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Auburn Has the Talent to Win the SEC

By on July 23rd, 2018 in Football, News Comment »

Jarrett Stidham plans on leading Auburn to the College Football Playoffs. (photo: Tom Green/al.com)

How could a team be picked to finish second in the toughest division in college football and not have any first team players on the pre season All-SEC list? That’s where the media placed Auburn at the end of SEC Media Days.

It’s understandable that Alabama, chosen to finish first, would have a good number selected but there still should  have been at least one player from Auburn. It’s not the first time Auburn has been underrated and at season’s end I expect the Tigers to be well represented especially if they win the conference.

Road games in Athens and Tuscaloosa will make the Tigers’ chances for a league or divisional championship difficult but … not impossible. Auburn has one of the most talented rosters in years and could be near the top of the league heading into Amen Corner.

Some of that talent was highlighted by the media as the Tigers had ten players placed on one of the pre-season teams. Auburn’s second year quarterback Jarrett Stidham was named to the second team offense along with wide receiver Ryan Davis. On the defensive side of the ball, D-linemn Derrick Brown, linebacker Deshaun Davis and cornerback Jamel Dean were second team All-SEC pre-season picks.

Offensive guard Marquel Harrell, defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, defensive end Marlon Davidson, cornerback Javaris Davis, and offensive guard Marque Harrell were all third-team selections.

With what some believe to be one of the best defensive lines in the league and an experienced 3,000 yard passer returning to run the offense, I expect the Tigers to be a contender in 2018 for the league title.

Besides, I don’t put too much stock in the media picking Alabama to win it all. For one thing the media has only got it right six times in the last 26 years. And for another … that’s why they play the games.

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Top Seven Points Gus Malzahn Covered at SEC Media Days

By on July 20th, 2018 in Football, News 9 Comments »
SEC Media Days 2018 is in the books. And Gus Malzahn was the first to take the podium on the last day of the event. Here’re the top seven points the Auburn coach addressed on Thursday.1. Auburn is a hungry team.Not surprisingly Gus said he wants his 2018 team to take that next step. i.e. get to the College Football Playoff. He... Read Full Story

Road Tripping to Oxford (Previewing Auburn at Ole Miss)

By on July 19th, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
It has been an up and down decade for Ole Miss      War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn game preview! On October 20th, Auburn will face the Ole Miss Rebels on the road in Oxford, Mississippi. Ole Miss will be serving another year of sanctions thanks to the antics of the former coaching staff, and it's anyo... Read Full Story

Midweek Ramblings From The Plains

By on July 18th, 2018 in Football, News 2 Comments »
It seems Auburn is one of the Chick-fil-A sponsor's favorite teams. The Tigers have played in six Peach Bowls and three Kickoff Classics and will face Washington on Labor Day weekend. And yesterday the selection committee announced Auburn will be part of a three-game set for a new Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic series beginning in ... Read Full Story

A Volunteer Visit (Previewing Tennessee at Auburn Football)

Can the Vols play defense this year?     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for the another Auburn game preview! On October 13th, Auburn will host the Tennessee Volunteers. It has been a decade since Auburn last hosted Tennessee in an offensively challenged 14–12 scrum in the dying days of the Tommy Tuberville era. Fortun... Read Full Story

SEC Media Days: New Coaches, New Location… New Atmosphere?

By on July 16th, 2018 in Football, News 9 Comments »
We hit another milestone today. SEC Media Days gets underway this morning at 11:30 am CT. I love the event. It’s uniquely Southern. No other conference has been able to  match the atmosphere. However, this  year will mark the first time it will be held outside of the Birmingham area since it began in 1985. The SEC leadersh... Read Full Story

2018 SEC Football Media Days—Broadcast Schedule

By on July 14th, 2018 in Football, News 4 Comments »

This year's event kicks off Monday in Atlanta and will run from July 16 to the 19th. It will be held at the relatively new College Football Hall of Fame. The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is the host hotel for the event and will house Radio Row. However, the Hall of Fame is connected to the Omni and will be where coaches hold their press conferences and where live broadcasts from ESPN and the SEC Network take place. The schedule of ...

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Nostalgic Friday: 1993 Auburn vs. Florida

By on July 13th, 2018 in Football, Memories 8 Comments »
It's a shame that league expansion has changed some of the most historic rivalries in the SEC. One of the most exciting every year was the Auburn–Florida game. There have been so many extraordinary games in the series, and today we look at another great one. Auburn came into the contest on October 16, 1993 as a big underdog at... Read Full Story

Defining Success for Auburn’s Other Major Sports in 2018–2019

This time of year is all about expectations. Unlike that other team across the state, Auburn fans want and expect the other major sports to do well. 2017–2018 didn’t feature any national championships, but every sport save softball exceeded expectations. No, Auburn football didn’t end on a high note and watching Alabama’... Read Full Story

Tribute to Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame – 2018 Class

By on July 10th, 2018 in Football, Memories 3 Comments »

Some of college football's greatest players have worn the Orange and Blue on The Plains of Auburn ... Check out 10 great ones in this article.

