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The Dirty Dozen – Week Eight

By on October 22nd, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 3 Comments »

Major Reisman: "Eight"

Team: "Jimenez has got a date"

The Dirty Dozen looks at the games that Auburn’s opponents play throughout the season, highlighting points of interest, tendencies and potential issues for their remaining season and their future game against Auburn.

Back to work, with a renewed sense of purpose. The road ahead is a long one, six games in a row, three of them against top-ten rated teams who have more than enough reasons to hold a grudge against these Tigers after last year’s games. Each of those three top ten ranked teams are rivals for both the SEC Championship game and the College Football Playoff slots, and several are playing at the highest level they’ve achieved in years.

But I get the feeling this team and this coaching staff wouldn’t have it any other way.  Oderint dum metuant as the poet once said. It’s time to buckle down and play some football.

If you’ve been following this series, you’ll know how this works, but if you’re seeing this for the first time I give a rating for each game based on the table below. I’ll also conduct an analysis of that team’s Efficiency Rating as the season progresses and present to you my comments about the matchups:

!!! – Best game of the week
!! – Surprisingly good
! – Average to good
? – Why would I watch this?
?? – Who would watch this?
??? – What the hell is this?

ER = Efficiency Rating (see the latest Cafe Malzahn updated numbers)


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Café Malzahn at Noon

By on October 21st, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 3 Comments »
Looking back A little more than halfway through the 2014 season is a good time for an introspective look back on what has happened over the last eight weeks. Auburn just had its last break before the final six games of the season, and the Southeastern Conference has begun to segregate into title contenders, spoilers, pretenders and also rans... Read Full Story

Jimbo Fisher Doesn’t Like Being Asked About His Reputation

By on October 20th, 2014 in Football 4 Comments »
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Who You Got? Making Sense of the Greatest Season in SEC History

By on October 20th, 2014 in Football 13 Comments »
How do words do it justice? For the first time ever, a conference occupies four of the top five spots in the AP College Football Poll. The fact that all of the teams come from the SEC West is just well again, I have no words. No wonder Mike Slive is stepping down as SEC commissioner next summer. How do you top this?What makes th... Read Full Story

Four of AP Top 5 Teams Are From the SEC West

By on October 19th, 2014 in football, News 1 Comment »
12820996 Listen to national sports radio call-in shows, and you will hear a constant barrage of callers across the country berating the SEC – claiming the league doesn’t really play anyone other than each other. Well the AP Top 25 came out today, and four of the Top 5 are from the Southeastern Conference. Of course it's not true tha... Read Full Story

Midterm Report – (grading the Tigers).

By on October 18th, 2014 in Football 12 Comments »
Bye week improvements

Now, it's time to take a look at where this football team is, going forward. There is still a lot of football left to be played, and every game is important. Can Auburn gear up for another championship run in October and November?

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College Football TV Schedule for Saturday, 10-18-14

By on October 18th, 2014 in Football, News 12 Comments »
NCAA Football: Champs Sports Bowl-Notre Dame vs Florida State College football's headliner will take place in Tallahassee today when No. 5 Notre Dame takes on No. 2 Florida State at 7 p.m. CT. And once again FSU's time in the spotlight is marred by more off field issues with the 'Noles starting quarterback.It seems Jameis Winston can not stay out of the news. His latest foray into the head... Read Full Story

A Bump in the Road

By on October 17th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 3 Comments »
NCAA Football: Auburn at Mississippi State Turnover after turnover, flag after flag, missed opportunity on top of missed opportunity -- the Malzahn-coached team we witnessed last Saturday was most certainly not the one we have grown to adore over the past year. Following the first defensive stand that forced the 'Dawgs to a three and out, I told my cousin, "That was easi... Read Full Story

We’ll Never See Another Mike Slive in Collegiate Athletics

By on October 15th, 2014 in Football, News 5 Comments »
NCAA Football: SEC Media Day Auburn's football team went 13-0, finished No. 2 in the nation, and had four 1st Round NFL Draft picks in 2004. Yet the Tigers were denied the chance to play for the national championship. Instead Oklahoma was pitted against USC, and the Sooners were promptly blown out 55-19 by the Trojans.Many thought Auburn would have been a b... Read Full Story

The Dirty Dozen – Week Seven

By on October 14th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 4 Comments »
Dirty 7

The bloodletting has begun. The SEC West has started to play each other in earnest, and the teams currently at the top raise huge questions about the validity of nearly every preseason poll and pundit on the Internet, just like last year when they overlooked Auburn. The two Mississippi teams are now both bowl eligible and undefeated and looking stronger every week. Either this is an unexpected-once-in-a-lifetime occurrence (you know, just like last year), or perhaps those preseason polls and reports aren't worth the ether they're printed on?

