College football odds 2018, Week 13: Rivalry Week betting lines and top matchups – SB Nation


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College football odds 2018, Week 13: Rivalry Week betting lines and top matchups
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1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-24.5) host the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl, the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (-25.5) host the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-9.5) visit the USC Trojans. Notre Dame is just 2-6 SU and ATS in its

Monday Musings

For those of us who love Auburn football, this is the worst kind of Iron Bowl week. It’s kind of like the kid that’s sick on Christmas. You wait all year and the day comes and goes without joy. Barring the biggest upset in series history, Auburn will likely lose Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

That’s no news bulletin. It’s what makes Auburn people so frustrated with Gus Malzahn. Critics will point out that no one has stood a chance against Alabama this season. That means little to fans who expect to be competitive in the state’s most important yearly event.

It’s why the school made Malzahn the sixth highest paid coach in the country. Plain and simple, he has the unenviable job of keeping pace with perhaps the greatest coach of all time. When he struggles to keep pace with even Tennessee and Miss. State, things get pretty miserable.

The question will be asked all week: Does Auburn have a chance? These are the same players who were ranked in the preseason Top 10. These are the same guys with four and five stars next to their names coming out of high school. None of it matters now. The short answer is no.

I expect Auburn to play hard. While this team has underperformed, it has yet to quit. There are 16 proud seniors who want to win in the worst way. The reality is they may be facing the best team in Nick Saban’s Alabama tenure, which means this may be Bama’s best team ever…

Lost in the misery of the season, is appreciating the pure joy these players have wearing the Auburn uniform. Watching all 16 seniors get a chance to play against Liberty and seeing the smiles on their faces after the game makes you love Auburn even more, even in difficult times.

Saturday meant the world for a group of guys who’ve been through the highest of highs and their fair share of lows. Playing for the last time inside Jordan-Hare Stadium was emotional for the men who’ve sacrificed to walk on that field. I’ll always have a warm spot for this senior class. They brought us a lot of happiness…

I was sick to my stomach when I got word Friday that long time Paul Finebaum Show caller Tammy Bullard died, along with her granddaughter, in a horrific traffic accident on Highway 280. I admit I’ve never been a fan of the show and struggle to understand its appeal. But the times I caught some of Tammy’s on-air rants, I was always amused and, dare I say, entertained. She loved Auburn and for that, we loved her…

There is still a lot of speculation about Auburn’s bowl destination. It could be several weeks before an announcement. One destination that is repeatedly mentioned is the Gator Bowl. Auburn has a long history with the game.

The Tigers have played there six times, including the memorable 1971 game that featured Pat Sullivan against Archie Manning of Ole Miss. In one of the wilder games, Auburn came from behind to win 35–28. At one point, Auburn played three consecutive bowl games in Jacksonville during the 1950’s. The last appearance was a 27–3 win over Texas in 1974. I wouldn’t mind a return trip.

Until next time…

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Monday Musings

For those of us who love Auburn football, this is the worst kind of Iron Bowl week. It’s kind of like the kid that’s sick on Christmas. You wait all year and the day comes and goes without joy. Barring the biggest upset in series history, Auburn will likely lose Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

That’s no news bulletin. It’s what makes Auburn people so frustrated with Gus Malzahn. Critics will point out that no one has stood a chance against Alabama this season. That means little to fans who expect to be competitive in the state’s most important yearly event.

It’s why the school made Malzahn the sixth highest paid coach in the country. Plain and simple, he has the unenviable job of keeping pace with perhaps the greatest coach of all time. When he struggles to keep pace with even Tennessee and Miss. State, things get pretty miserable.

The question will be asked all week: Does Auburn have a chance? These are the same players who were ranked in the preseason Top 10. These are the same guys with four and five stars next to their names coming out of high school. None of it matters now. The short answer is no.

I expect Auburn to play hard. While this team has underperformed, it has yet to quit. There are 16 proud seniors who want to win in the worst way. The reality is they may be facing the best team in Nick Saban’s Alabama tenure, which means this may be Bama’s best team ever…

Lost in the misery of the season, is appreciating the pure joy these players have wearing the Auburn uniform. Watching all 16 seniors get a chance to play against Liberty and seeing the smiles on their faces after the game makes you love Auburn even more, even in difficult times.

Saturday meant the world for a group of guys who’ve been through the highest of highs and their fair share of lows. Playing for the last time inside Jordan-Hare Stadium was emotional for the men who’ve sacrificed to walk on that field. I’ll always have a warm spot for this senior class. They brought us a lot of happiness…

I was sick to my stomach when I got word Friday that long time Paul Finebaum Show caller Tammy Bullard died, along with her granddaughter, in a horrific traffic accident on Highway 280. I admit I’ve never been a fan of the show and struggle to understand its appeal. But the times I caught some of Tammy’s on-air rants, I was always amused and, dare I say, entertained. She loved Auburn and for that, we loved her…

There is still a lot of speculation about Auburn’s bowl destination. It could be several weeks before an announcement. One destination that is repeatedly mentioned is the Gator Bowl. Auburn has a long history with the game.

