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Something Special Brewing on the Plains

By on October 24th, 2016 in Football 1 Comment »
photo by Julie Bennett/

Photo by Julie Bennett/

Gus Malzahn tried to tell us. Back when things were unraveling faster than a Trump rally in Chicago, he told us Auburn was close to being a good football team. But who could have guessed this turn of events?

Ironically, it seems the only team who can hang with this bunch today lies just to the west. A few weeks ago, there was talk that offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee may be gone at year’s end. That conversation continues today, but for other reasons. He’s arguably the hottest coordinator in the game. I’ll file that under things I never believed I’d write.

Despite the horrid start, the Auburn offense is now averaging more than 300 yards rushing and 500 yards total offense a game. Who wants a redo with Clemson and Texas A&M? I’m not sure you could get either on the bus.

This year is shaping up to be one of the strangest in school history. In the last three games, Auburn is averaging nearly 51 points a game. That ranks third nationally. A month ago, Pat Dye Field looked like a rehearsal for The Three Stooges. Now, one of those guys is directing the most potent offense in the country.

Sean White won’t make you forget Nick Marshall, but give him credit, he does enough to keep the offense moving down the field. Cutting out mistakes has made him much better than his physical talent says is possible.

How much money will Auburn have to come off at year’s end to keep defensive coordinator Kevin Steele around? Taking a cue out of Pete Carroll’s playbook, Steele keeps things loose and fun for his players. The results have been staggering. The Tiger defense is allowing only 14 points a game – ranking third nationally.

So now the stakes get higher. No one is going to confuse Austin Allen with Chad Kelly. Auburn faces an entirely different test this week. Playing in rural Mississippi is never easy on a Saturday night. The Ole Miss offense will be Auburn’s biggest test before heading to Tuscaloosa at season’s end.

Las Vegas can’t decide who should win. The line went up and down yesterday like the Dow Jones in October. More are buying into Auburn, but many remain unconvinced. This much we know: Auburn is getting better every week. Continue to progress, and this team becomes a very dangerous problem for Alabama.

One game at a time. That said, it’s hard to not look ahead. Malzahn has something special brewing again. We’ve seen it before. Only this time, it has a defense to match. We all know too well, that it can crumble in 60 minutes. It feels different this time.

There’s no living on a prayer this go around. Auburn is a good football team. If it shows up and plays for the next month, something special is going to happen.

I have a feeling they will.

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Tigers Trample Arkansas! (Grading Auburn’s 56-3 Win Over the Razorbacks)

By on October 23rd, 2016 in Football 9 Comments »
arky-grades Tigers ran wild in this one(A. P. Photo, Butch Dill.)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's 56–3 annihilation of Arkansas. The main stir the Razorbacks created was actually before the game as a bit of pushing, shoving and shouting happened between the teams at midfield. Once the... Read Full Story

Redact the Razorbacks! (Auburn vs. Arkansas Open Thread)

By on October 22nd, 2016 in Football 2 Comments »
arky-thread It's a party on the Plains, tonight!(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! Tonight, the Auburn Tigers will host the Arkansas Razorbacks in Jordan Hare Stadium. The Tigers enter this contest with a record of 4–2, riding a 3 game winning streak. Arkansas rolls in with a 5–2 record fresh off a surprising win... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule For Saturday Oct. 22, 2016

By on October 21st, 2016 in Football, News 1 Comment »
i-seanwhiteusatoday It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the 2016 college football season. For many schools, the second half of the season marks the beginning of the tough part of the schedule. Historically, it's a time that the teams in the nation's strongest division, start knocking off each other.As Cole Locascio pointed out in his... Read Full Story

From the Eagle’s Nest

By on October 21st, 2016 in Football 11 Comments »
Oct 24, 2015; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Drew Morgan (80) dives into the end zone to score the winning touchdown during the quadruple overtime against the Auburn Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Arkansas Razorbacks defeat the Auburn Tigers 54-46. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Auburn kicks off the second half of its season this weekend in a game that will feature two teams trying to turn a pivotal corner in the SEC West. A win for either one sets up a much more optimistic outlook on the second half of the season, while a loss serves as a huge setback. Arkansas' normally run-happy offense has been rep... Read Full Story

Tigers Roar Into Fall!

By on October 20th, 2016 in Football 5 Comments »
arky-week This is a big game this week, make no mistake!(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! Can you believe we are already past the middle of October of 2016? The calendar says that we are heading towards mid fall, but the thermometer does not agree. Yesterday, the mercury reached 91 degrees in the Tragic City, and ... Read Full Story

Rambling Around: Mid-Season Stretch

By on October 19th, 2016 in Football 14 Comments »
Oct 8, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Kamryn Pettway (36) runs the ball during the second quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports Auburn football is back from a bye week that consisted of a few exciting, yet mostly upset-free, finishes around the nation.I was forced to suffer through yet another brutal offensive showing from my (other) Tigers against a nasty Florida defense last Saturday, as things aren’t looking too bright here in Columbia, Missouri. H... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em WEEK 7 Results

By on October 18th, 2016 in Football Comment »

Week 7 results are in, and Awbee75 holds on to the No. 1 spot in this week's standings. UglyJoe leapfrogs into second place, and AUDude rounds out the top three. Below are the rest of the top 25 standings.

