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Tiger Eye Review – Lonely Place Edition

By on October 20th, 2020 in Football Comment »

As we approach the midpoint in this abbreviated 2020 season in the Southeastern Conference, some disturbing trends are becoming apparent. For one, the threat of interruption by Covid-19 related issues from false positives to rescheduled games was evident as four teams missed playing opportunities. How this will play out in the future is anyone’s guess, but suffice to say, there remains the chance of more interruptions at any time, and both teams and coaching staffs have to be flexible enough to anticipate an unintended bye week at any time.

Secondly, it is increasingly evident that defensive play conference wide has taken an unexpected turn for the worse. Few teams are performing at the level of expectation, and fewer still seem to be able to reach even the average level of classic “SEC Defenses” of previous seasons. Whether this is a lack of practice, resurgence of offensive prowess across the conference or some other explanation is unknown, but the stark reality is that no one seems to be able to influence games with defense in the manner we’ve all come to expect from the recent past.

This weekend’s games were no exceptions. Certain teams performed exactly as they had previously this season, improving or deteriorating at only minor levels from their earlier games. Others had wildly divergent performances in one aspect of their game, but otherwise were unchanged that what we’ve seen from them all season. Georgia’s defense and Tennessee’s offense spring to mind in this respect. Both squads took huge hits in performance and expectations.

What does this mean going forward? From previous years, this is usually the point of the season in which drastic changes in performance are less likely to occur. But in this unique season that may be a premature expectation. With the added benefit of game film and experience, it is entirely possible that the surge of offensive play in the conference will begin to subside. Hopefully, this will not be in the manner of the Mississippi State collapse, but perhaps the defensive competency we’ve all grown to expect from the conference will begin to emerge as the various squads adjust going forward.

As always, the standard of excellence is as follows:

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Auburn Drops One in Columbia. (Grading Auburn’s 30-22 loss at South Carolina.)

By on October 18th, 2020 in Football 10 Comments »
No answers in the defensive backfield.(Photo: Todd van Emst, Auburn Athletics.)     War Eagle everybody. It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's dismal 30-22 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Auburn ripped out to a 16-7 lead in the second quarter, before the offense became a dysfunctional mess, and the defens... Read Full Story

Gouge the Gamecocks! (Auburn at South Carolina Open Thread)

By on October 17th, 2020 in Football Comment »
A Fantastic Day for Football     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, Auburn travels back to the SEC Eastern Division where the Tigers will have played 3 of their first 4 games, to visit the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina. This game is an add-on game in an odd year, but every game is important in an SEC-... Read Full Story

A Vicious Bird Fight This Week

By on October 16th, 2020 in Football Comment »
Auburn Has Not Lost in Columbia, South Carolina     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday morning, the Auburn Tigers will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bryce Williams Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. The Tigers are coming off a narrow victory in tropical storm rains over the Arkansas Razorbacks at home at Auburn. Sout... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Review – Killing Edition

By on October 13th, 2020 in Football 4 Comments »
Many things can be killed by singular events: hopes, dreams, confidence, expectations. Fans in both Gainesville and Knoxville can surely relate to this. So can those in Starkville, Mississippi—and that name now takes on new, ironic meaning after the effusion of excitement by that fan base on the results of its first game in th... Read Full Story

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

By on October 10th, 2020 in Football Comment »
Might be a Soggy Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium.     War Eagle, everybody! This afternoon, we have a battle to escape the SEC western division cellar on tap. The Auburn Tigers will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in Jordan-Hare Stadium. This game is an important SEC Western Division matchup. Each of these two teams started the s... Read Full Story

A Razorback Recovery?

By on October 9th, 2020 in Football 16 Comments »
Auburn Has Blown Out Arkansas 4 Consecutive Years     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers are coming off a devastating loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in Athenswhere the Tigers did not even seem competitive. ... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Review – Witness Edition

By on October 7th, 2020 in Football 7 Comments »
Sometimes it is difficult to know what we've just witnessed. Wisdom and experience tell us that expectations and reality are hardly ever synchronized until events play out in front of our eyes, but even that knowledge won't overcome our innate prejudices at times, and we slowly adapt to the facts and evidence as they are present... Read Full Story

Burn the Bulldogs! (Auburn at Georgia Open Thread)

