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Auburn Takes Down Ole Miss (Grading Auburn’s 31–16 Win at Ole Miss)

By on October 21st, 2018 in Football 6 Comments »

Auburn runners got cranked up
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

     War Eagle everybody! It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on a winning Auburn day at the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi. The offensive line had its best outing of the season, and the offense avoided turning the ball over. There were a number of balls dropped on the ground, but Auburn recovered each time. A much maligned, short-handed secondary improved dramatically in a week’s time. Ole Miss roared up and down the field with underneath throws, but things dried up dramatically for the Rebels in the red zone.

     Auburn did a solid job up front on defense, limiting the Rebels to 123 rushing yards on 39 carries for just 3.2 yards per carry. Star Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu diced up the Auburn defense for 324 yards, mostly in the middle of the field. When it counted on 3rd down or in the Auburn red zone, the Rebels did not manage a touchdown till there was only 2:24 left in the ball game. Auburn was able to get pressure on the quarterback, and Ole Miss converted just 6 of 17 3rd down conversions. The ability to just heave up sideline fade routes on Auburn disappeared this week.

     This was an improved week on offense for the Auburn Tigers, but it is important to remember that this was against likely the worst defense in the SEC. Ole Miss got pushed around up front at times and missed a lot of tackles. Once Auburn really got the offense rolling in the 3rd quarter, the Ole Miss players were back on their heels. On particular play I remember was the 1 yard Malik Miller touchdown run to start the second half scoring. On that give, every Auburn offensive lineman pushed his man well back into the end zone. In fact, every Auburn lineman was also in the end zone on that run. That’s what will make this offense go!

     Probably the most negative aspect of this game offensively was dropped passes and a couple of fumbles. There were at least 5 dropped passes, including a couple of “unassisted” drops where the receiver was just unable to hold onto the ball. Auburn runners fumbled twice, but both were recovered by a teammate. Auburn still needs to work on not sticking the ball out and losing control near the goal line.

     Special teams had a decent day, overall, and punt fielding was shored up. Where Auburn had a near-disaster this week was fielding a pooch/sky kickoff. Two Auburn guys tried to field the ball at the same time, there was a collision, and the ball rolled toward the Auburn goal line. Auburn recovered at the 4-yard line, thankfully. That could have been a devastating blow if the Tigers had given up an easy touchdown to Ole Miss just before the half! Long field goal woes continue to plague kicker Anders Carlson. Brilliant in every other aspect of his game, Carlson continues to miss the long ones. The coaching staff keeps saying that they aren’t going to call for those anymore and still end up trying. The decision to try the 47-yard miss this week was on 4th and 2 at the Ole Miss 29-yard line. Auburn has a quarterback hitting well over 50 percent of his passes and a running back that averaged 8.9 yards per carry in the game. Instead, Auburn elected to try a field goal with a kicker that had only hit 1 of 8 field goals from that distance.

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Mangle Mississippi! (Auburn at Ole Miss Open Thread)

By on October 20th, 2018 in Football Comment »
Tigers must take care of the football this morning!(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, the Auburn Tigers visit Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in an important SEC battle. Auburn looks to avoid having the first 3-game losing streak in the Gus Malzahn era and desperately needs a win... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 10–20–18

By on October 19th, 2018 in Football, News Comment »
War Eagle folks! It’s the eighth week of the college football season, and Auburn is facing another dangerous SEC opponent. Auburn is on the road at Ole Miss, a team the Tigers destroyed last year at Jordan-Hare Stadium.The Tigers jumped out to a 35–3 lead in the first half in that one and then put in the subs in the second h... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers TV Episode 7—(Tenn. Review and Auburn vs. Ole Miss)

Coach Nelson talks with Jay about what Auburn has to do this Saturday against Ole Miss to get back on track after Tennessee upset the Tigers (click on story link to watch this week's TV show).

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What an AUsome Week!

By on October 19th, 2018 in Football, News 9 Comments »

The Sun is Orange and the Sky is Blue—no matter what...

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A Daunting Trip to Oxford

By on October 18th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
Can Auburn win again this year?(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday morning in the early gray, the Auburn Tigers will visit the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford. Auburn comes into this game as damaged goods and yet is still a slight favorite over the home team. Auburn has not been impressive offensively but goes... Read Full Story

Tiger-Eye Review—Redeeming Time Edition

By on October 17th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
I'll so offend, to make offence a skill, redeeming time when men think least I will.Prince Hal- Henry IV Part 1  by William ShakespeareOffense *is* a skill. One that all but a very few SEC teams are just beginning to realize. Defense is a skill too, and the evidence that we're gleaning from this week's games is that prodigious ... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’Em Results—WEEK 7

