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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.
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  6. I don't know if this was already posted, but I was messing around on ESPN and found a link where they showed the top fifty adjusted QBR for players for a single FBS game. Nick Marshall's performance against UT was a 99.6 good for tenth. http://espn.go.com/ncf/qbr/_/type/alltime-game
  7. If Auburn is to defeat Georgia this Saturday, the Tigers will need to play better run-defense than they did the last two meetings with the Bulldogs. During the 2011 game, Georgia rushed for 304-yards and last season Auburn surrendered 289-yards on the ground. During the last 25 meetings between the two schools, the team with the most rushing yardage is 20-4-1. The Auburn defense comes into the game allowing 157-yards rushing per game and 189-yards to conference opponents. If Georgia can establish a consistent running threat, it will be difficult to apply pressure on Aaron Murray. On this play Auburn is set to defend the Volunteer's read-option play. At the snap Tennessee will double up on Gabe Wright, leaving Kenneth Carter 1 on 1 with the LG. Carl Lawson positions himself to defend the QB-keep, forcing the QB to make the inside give to the RB. Once the give to the RB is made, Cassanova McKinzy attacks the "A" gap as Kenneth Carter makes penetration into the backfield. Carter makes the initial play on the RB in the backfield as McKinzy arrives to help finish off the play. It is vital the Auburn front-4 plays physical against Georgia, keeping their OL off the LB's. Some of Auburn's issues on run-defense have been poor run-fits, where defenders lose control of their gap responsibilities. Though aggressive play is important, it needs to be controlled aggression or it results in blown assignments and subsequent big plays for the opposition.
  8. The obvious key to the success of the Auburn running game is the offensive line, which has been one of the best in the country. The Tigers will play host to the Georgia Bulldogs with the No. 3 rushing attack in the country ignited with the dynamic play of Nick Marshall and his RB's. Through 10 games the Auburn offense has produced the 2nd most 10-yard plus runs in the nation, which all comes back to a very physical OL that has taken pride in pushing the offense down the field. During the last 3 games, Auburn has run the football 82.3% of the time, leaning heavily on the OL. On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 at their own 25, facing 8 in the box by the Volunteer defense. At the snap Chad Slade will pull to his left to kick out the DE. Nick Marshall will fake the outside give to Corey Grant as Jay Prosch becomes a lead blocker for Nick Marshall. Reese Dismukes redirects the DT outside and Marshall surveys his running lanes. With the safety attacking the "A" gap, Marshall darts through the "B" gap as Greg Robinson takes out the MLB. Nick Marshall breaks into the second level towards the side line, picking up 62-yards on the play. Nick Marshall finished the game with 214-yards rushing, the second most by an Auburn quarterback. This included 5 impact run-plays along with 2 TD's rushing and 1 passing. Though Auburn has schemed to limit the number of players in the box with 3-4 WR sets, the OL has given the Tigers the luxury of running against 8 and 9-man fronts this season.
  9. Auburn comes into the Georgia game with the No. 3 ranked run-offense and will need every bit of that ability to muster enough points to outscore a very dangerous Bulldog offense. At the center of Auburn's SEC leading run-offense in quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason. During their last 5 games playing together, the dynamic duo have averaged 237-yards per game combined on the ground. The primary reason for their success has been Nick Marshall's execution of the read-option. Marshall has done a splendid job of knowing when to keep the ball and when to deal it off to his running backs, primarily Tre Mason. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 1 from their own 23-yard line. At the snap Nick Marshall makes the correct read on the edge as Tennessee appears to be more concerned about the inside give to Tre Mason. Marshall keeps the ball after pulling the ball away from Tre Mason's belly, catching the Tennessee safety committed inside. Nick Marshall utilizes his quickness and speed to motor around the diving safety, picking up 25-yards on the play and an Auburn first down. Another key to success in the Auburn running game has been the blocking by Auburn's receivers. When the Tigers lost the services of Jaylon Denson, it was a major concern because of his ability to block on the perimeter. Sammie Coates and Trovon Reed have really stepped up in their roles as perimeter blockers, opening up running lanes near the opponent's side line for big gains. It's the combination of great OL play, edge blocking and perimeter blocking that has lifted Auburn to being the No. 2 nationally in generating run-plays of 10-yards or more.
