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Welcome to the Jungle

By on November 29th, 2013 in Featured Article, Football 7 Comments »
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Gus Malzahn sits just one day away from making Auburn’s New Day into one of its brightest, but it won’t come easy. In what has become the most anticipated matchup in series history, #1 ranked Alabama will travel to The Plains to face the #4 ranked Auburn Tigers for some serious bragging and a spot in the SEC championship game. This year’s game promises to be the ultimate showcase of an immovable object (Alabama’s top-ranked rush defense) meeting an unstoppable force (Auburn’s top-ranked rushing offense).

Auburn looks to be well prepared after having a bye week last weekend and getting a full two weeks of work in prior to facing its most daunting challenge in the Alabama defense. What has to be concerning to Nick Saban and his staff is that Auburn has run the ball very well against nearly everyone and has done so without showing a lot of wrinkles to the offense. For all of the typical (and ignorant) criticism bestowed on Malzahn’s offense, it is especially unfounded this season as the Tigers have exclusively relied on a run now, run later, run some more, and run over your opponents offense that has racked up yard after yard throughout the SEC.

Alabama will enter the game with arguably one of its shakiest undefeated campaigns under Saban. While going 11-0 is no laughing matter, the Crimson Tide have benefited from a soft schedule. It is also worth noting that although they do have the top-ranked rushing defense in the country, the best rushing offense they faced prior to Auburn (2nd in the nation) was Arkansas (26th). That seems like a tidbit the stat gurus at ESPN like to leave out when showering praise onto the Alabama defense. It does not indicate a sure-fire red flag for Alabama, but it is worth noting that they are going to be up against just as much of a challenge in stopping Auburn as Auburn will be in trying to move the football.

Tomorrow is a day that the Auburn Family has been waiting for an entire year. What has surprised me most leading up to this game is the total disregard for how difficult of a road environment Jordan-Hare Stadium poses. I’ve heard countless analysts and fans alike speak of this game as if it is being played on a neutral site or even in Tuscaloosa. That notion could not be farther from the truth. Has Alabama dominated (minus the CAMback) the last 5 years of the Iron Bowl? Sure, but of those 4 victories, 3 came against arguably some of the worst teams in Auburn history. This is not one of those Auburn teams. The Tigers are ready to deliver a serious wake-up call.

Welcome to the real world…

Welcome to the jungle… 

7 Comments

  1. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Thank you for posting this article and for pointing out some important facts.

    ESPN is running on the “bottom line” that scrolls across the bottom of all their channels, that “Alabama has beaten Auburn by XYZ times a thousand to 14 the last two years,” as though that stat has any bearing on this year’s reality.

    I hope their players get swept up in that kind of overconfidence.

    Our task will not be easy. Our players are what they are at this point in the season. We are not going to turn somebody into somebody else with NFL quality skills just for this game. The task for Gus and Ellis is to take what they have and produce the most successful offense and defense possible to meet the immediate challenge. The team has responded with remarkable consistency this season.

    Our home crowd will figure into the game. If you have any bammer friends, they will secretly admit to you (as long as you swear on your blood not to tell anyone) that they are worried about this game.

    Spectacular season. Go Auburn, beat bama.

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Yes, this game tomorrow will be tough. It will likely look ugly. However, I’ve never seen these 2013 Auburn Tigers wilt in the face of adversity.

    Undoubtedly, this will be toughest team Bama has faced all season. Are they up to the challenge? Probably. It’s not like a threepeat is easy. But every week, we’ve been gaining momentum. There does not seem to be the same arc in Bama’s season.

    Oh we’ll take it to them! We’re going to be running in that team, not expecting to win, but certainly ready to fight for the win. We aren’t entitled on this team, and that just be edge that we need. I want these Tigers hungry and scrappy and READY TO WIN!!!!

    War Eagle! Beat Bama back to Tuscaloosa!!!

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      We have gotten better every week since Washington State. This is the best we will be this season. Next season, even better.
      War Eagle Beat Bama
      Check back this afternoon TOTM. I have a post you will love, might even take you back to your couch burning days.

  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    We Comin’.

    #TogetherWeWill #BeatBama

  4. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Thanks for a great writeup, D.R.

    I doubt if I could be any more hyped up for this game unless I was in Auburn. As I said before, I’m tempted to make the drive, without a ticket, just to be there. It will be wild, as wild as it was in 89. Our brave Tigers will scratch and claw for every yard and every point and they won’t quit no matter what the score is.

    AND, WIN OR LOSE, NEVER FORGET: IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT BAMA !!!

  5. restless6 says:

    Maybe Tuberville coming to the game will bring back the beatdown mojo of UAT.

    I would love to see AJ sacked like Brodie was.

    I’m barnin’ hard.

  6. Eagle1 says:

    I believe that every good team usually has at least one near perfect game where almost everything goes right. We have not had one of those games this season. If we can get that game against Alabama, I believe the victory goes to the Auburn Tigers. But, win or lose I will forever be proud of his team.

    WAR EAGLE !