From the Eagle’s Nest
Hope for the worst, prepare for the worst? It’s not a stretch to say that, looking back, Auburn may have over committed to Gene Chizik after the 2010 BCS National Championship he delivered. Well, Kevin Scarbinsky wants to make sure that since Auburn is doing so well under Malzahn in 2013 that we don’t make the same mistake again. It is kind for our pal Kevin to look out for us like that, but I think Auburn can handle the situation appropriately. I’m sure he thinks a poor, old school like Auburn just doesn’t understand how to handle any success. We’re so used to doing so poorly that we get delusional at the first sign of it turning around. Thanks for reminding us during such an exciting time for Auburn fans and alumni what happened last time we did anything good and how we better not let it happen again because we won’t be this good for long. Oh wait, you are just being ridiculous. Thanks, but no thanks for the advice.
The Game Formerly Known as the Game of the Century. ESPN desperately wants everyone to know that even though LSU does not control its own destiny in the SEC West, that this weeks Alabama/LSU game was a really big game 2 years ago and it was really big last year and if circumstances were different; it would be just as huge this year. You should still watch it because it could be as huge as those were but it just won’t be because of ignored actual circumstances that prevent it from being really important, but man oh man if only. If only ESPN could just stop being the Onion News Network of sports and quit playing gonzo-journalism school.
Jameis Winston is going blind. Not really, but the FSU quarterback apparently has a bad habit of squinting when looking towards the sidelines and the fact that this is becoming a significant story in college football world is further proof that the journalists covering it have too much time on their hands. This is ‘Honey Boo Boo’ esque stuff.
Quack Attack Falls Flat. If Jameis Winston was squinting before, he is wide-eyed with excitement this morning about his Seminoles new position in the BCS rankings after Oregon was once again tripped by Stanford. What the Ducks have been able to accomplish the past few seasons will quickly get discounted by some (some will even call them fools) and they have failed to win “the big one” on several occasions, but the record they have been able to maintain over the past few seasons is remarkable in an era when college football is as competitive as it has ever been. Prior to the season I didn’t think there was a significant chance of them being able to continue their run similar to the way they did under Chip Kelly, but I thus far been proven wrong despite last night’s loss to Stanford.
Tre Mason: Cake Boss? Tre Mason recently commented on how he would like to thank his offensive linemen: “I told those guys I’ve got to bake them a cake, do something nice for them, because those guys don’t get as much love as they’re supposed to,” Mason said. “Without those guys, my success wouldn’t be possible.” Mason’s words, while also a good perspective on his perspective on his personality, provide a good analogy for Auburn’s running game this season. Keep pace with high-octane offenses such as Texas A&M? Lead the SEC in rushing offense? Piece of cake! Bad puns aside, it is good to see the Tigers staying committed to performing for each other just as much if not more than for themselves.
Regarding Rocky Top
I really like Auburn’s chances again tomorrow on the road in Tennessee. No road game within the SEC can ever be taken for granted, but the Tigers are not in a position to feel “entitled” or comfortable enough to take their foot off of the gas pedal. There is a new drive behind them – one that is evident on every down. They are hungry. It is a refreshing sight considering this time last season hope had long since packed its bags and left town.
Nick Marshall has done an outstanding job handling the work load placed on him by the coaches. His ability to run the zone read has been exceptional and his passing would probably be much better than it already is if it weren’t for Auburn’s excellent running attack alleviating the need to throw the football. Jeremy Johnson has added increased optimism surrounding the quarterback position with his outstanding play when called upon. His emergence as a true passing threat provides a nice security blanket in case Marshall were to sustain a serious injury (see FAU and Western Carolina games).
Though their stats don’t technically match up well against the offense, Auburn’s defense as a whole are the heroes of my 2013 season. What they have been able to accomplish in their first season under Ellis Johnson has been a joy to see. No they haven’t been lights-out, but Auburn has gone far too long with inadequate defensive play, so to see this unit begin to turn the corner towards Auburn defenses of old is a beautiful thing. Jonathan Mincy, Robenson Therezie, and Javiie Mitchell have all emerged as playmakers in 2013 as well as blossoming defensive linemen Carl Lawson and Montravious Adams.
Butch Jones will have his squad fired up and ready to play tomorrow, but ultimately I think Auburn will be too much too often for the Volunteers to keep under control.
War Eagle! Beat Tennessee!