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A Razorback Recovery?

By on October 9th, 2020 in Football 16 Comments »

Auburn Has Blown Out Arkansas 4 Consecutive Years

     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers are coming off a devastating loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in Athenswhere the Tigers did not even seem competitive. Arkansas is coming off a big win in Starkville where the Razorback defense shut down the mighty Mike Leach air-raid offense and posted a 21–14 win over Mississippi State.

     Both teams have played Georgia, and neither fared well in the end. Arkansas was competitive in the first half against the Bulldogs but got blown out in the second half. Auburn’s game against Georgia was a blowout before even halftime. In both cases, the teams lost the battle at the point of attack against Georgia’s powerful lines.

     I was traveling Sunday, and by the time I was able to watch a replay of the Auburn–Georgia game, I decided there was little point in posting a scathing grade report. Both lines of scrimmage would have earned an F as would have the Auburn secondary which gave up tons of yards in the middle of the field. Auburn will have to get a lot better in all three to hope for any more wins this season.

     Arkansas was supposed to be Auburn’s easiest remaining game, but matchup problems seem likely in this one. Arkansas was able to use just a 3-man defensive line rush against Mississippi State and still caused havoc in the backfield. Much like the Georgia game, if Auburn can’t block the Arkansas front 4, it will be a long afternoon for the Auburn offense.

     For the Auburn defense, the front 7 on defense simply must tighten up against the run. The Tigers will have to do it without star linebacker Kenny Britt, who had thumb surgery this week. Britt is expected to be out for as much as six weeks. The Arkansas offense employed by coordinator Kendall Briles will focus on hurry-up, quick snap techniques. Arkansas will use a lot of zone runs, with Auburn having to contain all-SEC caliber tailback Rakeem Boyd as well as veteran quarterback Feleipe Franks. Thus far this season, the Auburn run defense has been gashed to the tune of 173 yards per game compared to its offense managing only 65 yards per game.

     Weather may be an issue, although Hurricane Delta should be well west of Auburn at kickoff. Periods of rain and breezy conditions are likely.

     Looking to the rest of the SEC this weekend, 6 games are scheduled. We’re starting to get a better picture of where SEC teams stand, now with 2 games in the record book. In the early games, Florida visits Texas A&M. This one might be a high scoring game as neither team has shown consistency stopping the big play. Florida’s quarterback Kyle Trask has been more consistent than Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond, and I think the Gators will pull away in this one.

     The LSU–Missouri game was moved due to the hurricane and will now be played in Columbia. LSU had a rough opening week but still is a talented team. Missouri has yet to play competitive football. I expect an LSU win.

     South Carolina visits Vanderbilt early Saturday. I see two teams that are tough defensively with no offensive identity. The pressure mounts on Gamecock coach Will Muschamp, who has lost 8 of his last 12 games. I’ll pick South Carolina in this one.

     Tennessee visits Georgia in the CBS SEC game of the week. The Vols have looked solid thus far, winning in the trenches. The question is whether they can match up with Georgia up front; no one else on the Bulldog schedule has to this point. If Tennessee can stop the Georgia running game, there is real opportunity to steal a victory here. Alas, I’m going to have to be shown evidence of any weakness in the UGA lines. Georgia holds serve in the SEC East.

     Arkansas visits Auburn at 3:00 PM. Interestingly, every team in the SEC West has won at least 1 game this season. This is a battle to rise out of the SEC West cellar, and I think Auburn will prevail.

     Alabama visits Ole Miss at 6:30 PM for an offensive showdown. I expect Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin to pull out every trick from his bag, but I don’t think Ole Miss is quite ready to compete with an upper-echelon team like Alabama.

     Mississippi State will visit Kentucky at 6:30 PM. Predicted to be a dark horse in the SEC East race this season, Kentucky has started this year 0–2 and has to slow down a prolific Bulldog attack. The Wildcat defense has stopped the run pretty well but has been carved up through the air. Mississippi State has played surprisingly good defense, especially against the run. The Wildcat passing game is very suspect. MSU basically beat itself with turnovers last week against Arkansas, but I expect it’ll improve this week and hand Kentucky its3rd loss.

     The Auburn–Arkansas game has been moved to ESPN. We will have our usual Trackemtigers.com Open Thread up and running. I’ll offer comments on various SEC games, and will have the play by play this week. I was in Waveland, Mississippi last weekend and had neither cable TV nor a reliable internet connection, and Waveland was out of range of the Auburn radio network. I should be back at full strength this week for the Razorbacks. War Eagle, and let’s rebound against the Razorbacks!

