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The Dirty Dozen – Week 5 (Toe the Line Edition)

By on October 9th, 2015 in Football Comment »
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Everyone needs to be in the same place for this to work

Tow the Line Edition 

Every now and then, there are young men who let their egos get ahead of their good judgement and potential. Given an opportunity of a lifetime, they squander it in short-sighted incidents that trash any chance of achieving it.   This is the challenge for coaches as they try to help 100 or so individuals in their charge navigate their young lives through the challenges in front of them. It’s a great responsibility, but in the end it is up to the individual himself to make the final decision on which path to choose.

And so it is for not only Duke Williams and Auburn, but three young defensive players at Alabama, suspended this week for “undisclosed team rule violations” the common euphemism usually given to immature judgement or plain old willful disobedience.

The key is how the coaching staff handles this, and not just for the benefit of the player in question. Every interaction and standard set for one individual is a message to the rest of the team on what the repercussions will be for them if they do similarly.  If you set one standard for one player, that needs to be balanced by what you will do for ANY player who acts in the same manner. If there is the slightest perception of leniency in lieu of discipline based upon performance or importance to the lineup,  the confidence in the coaching staff is at risk. If that risk is revisited often enough over time, catastrophic failure and loss of confidence is the usual result.

I’m pretty sure both Gus Malzahn and Nick Saban are well aware of this and have taken the right steps to alleviate the problems. Second and even third chances are a proven method of helping young men learn to manage their lives, but at a certain point as one of the Auburn Team Captains Jonathan Wallace pointed out during a press interview – “You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.”


Throughout the regular season Auburn will play twelve teams. I will track each of these teams throughout the season to help gauge how their seasons are progressing and how Auburn will/did do against them. If I see a trend or common thread, I’ll illustrate it in my analysis, noting what is working or not working for them, and how that may impact us in our upcoming games.

For those teams we’ve already played, I’ll do the same in relation to how well or poorly they played us.

As an overall grade of how interesting the game was, I’ll use the following scale:

!!! – Best game of the week
!! – Surprisingly good
! – Average to good
? – Why am I watching this?
?? – Who would watch this?
??? – WTH am I watching?


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Bye-Week Blues

By on October 8th, 2015 in Football 13 Comments »
A Wildcat for the Wildcats It is time for some playmakers to step forward!(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody. Auburn's much-needed bye week is here, and it's time for the team to work through myriad issues. One of Auburn's problems has evidently sorted itself out, as drama-surrounded receiver D'haquille Williams was dismissed from the tea... Read Full Story

#TETtailgate Challenge Week 5 Review

Did your tailgate and/or game pictures make the cut for the weekly #TETtailgate review post? Check inside! If they didn't, did you tag #TETtailgate? If not, no excuses! Make sure you do!

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A True Auburn Hard-Fighting Soldier

By on October 7th, 2015 in Football 14 Comments »
cassanova-mckinzy-74e5aa1c52169b46 The injured Auburn player lay motionless on the turf of Pat Dye Field as the medical staff worked on stabilizing his neck and putting him onto a stretcher. An eery silence in the stands was broken by thunderous applause as he was carted off the field to be placed in an ambulance.It was a scary moment for all those in attendance ... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em Results (Week 5)

By on October 6th, 2015 in Featured Article, Football Comment »
Pickem graphic A flood of wild games set the stage for week 5, literally! Rain storms, high winds, muddy fields all played roles in some high stake games this past weekend. Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee among others are licking their wounds and trying to dry out to get ready for a new week. Are you ready? Get your picks in!Our Auburn Tigers are... Read Full Story

Barning From CoMo: Now What?

By on October 6th, 2015 in Football 13 Comments »

It's time for us, as fans, to understand that things don't always go to plan. And that's fine, because when we think that all of our patience has dissolved completely and that this program will never bounce back, the orange and blue will prevail once again -- just like they always do.

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D’haquille Williams Dismissed From Auburn Football Team

By on October 5th, 2015 in Football, News 13 Comments »
usa-today-7878135.0 As reported here a few minutes ago by TET member aubfan_in_woodstock, senior wide receiver D’haquille 'Duke' Williams was dismissed from the Auburn football team tonight for violating team rules.According to, Williams was involved in an altercation, which led to Coach Malzahn announcing his dismissal.“Whe... Read Full Story

Rudy Ford Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

By on October 5th, 2015 in Football Comment »
11378138 Jonathan 'Rudy' Ford has been named the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against San Jose State Saturday. The Auburn junior had a forced fumble and led the Tigers with a career-best 14 tackles in the 35-21 win over the Spartans. He currently leads the team with 49 tacklesHowever, the p... Read Full Story

Amen Corner Comes Early

By on October 5th, 2015 in Football 16 Comments »
barber Welcome to Amen Corner. Forget Georgia and Alabama. The next two games with Kentucky and Arkansas will likely determine whether this is just a bad season or something catastrophic.It’s the world Auburn people live in.Failing to win both of these contests probably means staying home for bowl season. Plain and simple. Find Aubur... Read Full Story

An Issue of Recruiting, Developing, or Both

By on October 5th, 2015 in Football 12 Comments »

No other program continues to ride the peaks and valleys as does Auburn. Yet, statistically, Auburn recruits as well as anyone else while having one of the highest paid and best regarded coaching staffs. What gives?

