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Auburn Squashes Arkansas! (Grading Auburn vs. Arkansas)

By on September 23rd, 2018 in Football 3 Comments »

Having the angle on Igbinoghene did not matter!

     War Eagle everybody! It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn’s bruising 34–3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Offensively, it was not a thing of beauty, but Auburn used opportunistic special teams plays and bone-jarring defense to carry the day and cover the ridiculous 30-point spread in this one. We are now officially into fall, and Auburn is sitting at 3–1 on the season, about where most pundits had prognosticated.

     It was a curious week from the officials. Against Washington and LSU, Auburn played tight coverage on the outside and picked up 6 pass interference penalties, several of them costly. I’m guessing Auburn privately complained to the SEC office, particularly regarding phantom calls. It’s one thing for an official to call what he sees. It’s quite another to call a penalty, just guessing. As a result, in this game, no pass interference penalties were called on either defense, despite more hand fighting, pushing and, in one case, Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz being pulled down by the shoulder pad with the ball in the air. Arkansas tried to float it up to the sideline, and with the handcuffs off the Auburn secondary, it did not go so well for the Razorbacks.

     During the game, it was frustrating to see Arkansas pick up a few first downs on 3rd and 4th down early in the game. These opportunities faded as the game went on. I and others bemoaned a lack of a pass rush during the game, but a rewatch reveals otherwise. Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey took a beating. Credit to the guy,when pressured he managed to dump the ball off into the dirt most of the time. Still, 13 completions out of 32 passing plays resulted in Arkansas not getting into the end zone. About the only defensive quibble I can come up with is that there were about 3 long runs given up that set up Arkansas for scoring opportunities. In particular, there was a 45-yard sweep early in the 3rd by Rakeem Boyd where Auburn was caught seriously out of position on the edge. Still, Auburn slammed the door in the red zone, and Arkansas was never a serious threat to score a touchdown.

     Folks, the offensive line regressed this week. I hated to see that. What Auburn likes to do in the running game is pull guards and get a blocking advantage on the edge. When you pull guards, you leave a defensive lineman unblocked. Hopefully the play design leaves that lineman chasing air. For that to happen, the center and the tackles MUST neutralize their linemen. That did not happen very often in this game. Auburn running backs were often caught from behind by the unblocked guy because there was nowhere to go with defensive linemen in the backfield.

     Auburn seriously missed the usual contributions by departed receivers Nate Craig-Myers and Jalen Harris. As a result, overall team blocking ability went down, and plays that used to work well were blown up. I really can’t blame either guy for leaving as they were rarely targeted in the passing game.

     Auburn had a fantastic day on special teams with 2 long punt returns, a kick return for a touchdown, and a couple of blocked punts. I can’t be too upset with a couple of field goal misses from 50+ yards away. If you’re having to try kicks like that, it means that the offense is falling down on the job.

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

By on September 22nd, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
Tigers need to apply the heat!     War Eagle, everybody! Tonight, the Auburn Tigers host the Arkansas Razorbacks in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses and looking to redeem their respective seasons. For Auburn, it's a week to recover from a soul-sapping home loss to LSU. For Arkansas, it's an... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 9–22–18

By on September 21st, 2018 in Football, News Comment »
There’s a lot of football on tap this Saturday, including Auburn hosting Arkansas. The Razorbacks are coming off a big loss to North Texas while Auburn will be seeking to soothe the wounds from last week’s last-second loss to LSU. It will be the first time that these two head coaches (and old friends) have met on the gridiro... Read Full Story

It’s Time for Tailgatin’

By on September 21st, 2018 in Football, Memories 3 Comments »

This is a "small" setup for us...

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Track’Em Tigers TV—Episode 3

By on September 20th, 2018 in Football 2 Comments »

Coach Ron Nelson gives his take on the LSU game. And, we also take a look ahead to Saturday and Arkansas in this episode of TET TV.

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Welcome to College Football Free Agency

By on September 20th, 2018 in Football, News 15 Comments »
Two more athletes have decided to leave the Auburn football program. Frankly, this writer is not surprised. This is exactly what I expected to happen when the NCAA instituted a new transfer rule last summer.Auburn receiver Nate Craig-Myers and his brother, defensive back Jayvaughn Myers, announced today they would be leaving the... Read Full Story

Smoked Hog Week

By on September 20th, 2018 in Football 7 Comments »
How do the Razorbacks match up?     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday evening, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Most pundits are picking a tremendous Auburn blowout win in this game. Auburn is coming off the sting of a last second home loss to LSU last week,... Read Full Story