The Tigers have played there six times, including the memorable 1971 game that featured Pat Sullivan against Archie Manning of Ole Miss. In one of the wilder games, Auburn came from behind to win 35–28. At one point, Auburn played three consecutive bowl games in Jacksonville during the 1950’s. The last appearance was a 27–3 win over Texas in 1974. I wouldn’t mind a return trip.

Until next time…

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Voices of the SEC: Did Alabama get bored? – The Tennessean


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Voices of the SEC: Did Alabama get bored?
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Nick Saban certainly believed his team needed to be humbled in the first half at the hands of The Citadel. Or else it would not have happened. Because untested teams do not have the experience of grinding out a win in a fourth quarter, they can

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Auburn Football Review: Liberty

Gus and Rod discuss seniors and shutouts in this week’s episode of the Auburn Football Review.

Vegas releases Week 13 SEC betting lines

Alabama and Georgia are big favorites ahead of their SEC Championship Game showdown. Will either team suffer a letdown?

The best regular-season SEC football week of the year is here.

We get to watch Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl, four ACC vs. SEC games, a Tennessee-Vanderbilt game that will decide which team goes bowling and more.

Here are the opening gambling lines for this week’s SEC games.

Week 13 SEC lines

Thursday

Mississippi State (-9.5) at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m. ET

Friday

Arkansas at Missouri (-21), 2:30 p.m. ET

Saturday

Georgia Tech at Georgia (-18), noon ET
Florida (-4.5) at Florida State, noon ET
Auburn at Alabama (-24.5), 3:30 p.m. ET
Tennessee at Vanderbilt (off), 4 p.m. ET
South Carolina at Clemson (-25.5), 7 p.m. ET
Kentucky (-18.5) at Louisville, 7 p.m. ET
LSU at Texas A&M (-1), 7:30 p.m. ET

Based on BetOnline lines as of 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday

Week 13 gambling notes

-Tennessee-Vanderbilt was not posted immediately due to an injury to QB Jarrett Guarantano

-Alabama opened as just a 7-point Iron Bowl favorite when South Point released its look-ahead lines in Vegas in May.

-Alabama has not been such a heavy favorite against Auburn since 2012, when the Tide won 49-0 as 34-point favorites. Alabama went on to beat Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game that season, and may play Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff again this year.

-LSU was a somewhat surprising underdog at the open. I was expecting the Tigers to be about a 3.5-point favorite at Texas A&M.

-Mississippi State is 4-1 ATS as a double-digit favorite this year, and 8-4 ATS since the start of last season. One of those losses came in last year’s Egg Bowl, when Nick Fitzgerald suffered a gruesome ankle injury. The Bulldogs will be out for revenge this year.

-Florida has not been favored against Florida State since Tim Tebow’s senior season in 2009, which is pretty remarkable. The Gators have only won once in this rivalry since, a 37-26 victory in 2012. Florida State needs to win the game to extend the longest active bowl streak to 37.

-Clemson is 5-1 ATS since the week QB Kelly Bryant announced his decision to transfer. South Carolina has not beaten Clemson since 2013.

-Georgia Tech has won four consecutive games while going 4-0 ATS. The rivalry featured four consecutive one-possession games, split between the two teams, until Georgia won 38-7 last year. Georgia Tech freshman QB Tobias Oliver has made a big difference, as he and TaQuon Marshall have combined for 1,666 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.

-Kentucky has not won nine games in a season since 1984. But Louisville is by far the worst FBS team against the spread this season and in several years. The Cardinals are 1-10, with an aggregate against the spread margin of -187.5. In other words, they’ve failed against the spread by an average of 17 points per game.

-Eleven SEC teams will be bowl eligible this year. Arkansas has just two wins and Ole Miss (5-6) remains ineligible. The other non-participant will come from the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game, as both teams enter at 5-6. Vandy is going for three consecutive wins for the first time since 1926.

-Think Vegas knows what it is doing? Based on preseason win totals, which you can bet on, nine of the 14 SEC teams are within one game of what sportsbooks offered this summer. Six of those win total bets will be graded based on the results of this week’s games.

Christopher Smith is a professional handicapper. He’s the founder of Sports Locksmith and also works full-time for MyBookie out of Costa Rica.

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Gameday Tweets: Auburn 53, Liberty 0

WarBlogle_twitter_newFor some reason, the service in Auburn was terrible before I got to the stadium. It was a slow day. Parked around noon, walked to the student center, ate Chick-fil-a, and went to the stadium. The game was over early, and the 3rd quarter lasted 400 hours, but it was a good Senior Day. Lots of points and lots of guys playing. The amount of tweets is pretty low, but I think that’s understandable, considering the lack of drama. Follow me.

 

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Highlights of Auburn’s 53-0 Win Over Liberty

With the help of Auburn’s special teams and defense, the Tigers were able to get up early and put it away. A good Senior Day.

Auburn Quenches Liberty! (Grading Auburn’s 53-0 win over the Liberty Flames)

Auburn manhandled the Liberty offense
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

     War Eagle everybody. It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on a fun day in Auburn. All of the Auburn seniors were able to take the field on their last game at Jordan Hare Stadium and put on quite a show in a 53–0 rout of the Flames in that team’s first year in FBS football. It was great fun watching senior Deshaun Davis lead the team in tackles, senior Darrell Williams get his first career pick six, and senior Ryan Davis adding 4 catches to his school-record total.

