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Upon Further Review: On to LSU

By on October 22nd, 2019 in Football 2 Comments »

Bo Nix threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another in the Tigers 51-10 beat down of Arkansas (photo: Michael Woods/AP)

The score was almost exactly what many had hoped and expected. When the final whistle blew, No. 11 Auburn had steamrolled Arkansas to the tune of 51–10. Following a 54–46 overtime loss to Arkansas back in 2015, Gus Malzahn has been ruthless on the ‘Hogs ever since. Malzahn has gone “scorched earth” on Arkansas, scoring at least 50 points in three of the four subsequent contests while Auburn’s defense has stifled the ‘Hogs, allowing just 36 total points in the last four meetings.

On paper, this win looks like every other 50-plus point victory against Malzahn’s home state team. Yet, that only seems the case to the most casual eyes. In truth, this win was much more similar to last season’s 34–3 victory than any of the other thumpings.

Last season, Jarrett Stidham was a paltry 15/22 for 134 yards and no touchdowns, though he did run for one score. Boobee Whitlow had 13 carries for 49 yards and a pair of scores. Auburn’s offense continued to struggle down the stretch, the 34 points being the most they scored in SEC play for the season. The Tigers finished 3–5 in the SEC. 

Part of those struggles was Auburn’s porous offensive line and its inability to run the ball. The ability or  inability to run effectively against Arkansas has been a litmus test for Malzahn’s offenses the last few years, which makes Saturday’s 51–10 win more like last season’s win than previous years. In 2016 and 2017, Kam Pettway averaged 140 rushing yards in those two contests. While injuries down the stretch derailed a promising 2016, 2017 was regarded as the second best year under Malzahn. 

Bo Nix had a career day Saturday, throwing for three touchdowns. All three were really good throws, but Nix has really struggled throwing the intermediate routes and continued to do so this past weekend. Gus Malzahn lives on the short passing game, and Nix took advantage of some juicy matchups with a couple of long throws, but his final passing numbers show an inability to sustain drives with the intermediate passing game.

The Tigers were able to rush the football, piling up nearly 300 yards, but much of that was in the second half when the ‘Hogs couldn’t stop anything. Auburn led 17–3 at the break mainly because it couldn’t get much of anything going offensively. Eventually, the Tigers got going and ran the score up, but Arkansas was effective at slowing Auburn down, disclosing flaws in the Auburn offense despite the comfortable win. 

Up next is a Top-Ten matchup in a place Auburn hasn’t won in 20 years. The last two games between Auburn and LSU have been almost mystifying as Auburn blew leads in both games, one of 20 points in 2017, and allowing a last-second field goal last season. Joe Burrow had a really solid game against the Tigers, throwing for almost 250 yards and a touchdown but was greatly helped by several defensive pass interference calls.

LSU has been the talk of college football with many people believing it just may be the best team in the land The purple Tigers field another typically stingy defense along with a new and explosive passing attack. Through six games Burrow has set a new LSU record for touchdown passes. Auburn’s secondary is going to be greatly tested and will likely determine the outcome of this game. If Auburn’s defense can force takeaways, it will lesson the pressure on freshman Bo Nix to force things. But, Auburn has to run the ball effectively, and who will the bell cow be? That’s the true question. 

Malzahn kicked the tires on several new names against Arkansas, including a much anticipated tandem of D.J. Williams and Harold Joiner. The two didn’t receive enough carries to show fans their abilities, but they have all the pieces to complement each other and be a terrific set of playmakers. Williams can be an every down back if he can improve his pass protection while Harold Joiner, with his size, looks like a game breaker. What fans know is that even with Whitlow, Auburn’s run game hasn’t been very good. Could it be the players getting the touches or just the offensive line? We will find out Saturday.

