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Wax the Wildcats! (Auburn vs. Kentucky, Open Thread.)

By on September 26th, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »

A sparse seating arrangement is ready.
(Photo courtesy Auburn Athletics.)

     War Eagle, everybody! SEC football is back today, in full swing. This morning , the Auburn Tigers will host the Kentucky Wildcats at Jordan Hare Stadium. This game will kick off at 11:00 AM Central Daylight Time, and will be televised on the SEC Network. Weather should be sublime for this game, for the few fans that are allowed to attend, with partly cloudy skies and temps in the upper 70s. There is little chance of rain.

     Even though this is a matchup between two ranked opponents in the SEC, the TV folks saw fit to put this game in the early spot. Frankly, there is not a lot of love for the Auburn Tigers this season from the preseason prognosticators. Despite being last season’s freshman MVP in the league, Bo Nix has been left off all of the preseason All-SEC lists. I would expect Auburn to come out in this game with a serious chip on their shoulder.

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard for my usual play by play, armed with hot coffee and snacks. War Eagle, and let’s see if Auburn begin a memorable season against a tough SEC-only schedule. War Eagle!

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It Finally Begins!

By on September 25th, 2020 in Football 1 Comment »
Auburn must shut down dual threat Terry Wilson.     War Eagle, everybody! At long last, SEC opening game week is finally here! It may be a shorter season, there may be fewer fans in the stands, and we certainly can't predict what the future holds. However, SEC football is back, and we are certainly glad. Saturday morning, Se... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Preview of the 2020 Season

By on September 23rd, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
In this strange, half-started season of college football, the Southeastern Conference finally begins play this week in closed session. As other conferences have shown, the extended protocols call for extraordinary measures that have changed the entire fan experience like few other events in history. Gone are such regular feature... Read Full Story

Shall We Play a Game?

By on August 31st, 2020 in Football 4 Comments »
I sometimes feel the future of the 2020 football season is like a new Cold War. If only for the war of words expressed to the press and public by various pundits, league Presidents, coaches and fans. It is an issue that strikes deep into the heart of the sport. The nature and variety of response to the Covid-19 phenomenon among ... Read Full Story

To Forgive, or Not to Forgive (that IS the question)–repost

By on July 31st, 2020 in Football, Memories, News, Other Sports 5 Comments »

With the news of Harvey Updyke's death, I hope I am keeping my promise.

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When Will College Sports Return?

By on May 4th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »
The national pandemic has affected almost all of us in some way, including our coverage of Auburn Sports here at Track ‘Em Tigers. At the end of March, we announced in an article that there’s not much we can bring our readers due to the cancellation of all collegiate sports. In the interim, not much has changed in the sports... Read Full Story

Could There Really Be No College Football in 2020?

By on March 28th, 2020 in Football, News 8 Comments »
“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” That’s the way legendary journalist Jim McKay used to introduce ABC’s popular TV show, The Wide World of Sports. I was reminded of the phrase this week when the Sumner Olympics were postponed.I’ve heard some friends say it’s almost agonizing to not have any sports to f... Read Full Story

Carolina May Rue the Day of Cam Newton’s Release

By on March 25th, 2020 in Football, News 6 Comments »
On Tuesday the Carolina Panthers released the winningest quarterback in the history of the franchise. Auburn’s 2010 national championship quarterback, Cam Newton, has been the face of the program since Carolina made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011. Newton has had to deal with some health issues recently, but I’m not... Read Full Story

NCAA’s Decision to Cancel Championships Makes No Sense

This writer understands the need for caution when the CDC warns against large crowds. However, what I can’t understand is why couldn't the NCAA postpone the NCAA Tournament (and the other championships) till April or even May. If the threat is still there in a month or two, then a decision could be made at that time to cancel all championships.