     The much maligned Auburn offense sputtered early, settling for a couple of first quarter field goals and another in the 2nd quarter. However, the team got into a groove and began to score at will as the half drew to a close. For the game, Auburn managed 5.6 yards per carry and a gaudy 9.1 yards per pass. Ball security was great with no interceptions or balls on the ground. I also enjoyed seeing running back Kam Martin break the 100-yard rushing mark in less than a half.

     Liberty came out firing quick slant passes and promptly marched the ball into Auburn territory, only to come up a couple of inches short of the stake on 4th down at the Auburn 33-yard line. From there, the Flames’ offense was shut down and out. Liberty gained 42 yards on its first drive, but between that drive and the next to last possession of the game, Liberty amassed just 58 offensive yards in 12 possessions. The Flames managed just 2.0 yards per rush and 2.8 yards per pass for 134 total yards of offense. The Auburn defense generated 3 turnovers on the day.

     Special teams were again special this week. Auburn pinned 2 punts inside the 20-yard line and hit all field goal attempts and PATs. Auburn was able to return 4 of the 8 Flames’ punts and blocked another for a safety. Liberty tried short kickoffs twice, and Auburn backs made them pay with good returns. The Tigers booted 6 touchbacks on 10 kickoffs and allowed just 1 return for 17 yards. The only real mistake on special teams was a late kickoff out of bounds.

Unit grades after the jump!

Defensive Line: A. Missing star end Nick Coe for this game, others on the line stepped up. This unit played inspired ball this week and camped out in the Flames backfield. The line contributed 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and 20 total tackles. There were tackles made by 12 different defensive linemen in this game.

Linebackers: A. The linebackers contributed 16 tackles and were instrumental in stopping the quick slant passing game. After the Darrell Williams interception return for a touchdown, the Flames were hesitant to throw these with the starting linebackers in the slant lanes.

Secondary: A+. Liberty managed only 3 receptions of 10 yards or longer and none of 20 yards or longer. Auburn allowed 9 total receptions on 28 attempts and had 7 pass breakups by the secondary. As a team, Auburn had 9 pass breakups plus a couple of interceptions. It is pretty amazing that Auburn defenders got their hands on the ball more than the Liberty receivers did!

Punting: B+. Arryn Siposs and the punting unit averaged 40.7 yards on punts and did not allow any return yards. All of Siposs’ punts came on a short field, and there wasn’t really an opportunity to unload on any for distance. Siposs had 1 touchback, and 2 were killed inside the 20.

Punt Returns: A-. Liberty punted the ball 8 times, and Auburn fielded 6 of them and let a 7th go for a touchback. Ryan Davis had 33 yards on 3 returns. The big moment of the day was a blocked punt by Jordyn Peters, his 3rd of the season, which rolled through the end zone for a safety that opened up a 2-score lead for the Tigers early.

Kick Returns: A-. Liberty tried pooch kicks on both of their attempts. Chandler Cox handled the kickoff after the safety and bulled 18 yards up to midfield. On the 2nd-half kickoff, Spencer Nigh fielded the ball at the Auburn 22 and made it out to the 35. Liberty really sacrificed field position to avoid giving Noah Igbinoghene a chance.

Place Kicking: A-. Anders Carlson hit all of his place kicks this week, including field goals from 53 and 49 yards. Carlson also hit 4 of 7 kickoffs for touchbacks, and 2 were fair-caught. Liberty had just 1 return for 17 yards. Ian Shannon handled the second half kicking and was 1 of 2 on field goal attempts. On kickoffs, Shannon hit 2 of 3 for touchbacks but had 1 go out of bounds.

Offensive Line: A. Auburn’s offensive line was able to win most battles up front in this game. Liberty managed just 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. Auburn rolled for 531 yards of total offense, and that was with backups playing a lot of minutes in the second half.

Running Backs: A. Auburn had 7 different backs record stats, and 4 of the 7 averaged 6.9 yards per carry or more. It was great to see guys like Asa Martin and C. J. Tolbert get extended snaps. I was really impressed with Tolbert. The first guy never gets him down.

Receivers: A. I saw only 1 real drop this week and some great catches. Auburn did not throw the ball as much with only 21 total pass attempts and 14 completions. Auburn receivers averaged 14.4 yards per catch on 13 catches. Seth Williams had a great game with 109 yards on 5 catches, including a highlight reel diving touchdown catch on a long bomb.

Quarterback: A. The quarterbacks had no turnovers and only took 1 sack. Jarrett Stidham was accurate and smart with the ball. Stidham threw a couple of deep touchdown passes and added a zone-read rushing touchdown as well. Malik Willis got in the game in the 2nd half and looked confident and accurate on his 3 throws. Willis also added a twisting, turning, elusive touchdown run.

     Auburn moves to 7–4 on the season and likely avoids the dreaded Birmingham Bowl. It was nice to see an inspired team performance leading up to the Iron Bowl rather than the lackluster effort put forth this time last year. Auburn will need the team hitting on all cylinders next week.

     Does Auburn have a chance this year in the Iron Bowl? I think so. The Auburn defensive backfield has really improved as the season progressed, and it will need to be their best against a really dynamic Tide receiving corps. An overlooked part of the Tide attack is a really solid running game. Auburn has shut down the run well in some games this yearbut has disappeared defensively in others. The biggest keys to winning this game will be generating some offense, some big plays, and forcing a few turnovers.

