Bye Week Musings (Week 3)
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Am I the only one… that feels as if the final score last Saturday wasn’t an accurate depiction of the Tigers’ actual on-field performance? The secondary continued to struggle early on against the quick, point-and-shoot passing attack from the Spartans, and Nick Marshall had what was, in my opinion, his worst passing showing of his career at Auburn. However, do I think this team is capable of making the playoff? Absolutely – a few things just need to tighten up on both sides of the ball in order for that to happen. Consistency is key.
Georgia opened as 3.5 point favorites on the road against South Carolina this week… maybe Vegas knows something about the Gamecocks that the general public just simply doesn’t see. Did the bookmakers even watch a single minute of the Texas A&M-South Carolina game? Go back and look at what that explosive Aggie offense, which Georgia most certainly has as well, generated against such a mentally weak, vulnerable Gamecock defense – even on South Carolina’s home turf. How can you not believe, with a bye week to boot, that Georgia won’t be able to do the same?
A quick personal note… Earlier this week, I was accepted into the University of Missouri – my #1 choice of school. I will be a member of the class of 2019, as I study sports journalism during my time in Columbia. This does not mean that my Auburn fandom will cease – it just simply means that I’ll have to continue to “Barn hard” a little further away from home. I’m thrilled for the opportunity, and I can’t wait until my current Tigers take on my future Tigers at the ‘Zou in 2017.
About this “Film Room – Live” view on ESPN2… Cut that crap out, ESPN. What makes you think I want to see Tom Luginbill’s face take up a third of my screen while I’m trying to watch the game? You would think that it’d be fairly simple for ESPN to hop on Twitter to gain a sense of fans’ reactions to this experiment, as my feed was absolutely clogged with hatred for the atrocious looking production experiment. Hopefully ESPN learned their lesson with that one.
The B1G’s performance on Saturday… was quite possibly the worst conference showing I have ever seen in a single day. 0-2 against the MAC, 0-3 against teams from the Big 5 conferences. The B1G most likely ruined their chances at having a playoff team this season – and we’re only through with two weeks of football.
(Another) Auburn uniform concept… I know this topic has been discussed quite often in recent years, as Auburn fans look on at the Oregon’s of the college football world with their flashy and stylish uniforms to wonder, what if? I stumbled across a concept on Twitter made by Clint Richardson (@Clintau24), a uniform connoisseur, as he implemented the style of Northwestern’s horizontal stripe on their jerseys into Auburn’s. Personally, I love it as an alternate idea – I believe it maintains a solid amount of the classic look that the “old-fashioned” type are pushing to retain, while also applying a new, subtle style change that the young’uns so desperately crave.
Jordan-Hare Stadium’s facility issues… certainly need to be addressed the second the clock strikes 0:00 against Samford in November. For the first two weeks of the season, the stadium has had issues with the game-clock, sound system, scoreboard display, and even an opponent’s press box elevator. Not to mention the facilities are horribly outdated. Take a look around the SEC – the majority seemed to be making strides to better the overall fan and player experience on gamedays. LSU and Alabama have completed some serious renovations to their stadiums in recent years. Even Mississippi State completed a $75 million stadium project this offseason, which doesn’t even begin to compare to Texas A&M’s whopping $450 million renovation this previous summer. Why would Auburn not be able to do the same?
Penn State’s postseason ban… was lifted just the other day – effective immediately. Which means that James Franklin’s new squad will be allowed to compete for a B1G title, and also play in a bowl game this winter. Was it the right decision by the NCAA? I think so. At this point of the probation, the only ones being punished are the innocent (current players/coaches/administration) in the case. Everyone that in fact had knowledge of the Sandusky situation at the time is no longer a part of the program. The school administration has handled this horrid situation with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, and has complied with all aspects of the investigation. So why should the kids that choose to attend the school to learn and play competitive football be the ones punished? That just wouldn’t be right in my opinion.