16 Comments

  1. zotus zotus says:

    Acid, like millions of other Americans I’ve dropped cable TV. ESPN will not get another nickle from me. Not now. Not ever.

    I make it my business to still keep up with the goings-on of my alma mater, however, I just don’t do it anymore the way I used to.

    As far as this 2020 edition of Ol’ Gus’ Auburn Tiger Football Team goes I’ll just say this: There’s a hell of lot more wrong with Auburn’s Football Program than the offensive and defensive fronts.

    Jay Jacobs, Steven Leath … and, the Auburn BOT gave Gus Malzahn the keys to the Football Program and watched as Gus Malzahn continued to drive the Auburn Football Program off the cliff. Who’s surprised to find the Auburn Football Program where it is today? I don’t know a single Auburn person who is surprised.

    Of course, Jay Jacobs and Steven Leath collected millions from Auburn and got the hell outta Dodge several semesters ago now. What are you doing, Allen Greene, while Rome continues to burn all around you? “Working the Land, keeping the very low profile, and hoping for a fertile Spring, replies Mr. Greene.

    P.S. Hang in there Acid, things are probably going to get a lot worse around here before they get better. WDE!

  2. neonbets says:

    Since my disgust at last week’s performance temporarily outweighed my compulsion to follow Auburn, I haven’t been visiting TET much.

    After enjoying your article, Acid–I remembered I wrote a ‘Member Post’ a while back. I figured I’d check to see if there were any comments.

    Lo and behold, it’s gone. Yeah, it was on the Covid madness in collegiate sports–but there wasn’t a single inaccurate or irresponsible sentence in the entire post. And, if anyone did have a gripe–I’m more than up for the task of defending my position.

    I don’t know if it was you Acid who made the decision to remove it–so if not, please don’t take offense. But whoever it was—feel free to let me know in the comments here. I would love to hear a coherent explanation as to why. Seeing as how I’ve been a loyal follower of TET and an active participant, go ahead and do me the solid of telling me one thing in that post that was inaccurate. Tell me why you felt the need to remove it. [And I get it: Your blog, your rules. Just curious to see you’ll actually step up and confront me on the issue.]

    Thanks!

  3. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Conventional Wisdom says the team shows the most improvement between game 1 and game 2. Auburn went south. No improvement. No win. No edge. No excitement.

    See; Sully post.

    Ugh

    B E A T THE H O G S

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..For what it’s worth neonbets, I didn’t take down your post. I don’t believe in censorship unless there’s something criminal in the post. And more to the point, I’ve been unable to even edit my own posts for the better part of a year. I drop them in, and hope I’ve proof-read it well enough. I would tend to believe that some sort of site error washed your post out, rather than anyone objecting. I think I can safely say that we have all been aggravated and worried due to COVID issues this past year.

  5. zotus zotus says:

    NOTE to neonbets:
    FWIW, I’ve seen (and sometimes read) every post & comment that ever appeared on trackemtigers.com going back to the days when Jay Coulter first launched “Auburn’s Oldest and Most Read Independent blog.”

    But more on that later. Stay tuned.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I can’t say I was in on Jay’s early stuff on “Football Saturday in the South.” I picked up on him when AOL started doing a blog for every SEC team around 2005-2006, and Jay was the Auburn blogger. You want to talk about comment flame wars! Back then, AOL tagged every Auburn post with Alabama, and every Alabama post with Auburn. Lots of cross-rivalry trolling, back then!

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..AOL dropped the whole “fanhouse” thing after just a couple of years. Jay and TrackEm wound up with SBN in 2007, and I was asked to join during the spring of 2008.

  8. zotus zotus says:

    2nd NOTE to neonbets:
    1) This “2nd NOTE to neonbets” was posted by me as a “New Comment” to Acid’s article. It appeared — as it should — at the bottom of the list of “Comments”
    2) The “NOTE to neonbets” above was posted by me as a “Reply” to neonbets’ Comment (i.e. the 2nd Comment to Acid’s article.) My reply should have been indented under neonbets’ Comment — it was not indented, it appears as a “New Comment” by me not as a “Reply” by me as it should.
    3) Is this evidence of a “system bug” on this site? Or does this anecdote possibly demonstrate the existence of an artifact of previous “censorship” on this site.
    4) Fact is my “Replies” used to appear as “Replies” not as a “New Comments”
    5) Fact is, in some cases, “Replies” still appear as “Replies” on this website, but not if they are posted when logged in as zotus.
    6) My point: This may be an example of a system bug and if it is it’s a bug that doesn’t misbehave for all logon IDs. Or it could possibly demonstrate the existence of an artifact of previous “censorship” on this site.