  10. Aaron Murray is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in conference history and his three previous starts against Auburn produced highly efficient numbers and results. Though Auburn sacked him 7 times and hurried him 17 other times during the last 3 meetings, Murray has thrown 10 TD passes against the Tigers with no interceptions. Auburn must find a way of applying pressure on the senior quarterback this Saturday or he will likely have a fourth consecutive efficient game against Auburn. On this play Auburn knows Tennessee is going to pass with only 15 seconds remaining in the first half and the Volunteers attempting move within FG range. Auburn rushes only 4 but Carl Lawson is lined up wide outside to take on the LT 1 on 1. The Volunteers LT is Antonio Richardson, a Preseason All-SEC performer with 22 starts under his belt. At the snap Tennessee doubles up on Auburn's DT's as Carl Lawson commits to a speed-rush. The RB assists the RT to double up on LaDarius Owens. Lawson beats the LT on the edge and is able to loop over the top of the quarterback. As Lawson makes contact with the quarterback from behind, he chops the football loose. Tennessee recovers the fumble but the sack results in Tennessee deciding to let the half expire. If Georgia has consistent success running the football it will hinder and slow down the Auburn pass-rush. It will be essential that the Tigers at least apply pressure during obvious passing situations. Georgia is No. 22 nationally in preventing sacks this season.
  11. One apparent advantage Auburn has coming into the Georgia game is Red Zone offense vs. Georgia's Red Zone defense. The Tigers are currently No. 14 nationally in scoring touchdowns inside the red zone and the Georgia defense is No. 101 in allowing red zone touchdowns. Auburn is No. 28 nationally in offensive red zone appearances and the Bulldogs are No. 53 in permitting red zone appearances. On the average, Auburn has 4 red zone appearances per game, which means they must take advantage of these scoring opportunities when they surface against the Bulldogs. On this play Auburn faces and 2nd & 2 from the Tennessee 7-yard line. Auburn will execute their quarterback-power play with the fake outside give to Corey Grant and Nick Marshall following his FB and pulling guard through the "B" gap. At the snap, the fake outside give to Corey Grant pulls the DE and OLB towards the perimeter as Chad Slade pulls to his left and Jay Prosch leads. The MLB attempts to slide over but Nick Marshall is too quick through the gaping hole, scoring from 7-yards out. Auburn is No. 1 nationally in rushing attempts and rushing yardage gained inside the red zone and No. 4 nationally in rushing TD's inside the red zone. On the flip side, Georgia is No. 59 nationally in red zone rushing yardage allowed and No. 90 in rushing TD's allowed in the red zone.
  12. C.J. Uzomah has not been utilized as much as I thought he would this season but Auburn has leaned heavily on their run-offense this season. Through 10 games, Uzomah has been targeted only 12 times in the passing game. He has caught 6 passes for 106-yards and 2 TD's. Of his 6 receptions, 5 have been impact plays, which opens the possibility of him being a hidden weapon during Auburn's next 2 games. On this play Auburn has the ball at the UT 25-yard line, facing a 2nd & 13. Before the snap Corey Grant motions into the backfield on the speed-sweep look. Nick Marshall will play-action with him as C.J. Uzomah releases from the backfield on a wheel-route towards the end zone. The play-action freezes the defense for a brief moment. Nick Marshall delivers a perfectly thrown pass with the LB having solid coverage on Uzomah. The pass is hauled in by Uzomah for a 25-yard touchdown play. Uzomah has played a multiple role in then offense this season, which allows Gus Malzahn to set him up in various situations.
  13. No running back in the country has been as productive inside the red zone as Auburn's Tre Mason this season. He leads the country in rushing yardage inside the red zone. He is No. 1 in generating first downs inside the red zone and has scored the 2nd most rushing TD's inside the red zone. He is No. 4 in terms of overall carries inside the opponent's 20-yard line, providing a comfort zone for the Auburn offense, which is No. 14 nationally in TD percentage inside the red zone. On this play Auburn has the ball at the Tennessee 20-yard line, 1st & 10. Auburn will attempt to run Mason between the tackles but the Volunteers clog up the running lanes. Tre Mason reverts to his great lateral movement, bouncing the play outside to his left. Jay Prosch does a great job sealing the edge, allowing Mason to move into the secondary. C.J. Uzomah and Ricardo Louis open an outside running lane for Tre Mason on the perimeter as Mason scoots to the side line and into the end zone for a 13-yard run. Coach Rhett Lashlee commented on how well the receivers have opened up running lanes for the run-offense. Despite running the ball 82 percent of the time during the last 3 games, Auburn's receivers are committed to doing what is needed to sustain drives and score points.
