Defending Bo Wallace is the key to this one.
(Photo by Acid Reign.)
War Eagle, everybody! Another titanic Auburn football game is on tap this Saturday. The third-ranked Auburn Tigers take on the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford Saturday night. This will be a battle between the third- and fourth-ranked teams in the nation. Those lofty heights have been determined by the College Football Playoff committee, and their final rankings will determine which teams go to what major bowls. The AP and Coaches polls have become mostly irrelevant this year.
Those attending this bloodletting in Oxford should pay close attention to the weather reports the next couple of days. By Saturday evening, the deep south will be in the grips of a blast of arctic air, and temperatures will be around 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. It will feel more like January than October. The mercury will plummet through the 40s during the game and will be at the freezing mark by Sunday morning. Skies will be mostly clear, and fans should be treated to a waxing gibbous moon over Vaught-Hemingway Stadium during the game.
When one thinks of traditional Auburn rivals, Ole Miss generally doesn’t come to mind. However, this game will mark the 25th straight annual meeting between the two teams. Times do change. I can remember long ago arguing with Bama fans about traditional rivals. Auburn had to play Florida and Georgia every year, while Alabama was able to pad their achievements with relatively easy yearly games with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, or so the story went. Say what you will about the loss of tradition, but I do appreciate modern efforts by the football powers-that-be to level the playing fields.
Auburn vs. Ole Miss history after the jump!
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Week Nine proved to be another short slate of 19 games and provided a dilemma for Auburn fans. With the Tigers failing to cover in their last five games and staring at being an 18-point favorite against the Gamecocks, which way do you go? Most stayed true to the Orange and Blue, but others decided (correctly) to follow conventional wisdom and take Sakerlina and the points.
Tigerstripe won week Nine, tied with a few others with 11 points. Six more weeks will sort the rest of us out. Here in week ten, the top 25 looks as follows:
A couple of knock-down, drag-out fights this week across the SEC. Nearly every game was a classic, where a scrappy underdog battled the odds and their rivals for supremacy, even notching a key upset in the West Division. It's the middle of the inter-conference battle and who knows who will rise to the top of the pile? But win or lose it's still a hell of a fight, and a lot of fun to watch.
If you've been following this series, you'll know how this works, but if you're seeing this for the first time ...
In placing the Rebels in the Top Four, the committee in effect has set up an early playoff (or elimination) game this Saturday between No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss. The game was already big. Now the stakes just got higher. Yet this is nothing new for the SEC as “Playoffs take place every Saturday in the SEC.Read Full Story
Our TET Pick 'Em list changed too as audude, AUinATX, and AuburnMisfit moved in to the Top 5; while last week's top five members Tigerstripe, novaaufan, and wareaglefan70 are still holding strong at N0. 6, 7, and 8 respectively. This week's action kicks off on Thursday night with two games including ...Read Full Story
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 are rivals for both the SEC Championship game and the College Football Playoff slots. But I get the feeling this team and this coaching staff wouldn't have it any other way.
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?Read Full Story
- Oct 14, 2014 The Dirty Dozen – Week Seven
- Oct 13, 2014 It’s Gut Check Time for Auburn
- Oct 13, 2014 Week Seven TET Pick Em Results
- Oct 12, 2014 Tigers Bashed by the Bulldogs. (grading Auburn’s game vs. Miss State)
- Oct 11, 2014 Bomb the Bulldogs! (Auburn at Mississippi State game thread.)
- Oct 11, 2014 College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday Oct. 11, 2014
- Oct 10, 2014 The Dirty Dozen – Week Six
- Oct 10, 2014 (Way Too Early) Playoff Predictions