By on October 16th, 2018 in Football 2 Comments »
My, oh my, what has happened to our Auburn Tigers? Another disappointing loss came to our boys on the Plains, and right now this year's season  is looking dismal. The Tigers will need some tough skin as many have lost confidence in their ability to end the season with a winning record. I, for one, still think they can pull them... Read Full Story

“We’ll Continue to Grind”—Auburn AD Allen Greene   

By on October 16th, 2018 in Football 9 Comments »
Sitting in Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday I was filled with a torrent of emotions not unlike those of most Auburn fans watching the Tigers allow another win to slip through their grasp. As the seconds ticked off the clock in the 30–24 loss to Tennessee, I knew that the coming week would see calls on social media and on Auburn ch... Read Full Story

No Way Out for Auburn Football

By on October 15th, 2018 in Football 21 Comments »
What’s at stake for Auburn football over the next month is bigger than one man. Its outcome threatens to bring down the entire university. On the surface that sounds like a lot of hyperbole, but it’s very real.A new school president staked his future on a football coach he barely knew last year. He brought on a new athletic ... Read Full Story

Tennessee Fades Auburn (Grading Auburn’s 30–24 Loss to Tennessee)

By on October 14th, 2018 in Football 13 Comments »
A sloppy performance (John Reed, USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on an abysmal Auburn day, hosting the Tennessee Volunteers. Shaky offensive line problems continued, and a propensity to give the ball back to Tennessee doomed the Tigers to a 30–24 loss to Tennessee. Auburn ... Read Full Story

Vanquish the Vols! (Auburn vs. Tennessee Open Thread)

By on October 13th, 2018 in Football 9 Comments »
Can Auburn bash Tennessee?(John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, the Auburn Tigers will host Tennessee, taking on the Volunteers in an important SEC battle. The loser of this game likely does not go to a bowl, and the winner gains confidence and renewed motivation to improve.     This game w... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 10–13–18

By on October 12th, 2018 in Football, News Comment »
After six weeks of sweltering temperatures Auburn fans will finally be able to experience a football game in closer to fall weather with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s. On Saturday the No. 21 Tigers will take on the Tennessee Volunteers with kickoff set for 11 a.m. CT on the SEC Network.It will be “Stripe the Stadi... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers TV Episode 6

See what Coach Nelson and I have to say in this week's Episode 6 on the state of Auburn football's season at the halfway point.

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A Must Win Game

By on October 11th, 2018 in Football 10 Comments »
Can Auburn Roll Over Tennessee?(Photo by Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday morning bright and early, the Auburn Tigers will host the Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams come into this game as damaged goods, and Auburn is a double-digit favorite. Auburn has not been impressive offensively this se... Read Full Story

Turning Down the Back Stretch

By on October 10th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
College fans wait eight long months for the start of football. It’s hard to believe that half of the season is already over. As Sullivan013 pointed out in his weekly column, it looks as if no one will be able to stop the freight train from west Alabama.Auburn on the other hand is struggling to produce some semblance of consist... Read Full Story

Tiger-Eye Review—Inside-Outside Edition

By on October 9th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
Are we in or out? It depends on perspective.In 1944, legendary West Point head coach Earl Blaik began two successive national championship seasons in three years with the help of two remarkable players—speedster Glenn Davis and bruising fullback Felix "Doc" Blanchard. The duo was nicknamed "Mr. Outside and Mr. Inside," and beh... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’Em Results—WEEK 6

By on October 9th, 2018 in Football Comment »
An antsy War Eagle to everyone. Yes, frustration is high as our Auburn Tigers are on the brink of falling apart. Two losses do not a defeated season make, but you have to wonder if the Tigers will be able to straighten things out. The UT Volunteers may be just what the doctor ordered this week for an Auburn program that is still... Read Full Story

The World’s Cruelest Roller Coaster Ride

By on October 8th, 2018 in Football 32 Comments »
The daily high temperatures on the Plains have yet to dip below 90 degrees, and Auburn’s football season is already a forgone conclusion. The only question left is whether it will have more than four losses by year’s end. Any hope of heading to Amen Corner with a fighting chance was obliterated by an average Mississippi Stat... Read Full Story

Auburn Fumbles One Away in Starkville (Grading Auburn’s 23-9 Loss to Mississippi State)

By on October 7th, 2018 in Football 15 Comments »
Auburn could not execute when it counted.     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on an Auburn collapse in Starkville. Shaky offensive line problems continued, and a propensity to drop the ball on the ground doomed the Tigers to a 23–9 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. A normally stout front ... Read Full Story

Beat the Bulldogs! (Auburn at Mississippi State Open Thread)

By on October 6th, 2018 in Football 3 Comments »
Hostile territory awaits, for the first time this year.(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! Tonight, the Auburn Tigers will visit Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both teams are coming off a couple of weeks of offensive disappointment and are looking to redeem their respective se... Read Full Story