     The Auburn at Alabama game will kick off at 2:30 PM Central Time next Saturday and will be nationally televised on CBS. I am on vacation this week and will be doing this game’s thread from my desktop workstation and high-def antenna television. I should have no sleep issues this week and should be pretty quick posting the play by play, bypassing the cable box. I’ll be ready to go with Chex Mix and freshly ground coffee!

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Auburn Quenches Liberty! (Grading Auburn’s 53-0 win over the Liberty Flames)

Auburn manhandled the Liberty offense
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

     War Eagle everybody. It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on a fun day in Auburn. All of the Auburn seniors were able to take the field on their last game at Jordan Hare Stadium and put on quite a show in a 53–0 rout of the Flames in that team’s first year in FBS football. It was great fun watching senior Deshaun Davis lead the team in tackles, senior Darrell Williams get his first career pick six, and senior Ryan Davis adding 4 catches to his school-record total.

     The much maligned Auburn offense sputtered early, settling for a couple of first quarter field goals and another in the 2nd quarter. However, the team got into a groove and began to score at will as the half drew to a close. For the game, Auburn managed 5.6 yards per carry and a gaudy 9.1 yards per pass. Ball security was great with no interceptions or balls on the ground. I also enjoyed seeing running back Kam Martin break the 100-yard rushing mark in less than a half.

     Liberty came out firing quick slant passes and promptly marched the ball into Auburn territory, only to come up a couple of inches short of the stake on 4th down at the Auburn 33-yard line. From there, the Flames’ offense was shut down and out. Liberty gained 42 yards on its first drive, but between that drive and the next to last possession of the game, Liberty amassed just 58 offensive yards in 12 possessions. The Flames managed just 2.0 yards per rush and 2.8 yards per pass for 134 total yards of offense. The Auburn defense generated 3 turnovers on the day.

     Special teams were again special this week. Auburn pinned 2 punts inside the 20-yard line and hit all field goal attempts and PATs. Auburn was able to return 4 of the 8 Flames’ punts and blocked another for a safety. Liberty tried short kickoffs twice, and Auburn backs made them pay with good returns. The Tigers booted 6 touchbacks on 10 kickoffs and allowed just 1 return for 17 yards. The only real mistake on special teams was a late kickoff out of bounds.

Unit grades after the jump!

Defensive Line: A. Missing star end Nick Coe for this game, others on the line stepped up. This unit played inspired ball this week and camped out in the Flames backfield. The line contributed 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and 20 total tackles. There were tackles made by 12 different defensive linemen in this game.

Linebackers: A. The linebackers contributed 16 tackles and were instrumental in stopping the quick slant passing game. After the Darrell Williams interception return for a touchdown, the Flames were hesitant to throw these with the starting linebackers in the slant lanes.

Secondary: A+. Liberty managed only 3 receptions of 10 yards or longer and none of 20 yards or longer. Auburn allowed 9 total receptions on 28 attempts and had 7 pass breakups by the secondary. As a team, Auburn had 9 pass breakups plus a couple of interceptions. It is pretty amazing that Auburn defenders got their hands on the ball more than the Liberty receivers did!

Punting: B+. Arryn Siposs and the punting unit averaged 40.7 yards on punts and did not allow any return yards. All of Siposs’ punts came on a short field, and there wasn’t really an opportunity to unload on any for distance. Siposs had 1 touchback, and 2 were killed inside the 20.

Punt Returns: A-. Liberty punted the ball 8 times, and Auburn fielded 6 of them and let a 7th go for a touchback. Ryan Davis had 33 yards on 3 returns. The big moment of the day was a blocked punt by Jordyn Peters, his 3rd of the season, which rolled through the end zone for a safety that opened up a 2-score lead for the Tigers early.

Kick Returns: A-. Liberty tried pooch kicks on both of their attempts. Chandler Cox handled the kickoff after the safety and bulled 18 yards up to midfield. On the 2nd-half kickoff, Spencer Nigh fielded the ball at the Auburn 22 and made it out to the 35. Liberty really sacrificed field position to avoid giving Noah Igbinoghene a chance.

Place Kicking: A-. Anders Carlson hit all of his place kicks this week, including field goals from 53 and 49 yards. Carlson also hit 4 of 7 kickoffs for touchbacks, and 2 were fair-caught. Liberty had just 1 return for 17 yards. Ian Shannon handled the second half kicking and was 1 of 2 on field goal attempts. On kickoffs, Shannon hit 2 of 3 for touchbacks but had 1 go out of bounds.

Offensive Line: A. Auburn’s offensive line was able to win most battles up front in this game. Liberty managed just 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. Auburn rolled for 531 yards of total offense, and that was with backups playing a lot of minutes in the second half.

Running Backs: A. Auburn had 7 different backs record stats, and 4 of the 7 averaged 6.9 yards per carry or more. It was great to see guys like Asa Martin and C. J. Tolbert get extended snaps. I was really impressed with Tolbert. The first guy never gets him down.