    To be continued, stay tuned.

  9. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..We had a swear-word filter years ago. Not sure if it still works. I haven’t seen a “reply indent” work in some time. Just FYI, I don’t have admin privileges on the site.

    • Z0TUS Z0TUS says:

      Acid, here goes a test “Reply” from z0tus.

    • Z0TUS Z0TUS says:

      Acid, I’d like to report this as a problem with the TET website.

      Looks like the “Reply” from z0tus works.

      But, a “Reply” from zotus displays as a “New Comment”

      Could you have someone from TET staff look into this?

      This is a repeatable bug and should be easy to find and fix. My email address is on my profile, contact me if I can help shoot this bug.

  10. zotus zotus says:

    3rd NOTE to neonbets:
    As I said (above) I’ve seen (and sometimes read) every post & comment that ever appeared on trackemtigers.com going back to the days when Jay Coulter first launched “Auburn’s Oldest and Most Read Independent blog.”
    I remember seeing & reading your post in which you made comments about this COVID-19 pandemic. I believe I noticed it still being on the site after the time that I read it.

    I can certainly understand your concern about seeing the post suddenly disappear.

    FWIW I have experienced buggy misbehavior of the system and I have witnessed some censorship by past editors on this site. But, in today’s operation with Jay, Paul, and Acid setting and executing the policy, freedom to speak and free exchange of ideas on any subject is alive and well at TET. In your situation, if I had to guess, I’d say it may be the case that someone made a mistake and hit the delete key. A one off mistake that will probably not happen again.

    P.S. It was a good essay, write some more comments on the subject and post it again and see what happens. WDE!

  11. zotus zotus says:

    NOTE to Acid about Reply misbehavior

    Acid check out this link:

    http://trackemtigers.com/could-there-really-be-no-college-football-in-2020/

    Scroll down and you will see a reply made by zotus that did indent under the comment it was replying to.

    Then below that you will see a reply made by z0tus to zotus. That reply is indented.

    It was my test case back in March 2020 when I first noticed that zotus’ replies were not indented under the comment they were replying to.

    Replies didn’t works for ID = zotus back in Mar 2020 nor now.

    Replies did work for new ID = z0tus back in Mar 2020

    • Z0TUS Z0TUS says:

      Edited NOTE to Acid about Reply misbehavior

      Acid check out this link:

      http://trackemtigers.com/could-there-really-be-no-college-football-in-2020/

      Scroll down and you will see a reply made by zotus that did NOT indent under the comment it was replying to.

      Then below that you will see a reply made by z0tus to zotus. That reply is indented.

      NOTE: This was my test case back in March 2020 when I first noticed that zotus’ replies were not indented under the comment they were replying to.

      My problem determination test(s) show the following:
      Exhibit 1: Replies did NOT work for ID = zotus back in Mar 2020 and (obviously) they do not work now.
      Exhibit 2: Replies did work for ID = z0tus back in Mar 2020 and (obviously) they work now.

      P.S. Again, Acid I would appreciate it if you’d alert the person — who handles such matters as this at TET — of this system misbehavior that affects my login ID, and potentially affects other TET Commenters’ IDs as well. Contact me by email if I can help in any way to resolve this issue. Thanks for your help with this.

  12. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Zotus, send me an email at my standard paraswarm@aol.com email address, and I’ll let you know what I can do. (Which ain’t much, at this point.) There is illness and various family emergencies among the site writers, and I can’t get replies back from our support people. I was wondering if the site was about to fold, but Sullivan013 was able to post his wonderful stat analysis post to start the season, and I figured I could keep doing what I do, assuming I could still log in. And that is where we are, at this point. Up in the air, is all I can really say publicly, right now. I don’t have administrator privileges on the site and have had to kind of backdoor my posts in for a while now, and I can’t edit them once they are posted.

    • Z0TUS Z0TUS says:

      O my goodness Acid, I had no idea and I certainly hope for the best for all involved. But, now that I think about it, I do recall that wpleagle alluded to something along that line in a brief comment he posted maybe on Sully’s recent piece.

      P.S. As far as this little technical issue that I brought to your attention goes, I want to shelve it for now and deal with it sometime later down the road. Thanks, Zotus

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