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A Big Win That Felt Like Something Else

By on September 24th, 2018 in Football, News 18 Comments »

If there’s been a less satisfying 31-point win in the history of Auburn, football it was before my time. As fans filed out of Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday following Auburn’s 34–3 win over Arkansas, it felt like something of a loss—or at least a really bad tie if you remember those days.

Against the 119th-ranked defense in the country, Gus Malzahn’s offense was held to 225 yards. Its average starting field position was the Arkansas 49-yard line. It managed only 17 offensive points through three quarters.

Breaking down this Auburn team through four games is simple. It’s playing with an elite defense, improving special teams and one of the worst offensive lines in the SEC. Because of this, the running game has been pedestrian, and Jarrett Stidham has struggled.

Kudos to former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow who nailed the scouting report on Stidham prior to the LSU game. “When the line starts to give, he becomes very average,” said Tebow during an SEC Network broadcast . “His feet start to shuffle, and he struggles with the downfield pass.”

Offensive lines are like the stock market, they tend to go up or down as the season progresses. Last year, the protection got better every week, and we saw the result. Right now, Chip Lindsey is still trying to find the pieces. If there is a silver lining, it’s Auburn’s schedule over the next month.

It’s no cake walk for sure, but with games against Southern Miss, at Mississippi St., Tennessee and at Ole Miss coming up, Auburn has time to fix things. The defense should play well enough to get them to 7–1 when Texas A&M comes to town on November 3rd.

The real shame is that lost in all the offensive talk is a defense that’s playing about as good as any in the country. If Auburn can just improve incrementally in the coming weeks, it should arrive at Amen Corner in good shape. Time will tell…

If I’m Auburn officials, the crowds showing up for games have to be a concern. On Saturday, close to 40 percent of the seats on the east side upper deck were empty. There were plenty of open ones as well on the west side.

You could chalk it up to playing a bad Arkansas team and coming off a loss, but the results were nearly as bad a week earlier against LSU. There’s no arguing that not having Alabama or Georgia for a home game is having an effect on season ticket sales. But there are other factors.

Tailgating restrictions and adding more pay-to-park spaces are causing issues. Less than friendly University employees make you feel like something of a criminal by imposing strict rules for setting up and enjoying your Saturday.

Throw in the convenience of big screen televisions and air conditioning at home, and you begin to see why people are punting on a day spent in Auburn. The University’s past administration was largely viewed as inept at running the game day experience. Here’s to hoping the new leaders do a better job of making people feel welcomed…

I know SEC league officials frown on coaches saying anything publicly about officiating, but enough is enough. Teams are going to have bad calls go their way. It’s part of the game. This year, things have gone to a new level for Auburn. It’s time for Malzahn to speak out, take the league fine and show the players and fans he has their back.

Saturday’s questionable block in the back didn’t affect the outcome, but it easily could have. I can’t remember a year when SEC officiating has been so bad. It’s time for them to be held accountable and not just in a Monday morning conference call. Coaches need to speak out until the issues are fixed…

I had a moment inside Jordan-Hare Stadium that made me feel my age. Welcoming back former players on the field prior to kickoff, Lionel James was welcomed to the field with polite applause. How could one of the great Auburn running backs get such a lukewarm reception?

Then it hit me. Most in attendance probably had no recollection of his playing days in the early 1980’s. That makes me sad and feel really old. If you don’t know him, hit up Google and type in “Little Train Auburn”. He was pretty special. Ask Bo Jackson.

Until next time…

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Auburn Squashes Arkansas! (Grading Auburn vs. Arkansas)

By on September 23rd, 2018 in Football 13 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 ri... Read Full Story

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