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Bye Week Musings (Week 3)

By on September 12th, 2014 in Football 11 Comments »

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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.


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Bad news for the film-room haters. I’m thinking that’s a network-wide experience. There was a version of it early in the BYU/Houston game last night. I caught just a bit of that game…

    …..Congrats on being accepted at Mizzou. Academically, it’s a fantastic school. You’ll have your work cut out for you.

    …..Based on what I’ve seen in Starkville and Athens, Auburn’s jumbotron is still pretty decent. We’ve seen the scores of other games hang in the past, and a schedule panel got stuck for most of the first half against SJ State. However, in most stadiums, you don’t get the scores at all, and certainly not stats like Auburn puts up. Sometimes one must take in a game elsewhere, to find out that things are still pretty good in Jordan Hare!

    ……I’m of two minds on the Penn State thing. I never felt it was an NCAA issue, and thought the organization overstepped in the first place. What happened at Penn State was criminal, and the perps should be in jail. So… they decide to punish Penn State even though NCAA rules weren’t broken. Then a couple of years down the road, a parole. Kinda like the real world. Seems pretty wishy-washy, to me.

  2. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    – The good news about the OOC play is that I can typically afford tickets. The bad news is we seem to play complacent in the second half after the deal is sealed.
    – Go Gamecocks!
    – Congrats on college; stay strong
    – Fans blew up Twitter (@ESPN Fan Central) during the “Film Room” debacle. I NEVER need to see the commentators talking unless it’s Erin Andrews… You can also send ESPN feedback here:
    Feel free to ask them to get rid of Stephen A. Smith and Chris Berman.
    – College football has a BIG10 problem
    – I don’t know who holds control on the uniforms but I wouldn’t hold your breath
    – Jordan-Hare is good enough for now, let’s spend our money on other sports venues to make them top notch
    – I have nothing to say about PSU…

  3. JayTS says:

    I have yet to see a concept uniform that I like, and I doubt I ever will. I love our current uniforms as they are; keep ’em traditional.

  4. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I doubt if Georgia will prove to the the world beaters the press has labeled them, nor are the Gamecocks as bad as they’ve played in the first two games. Gurley is good, but most of his yards were on big plays, where his speed and elusiveness in the open field were the key factors. For play by play grinding yardage, I would go with CAP as the better runner.

    It will likely be a close game, with Georgia just a step ahead based on Gurley’s big play capability. I say a 7 to 10 point differential, but not a blowout.

  5. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    This game has Georgia written all over it, and not good UGA, the choke job version. USC is going to play this years version of the 2010 bama game and lay a hurtin’ on the dawgs. USC 31- UGA 24, and Gurly goes for <100 yards rushing. You heard it here first!

  6. bubbajack says:

    New Coke. Microsoft Zune. USFL. Ford Edsel. ESPN Film Room Live….this should never happen again during an Auburn game. That was awful. I guess since they were using all the other cameras for this the only one available for the live action was the skycam. I could not tell what was happening on the field with the 1/3 screen birds-eye view. I didn’t think they would ever stop yammering. I’m putting Rod and Stan on at home next time I’m not at JHS.

    Personally, I love the Auburn uniforms the way they are. I certainly don’t want to see wholesale changes like what Oregon does.

  7. spanky says:

    Hey now. The Zune was awesome.

  8. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    This is my personal opinion on the uniforms. You can’t change tradition. You just can’t. Auburn’s Home BLUE and Away WHITE are the standard bearers of college football.

    Why is it a big deal?

    My answer would be ask Georgia about changing traditional uniforms. The year they were cracking open champagne bottles at the Georgia Dome thinking they were going to play for the National Championship while playing bama in their black out jersey’s… if memory serves they received an ass whipping so bad that they wanted to black out.

    Such events help develop STIGMAS otherwise defined as signs of social unacceptablities. I think the Dawgs had plenty of shame and disgrace to go around. Possible they used the black jersey to wipe themselves clean of that debacle. Like a handiwipe.

    For those that want change… you are going to either have to wait me out (till I die) or sell me on a team that can pull it off (meaning you never lose in these gimick uniforms). I’d much rather spend money on infrastructure improvements to Jordan Hare or other venues than waste money on jerseys and helmets that become the implement of scorn and ridicule.

    Besides, we don’t have a rich benefactor like Oregon.

    Otherwise… be happy with the BLUE and WHITE. Like the rest of us… 🙂


    PS – Since I mentioned Oregon (who are the poster boys of new unis) I bet a mamma goldberg Sub that they would like to have the traditions and history of Auburn instead of all the new uniforms!! I think all that crap is a simple form of status envy or a way of compensating for not being in the SEC.

  9. DaZeD DaZeD says:

    UNIFORM REVISION: Please…just No. I’m too old for “change” and something I’ve learned in my 5+ decades of living, don’t mess with perfection.

    UGA vs USCe 3 pt spread: I think the geniuses realize that Mark Richt typically picks at least one game a year to screw things up for his dawg-pound and this game may prove to be the one (why can’t it be our match-up with them perennially?). This week, UGA goes into this game with their two best WRs sidelined. Mason hasn’t proven an ability to win a game with his arm anyhow. Look for the Ole Ball Coach to stack the line to shut down Gurley and keep this game closer than anyone has imagined outside of Vegas. Count out SoS and you’ll lose more than you’ll win.

    PSU: Sandusky’s in prison…Joe Pa has passed. I believe all the PSU admin have been given their walking papers. Why beat a dead horse…I agree they should be allowed back into the Big 10 fold…after what we’ve seen thus far, its looking like a Minnesota or Indiana might be their only salvation this season, especially once they officially begin their own divisional hair-pulling and eye-scratching games. The Big 10 is one big Pappa John’s pizza eating moment (sorry Urban) in the making.

    Film-Room Live: I felt like the channel had flipped over to a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade coverage. Stop it..!!

  10. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    When you play hard nosed Auburn/SEC football you don’t need gimicky uniforms. Leave that to Hollywood or somewhere else. Does anyone remember Barfield’s orange jerseys? ESPN and their announcers are a sad joke. I ALWAYS mute those guys and try to get Rod and Stan on the computer, since Auburn broadcasts don’t seem to make it to the swamps often. PSU was a blunder for the NCAA. Now they’re trying to weasle out. I’d rather be in Jordan-Hare than any other stadium in the world, especially on a home football Saturday or A-Day. It’s a long trek from Baton Rouge but it’s well worth it for me. I never get tired of saying:

    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  11. SEC_Eric SEC_Eric says:

    I wouldn’t mind a minor change in uniform. It could attract some young people but it will never happen. Probably cause a lot of division and wouldn’t be worth it anyway.