  14. Nick Marshall was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 214-yards against the Tennessee Volunteers. He along with Tre Mason combined for 331-yards rushing and 5 rushing TD's as Tennessee could not find a way of controlling Auburn's read-option. During the last 5 games playing together, the duo have averaged 237.2 yards per game on the ground at 6.82 yards per clip. During that time period they have rushed for 17 TD's, ripping off 54 run-plays of 10-yards or more. On this play Auburn has the ball at the Tennessee 38-yard line facing a 2nd & 3. The Volunteers basically have 8 in the box to defend Auburn's read-option. At the snap Nick Marshall observes the perimeter is open, faking the inside give to Tre Mason. The LB's and safety over top react to Mason attacking the line. Nick Marshall pulls the ball out and speeds to the edge. Because the safety over the top commits to the Mason option, Marshall has an open field of green. Sammie Coates walls off the boundary corner allowing Marshall to cruise to an easy 38-yard TD run. The play was vital as Tennessee had just scored on a pick-6 to pull with 7-points. Nick Marshall's touchdown run gave Auburn a 14-point lead again and the game was never in question after that moment.
  15. Upon further Review - Tennessee Game A note on how the defense improves as the game progresses. The Tigers have allowed a 3rd-down conversion rate of 53.8% in the 1st quarter, 33.3% in the second quarter, 29.0% during the third and 19.4% during the final period. Nick Marshall threw his first interception on third-down this season against Tennessee. Tennessee made the most of it by returning it for a touchdown. During their last 5 games together, Nick Marshall and Tre Mason have averaged 237.2 yards rushing per game along with 17 combined rushing-TD's. After gaining 247-yards against the Auburn defense during the first-half, Tennessee gained only 107-yards during the second-half. 48.0 percent of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense has resulted in 2-yards or less this season. Auburn averaged 6.37 yards per play on first-down during the first 4 games of the season. During the last 10 games, it has increased to 8.17 yards. Auburn's top offensive playmakers (15-yd+ plays) through (10) games are Nick Marshall (20), Tre Mason (13), Corey Grant (12), Sammie Coates (12 and Cameron Artis-Payne (10). During the first 7 games of the season Auburn began 8.5% of their possessions on the opponent's side of the field. During the last 3 games, it has increased to 25.0%. During Auburn's last 63 offensive possessions, the Tigers have scored 32 TD's. During the last 63 possessions defended by the Auburn defense, the Tigers have surrendered 9 TD's. Last season the Auburn defense held 4 of 12 opponents to under a pass-rating of 120. This season the Tigers have held 7 of 10. Of Auburn's 57 scoring drives this season, 52 were aided by at least 1 impact play (15-yards+). During first 8 games of the season the Auburn DL accounted for 30.3% of the team's tackles. During the last 2 games the production has dropped to 21.5%. During the last 5 games, Auburn has scored a TD every 10.7 snaps, while the defense has held the opponent to a TD every 35.9 snaps. During Gus Malzahn's 50 games associated with the Auburn offense, the Tigers have averaged 246.3 yards rushing per game. This includes an average of 235.7 yards rushing in SEC play. During his first 6 games, Nick Marshall averaged 23.8 pass attempts per game. During the last 3 games, he has averaged 5.3 pass attempts per game. Gus Malzahn has done an exceptional job coaching to his strengths through 10 games, which is why Auburn is 9-1 going into the showdowns with Auburn's two primary rivals. With Auburn featuring the running game so heavily, has it stunted the growth and maturation of Nick Marshall in the passing game? I ask this not because I'm questioning Malzahn's recent approach to his offense. I'm glad he assured victories by leaning heavily against out-manned opponents against the run. I pose the question because Georgia will be the 2nd best run-defense Auburn has faced this season and Alabama will be the best. The Tigers are currently rushing for 59 percent more yardage than their SEC opponents have allowed on the season but that projects 219-yards rushing against Georgia and 162 against Alabama. If these projections were to be accurate, what would be the probability of Auburn winning their last 2-games without better performances from Auburn's pass-offense and overall defense? I actually look forward to seeing how the Auburn coaching staff schemes for the last two games of the regular season. For the most part, Auburn's previous game plans have been very solid except for the occasional "execution" issues. Despite the projection of 219-yards rushing against Georgia, I would not be surprised to see Auburn rush for 300-yards against the Bulldogs. When it comes to Alabama, I see a very difficult challenge for Auburn to rush for over 200-yards against Alabama. This all comes back to the initial question regarding Nick Marshall and his ability to deliver critical pass completions against Georgia and Alabama, despite the recent lack of focus on the passing game. There is no doubt Auburn must establish a running threat to win these last 2 games but the offense will have to show the ability to be more balanced than what we have witnessed the past two conference games. War Eagle!
