. Auburn was 11-12 in those 23 games. During the last 25 conference games, Auburn has allowed an average of 204.4 yards rushing on 5.08 yards per attempt. National Rankings in Run-Defense over past 25 years.... 1989: 20th 1990: 21st 1991: 48th 1992: 11th 1993: 21st 1994: 17th 1995: 49th 1996: 32nd 1997: 22nd 1998: 19th 1999: 15th 2000: 15th 2001: 42nd 2002: 46th 2003: 7th 2004: 12th 2005: 22nd 2006: 45th 2007: 29th 2008: 54th 2009: 78th 2010: 9th 2011: 94th 2012: 97th 2013: 62nd It appears 2008 was the first season the run-defense began to truly slip, failing to recover except for 1 season. It's difficult to become a consistent or dominant defense without having a solid run-defense. From 1990-2013 Auburn has compiled a record of 138-32-2 (.808), when holding opponent to under 140-yards rushing.
  19. Last season placed Auburn back into the national picture but only continued success at this highest level will create the "perception" of being an elite program. Consider the percentage of seasons Auburn had with a win percentage of .750 or better... 1950-1959: 30.0% - 1 SEC Title 1960-1969: 20.0% 1970-1979: 40.0% 1980-1989: 60.0% - 4 SEC Ttiles 1990-1999: 30.0% 2000-2009: 30.0% - 1 SEC Title 2010-2013: 50.0% - 2 SEC Titles It is easy to see why the 1980's under Pat Dye is considered the most successful decade of Auburn football. This current decade has the potential to be as good as the 80's. The Big Six in the SEC: ( Pct of seasons of .750 or better 1990-2013) Florida ................. 62.5% *8 SEC Titles Alabama .............. 54.2% *4 LSU ..................... 50.0% *4 Tennessee ........... 50.0% *3 Georgia ............... 45.8% *2 Auburn ................ 33.3% *3 The Big Six in the SEC (2000-2013): LSU ..................... 71.4% * 4 SEC Titles Alabama .............. 57.1% *2 Florida ................ 50.0% *3 Georgia .............. 50.0% *2 Auburn ................ 35.7% *3 Tennessee ........... 21.4% *0 Though Florida had a horrible season last year, a 10-win season in 2014 gets them back in the media spotlight immediately because of their history over the past 24 seasons. Alabama is basking in the spotlight under Nick Saban, who has won 4 MNC's since arriving in the SEC. Alabama is currently on a six-year run of 10-wins or more, which is why they are so highly ranked entering the 2014 season. Voters will give Alabama and Nick Saban the benefit of the doubt based on their recent success. Keep in mind it is much easier for reporters and members of the media to write and report on teams that are successful than researching the teams that are about to make their runs of success. Even LSU without Nick Saban has maintained their national presence in the world of college football because of their success under Les Miles. Les Miles has led LSU to a MNC and two conference titles since taking over the program. Despite not winning a MNC, Mark Richt and Georgia tend to receive positive media attention. The Bulldogs went 8-5 last season (finished unranked) and lost their most productive QB but are ranked No. 12 in the preseason Coaches Poll (2014). This is likely built upon their ability to post .750 seasons at a 50% clip over the past 14 seasons. Over the past 5 seasons UGA has compiled a 4-13 record against teams that won 75% of their games and are 2-3 in bowl games. Their last conference championship was in 2005.
  20. http://greatamericansportsnetwork.com/sec-football-uniforms-ranked/ How would you rank SEC teams in relation to their uniforms? The list from the link above is as follows: 1. Auburn 2. Missouri 3. Florida 4. Bammer 5. Georgia 6. Arkansas 7. USCjr 8. LSU 9. Ole Miss 10. Tennessee 11. Kentucky 12. Vanderbilt 13. Texas A&M 14. Miss State Nice list, but mine would be pretty different. 1. Auburn (both) 2. South Carolina (grey jerseys) 3. Georgia (Red) 4. LSU (white) 5. Ole Miss (Blue) 6. Texas A&M (Maroon) 7. Tennesse (Orange) 8. Bammer 9. Vandy 10. Florida 11. Missouri 12. Miss State 13. Arkansas 14. Kentucky
  21. Coach Ellis Johnson previously described the 2013 Auburn defense as being average overall but very good in "situational play". Auburn’s national rankings of No. 87 in total defense and No. 47 in scoring defense supports the “average” comment made by Auburn’s defensive coordinator. Auburn finished No. 13 in third-down defense and No. 10 in Red zone defense, which supports Johnson’s comment of being very good in situational play. Auburn was No. 10 in third-down defense against ranked opponents and No. 7 in Red zone defense against ranked competition. Proof that Auburn’s defense rose to the occasion against better competition. If Auburn had one of the top defenses in the nation on third-down, why did they allow so many yards and points during 2013? The problem came not on third-down but during first-down play. The 2013 Auburn defense finished the season at No. 105, when it came to first-down defense, allowing 6.54 yards per play. When the Tigers forced their opponent to third-down (situational play), Auburn rose to the occasion. Of the 73 times Auburn forced the opponent into third and at least 10-yards to convert, the opponent converted only 12 times last season. In terms of pass-efficiency defense, Auburn was No. 88 on first-down and No. 8 on third-down. Once the opponent was placed into predictable situations, Auburn was sound on defense. Auburn’s primary issue on defense was simply giving up too many big plays during 2013. Last season Auburn’s defense surrendered 74 plays of 20-yards or more. Breaking the plays down by downs, here is how they unfolded… 1st down: 34 2nd down: 26 3rd down: 12 4th down: 2 60 of the 74 plays of 20-yards or more allowed came on 1st and 2nd downs or 81.1 percent. Of the 74 plays allowed, 53 came via the passing game (71.6 percent). Interestingly, Auburn was No. 29 nationally in allowing pass-plays of 15-yards or more and No. 110 in allowing run plays of 10-yards or more. This is an immediate red flag; Auburn needs to improve on run-defense as well as the number of big plays allowed in 2014. Last season the Tigers were No. 63 in run-defense (yards allowed per game) and No. 80 in rushing yards allowed per play on first-down. This means Auburn not only struggled defending the run but also struggled early on during possessions defended. Once again, this is a strong indicator Auburn’s defense needs to improve on early downs to create more opportunities in situational play. Though Auburn was No. 13 nationally in third-down defense, the Tigers were No. 79 in forcing third-down situations (Percentage of plays defended on third-down).