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Regular Season Wrapup

By on March 8th, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
Samir Doughty Was Deadly against the Vols      War Eagle, everybody! Yesterday, Auburn wrapped up the basketball regular season with a resounding pummeling of the Tennessee Vols, 85-63, in Knoxville. The win came at a good time, breaking a 2-game losing streak, and giving the Tigers some momentum headed into the SEC Tourname... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Looks for Answers after Struggling Mightily in Opening Weeks

By on February 26th, 2020 in News, Other Sports 8 Comments »
The success of the Clint Myers era took Auburn softball from a mediocre SEC team to a national powerhouse almost overnight. The success led to Auburn becoming a nationally-recognized brand, earning invites to premier early season tournaments. Separated by mere days, Auburn played in Palm Springs, California and Clearwater, Flori... Read Full Story

Musings From The Plains—College Football Free Agency Edition

The NCAA inched a step closer to free agency this past week when the ACC joined the Big Ten Conference in support of allowing athletes to transfer to another school without losing a year of eligibility. Currently, football and basketball players must sit out a year before becoming eligible. The proposed change would do away with... Read Full Story

A Wild Week in Auburn Basketball!

By on February 23rd, 2020 in Basketball 6 Comments »
Auburn Freshmen, Including Devan Cambridge, Really Stepped Up!(AP photo Julie Bennett)     War Eagle, everybody! What a strange week in Auburn basketball. A week ago, a trip to the snow in Missouri, and a double digit loss, had us reeling with a huge headache. Then Auburn really stunk up the joint in Athens, Georgia at midwe... Read Full Story

Tigers On the Road at Missouri Today

By on February 15th, 2020 in Basketball 2 Comments »
Can the Tigers Win without Isaac Okoro?     War Eagle, everybody! Today the Auburn Tigers leave the soggy south and head to Missouri Arena for a battle of Tigers. It has been a harrowing week of close Auburn wins, but it has not been without cost. The Tigers weathered a couple of hits at the forward positions, with Danjel Pu... Read Full Story

Auburn Baseball is Back – Tigers Win Opening Game in Front of Sellout Crowd

By on February 14th, 2020 in Baseball, News 1 Comment »
With chilly mornings and frost still on the ground, it’s hard to believe it's that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for America’s sport, at least on the college level. Baseball is back on the Plains. Auburn opened the 2020 season Saturday with a 5–3 win over Illinois-Chicago in front of a full house. Tanner Burns and... Read Full Story

After Buzzer Beater Comeback against LSU, Auburn Looks for Payback against Tide

By on February 11th, 2020 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »
There was a different feeling from Auburn basketball’s showdown versus LSU than last week’s take down of the Kentucky Wildcats. The showdown with Kentucky brought fanfare that accompanies blueblood teams and with it came College Gameday, a first for Auburn. The Kentucky game was the prime-time event, and though it was a hard... Read Full Story

A Football Look Ahead

By on February 7th, 2020 in Football 6 Comments »
What Will Auburn's Playing Rotation Look Like in 2020?     War Eagle, everybody! National signing day has come and gone once again, and Auburn's roster for the season is now close to being set. In addition, this morning Auburn announced the hiring of Al Pogue as a defensive backs coach, so we now have a good idea who the on-... Read Full Story

Auburn Looks to Cap Off Strong Class on National Signing Day

By on February 5th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »
Today is National Signing Day (NSD). Before 2017 it was a day of anticipation and even excitement for college football fans hungry for some football news in the offseason. That was before the NCAA instituted an early signing period. There is little doubt the drama has all but disappeared with the majority of top players on the b... Read Full Story

Tigers Put the Brakes on Kentucky!

By on February 2nd, 2020 in Basketball 4 Comments »
Danjel Purifoy on the Defensive End(John Reed, USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! The Auburn Tigers' mens basketball team got their first win over a top-25-ranked opponent yesterday, defeating the 13th-ranked Wildcats, 75–66. The win moved Auburn to 19–2 on the season, and the Tigers picked up a big signature wi... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

By on January 27th, 2020 in Basketball, Football, News 7 Comments »

From ESPN's College GameDay first ever visit to campus to Auburn's fifth consecutive year to be represented in the Super Bowl to Auburn Football's chances at a championship in 2020 and more in this edition of Monday Musings.

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Tigers Drop Two, South Carolina Comes to Auburn Arena

By on January 22nd, 2020 in Basketball, News 1 Comment »
Auburn was soaring to the top of college basketball when it traveled to Coleman Coliseum to take on the Crimson Tide. The Tigers were ranked in the top five and were one of two unbeaten teams in America. There is nothing that Auburn fans love more than to beat Alabama, which Auburn has done fairly regularly since Bruce Pearl cam... Read Full Story
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