  16. When Gus Malzahn took over as the Auburn head coach, he promised Auburn would get their "edge" back and his staff and players have delivered in just one season. The Auburn run-offense is currently churning out 320-yards rushing per game, behind great OL play, schemes and execution. The offense is one of those most physical in the country and though the defense has struggled in terms of yardage allowed, they too have improved physically. Not only has Auburn found it's edge again, this team is winning with the basic fundamentals of successful football. There will be those detractors who will look for what Auburn is failing, losing the focus on Auburn's overall delivery. Auburn improves to 9-1, still holding tightly to their own destiny within their hands. The development of Auburn's zone-read element of their offense has been the focal point of success. During the first 4 games, Auburn was averaging 232.7 yards rushing per game. Those numbers alone were a huge improvement from 2012. Since Auburn began to focus on their zone-read, the running game has averaged 378.5 yards rushing per game over the past 6 games. Nick Marshall went from 37-yards rushing per game on 3.6 yards per carry to 117-yds per game on 9.1 yards per rush. Tre Mason went from 84.5 yards rushing per game during the first 4 games to 116.7 yards during the last 6 games. Malzahn utilizes multiple formations and personnel grouping to basically run the same plays and the opponent has yet to stop it. The next two games will define this season. Though a 9-win season has been assured, the 2013 Auburn Tigers like all Auburn teams will be defined by their last 3 games, especially Georgia and Alabama. This team are headed for a very special season but losses in the next 2-games would quickly change it to a good season with a bowl victory. The players continue to play like they are on a mission and there should be no doubt Georgia and Alabama remain high on their priority list. It won't be easy but this team has proved they are up for the task. With each win, Auburn pushes the 2012 season further and further into their rear-view mirror. Inside the Numbers... Combining the 2011 and 2012 seasons together, Auburn rushed for 36 touchdowns. The 2013 Auburn offense has 33 rushing touchdowns through 10 games. If Nick Marshall can maintain is current average of 117-yards rushing during his last 5 games, he will break the 1000-yard barrier. Tre Mason is now 1 rushing TD away from tying the school record for rushing touchdowns by an Auburn RB and 4 away from the school record (20) held by Cameron Newton. After allowing 160-yards and 13 points during the first 4 possessions, the Auburn defense settled in to hold Tennessee to 194-yards and 3 points during their last 8 possessions. Auburn allowed 6.7 yards per play during the first 4 possessions of the game and 4.4 yards per play during the Volunteer's last 8 possessions. After Nick Marshall's ugly pick-6, Auburn ran the ball 37 times to just 2 pass attempts. Auburn rushed for 246-yards on those 37 carries. The last time Auburn returned a punt and kick-off for a touchdown in the same game was 1984 against Southern Mississippi. The Tennessee game marks the 5th time this season Auburn had a passing grade in all three phases of the game. During the first 5 games of the season, 65.2% of Auburn's scoring drives resulted in a TD. During Auburn's last 5 games, 94.1% of Auburn's scoring drives have resulted in a touchdown. Auburn's special teams accounted for 312-return yards to the Volunteer's 74-yards. Auburn began the game by calling 5 pass-plays and 1 run play during the first 2 possessions. During their next 9 possessions Malzahn called 49 run-plays to just 3 pass plays. The last time Auburn had less than 17 pass attempts combined in back-to-back conference games was 1978 against Mississippi State and Georgia with 14 total pass attempts. Auburn now has 3202-yards rushing and 33 TD's through 10 games. This surpasses the 3074-yards rushing and 32 TD's by the 2010 Auburn run-offense through 10-games. Last season Auburn averaged 86.8 yards rushing in conference play. That has improved to 278.5 yards rushing against SEC competition in 2013. Auburn had 5 rushing TD's in 8 conference games in 2012. Auburn had 5 rushing TD's against Tennessee today. Auburn rushed for 694-yards in 8 conference games during 2012. In their last 2 conference games, the 2013 Auburn offense has rushed for 677-yards. Cassanova McKinzy had his best tackling game of the season with 10 credited tackles against the Volunteers. After winning the tackle for loss battle in just 4 of 25 games from 2011-2012, the 2013 Auburn Tigers have won the TFL battle in 8 of 10 games. The last time Auburn won the