By on October 3rd, 2020 in Football Comment »
Auburn Takes on the Defending SEC East Champs(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This evening, the Auburn Tigers travel to Athens, Georgia, to take on Georgia in a cross-conference showdown. It's time for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry between the hedges in Georgia's Sanford Stadium. Other than the first meeting... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Review – Film Noir Edition

By on September 29th, 2020 in Football Comment »
So the first week of the 2020 Southeastern Conference football season is officially in the history books, and what a weekend it was. No fewer than three teams threw for over 400 yards in a game, and the two teams from the state of Mississippi combined for over a thousand yards of passing in a single afternoon, after each team av... Read Full Story

Tigers Dump the Wildcats! (Grading Auburn’s 29-13 Win Over Kentucky)

By on September 27th, 2020 in Football 1 Comment »
Seth Williams Snatches a Touchdown!(AP Photo by Butch Dill)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's season opening 29–13 win over the number 17 Kentucky Wildcats. Featuring veteran lines on both sides of the ball, Kentucky took the ball right at the Auburn Tigers and took their first dr... Read Full Story

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

By on September 26th, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
A Sparse Seating Arrangement Is Ready(Photo courtesy Auburn Athletics) function get_style () { return "none"; } function end_ () { document.getElementById('bk col-modal').style.display = get_style(); }      War Eagle, everybody! SEC football is back today, in full swing. This morning, the Auburn Tigers will host the Kentucky... Read Full Story

It Finally Begins!

By on September 25th, 2020 in Football 1 Comment »
Auburn Must Shut Down Dual Threat Terry Wilson     War Eagle, everybody! At long last, SEC opening-game week is here! It may be a shorter season, there may be fewer fans in the stands, and we certainly can't predict what the future holds. However, SEC football is back, and we are certainly glad. On Saturday morning, Septembe... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Preview of the 2020 Season

By on September 23rd, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
In this strange, half-started season of college football, the Southeastern Conference finally begins play this week in closed session. As other conferences have shown, the extended protocols call for extraordinary measures that have changed the entire fan experience like few other events in history. Gone are such regular feature... Read Full Story

Shall We Play a Game?

By on August 31st, 2020 in Football 4 Comments »
I sometimes feel the future of the 2020 football season is like a new Cold War. If only for the war of words expressed to the press and public by various pundits, league Presidents, coaches and fans. It is an issue that strikes deep into the heart of the sport. The nature and variety of response to the Covid-19 phenomenon among ... Read Full Story

To Forgive, or Not to Forgive (that IS the question)–repost

By on July 31st, 2020 in Football, Memories, News, Other Sports 5 Comments »

With the news of Harvey Updyke's death, I hope I am keeping my promise.

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When Will College Sports Return?

By on May 4th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »
The national pandemic has affected almost all of us in some way, including our coverage of Auburn Sports here at Track ‘Em Tigers. At the end of March, we announced in an article that there’s not much we can bring our readers due to the cancellation of all collegiate sports. In the interim, not much has changed in the sports... Read Full Story

Could There Really Be No College Football in 2020?

By on March 28th, 2020 in Football, News 8 Comments »
“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” That’s the way legendary journalist Jim McKay used to introduce ABC’s popular TV show, The Wide World of Sports. I was reminded of the phrase this week when the Sumner Olympics were postponed.I’ve heard some friends say it’s almost agonizing to not have any sports to f... Read Full Story

Carolina May Rue the Day of Cam Newton’s Release

By on March 25th, 2020 in Football, News 6 Comments »
On Tuesday the Carolina Panthers released the winningest quarterback in the history of the franchise. Auburn’s 2010 national championship quarterback, Cam Newton, has been the face of the program since Carolina made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011. Newton has had to deal with some health issues recently, but I’m not... Read Full Story

NCAA’s Decision to Cancel Championships Makes No Sense

This writer understands the need for caution when the CDC warns against large crowds. However, what I can’t understand is why couldn't the NCAA postpone the NCAA Tournament (and the other championships) till April or even May. If the threat is still there in a month or two, then a decision could be made at that time to cancel all championships.

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Regular Season Wrapup

By on March 8th, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
Samir Doughty Was Deadly against the Vols      War Eagle, everybody! Yesterday, Auburn wrapped up the basketball regular season with a resounding pummeling of the Tennessee Vols, 85-63, in Knoxville. The win came at a good time, breaking a 2-game losing streak, and giving the Tigers some momentum headed into the SEC Tourname... Read Full Story
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