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It’s Gut Check Time for Auburn

By on October 13th, 2014 in Football 15 Comments »
quan Will the real Auburn football team please stand up? Whether you lay blame on Auburn, the referees or rightfully give credit to Mississippi St., Saturday’s loss in Starkville raises serious questions moving forward.While the events of the weekend don’t signal the end of the road for this team, any hope of making the playoff s... Read Full Story

Week Seven TET Pick Em Results

By on October 13th, 2014 in Football Comment »

Here’s the top 25 list for Track 'Em Tigers week seven Pick 'Em Contest ... JandOWarEagle continued his/her domination by winning the top spot for the fourth time this season.

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Tigers Bashed by the Bulldogs. (grading Auburn’s game vs. Miss State)

By on October 12th, 2014 in Football 9 Comments »
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Grading Auburn's disappointing 38-23 loss to Mississippi State. It was a matchup of heavyweight, Top 5 teams, but the Tigers failed to live up to that billing. Both teams uncharacteristically committed 4 turnovers. The difference in this game was ...

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Bomb the Bulldogs! (Auburn at Mississippi State game thread.)

By on October 11th, 2014 in Football 569 Comments »
MSU Thread Davis Wade Davis Wade Stadium on a gray day.Auburn vs. Mississippi State, Open Thread.(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! It's gameday once again in October. This afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will take on the number three ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville. This is the SEC game of the week, and it will be tele... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday Oct. 11, 2014

By on October 11th, 2014 in Football, News Comment »
PI-CFB-Auburn-Tigers-Mississippi-State-Bulldogs-Nick-Marshall-Dak-Prescott-030414 This week the Auburn Tigers’ game against Mississippi State is the CBS Game of the Week. The game features dueling Heisman quarterback contenders Nick Marshall (Auburn) and Dak Prescott ( Miss State).In a game of unbeatens, the No.3 Bulldogs host the No. 2 Tigers in a Top 5 showdown in Starkville. You can bet it will be a high... Read Full Story

The Dirty Dozen – Week Six

By on October 10th, 2014 in Football 2 Comments »
week6 The Dirty Dozen looks at the games that Auburn’s opponents play throughout the season, highlighting points of interest, tendencies and potential issues for their remaining season and their future game against Auburn.That guy. The linchpin to your offense, the key to every victory, the most deserving of every accolade ever give... Read Full Story

(Way Too Early) Playoff Predictions

By on October 10th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 5 Comments »
taveze-calhoun-trovon-reed-ncaa-football-mississippi-state-auburn-850x560 THE HEAVYWEIGHTSAuburn:Vegas odds to win championship - 13/2I'll admit, I did not see last week coming -- I entered Jordan-Hare half-expecting a loss to our Louisiana foes for yet another year. There was a side of me that was fairly confident, and why shouldn't I have been? But in the back of my mind, I had known that the Gus ... Read Full Story

Substantial Stakes in Starkville. (preview of Auburn – Miss State )

By on October 9th, 2014 in Football 16 Comments »
MSU Week Big Game

With both Mississippi State and Auburn ranked in the top 5, folks are calling this the biggest game in Davis Wade Stadium history. There's no doubt the game will be a tough matchup on the road for Auburn, one of 5 difficult road games this season. Auburn has already survived Kansas State in Manhattan. After this Bulldog tilt, Auburn has ...

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The Prognostication Stipulation: (predicting college football winners for week 7)

By on October 8th, 2014 in Football 3 Comments »

The goal of this article is to provide a weekly snapshot of the key match ups in the top 25 with particular emphasis on future/past Auburn opponents and what it means in the Tiger’s quest to repeat as SEC Champions and a shot to win the first National Championship in the playoff era. While student athletes are working hard preparing for the game we are also journeying together, reveling in the moment of the season known as WEEK 7.

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Improved Auburn Defense Will Face Toughest Test Yet vs. Mississippi State

By on October 8th, 2014 in Football 4 Comments »
15964443-mmmain Before the 2014 college football season began most pundits predicted that Auburn's offense would once again be one of the best in the nation. After all the Tigers were returning most of the offense that had led the nation in rushing in 2013 (with 328 yards per game), including a Heisman candidate at quarterback.And thus far - th... Read Full Story

Daniel Carlson Receives 2nd Player of the Week Award

By on October 7th, 2014 in Football, News Comment »
10411103 Many Auburn fans wondered during the preseason what the kicking game would be like without the services of Steven Clark and Cody Parkey. Five games into the 2014 season we have our answer.Freshman Daniel Carlson has been honored by the SEC with a player of the Week Award for the second time this year. He was named Tuesday as the... Read Full Story