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Thoughts on a Weekend of College Football

By on October 22nd, 2018 in Football, News 8 Comments »

I’ve never understood fans who pull against their team when things go south. There’s a sizable population of Auburn fans who want to see Gus Malzahn fail. I get not buying into him as coach, but to pull against the kids just so someone can lose his job is maddening to me…

Malzahn has disappointed on so many fronts this year, but you have to give him credit: his team hasn’t quit. Gene Chizik lost his squad in 2012. So far that hasn’t happened. What does Saturday’s convincing win over Ole Miss mean? Nothing much, other than to quiet the talk for two weeks. It’ll be nice for the players to heal up and not hear constant chatter about a buyout…

The story line of the next two weeks will be what this Auburn team looks like when it is rested and healed up. Will the coaching staff continue to change the offensive game plan? If things don’t look drastically different, the drum beats will get louder. The offense played significantly better this week, but let’s not forget, it was playing perhaps the worst defense in the SEC. Would the effort Saturday be enough to win at home against Texas A&M? I’m not so sure…

Is it time to push the panic button on place kicker Anders Carlson? Probably, but there’s no solid Plan B. He’s 10 of 20 this year in attempts, but that comes with an asterisk, considering seven of those have been beyond 50 yards. There’s a good chance he’s going to be needed down the stretch. I don’t think anyone has confidence he can deliver at this point. If I’m Auburn, I’d consider looking for a new kicker in this recruiting class to be on the safe side…

Speaking of kicking, Arryn Siposs is quietly becoming the feel-good story of the Auburn football season. The Australian Rules football player has his unit in the top 10 nationally in yards per punt…

Redshirt freshman Boobee Whitlow is starting to look like a dominant SEC rusher. That’s good news for Auburn heading down the stretch. No one needs two weeks off more than this guy. Imagine him playing healthy. That could change the entire look of the offense…

I hate to say it, but this may be Nick Saban’s best team. I’ve never seen an Alabama offense dominate in this way. The defense may be less dominant than years past, but does it really matter when you roll up points the way they do? Pat Dye said Tua Tagovailoa is better than Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler. I can’t disagree…

I spent the weekend in Iowa City, attending a wedding and the Iowa/Maryland game. I have to give props: Big 10 tailgates are not too shabby. They go hard like their brethren in SEC Country…

Speaking of the Big 10, how good did you feel watching Ohio State lose to Purdue? Is there anyone more disgusting in the game than Urban Meyer? Seeing him in pain does the heart good…

Props to the fans in Pullman, Washington for what was perhaps the best ESPN GameDay Show in history. That crowd looked 20,000 strong, and every one of them was into it. Washington State put on a great show. It’s what makes college football the best sport in the world.

Have a great week…


  1. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Will there be a podcast this week and next week?
    Carlson worries me. We need him down the stretch.
    We can win the atm game with defense and kicking.
    We hear the UA talk every year and roll our eyes; same song different verse.
    I believe CGM knew he had to win the Ole Miss game. We adjusted at halftime and came out as world beaters. I liked it.
    Why, O Why do we run Boobie at wildcat? I hope that he does not get injured in that formation. Run Willis or Cord at the wildcat!
    #18 and #81 need more balls thrown at them. Run Flash more.
    I wish atm would bring their entire band and not the half one. Their full band is great.

  2. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    I have no credible evidence by which to substantiate any argument to the contrary to comments made by both Jay and easyedwin –
    As I stated on Friday, I hope the team can come together and stay together. I hope, at some point today, to find the time to fire up the DVR and watch the game against Ole Miss.
    But, as always…


  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  4. WDE7385 WDE7385 says:

    Carlson does just fine inside of 40 to 45 yards. He has the leg for 45+ but, at that range, it just take being off the strike by a small fraction. Maybe he will get hot again but, until he does, we’d be better off punting or going for it.
    The offense looked good but more importantly, they looked comfortable and appeared to be having some fun. I hope that “feel good” lasts a few weeks.
    I think TA&M is definitely winnable. Georgia is possible, maybe even a good possibility.
    Tua Tag throws nearly perfect pass every time. On target, on time. Truly amazing to watch.

    • wpleagle wpleagle says:

      And if you don’t give him the chances on the long ones, how do you know if he’s on again, or not?

      • WDE7385 WDE7385 says:

        Pay attention to his practice. Is he becoming more accurate or less? Is his percentage improving or not?
        You know, things a coach might care about.

  5. WDEGirl says:

    The fans in Pullman for Gameday were awesome considering they had to be there prior to 6:00 am PT. I know everybody says it, but it’s what is great about College Football.

    Also on Gameday, the story of Tyler Trent instantly turned the Purdue vs Ohio St game into Good vs. Evil. I cried during everyone of those Purdue 4th Qtr touchdowns, realizing that Tyler would indeed see his Boilermakers beat Ohio St. How amazing!! Those Purdue players and their coaches show what being decent human beings is supposed to be like. Small acts of kindness, such as the players and coaches visiting and acknowledging Tyler, can do a huge amount of good. Tyler and his family have a great shared experience and memory.

    Go Boilermakers!