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Tigers Blast the Razorbacks! (Grading Auburn’s 51-10 win at Arkansas)

By on October 20th, 2019 in Football 5 Comments »
Marlon Davidson took it away early (Todd Van Ernst)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's big road win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Much was made this week of the “Arkansas early game curse” and not without reason. This time, Auburn started fast, and Arkansas would be out of the ga... Read Full Story

Ram the Razorbacks! (Auburn at Arkansas Open Thread)

By on October 19th, 2019 in Football 3 Comments »
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College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday October 19, 2019

By on October 18th, 2019 in Football, News Comment »
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Early Game in the Ozarks!

By on October 17th, 2019 in Football 3 Comments »
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By on October 16th, 2019 in Football 5 Comments »
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TET College Pick’em Results: WEEK 7

By on October 15th, 2019 in Football Comment »
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Tuesday Ramblings From The Plains

By on October 15th, 2019 in Football, News 3 Comments »

From concerns about Auburn’s next road game, to who will replace running back Boobee Whitlow, to Auburn dropping proposed changes to the Auburn logo and more in this edition of Ramblings.

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Bye Week Number One

By on October 12th, 2019 in Football 2 Comments »
Getting past the Gator loss     War Eagle, everybody! It is hard to believe that Auburn's football regular season is half over. The Tigers stand at 5 wins and 1 loss at the midway point. As much as I'd have rather seen the team immediately beat up on Arkansas, the week probably comes at a good time as Auburn has played 6 str... Read Full Story

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By on October 11th, 2019 in Football, News Comment »
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Tiger-Eye Review—Searching For Answers Edition

By on October 9th, 2019 in Football 4 Comments »
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Who Will Be the Next Man Up After Boobee Whitlow Sidelined By Injury?

By on October 8th, 2019 in Football, News 4 Comments »
For the fourth consecutive year Auburn will be without its leading rusher during the second half of the season. Starting tailback Jatarvious "Boobee" Whitlow had to have surgery today on his left knee. The injury happened in Saturday’s game against Florida.After being plagued by injuries last season Whitlow was on track to bec... Read Full Story

Upon Further Review: Expect Auburn To Come Back Strong

By on October 7th, 2019 in Football 15 Comments »
As soon as the seconds ticked off the clock in Ben Hill Stadium, I knew the deluge would begin. Saturday evening and Sunday were days of venting on social media for a lot of Auburn fans disappointed in Auburn’s 24–13 loss to Florida. But after two days, maybe we can step back and look at things with a little more perspective... Read Full Story

Tigers Shut Down By Florida (Grading Auburn’s 24-13 Defeat At The Hands Of The Gators)

By on October 6th, 2019 in Football 7 Comments »
Bo Nix was running for his life (AP Photo/John Raoux)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's losing SEC road effort, a loss 24–13 to the Florida Gators. Auburn began this game looking rattled on offense, going 3 and out, and looked shaky all game long. After the first Auburn punt, Flor... Read Full Story

Gash the Gators! (Auburn at Florida Open Thread)

By on October 5th, 2019 in Football 7 Comments »
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College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday, October 5, 2019

By on October 4th, 2019 in Football, News 1 Comment »
This weekend marks the halfway point of the 2019 college football season. For many schools, the second half of the season is the beginning of the tough part of the schedule. Historically, it’s a time that the teams in the nation’s strongest conference start knocking each other off.As usually is the case, no team in the SEC h... Read Full Story

A Daunting Road Trip!

By on October 4th, 2019 in Football 2 Comments »
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By on October 2nd, 2019 in Football 4 Comments »
The top teams in the Southeastern Conference are on the way up in a big way. Six teams are riding waves of fan and media expectation, nationally ranked and living life in the fast lane. However steep the incline ahead, there is strong support at home, favorable statistics showing a range of capability both in and out of the conf... Read Full Story

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By on October 1st, 2019 in Football Comment »
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By on October 1st, 2019 in Football 10 Comments »
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By on September 29th, 2019 in Football 5 Comments »
Tigers were off and running and never looked back!(AP Photo/Butch Dill.)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's SEC home opening 56–23 win over number Mississippi State. The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and went backwards on the first 3 plays. After a short MSU punt, Auburn's JaTa... Read Full Story
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