Tiger-Eye Review—Habitual Vice Edition

By on September 19th, 2018 in Football 16 Comments »
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual—Ralph Waldo EmersonIt is sometimes very hard to face facts. One of the temptations of my analysis that I keep experiencing every season is motivation to excuse or qualify early outlier data by considering where the data originates. Did the team in question play a cupcake or high... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em WEEK 3 RESULTS

By on September 18th, 2018 in Football 2 Comments »
War Eagle everyone! It's time to look at WEEK 3 of our Track'Em Tigers pick'em contest. Our Auburn Tigers suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Bengal Tigers on the other side of the Mississippi River, and there is definitely some unrest and tension as we wait to see what kind of season unfolds for the Orange and B... Read Full Story

Upon Further Review: You’ve Been Gus’d

By on September 18th, 2018 in Football 53 Comments »
The home Tigers were a two-score favorite, a national contender, had a 13-game home winning streak and were hosting an LSU team that had looked shaky in all the right places. The national perception was that this was a Granada game for Auburn. Although LSU was the No. 12 team in the nation, pundits saw it as an almost an unwinna... Read Full Story

A Miserable Day on the Plains

By on September 17th, 2018 in Football 27 Comments »

The Auburn faithful watched a pivotal SEC game be taken from them by league officials. What did they see that clearly no one else did? Still the Tigers should have never been in a situation to allow an inept official determine the winner. Like many contests in this series, this one will take awhile to get over. But the sky is not falling today. This team still has everything to play for moving forward.

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Auburn Stunned by LSU (Grading Auburn vs. LSU)

By on September 16th, 2018 in Football 7 Comments »
A last second field goal dooms Auburn (AP Photo/Butch Dill)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's painful 22-21 loss at home to the LSU Tigers. For the second week in a row, Auburn came out sleep walking early, and this time it proved costly. Furthermore, with the game on the line in th... Read Full Story

Titanic Tigers Tilt! (Auburn vs. LSU Open Thread)

By on September 15th, 2018 in Football 11 Comments »
It's the biggest war in the SEC today (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2018 SEC home opener for the Auburn Tigers. The LSU Tigers come calling as the two SEC teams with the biggest wins this season to date will square off. The Auburn Tigers with a big win over the Washington Huskies, and the LS... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 9–15–18

By on September 14th, 2018 in Football, News Comment »

We’ve listed below the TV lineup for the rest of Saturday’s college football games. However, in light of the storm there could be some changes to the schedule. But this is the latest info we have as we go to print.

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Track’Em Tigers TV Episode 2

By on September 13th, 2018 in Football, News 2 Comments »

Join Jay Coulter and coach Ron Nelson as they preview Auburn vs. LSU.

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A Serious Challenge Ahead

By on September 13th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
The Bayou Bengals took Auburn to the wire on their last visit (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Auburn opens its SEC schedule with a bang this week, hosting the LSU Tigers. I don't think a lot of folks gave LSU much chance in the SEC Western Division title race this year before play actually started. The LSU Ti... Read Full Story

Time to Tell the Story of How LSU Fans Became Corn Dogs

By on September 12th, 2018 in Football, Memories 4 Comments »
In what has become an Auburn tradition, it’s time to tell the story of how LSU fans became corn dogs. For years, fans around the SEC have commented on the aroma of our friends in Bayou country.The story has taken on pop culture status not only among Auburn people but with fans all over the country. It’s by far our most viewe... Read Full Story

Tiger-Eye Review—Fearful Symmetry Edition

By on September 12th, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night - William BlakeAfter the second week of the season, the Tiger-Eye Review has some additional meaty data to peruse. For four SEC East teams, the start of inter-division play revealed some key issues on each team that may illustrate what can be expected from them going forwar... Read Full Story

TET College Football Pick’Em Results—WEEK 2

By on September 11th, 2018 in Football, News 3 Comments »

Good evening Auburn family and Auburn friends! IT IS STILL NOT TOO LATE to enter the contest. We eliminate the lowest TWO SCORES, so if you sign up now you can start with a clean slate! CLICK HERE for instructions on how to sign up. The Golden Bo Trophy awaits!

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Upon Further Review: May The Schwartz Be With You

By on September 11th, 2018 in Football 13 Comments »
First, if you don't get the reference in the title of this article, we can't be friends anymore.Last week, 13 of Auburn's freshmen played against one of the best teams in America. Many of them accumulated not only meaningful plays but etched their names in the record books with real contributions. Seth Williams opened the game a... Read Full Story

Auburn Shooting is a Warning to City Officials

By on September 10th, 2018 in Football, News 29 Comments »

Just a few years ago, it would be unfathomable to think of any part of Auburn’s campus or surrounding area as unsafe. It’s now up to Auburn city and campus officials to take back that part of campus where things have gone from bad to worse. Downtown needs to be a place for Auburn students and their friends. All others need to be shown to the city limits.

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