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Auburn Football 2015, The Hype is at Full Steam

By on May 15th, 2015 in Member Post 4 Comments »


As pre-season rankings begin to trickle in, I’m impressed with the love Auburn has been getting. 

Sporting News and Sports Illustrated have Auburn ranked No. 3. ESPN has the Tigers No. 5 while Bleacher Report places Auburn No. 8 … we get the picture. In the same breath I have to admit that I personally feel that pre-season rankings have always been a bit too ‘pre-‘ for me.  

Until a few weeks of football have been played the country works on assumptions, fodder from talking heads, and hype. In this particular case [who’s with me here] it’s a sure-fire way to get me pumped up for what looks and sounds like a championship run.

Add to that bag of Top 5 hype is a Heisman Trophy candidate in Jeremy Johnson. The hype with our quarterback is reminiscent of the Cam Newton lead-up to that magical season. Gus Malzahn always has his offenses lined up for battle, which consistently produces a 1,000 yard rusher no matter who is plugged in. For a cherry on top of it all, enter Will Muschamp, Coach ‘Boom’, the (proposed) savior of a long-time, lackluster defense in need of a rebuild.

Sounds too good to be true.  Maybe so, but I’ll leave the dissections of those matters to the masses.

I think it’s most important to size up our schedule (which is always done well here at TET and the details I’ll leave to the guys in charge). In brief, I think that Auburn has a shot at it all, as we have had the past few years. If the ball had bounced this way or that. If the D had allowed X-amount of fewer ____, etc.  If the team had done this or that we could have been the team in the state of Alabama to be holding up the most trophies in the span of ‘X’ years. 

This year’s schedule, though, may just be one more highlight for the hype train. Yes, it’ll be a tough start with Dak coming to the Plains, quickly followed by the grinder of ‘LSU – Auburn.’ Those two games will really pave quite a long path until we hit the SEC stretch. 

I feel like Arky, Ole Miss and TAMU are question marks heading into the season, but the past has shown that by the time we get to that trifecta, those teams will have either proven to be formidable or not. Either way, those hurdles will end in The South’s Oldest Rivalry. 

Georgia, once again, is a hotly touted and debated team heading into this season. Other than a quarterback question, the Dogs really are set for a great run. They will be biting at the bit (on the shoulder’s of Nick Chubb) to regain control of the East back from Mizzou. And you can bet they will be foaming at the mouth to get it done again when they visit Auburn. 

The season ender with Alabama at home is what it is – it’s always a toss-up on how that game goes down. In the end we get some tough games at home this year, which is better than having to play them on the road.

It’s a lot of hype folks. However, the chips sound like they are all in place.

Can the coaching and personnel match up? Can the hype and schedule be manageable? I believe in the top 5 pre-season ranking. In turn I believe we can match the hype and break through –  I am an Auburn grad after all, what answer would you have expected?


  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Good post Jonathan.

    I’m with you on liking the fact that the Tigers have several tough games at home. However, I really wish we could have the Bama and Georgia series returned to one of them at home and one away (like it was before the recent expansion of the league).

    Having to play both on the road in the same season is not only tough but inequitable. I don’t think another SEC team has to play their two biggest rivals on the road every other year at the end of the season.

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I’m optimistic, but there are a LOT of questions in the playing rotation. We’ve got the talented pieces on offense, but I thought the same thing last year, and it didn’t quite jell at times. We’ll have to see how well this new bunch fits together…

  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    WOW! Jonathon, now you’ve got my heart beating wildly. Only about 100 or so days until the season begins. Time to put our orange and blue glasses on and join in with the hype. One thing that we can all agree on is that it WILL be interesting! (No pun intended!) Almost time to strap them on and get after it.
    And, NEVER FORGET, win or lose:
    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  4. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    AubTigerman has a good point. It really equates to one of the toughest, if not THE toughest stretch to end a season especially when it’s a year that both Georgia and Bama end on the road. I also think that it’s a clear statement when Auburn is able to win both of those games. As of late it equates to a shoe-in spot for the National Title with all of the attention both of those teams get year in and year out.

    Acid, yes it was tough to see such a talented Offense be bogged down at times. I have to think that it was partly due to the inept play of the Defense. As a player it’s very tough to hit the field, do your part and then watch the other unit dig a hole in which you then have to either shake off and dig out of or, as it seems, take a mental hit and under perform. With the addition of Muschamp, we are hoping that he can coach-up each string of guys so that our rotation is valuable and mentally tough. If the Defense can buck up and hold a tighter game this year it will translate to a more productive Offense and confidence across the board.

    My concern now is that a depleted secondary just got thinner! With a recent report of Three DBs transferring after spring ball has past, is tough. Moncrief being the eye-opener considering he played every game last year. I have to relate this back to my comment on Muschamp’s ability to coach-up the guys waiting in the wings.

    War Eagle!