Receivers: A. I saw only 1 real drop this week and some great catches. Auburn did not throw the ball as much with only 21 total pass attempts and 14 completions. Auburn receivers averaged 14.4 yards per catch on 13 catches. Seth Williams had a great game with 109 yards on 5 catches, including a highlight reel diving touchdown catch on a long bomb.

Quarterback: A. The quarterbacks had no turnovers and only took 1 sack. Jarrett Stidham was accurate and smart with the ball. Stidham threw a couple of deep touchdown passes and added a zone-read rushing touchdown as well. Malik Willis got in the game in the 2nd half and looked confident and accurate on his 3 throws. Willis also added a twisting, turning, elusive touchdown run.

     Auburn moves to 7–4 on the season and likely avoids the dreaded Birmingham Bowl. It was nice to see an inspired team performance leading up to the Iron Bowl rather than the lackluster effort put forth this time last year. Auburn will need the team hitting on all cylinders next week.

     Does Auburn have a chance this year in the Iron Bowl? I think so. The Auburn defensive backfield has really improved as the season progressed, and it will need to be their best against a really dynamic Tide receiving corps. An overlooked part of the Tide attack is a really solid running game. Auburn has shut down the run well in some games this yearbut has disappeared defensively in others. The biggest keys to winning this game will be generating some offense, some big plays, and forcing a few turnovers.

     The Auburn at Alabama game will kick off at 2:30 PM Central Time next Saturday and will be nationally televised on CBS. I am on vacation this week and will be doing this game’s thread from my desktop workstation and high-def antenna television. I should have no sleep issues this week and should be pretty quick posting the play by play, bypassing the cable box. I’ll be ready to go with Chex Mix and freshly ground coffee!

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Alabama football: No matter how you slice it, Alabama has edge over Auburn in Iron Bowl – Saturday Down South


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Alabama football: No matter how you slice it, Alabama has edge over Auburn in Iron Bowl
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It's hard to envision any team beating Alabama on paper. And statistics back that assessment up when talking about the 2018 Auburn Tigers. Auburn ranks in the bottom half of the SEC in scoring offense, rushing offense, passing offense and total offense.

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SEC Nation set to travel to Tuscaloosa for Alabama-Auburn
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Airing live from 9-11 a.m. CT from Moore Hall, the show will delve into the storylines of Southeastern Conference football, the weekend's biggest matchups and more before top-ranked Bama battles with the visiting Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:30

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ESPN's Early Prediction For The Alabama-Auburn Game
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Auburn football live updates: Scores, results, highlights
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Auburn takes on Liberty in the Tigers’ final home game of the season today.

Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis honors super fan “Tammy” – 247Sports


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Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis honors super fan "Tammy"
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Rewinding Auburn's 53-0 shutout win over Liberty
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It was all-around domination for an Auburn team that, frankly, hadn't been able to do that often this season. The Tigers jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter — and that was without scoring an offensive touchdown. It was all Auburn the rest
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Extinguish the Flames! (Auburn vs. Liberty Open Thread)

First ever meeting with the Liberty Flames
(Jerome Miron—USA TODAY Sports)

     War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2018 home finale for the Auburn Tigers. Making a trek down I-85 to play the Tigers this afternoon are the Liberty Flames. For Auburn, this is hopefully a rest on the schedule, and the team can treat this like a glorified practice. For the Flames, this is a big payday and a chance to show off on national TV.

     This game is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM, Central Time. It will be televised by the SEC Network, possibly on the SEC Alternate channel. Failing that, it will be on ESPN+ for those with a decent streaming option.

     The weather should be great. It is expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-60’s F around kickoff. Temps will fall into the 50’s after sunset. There should be a waxing gibbous moon high above Jordan-Hare Stadium for this one. We will have our usual Trackemtigers.com Open Thread up and running for this one, and I’ll do my usual play by play.

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard, armed with a warm mug of coffee, and hopefully a delectable sandwich! War Eagle! And, beat the Flames!

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Extinguish the Flames! (Auburn vs. Liberty Open Thread)

First ever meeting with the Liberty Flames
(Jerome Miron—USA TODAY Sports)

     War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2018 home finale for the Auburn Tigers. Making a trek down I-85 to play the Tigers this afternoon are the Liberty Flames. For Auburn, this is hopefully a rest on the schedule, and the team can treat this like a glorified practice. For the Flames, this is a big payday and a chance to show off on national TV.

     This game is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM, Central Time. It will be televised by the SEC Network, possibly on the SEC Alternate channel. Failing that, it will be on ESPN+ for those with a decent streaming option.

     The weather should be great. It is expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-60’s F around kickoff. Temps will fall into the 50’s after sunset. There should be a waxing gibbous moon high above Jordan-Hare Stadium for this one. We will have our usual Trackemtigers.com Open Thread up and running for this one, and I’ll do my usual play by play.

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard, armed with a warm mug of coffee, and hopefully a delectable sandwich! War Eagle! And, beat the Flames!

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Georgia Football: Dog Bones Earned vs Auburn – Atlanta All Day


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Georgia Football: Dog Bones Earned vs Auburn
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He followed up last week's 83 yard run against Kentucky, with a 77 yard scamper against the Auburn Tigers. D'Andre Swift took the shotgun handoff from Jake Fromm on the read option play, he immediately shot through a hole between center and right guard

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College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 11-17-18

Saturday is Senior Day on the Plains as Auburn hosts Liberty University. The Flames are in their first year of FBS football and have shown they can put up the points, so the Tigers can’t afford to take them lightly. However as Acid Reign mentioned in Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media
, the Flames have not faced a defense like Auburn’s. 