  22. Keys to a championship season... Talent: Auburn might not be the most talented team in the SEC but they have recruited well enough to be in the nation's top-15, if not top-10. The key in this category will be player development, which is too early to tell under Malzahn's staff. It appears they are off to a good start. Auburn is in good shape entering the 2014 season. Depth: In this day & age of college football, very few teams are stocked with depth across the board. Each team tends to have a few issues at certain positions, when it comes to "quality" depth. The key IMO, is having quality depth up front on both sides of the line. Auburn for the most part, appears to be in good shape coming into the 2014 season. Experience: Over the past decade, experience has played a major role in Auburn being successful on the field. I have applied the "20-10 rule", which is having at least 20 players with 20 games of experience, including at least 10 players with 30-games of experience. Over the past decade, Auburn has compiled a win pct. of .894 during seasons when the 20-10 rule applied and a win pct. of .524, when the Tigers failed to reach it. This includes a record of 19-2 in close games during seasons, when the 20-10 rule applied and 12-13, when it did not. Auburn enters the 2014 season with a "22-15" roster. Quarterback: Behind almost every championship team is quality and consistent play at the QB position. The return of Nick Marshall is a huge advantage for the Tigers, as he will be the highest rated starting QB returning in the SEC. He has already led Auburn to one championship season and is poised to pick up, where he left off in 2013. Don't get caught up in quarterback comparisons across the nation. All that matters is what Marshall means to the Auburn offense. The offense will be centered around the rising senior and for good reasons. The key here is Marshall actually improved as the 2013 season progressed, despite the schedule becoming more difficult. Auburn is in excellent shape here for 2014. Coaching: Personnel development, game planning and game-day coaching is always huge. Player development remains a question mark, primarily because this is only the second season under Malzahn's staff. We witnessed good things during 2013, when it came to game planning and game-day coaching. Auburn's 2014 schedule will certainly be a major challenge for the Auburn coaching staff in 2014. Injuries: This is a crucial area, Auburn's staff or any other staff won't ever possess total control of. Conditioning is essential here but even great conditioning will not prevent knee injuries, concussions or broken bones. The Tigers are already feeling the effect of injuries and the season has yet to start. This almost always has a trickle-down effect on depth and player development. Luck: Every championship team needs a few breaks along the way, especially when it comes to close ball games. From 2000-2013, over 1/3 of the conference games in the SEC have been decided by 7-pts or less. Having the ball bounce your way more than not, can make or break a championship season. Of course luck can sometimes be defined as, "When preparation and effort come together". In other words, good teams can generate their own luck at times. I thought Malzahn's staff was very successful in obtaining the most from their existing talent and personnel. Schedule: Of the categories listed above, this might be the one that makes or breaks Auburn's drive to another championship season. The second half of the season will be brutal for the Auburn Tigers. Beginning in the month of October, Auburn could close out the season, facing 10 of 11 opponents at the FBS level with winning records, in order to win it all. Of those 10 games, seven will be on the road. This is a major challenge for any team, regardless of their talent level. Overall, Auburn could very well be a better team than 2013, yet still have 2-3 losses in 2014. Thoughts?
  23. Mods, Sorry in advance if this needs to move, but I wanted to get eyes on it and this board gets the most traffic. I'm getting married in May and I'm starting to look for a bakery/specialty cake store to help me out with the rehearsal dinner (aka MY) cake. I'm looking for one in the Charleston, SC area, and was hoping someone on here would be able to help me out. Hoping to get myself a Toomers Cake similar to below. Anyway, TIA for the help and War Eagle!
  24. Just putting this out there of the schedule next year that I found on rivals page. Interesting schedule and looking forward to recruiting, upcoming spring, two a days, then season Should be a very good year if everything comes together like it should. 2014 AUBURN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Aug. 30 ARKANSAS AUBURN Sept. 6 SAN JOSE STATE AUBURN Sept. 13 ** Open Date ** Sept. 20 at Kansas State Manhattan, KS Sept. 27 LOUISIANA TECH AUBURN Oct. 4 LSU AUBURN Oct. 11 at Mississippi State Starkville, MS Oct. 18 ** Open Date ** Oct. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA AUBURN Nov. 1 at Ole Miss Oxford, MS Nov. 8 TEXAS A&M AUBURN Nov. 15 at Georgia Athens, GA Nov. 22 SAMFORD AUBURN Nov. 29 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL