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Zach’s Thoughts on A-Day: The Offense

By on April 18th, 2019 in Football 8 Comments »

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Finding and reading people’s thoughts and opinions on Auburn’s A-Day isn’t hard. Whether it is beat reporters, professional analysts, Twitter users, or just your favorite sports blogger, the information is plentiful and easy to find. I am sure the message boards and pay-wall sites are filled to capacity with everyone’s thoughts, especially on the hot topic, for which everyone seems to have a hot take. 

It would have been a lot easier to muddle through if coach Malzahn had offered real thoughts on the spring game or in the practices leading up to A-Day. Spring games are often watered down, both in substance and also time, as the second half features a running clock. Yet, this spring seemed odd because the lack of real substance started at the beginning.

Coach Malzahn is notably tight-lipped about everything, and this year his tin-foil hat was tightly pulled down over his visor after scrimmages. In past years, reporters have had to work hard to coax out information about big plays and performances during scrimmages. What the coach has to say is important to fans, who know that these small glimpses into the program were likely the best source of information to be had. 

Gus continues to take every precaution to make sure that opposing teams don’t get any glimpses, and if that means that passionate Auburn fans are left speculating wildly after Auburn’s glorified scrimmage, so be it. 

There were some things to take away from Auburn’s spring game other than simply the quarterback battle that will rage on through the summer. Here are some of my thoughts about Saturday’s A-Day game.

Auburn’s defense played well against the run, and while it would be easy to point to some long quarterback keepers that were whistled dead, it is important to remember that the game plan was designed to ignore the QB run and the RPO. What mattered was between the tackles, and Auburn’s defense forced more cracks in the Auburn run game than a lot of people thought were possible.
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Auburn Baseball Season at a Crossroads

By on April 17th, 2019 in Baseball, News 3 Comments »
At the midpoint of the baseball season, the Auburn Tigers sit at a crossroads. Four weeks ago, Auburn was 18–2 after a fast start to the season. After falling to No. 16 Georgia Tech, 11–6, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium, the Tigers have now lost 11 of the last 15 and sit at 24–13. To be sure losing starters Davis D... Read Full Story

Softball Drops Series Against South Carolina

By on April 16th, 2019 in Other Sports 2 Comments »
After last weekend's massive series win against Tennessee that put Auburn softball on top of the SEC, the Tigers slipped back to sixth place in the standings. It was a tough weekend for Mickey Dean's Tigers, specifically the pitchers. Dean's career has been built on fantastic pitching, especially when he was at James Madison. Bu... Read Full Story

Who Will Be Auburn’s Quarterback in 2019?

By on April 15th, 2019 in Football, News 8 Comments »
Joey Gatewood arrived on campus as the face of the future for the Auburn Tigers. After being recruited hard by over 20 top programs, the highly touted quarterback chose the Tigers over Florida State, Texas, and Oregon. At 6'-5" and 233 pounds, the dual threat drew comparisons to Cam Newton, causing many to view him as the heir a... Read Full Story

A Sunny, Warm A-Day!

A-Day open thread (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! It's Auburn football game day once again! It's A-Day on the Plains. This game will be televised on the SEC Network channel. The game starts at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time. It's a great opportunity for us Tiger fans to see what this year's team looks like and... Read Full Story

Five Burning Questions for A-Day

By on April 12th, 2019 in Football 4 Comments »
An ominous day that foreshadowed a disappointing year (Photo by Acid Reign)     Each year I do this sort of post before A-Day, and each year the questions tend to be pretty similar. I'll be sitting A-Day out for the first time in a decade. However, I expect to have an open thread up and running and will do a play by play off... Read Full Story

The Soul of the Athlete

Often (to be honest, far too often), we as fans of the various collegiate sports will discuss events around the Auburn campus and in competition in which our teams are represented and include phrases like "free ride," "full ride," and "scholarship players." We will then point to superficial aspects of team media events, what the... Read Full Story

Midweek Ramblings From The Plains

From Auburn basketball’s final No.5 ranking after a Final Four finish to a look ahead for the Tigers without Jared Harper to softball rising to the top of the SEC to news about Spring practice and this week’s A-Day game and more in this edition of Ramblings.