Kickoff for the game will be at 3:00 p.m. CT on the SEC Network (alt). Those attending will enjoy perfect football weather with highs in the mid 60’s, expected to dip into the 50’s by the second half. For those who will watch the game on television, we have prepared our regular broadcast schedule of all games leading up to and after Auburn’s game with Liberty.

Game times are Central Standard, and all SEC games as well as those involving Top 25 teams are underlined. Games on ESPN/ABC can be viewed by clicking here, and games on ESPN3 can be viewed by clicking on this link.

Acid Reign will be back at the keyboard doing his regular play by play on our Open Thread. So check back here and join him in the discussion of the game as it unfolds. Here’s to hoping our seniors have a great day in their last game on the Plains. War Eagle and …

Beat the Flames!

11:00
No. 10 Ohio State at Maryland – ABC
Michigan State at Nebraska – FOX
Arkansas at No. 21 Miss. State – ESPN
TCU at Baylor – Fox Sports 1
Idaho at No. 13 Florida – ESPNU
South Florida at Temple – ESPNEWS
Citadel at No. 1 Alabama – SEC Network
Middle Tennessee at No. 17 Kentucky – SEC Network (alt)
Colgate at Army – CBS Sports Network
No. 22 Northwestern at Minnesota – Big 10 Network
Pittsburgh at Wake Forest – ACC RSN’s
No. 14 Penn State at Rutgers – Big 10 Network

See the rest of the schedule after the jump.

11:20
N.C. State at Louisville – Raycom

12:30
No. 19 Utah at Colorado – Pac-12 Network

1:00
No. 23 Utah State at Colorado State – AT&T Sports
VMI at Old Dominion – ESPN+
Florida International at Charlotte – ESPN3

1:30
No. 3 Notre Dame vs No. 12 Syracuse – NBC (Yankee Stadium)
UTSA at Marshall – No broadcast
Georgia State at Appalachian State – ESPN+

2:00
Western Carolina at North Carolina – ACC Digital
ULM at Arkansas State – ESPN+

2:30
No. 9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State – ABC
USC at UCLA – FOX
Missouri at Tennessee – CBS
No. 20 Boston College at Florida State – ESPN2
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech – ESPN
Texas Tech at Kansas State – ESPNU
Wisconsin at Purdue – Big 10 Network
Iowa at Illinois – Big 10 Network
Tulsa at Navy – CBS Sports Network
Virginia at Georgia Tech – ACC RSN’s
Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi – No broadcast
Texas State at Troy – ESPN+
Bowling Green at Akron – ESPN3

3:00
Auburn hosts Liberty – SEC Network (alt)
Indiana at No. 4 Michigan – Fox Sports Network
Air Force at Wyoming – ESPN NEWS
Massachusetts at No. 5 Georgia – SEC Network

3:30
Oregon State at No. 18 Washington – Pac-12 Network
La. Tech vs. So Miss – Watch Stadium and Facebook

4:00
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina – ESPN+
South Alabama at ULL – ESPN3|
Nevada at San Jose State – ESPN3 

6:00
Duke at No. 2 Clemson – ESPN
UAB at Texas A&M – ESPN2
Connecticut at East Carolina – CBS Sports Network

6:30
Kansas at No. 6 Oklahoma – FOX
Stanford at California – Pac-12 Network
Rice at No. 7 LSU – ESPNU
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt – SEC Network
Chattanooga at South Carolina – SEC Network (alt)
UTEP at Western Kentucky – BeIn Sports 

7:00
No. 24 Cincinnati at No. 11 UCF – ABC
No. 16 Iowa State at No. 15 Texas – Longhorn Network

9:15
No. 16 Iowa State at No. 15 Texas – ESPN2

9:30
Arizona at No. 8 Washington State
– ESPN
San Diego State at Fresno State – CBS Sports Network
Arizona State at Oregon – Pac-12 Network

10:00
Hawaii hosts UNLV – Hawaii pay per view

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College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 11-17-18

Saturday is Senior Day on the Plains as Auburn hosts Liberty University. The Flames are in their first year of FBS football and have shown they can put up the points, so the Tigers can’t afford to take them lightly. However as Acid Reign mentioned in Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media
, the Flames have not faced a defense like Auburn’s. 

Kickoff for the game will be at 3:00 p.m. CT on the SEC Network (alt). Those attending will enjoy perfect football weather with highs in the mid 60’s, expected to dip into the 50’s by the second half. For those who will watch the game on television, we have prepared our regular broadcast schedule of all games leading up to and after Auburn’s game with Liberty.

Game times are Central Standard, and all SEC games as well as those involving Top 25 teams are underlined. Games on ESPN/ABC can be viewed by clicking here, and games on ESPN3 can be viewed by clicking on this link.

Acid Reign will be back at the keyboard doing his regular play by play on our Open Thread. So check back here and join him in the discussion of the game as it unfolds. Here’s to hoping our seniors have a great day in their last game on the Plains. War Eagle and …

Beat the Flames!