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New Faces, Same Results for Auburn Softball

By on October 18th, 2016 in Other Sports 1 Comment »
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Auburn softball vs Wallace State CC-Dothan on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Auburn, Ala.
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Auburn softball opened up its fall season this past weekend with four dominant wins. Along the way, Auburn's super-talented freshmen proved their worth. Auburn will finish the fall season this coming Friday.

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Hog Hate Week: Thoughts on Auburn vs Arkansas

By on October 18th, 2016 in Football 10 Comments »
hqdefault It's Arkansas week. Take a trip into Zach's mind for a few minutes. The season is at the halfway point, and it could easily go either way for the Auburn Tigers. Current projections have Auburn playing Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. Most fans would agree that, for better or worse, they would like to avoid playing in Memphis ... Read Full Story

Give Gus Malzahn Passing Grades

By on October 17th, 2016 in Football 11 Comments »
Mid-season grades are being passed out all over the country. While not quite National Honor Society, Auburn gets a solid A/B report card. That’s a far cry from early in the semester. Has Gus Malzahn finally righted the ship? Is he finally off the hot seat? The gamblers in Las Vegas think so. Despite an impressive win over Ol... Read Full Story

An Auburn family loss: Quentin Groves Dead at 32

By on October 15th, 2016 in Football, News 5 Comments »
Photo: Known for his lightening quick action off the line, Auburn's career sacks leader, Quentin Groves, has passed away according to multiple social media reports and confirmed by the university earlier this afternoon. He was 32.  The cause of death has not been made public, but sources say the former All-SEC star was in Trinidad cel... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule For Saturday 10-15-16

By on October 14th, 2016 in Football, News 8 Comments »
hi-res-130213745_crop_650x440 It’s the seventh week of the college football season, and there are several interesting games being played this weekend, including No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 22 Arkansas and No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin.However, the most intriguing may be the CBS Game of the Week: No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee. The SEC cross-divisional r... Read Full Story

Auburn’s Surprising SEC Stat-Leading Tailback

By on October 14th, 2016 in Football 5 Comments »

Much has changed since the conclusion of the 2015 season. Auburn's trajectory seems to be headed the right way, and quarterback play is much improved. Some might say that the Auburn defense is the biggest surprise of the year. Yet, Auburn's leading rusher in yards per game and yards per carry didn't record a single carry in 2015. In fact, this player is one of, if not the most, efficient backs in the SEC.

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Bye Week Blues

By on October 13th, 2016 in Football 14 Comments »
bye-week-offense It is mid-season in an interesting year.(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Happy Thursday, and I hope everyone is enjoying this October! It is certainly one of my favorite months of the year. It's that time of year that you can get home from work, any day of the week, and turn on a football game on the TV ... Read Full Story

Catch of the Day at Cafe Malzahn

By on October 12th, 2016 in Football, News 10 Comments »
animals_other_hunting_beautiful_hungry_hunting_jump_nice_tiger_water_145985_detail_thumb AubTigerman's feature article yesterday got me thinking (a dangerous pastime—I know). If Sean White's numbers are quickly making him the top quarterback in the SEC, what other numbers can we glean from the season now that we've reached the halfway mark?Quite a few, actually.For one thing, I ran the numbers at the mid-season fo... Read Full Story

Turning the Corner

By on October 12th, 2016 in Football, News 8 Comments »
Oct 31, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) throws a pass against the Ole Miss Rebels at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Garrett Reid-USA TODAY Sports And suddenly, there was life. Following a 38–14 blowout win against Mississippi State, Auburn enters its bye week with a 4–2 record and an immense amount of momentum. At first, it looked as if we were going to see the ugly game I was expecting in Starkville after a dropped pass from Tony Stevens that fell into the hands of... Read Full Story

Numbers Tell the Story: Sean White One of SEC’s Best Quarterbacks

By on October 11th, 2016 in Football, News 24 Comments »
auburn-mississippi-st_pric-4 Auburn cracked the Top 25 this week after a convincing win over Mississippi State. The No. 23 ranking is due in part to a revived defense. But perhaps more important has been the leadership and play of the Auburn signal caller, Sean White.Although he was a 4-star star athlete coming out of high school and won the Elite quarterba... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em WEEK 6 Results

By on October 11th, 2016 in Football Comment »
Do you have what it takes to win the TET College Pick'em? Well, I said last week that I felt our Auburn Tigers would make a statement against Mississippi State, and they didn't disappoint! The Tigers were dominant throughout the game and took their foot off the gas in the second half to cruise to an easy 38–14 win. A big War Eagle to the team for being prepared to play an away game a... Read Full Story

“Our Job Is To Affect The Quarterback As Much As Possible.”

By on October 10th, 2016 in Football, News 10 Comments »
12155059-1 Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson had a career day in Auburn’s 38–14 blowout of Mississippi State. The senior has six sacks in his career, and two of those came in the Tigers victory over State. In addition, Carl constantly harassed Bulldog quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and finished with three tackles, two tackles for a loss, a... Read Full Story

Tigers Cruise Past Mississippi State! (Grading Auburn’s 38-14 Win)

By on October 9th, 2016 in Football, News 21 Comments »
msu-grades Tigers put the pop on the Bulldogs!(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's 38–14 win over Mississippi State in Starkville. In its first road game of the season, Auburn overcame an early turnover and ripped and shredded its way to a commanding 35–0 hal... Read Full Story