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Auburn Softball Takes Series in Knoxville

By on April 9th, 2019 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
The series against sixth-ranked Tennessee almost didn't happen for the Auburn Tigers. First, just getting on campus seemed to be an insurmountable task. The Tigers went through multiple charter buses that kept breaking down on the road to Knoxville. Then, impending weather disrupted the series, forcing the two teams to play game... Read Full Story

An Almost Unbearable Loss

By on April 8th, 2019 in Basketball, News 22 Comments »
How are you feeling this morning? If you’re like me, yesterday hurt even more than Saturday night. Maybe today will be better, but I doubt it. Where do you place Saturday’s controversial loss to Virginia? For this writer, it’s the most painful ever.Losing to Florida State in the BCS Championship hurt. Watching Van Tiffin h... Read Full Story

Crush the Cavaliers! (Auburn vs. Virginia, Final Four Open Thread)

By on April 6th, 2019 in Basketball Comment »
This is rarefied air for the Auburn Tigers!     War Eagle, everybody! For the first time in Auburn history, Auburn will play a 5th game in the NCAA basketball tournament. Auburn will face the number-one seeded Virginia Cavaliers in US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN in the Final Four. The winner goes on to the national title... Read Full Story

An Eventful Spring

By on April 5th, 2019 in Basketball, Football 2 Comments »
We are about a week from A-Day!(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! It is hard to believe that we are just 8 days from A-Day. Spring practice has proceeded under the radar this year with everyone focused on a historic run by the Auburn men's basketball team. I'd love to be able to spout pages of football news, but... Read Full Story

Midweek Ramblings From The Plains—Respecting Auburn Basketball Edition

Has there ever been a major conference basketball champion more disrespected than the Auburn Tigers? The selection committee had the winners of the SEC Tournament travel to Salt Lake City, further than any other league champion, to play in a region loaded with blueblood programs. After playing four days in the SEC Tournament, th... Read Full Story

Softball Ends March at 6–3 In the SEC

By on April 2nd, 2019 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
After an extensive nonconference slate, Auburn softball hosted Texas A&M to open the ever daunting SEC schedule. The Tigers' bats were hot, and they scored at least seven runs in each game for a sweep of the Aggies. After a 6–7 loss to start the series in Starkville against Mississippi State, the Tigers won the series in c... Read Full Story

Auburn Wins Greatest Game in Program History to Advance to Final Four

By on March 31st, 2019 in Basketball, News 24 Comments »
After 113 years of wandering in the wilderness, the Auburn Tigers are going to the Final Four. And the Tigers did it with yet another win over one of basketball’s royalty: Auburn 77, Kentucky 71. No one, I mean no one, thought they could do it except the coach who instilled a contagious confidence in this team.The Tigers' last... Read Full Story

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

By on March 31st, 2019 in Basketball Comment »
Tigers face a monumental challenge against the toughest team in college basketball today(Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)     War Eagle, everybody! For just the second time in Auburn history, Auburn will play a 4th game in the NCAA basketball tournament. Auburn will face the Kentucky Wildcats for the 3rd time this season in Sp... Read Full Story

Auburn Advances To Elite Eight With Defeat Of No. 1 Seed North Carolina

By on March 30th, 2019 in Basketball, News 5 Comments »
Just about every pundit predicted Auburn would lose to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. And with good reason: Carolina is a tall, physical team that's been runner up five times, won six national championships, and been to 36 Elite Eights.However, not only did the Tigers defy those predictio... Read Full Story

Tame the Tarheels! (Auburn vs. North Carolina Open Thread)

By on March 29th, 2019 in Basketball Comment »
Tigers must be ready to run against this team (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! This evening marks Auburn's third game in the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament. Auburn drew a 5 seed in the midwest bracket, and will face the 1-seeded North Carolina Tarheels in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Th... Read Full Story

All Quiet On The Plains For Auburn Football

By on March 29th, 2019 in Football, News 3 Comments »
Coach Gus Malzahn isn’t much of a talker. His legendary coach-speak is fairly common knowledge as is his paranoia about being hush-hush about his football team. Auburn is deep into spring practices, and the lid on information, at least to the public, has been tighter than a snare drum. AL.com has historically been the easiest ... Read Full Story

Sweet 16 Begins Today—How to watch: Dates, Times, Network and Streaming

By on March 28th, 2019 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
This is the week that March Madness really starts to get national attention. The Sweet 16 begins today with Gonzaga taking on Florida State in Anaheim, California. The SEC is represented by four teams: Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU and Auburn. The Tigers play No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Midwest Regional Friday in Kansas City, Mi... Read Full Story

Picking Auburn To Advance To the Elite Eight

By on March 27th, 2019 in Basketball, News 14 Comments »

Could the Tigers' late season run be enough to beat perennial blue blood and No. 1 seed North Carolina? Some think not with Vegas having already installed Auburn as the underdog. But the same was true when the Tigers faced Tennessee in what amounted to a road game in the SEC Championship finals. And look how that turned out.

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