11:00
No. 10 Ohio State at Maryland – ABC
Michigan State at Nebraska – FOX
Arkansas at No. 21 Miss. State – ESPN
TCU at Baylor – Fox Sports 1
Idaho at No. 13 Florida – ESPNU
South Florida at Temple – ESPNEWS
Citadel at No. 1 Alabama – SEC Network
Middle Tennessee at No. 17 Kentucky – SEC Network (alt)
Colgate at Army – CBS Sports Network
No. 22 Northwestern at Minnesota – Big 10 Network
Pittsburgh at Wake Forest – ACC RSN’s
No. 14 Penn State at Rutgers – Big 10 Network

See the rest of the schedule after the jump.

11:20
N.C. State at Louisville – Raycom

12:30
No. 19 Utah at Colorado – Pac-12 Network

1:00
No. 23 Utah State at Colorado State – AT&T Sports
VMI at Old Dominion – ESPN+
Florida International at Charlotte – ESPN3

1:30
No. 3 Notre Dame vs No. 12 Syracuse – NBC (Yankee Stadium)
UTSA at Marshall – No broadcast
Georgia State at Appalachian State – ESPN+

2:00
Western Carolina at North Carolina – ACC Digital
ULM at Arkansas State – ESPN+

2:30
No. 9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State – ABC
USC at UCLA – FOX
Missouri at Tennessee – CBS
No. 20 Boston College at Florida State – ESPN2
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech – ESPN
Texas Tech at Kansas State – ESPNU
Wisconsin at Purdue – Big 10 Network
Iowa at Illinois – Big 10 Network
Tulsa at Navy – CBS Sports Network
Virginia at Georgia Tech – ACC RSN’s
Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi – No broadcast
Texas State at Troy – ESPN+
Bowling Green at Akron – ESPN3

3:00
Auburn hosts Liberty – SEC Network (alt)
Indiana at No. 4 Michigan – Fox Sports Network
Air Force at Wyoming – ESPN NEWS
Massachusetts at No. 5 Georgia – SEC Network

3:30
Oregon State at No. 18 Washington – Pac-12 Network
La. Tech vs. So Miss – Watch Stadium and Facebook

4:00
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina – ESPN+
South Alabama at ULL – ESPN3|
Nevada at San Jose State – ESPN3 

6:00
Duke at No. 2 Clemson – ESPN
UAB at Texas A&M – ESPN2
Connecticut at East Carolina – CBS Sports Network

6:30
Kansas at No. 6 Oklahoma – FOX
Stanford at California – Pac-12 Network
Rice at No. 7 LSU – ESPNU
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt – SEC Network
Chattanooga at South Carolina – SEC Network (alt)
UTEP at Western Kentucky – BeIn Sports 

7:00
No. 24 Cincinnati at No. 11 UCF – ABC
No. 16 Iowa State at No. 15 Texas – Longhorn Network

9:15
No. 16 Iowa State at No. 15 Texas – ESPN2

9:30
Arizona at No. 8 Washington State
– ESPN
San Diego State at Fresno State – CBS Sports Network
Arizona State at Oregon – Pac-12 Network

10:00
Hawaii hosts UNLV – Hawaii pay per view

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TURNER: Liberty says ‘not so fast, Auburn fans;’ a few hmm items AU might want to note

Auburn will win Saturday’s football game against unheralded Liberty as it looks ahead to the Iron Bowl next week. Right?

Liberty Preview: Thank You Seniors

LogoSenior Day marks the final home game of the season, as well as the last home game for the Seniors that have sacrificed for their team and their school. Saturday is a day we honor them. The 2018 Senior Day features a matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Liberty Flames.

Liberty is enjoying their first year of FBS play. This is the first meeting between the Flames and the Tigers; however, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t connections between the two schools. Turner Gill, who was almost the head coach at Auburn, enters his 7th season at Liberty with a 45-33 record. All time, Liberty has amassed a 250-203-4 overall record since they began play in 1973.

Though Turner Gill was denied the head coaching position at Auburn, and it was ultimately for the best, hindsight is 20/20. Though it got through the grapevine that Auburn will hire Gill, he was ultimately not offered the job and it was given to Gene Chizik. Chizik hired Malzahn and Malzahn lured Cam Newton to Auburn and the 2010 National Championship came home to the Plains. Gill, on the other hand, did not experience such success.

Gill secured a job with the Kansas Jayhawks where he lasted 2 seasons in the Big 12 and finished with a record of 5-19 with 1 conference win. Gill then went to Liberty where he has spent the last 7 seasons as the head coach.

In his time as Head Coach, Gill has recruited and maintained a potent offense. Liberty can move the football and they can score points.

Liberty ranks 17th in passing offense (304.4 YPG), 28th in scoring offense (35.4 PPG), 22nd in total offense (463.7 YPG). In fact, Liberty scored 52 points vs ODU, 52 points vs New Mexico, 41 points vs New Mexico State, 48 points vs Idaho State, 59 points vs UMASS, and 24 vs a strong defensive Virginia team.

Defensively, it’s another story completely. The Flames rank 123rd in scoring defense (39 PPG), 121st in rushing defense (236.11 YPG), 116th in passing defense (272.7 YPG), and 127th in total defense (508.8 YPG).

