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Attack the Aggies! (Auburn vs. Texas A&M Open Thread)

By on December 5th, 2020 in Football 9 Comments »

Tigers Can Secure a Good Bowl Game Today
(Photo by Acid Reign)

     War Eagle, everybody! This morning the Auburn Tigers return to the field to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The Tigers are reeling after an Iron Bowl beatdown in Tuscaloosa last weekend and need to get back on the winning track. Winning this week and next week at Mississippi State would allow Auburn to finish at 7–3, no worse than 5th in the SEC. That would likely translate into a bid to at least the Outback Bowl and possibly the VBRO Citrus Bowl. Losing this game will dump Auburn into the middle tier of bowl games, and Auburn could be playing anywhere from Houston to Shreveport or worse.

     This game will kick off at 11:00 AM, Central Standard Time and will be nationally televised on ESPN. For the few attending, it should be a good day for football but a cool start, with mostly clear skies and the temperature just above 50 degrees F. There is little chance of rain.

     As far as we know, Auburn has come through another week with no virus issues, and we hope for no late morning surprises. The injuries continue to mount for the Tigers, though. Auburn will likely miss having starter Brodarius Hamm at right tackle on the field due to continuing issues. Auburn had to go this season with a very young and inexperienced offensive line, and 3 of the new starters will likely miss this game as well. It comes at a really bad time, too. Texas A&M is pretty vicious on the defensive line.

     With line issues in mind, Alabama really showed the way to slowing Auburn’s offense down last weekend. The thing to do is crowd Auburn’s line and receivers, and make things really tough on runners and the quarterback. Alabama put Auburn in a place where some down-the-field throws had to be made. Most of the time, Auburn didn’t even attempt it, and when it did poor accuracy and dropped balls doomed things. I would be shocked if Texas A&M doesn’t try something similar. As usual, I’ll continue to stew if Auburn keeps trying to run up the middle with no tight ends or backs in to block. A pattern has emerged the past 5 years where Auburn is very banged up in the backfield by December with numerous backs out with injuries. And of course the reason is continual abuse of them by running the ball with only 5 blockers as a mainstay on offense. And here we are in 2020 with only 5th string running back Mark Anthony Richards fully healthy.

     On offense, Alabama seriously exposed the middle of Auburn’s secondary. With a young defensive line, Auburn hasn’t generated a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and extra attention has to be brought into the box to keep teams from running the ball all over the Tigers. This allowed Alabama to put its best receivers in the slot and isolate them on Auburn nickels and safeties. It did not go well for the Tigers there, and Alabama’s Mac Jones added some more stats for his Heisman campaign. Fortunately for Auburn this week, Texas A&M has been hemorrhaging receivers all season and shouldn’t be nearly as deadly there. Auburn must focus on taking away star running back C.J. Spiller, and containing quarterback Kellen Mond.

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I’ll have sporadic commentary on various scores around the conference, and I’ll have my usual play by play. I am looking forward to another great day of college football! War Eagle, and let’s take out Texas A&M!

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9 Comments

  1. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    NIX NEED TO BE AT RUNNING BACK. HE IS NOT, I REPEAT NOT, A PASSING QB

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..What I would like to see is for Nix to work with professional quarterback developers. If he’d set his feet, he would be a great one. Having a rotating, green offensive line has just amplified the issues.

  3. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Can we talk about Gus’ postgame attitude and complacency? Quote from SOS that resonated with me:
    “ We’re talking about blowout losses to Auburn’s 2 biggest rivals with a double-digit home loss to A&M, plus an embarrassing loss to South Carolina. Shoot, even the Arkansas and Ole Miss wins were disputed because of some questionable calls late that bounced Auburn’s way. That’s the problem. How many times has Auburn truly felt good after a game? Three?
    A 5-4 Auburn team isn’t on the brink of a “solid year.”

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Color me disgusted, too. We have a quarterback who has started 22 games, and they won’t trust him to throw the ball down the field. Trailing by a point? Wide receiver screens against stacked coverage. Trailing by 8? More screens. Trailing by 11 and needing 2 scores? More screens.

  5. Jackson Lee says:

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  6. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    We are now officially in DEEP DOO DOO!
    Lose to State and we will be under a dump truck of doo doo.
    I agree, AR. Throw the dam ball down the field. State will do just that.

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Mississippi State isn’t terrible on defense, and they can stop the run if they are motivated. Auburn will have to throw better to score.

    …..Meanwhile, we are facing a Mike Leach Airraid offense. With no pass rush, and dare I say it? The Tutt-toast-Smoke combo in the middle of the field!

  8. Orange Talon Orange Talon says:

    My wish list – Need a QB coach, now. Then move Schwartz outside and Williams to the slot with a proper route tree and a shallow cross route PLEASE, and finally a draw/screen game (no, not a bubble screen either) to take the pressure off the “green” offensive line.

  9. friedca friedca says:

    Well everyone got their wish, Gus is out. Not sure how I feel about this.

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