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Defining Success in 2018–2019

By on July 8th, 2018 in Football 6 Comments »
Now’s the worst time of the year for sports fans, aside from those who find solace in a World Cup bereft of the United States. So it’s a good time to start looking forward to the upcoming football season. Preseason rags are out in force, and like every year, I buy them all. I don’t buy them necessarily for the projection o... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame Ballot for 2018

By on July 5th, 2018 in Football, Memories 2 Comments »
This week at Track ‘Em Tigers we have been taking nominations for our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame—class of 2018. We have had some great comments put forth in support of some outstanding nominations. But that’s not surprising since there have been hundreds of Tiger greats that have played on the Plains.This y... Read Full Story

July 4th Week and Track ‘Em Tigers Hall of Fame Nominations

By on July 2nd, 2018 in Football, Memories 14 Comments »
With the possible exception of Christmas and New Years, there’s not a bigger American holiday than the fourth of July. The celebration of our nation’s independence is a time-honored tradition. It’s a time for parades, fireworks, barbecues, and vacations. And traditionally it’s a time for the staff here at Track ‘Em Tig... Read Full Story

Nostalgia Friday: 1957 National Champions

By on June 29th, 2018 in Football, Memories 6 Comments »
Today’s Nostalgia Friday salutes the 1957 National Championship team. In Shug Jordan’s seventh season, he led Auburn to a perfect 10–0 season. How dominant was this team? It shut out six of its opponents and gave up only 28 points all year.Stop and think about that for a second. It’s simply amazing. In victories over Ten... Read Full Story

I Came To Auburn To Win It All

By on June 27th, 2018 in Football, News 10 Comments »
When quarterback Jarrett Stidham arrived in Auburn in 2017 he had only played in four college games, and that was two years before he set foot on the Plains. He naturally had some rust to work through after the two-year layoff. And under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, he responded by getting better almo... Read Full Story

Banner Year in Auburn Sports Despite Change in AD

Regardless of their differences, Jacobs and Greene share the 2017-2018 sports year, which was fantastic despite not winning at the highest level. Let's take a look back at what was a banner year for the big three in Auburn's sports.

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A Tough Road Trip to Starkville (Previewing Auburn at Mississippi State Football)

By on June 23rd, 2018 in Football 6 Comments »
Mississippi State has typically been much tougher at home (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn game preview! On October 6th, Auburn will visit the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The last 2 seasons, Auburn crushed Mississippi State by scores of 38–14 in Starkville and 49–10 in Aubu... Read Full Story

Nostalgia Friday: 1986 Iron Bowl

By on June 22nd, 2018 in Football, Memories 13 Comments »
Today we bring back an old feature called Nostalgia Friday. Each week at this time we’ll look back at video of a famous Auburn win.What better game to start with than the 1986 Iron Bowl, better known as the “Tillman Reverse To Victory.” With 32 seconds to go in the game, Lawyer Tillman's 8-yard reverse gave the Tigers a ... Read Full Story

2018 NCAA Rule Changes—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By on June 18th, 2018 in Football, News 16 Comments »
It's that time of year when the NCAA passes rule changes to clear up muddy college athletics. In the last few days and weeks there have been several controversial moves that could possibly have a big impact on college football.As one who doesn't like to see a lot of  changes, I have to admit some are good for the game. Take for... Read Full Story

Auburn Basketball Retools and Reloads

By on June 14th, 2018 in Basketball, News 11 Comments »
For just a moment, things looked very bleak to Auburn basketball. Over the course of a few days, Auburn was looking to field an entire new team when players tested the NBA waters. Like all teams that experience success, Auburn faced the possibility of rebuilding a roster as Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown, Jared Harper, and Austin W... Read Full Story

Auburn Did Everything It Could to Make it to Omaha—Despite the Actions of the Selection Committee

By on June 12th, 2018 in Baseball, News 11 Comments »
If you’re a baseball purist, you had to love the display put on by Auburn and Florida Monday night. The third game of the Gainesville Super Regional had everything from great pitching to clutch hits to base stealing gems to highlight-reel defensive plays. It had it all. It was a thing of beauty—except for the ending if you... Read Full Story