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Tigers Win on Homecoming (Grading Auburn’s win over San Jose State)

By on October 4th, 2015 in Football 9 Comments »
SJS Grades Barber Barber scores again!(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)     War Eagle, everybody! It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn’s Homecoming win over the San Jose State Spartans. What a difference a year makes! In September of last year, Auburn romped over the Spartans 59-13, and the game was out of hand before halftime. Many ... Read Full Story

Gus Malzahn, San Jose State Post Game Press Conference

By on October 3rd, 2015 in Football, News 6 Comments »
- Peyton Barber "We have a better idea of who we are offensively, defensively and special teams," said Gus Malzahn before answering questions in his post game press conference following tonight's 35-21 Tiger win over the San Jose State Spartans.Gus said the upcoming open date will be welcomed in order to get some guys healed up and to give addi... Read Full Story

Smash the Spartans! (Auburn vs. San Jose State, Open Thread.)

By on October 3rd, 2015 in Football 1 Comment »
SJS Thread San Jose State is a long way from home, this afternoon!(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! It's Homecoming in Auburn. Today's opponents are the San Jose State Spartans. Both teams are looking for a win today. For Auburn, it's a must win game if there are to be any post-season hopes. The Spartans come in looking ... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 10-3-15

By on October 2nd, 2015 in Football, News Comment »
usa-today-8826967.0 Saturday is Homecoming on the Plains as the Auburn Tigers take on the San Jose State Spartans in a 3 p.m. CT game on the SEC Network. As part of the homecoming celebration, the University has invited the fans to take the field following the conclusion of the game.For those who will be watching from home, we have listed below the... Read Full Story

Burn Baby, Burn


This season is burned. The coaches have to salvage what they can while they can from it. That means building for the future. Gus Malzahn has earned the patience of the Auburn Family. It’s up to us to give it to him.

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A Must Win Game Looms Saturday.

By on October 1st, 2015 in Football 10 Comments »
SJ State Ervin The Tigers must stop Tyler Ervin (#7)(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! It's Homecoming week on the Plains, and the Auburn Tigers will take on San Jose State at 3:00 PM Central Time on the SEC Network. Ordinarily, one wouldn't give a homecoming opponent much hope against Auburn. After all, the last time Auburn ... Read Full Story

Open Letter to Auburn Fans From a Mississippi State Student

By on October 1st, 2015 in Football, Memories 6 Comments »
It's not an uncommon occurrence to hear testimonials of how visiting fans are treated well at Auburn. I remember several over the years. Probably the most poignant came from Daily Gamecock Editor, Josh Dawsey, after South Carolina visited Auburn in 2010.Here's another great story on the hospitality Auburn fans showed toward the ... Read Full Story

Auburn Soccer Off to Best Start in Program History

By on October 1st, 2015 in Other Sports 7 Comments »
11358142 The Auburn soccer team is having the best year in program history,plowing new ground almost every week. The 10 - 1 - 0 Tigers are currently the No. 8 ranked team in the country, the highest ranking ever by an AU soccer team.And for the first time, the soccer team has had two Southeastern Conference Players of the Week for the sa... Read Full Story

#TETtailgate Challenge Week 4 Review

By on September 30th, 2015 in Football 3 Comments »
Man, y'all must have had such a great time that y'all forgot to include us on your Instagram and Twitter posts! Ok, I also admit that I was so busy having fun that I didn't have time to go through Instagram and Twitter and dig up pictures. It isn't too late! It's only three more days until we do it all again! Well, I won't. I ha... Read Full Story

The Dirty Dozen – Week 4 (The Road Ahead Edition)

By on September 30th, 2015 in Featured Article, Football 2 Comments »
NotsureaboutThis Major Reisman "Four!" Team "Major and Wladislaw go through the door "The Road Ahead EditionAt a third of the way through the season, the view of the road going forward all depends upon your perspective. Some of the Dirty Dozen are comfortably in the driver's seat, others are just happy to be along for the ride. Still others are ... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em Results (Week 4)

By on September 29th, 2015 in Football Comment »
Pickem graphic @AU_History tops the leader board for the second week in a row. What's your secret? WDE-TightLines and BarWils round out the top three. There are some big point spreads out there this week that should make week 5 very interesting and possibly shake up things in our pick'em contest. Keep those picks coming and WAR EAGLE!RankPick ... Read Full Story