TFL battle 8 times during a season was during the 2004 season. Final Thoughts... This no doubt is a blue-collar football team and it has been by design. They are not flashy on offense or defense but have won with a powerful run-offense, an opportunistic defense and good special teams. Despite how wide-open the college game has become, the 2013 Auburn blue-print has been "old school" and quite successful. As maligned as the defense has been at times, the 2013 Auburn defense entered the Tennessee game, No. 6 nationally in yards to point ratio. The defense was allowing a point for every 20-yards surrendered. Tennessee averaged 1 offensive point for every 22-yards gained on offense. This means Auburn's defense must surrender 600-yards for the opponent to score 30-points on the average. How often has Auburn won a conference game on the road by 32-points despite allowing over 200-yards rushing, 14-points to the opponent on turnovers and only 35-yards passing? This alone shows how much this team has progressed since the nail-biter against Washington State to start the season. Yes, there are aspects of this team which needs to improve but the "football culture" could not have improved any more than what we have witnessed though 10-games. This team continues to hammer away with their blue-collar mentality and grinding work-ethic. Though there are a few star players based on their individual performances this season, we have seen more of a "team" effort this season than any other Auburn team since 1993. They are enjoying their success but have worked diligently to achieve it. From 3-9 to 9-1 has made Auburn football fun again for everyone involved. No one deserves it more than the players who endured such a dismal season during 2012. Gus Malzahn has commented on the team leadership during Auburn's weekly preparation for their opponent and how it has resulted in great practices. This team lacked leadership last season and multiple levels. For various reasons the coaching staff failed the team during 2012 and the upper classman failed to deliver consistent leadership to the younger players. This season the coaching staff has restored confidence and leadership and the players have responded to the challenge. War Eagle and Beat those Dogs!
  17. Game #10 Statistical Evaluation (Tennessee Game) 2013 Offensive Report Card 1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 9.78 (pass) 2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 50.0% pct (pass) 3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 8.54 YPC (pass) 4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 54.5% (pass) 5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33%: 9.1% (pass) 6) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 5.00 (fail) 7) Score above 75% in red zone: 80.0% (pass) 8) TD Red Zone above 60%: 80.0% (pass) 9) Average 30-yards per possession: 43.5 YPP (pass) 10) 40% of offensive snaps being part of a scoring drive: 51.6% (pass) 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: 6 TD’s / 2 turnovers (pass) 12) TD ratio of 1 every 17 plays: 10.3 (pass) 13) 8 impact plays: 10 (pass) 14) at least 2 big plays: 2 (pass) 15) Pass rating above 125.0: 103.4 (fail) Score: 14 of 15 (93.3%) Pass * Bonus point for over 400-yards rushing Defensive Report Card 1) Average under 6-yards per play on 1st down: 4.10 (pass) 2) Convert below 35-pct of 3rd downs: 30.8% (pass) 3) Average below 4.0 yards per rush: 5.26 YPC (fail) 4) Score below 1/3 of their possessions: 33.3% (fail) 5) Keep "3 and out" series above 33%: 25.0% (fail) 6) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: 5.12 YPA (pass) 7) Score below 75% in red zone: 100.0% (fail) 8) TD Red Zone Pct below 60%: 50.0% (pass) 9) Average under 30-yards per possession: 29.5 YPP (pass) 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps being part of a scoring drive: 45.6% (fail) 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: 1 TD’s / 1 turnover (pass) 12) TD ratio of 1 every 30 plays: 68.0 (pass) 13) Less than 8 impact plays allowed: 7 (pass) 14) No more than 2 big play allowed: 2 allowed (pass) 15) Pass rating below 125.0 allowed: 99.0 (pass) Score: 10 of 15 (66.7%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): 47.0 (pass) *1 punts inside 20 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): 0.0 (pass) 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): 63.5 (pass) 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): 18.5 (pass) 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): 37.0 (pass) 6) PAT’s (100%): 5 of 6 (fail) 7) FG Pct (75% or above): None (N/A) * Bonus point for 2 returns for TD's. Score: 6 of 6 (100.0%) Pass Remember the key is to pass 50.0% of the categories. War Eagle!