Though production on each side of the ball is vastly different, success in the win/loss column hasn’t been too bad for a team that just made the jump to FBS. The Flames have a 22-16 win vs Troy. Amongst a win against a team from Alabama, Liberty scored 52 points vs ODU, 52 points vs New Mexico, 41 points vs New Mexico State, 48 points vs Idaho State, 59 points vs UMASS, and 24 vs a strong defensive Virginia team. Even though the Flames can’t play in the post season due to arbitrary NCAA rules, the Flames have 4 wins this season and could potentially be a solid G5 team next year.

A big headline on Saturday will be the Seniors. Auburn fans will get a chance to say thank you to the seniors that have sacrificed for the last 4-5 years and given all they have for this team and school.

Devin Adams (#16), Ryan Davis (#23), Chandler Cox (#27), Will Hastings (#33), CJ Tolbert (#37), Robert Muschamp (#39), Ian Shannon (#43), Chase Cramer (#45), Montavious Atkinson (#48), Darrell Williams (#49), Deshaun Davis (#57), Ryan Meneely (#61), Juanta’vius Johnson (#62), Andrew Williams (#79), Dalton Brown (#82), Tucker Brown (#86), Griffin King (#89), Dontavious Russell (#95). THANK YOU SENIORS!

War Blogle: Auburn 45, Liberty 10

AuburnEinstein: Auburn 56, Liberty 24

Week 12 Predictions: Cupcakes Are Good

I figured out what I was doing in week 11. I started picking with my anger, rather than picking with my brain. Never pick with your anger.

Last week: 5-4 (55.6%)
This week: 0-0 (0.0%)
Overall: 78-35 (69.0%)

The nation is mad at the SEC for playing cupcakes before their final game of the season. Guess what, football wasn’t invented for your viewing pleasure. Get over it.

11/17

The Citadel at Alabama – As soon as this game is over, Alabama will be officially out of the running for the College Football Playoffs. That’s how it works, right?

Alabama 56, The Citadel 0

Idaho at Florida – The vandals are back in action and they’ll be hosting the football team from Idaho this weekend. Ohhhhhh……

Florida 42, Idaho 10

Middle Tennessee at Kentucky – The Wildcats have literally given up since being knocked out of the SEC East race, but they’re better than the Blue Raiders.

Kentucky 31, Middle Tennessee 14

Arkansas at Mississippi State – Oh, an SEC game. Arkansas is better than their record and it’s amazing how much my attitude has changed on them since Bert left. State is meh, Arkansas will win in front of a meh crowd.

Arkansas 28, Mississippi State 21

Missouri at Tennessee – Oh, another SEC game. Tennessee has to win one of their last two games to go bowling. The way they beat Kentucky last week, they’ll probably win both. Yep. They’ll beat Missouri.

Tennessee 27, Missouri 17

UMass at Georgia – It’s the Minutemen vs. the Redcoats, so basically if you’re pulling for Georgia you were pulling for America to lose the Revolutionary war. Make the right choice. But I’ve gotta keep my picks intact.

Georgia 49, UMass 7

UAB at Texas A&M – Everybody wants this to be a good, close game because it’s just a nice story for UAB to come back from nothing and win… Conference USA. They needed overtime to beat Southern Miss. Texas A&M is on a little bit different level, I think.

Texas A&M 31, UAB 10

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt – Vandy is done. Ole Miss has at least been hanging around. The Rebels will win it going away.

Ole Miss 38, Vanderbilt 17

Chattanooga at South Carolina – It’s Mocs and the Cocks. That’s all I got.

South Carolina 45, Chattanooga 10

Rice at LSU – The corndogs think Rice is delicious. It is an integral part of gumbo, after all.

LSU 34, Rice 13

Liberty at Auburn – Check back later for my prediction in the game preview, but SPOILER ALERT: give me death.

Other Games of Note

Syracuse at Notre Dame – Everybody wants to talk about the SEC playing some weak opponents this week, but this is one of the best games on the national slate. That says a lot. Notre Dame is wearing pinstripes in Yankee Stadium. Syracuse is having a nice season by their standards, but it’s not enough.

Notre Dame 24, Syracuse 14

Cincinnati at UCF – UCF finally plays a ranked opponent in the regular season, and it’s a pretty decent one. The Bearcats have just one loss on the season, and they’ll have one loss on the season after this one, too.

Cincinatti 38, UCF 35

Now that you know who will win, head on over to the 2018 War Blogle Pick ’em and get your picks in. There will be weekly prizes and an overall winner at the end of the season. It’s easy. Do it.

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Auburn Gameday: Complete fan guide for Auburn vs. Liberty

Sure, Auburn vs. Liberty may seem like a forgettable matchup. But, if you recall, Auburn’s last home game of the season has been discussed at the highest levels of government.

Auburn Gameday: Complete fan guide for Auburn vs. Liberty

Sure, Auburn vs. Liberty may seem like a forgettable matchup. But, if you recall, Auburn's last home game of the season has been discussed at the highest levels of government.

 

JORDAN-HARE STADIUM GATES OPEN: 1:00 p.m. (CT)

KICKOFF: 3:01 p.m. (CT)

TV: ESPN

Sure, Auburn vs. Liberty may seem like a forgettable matchup. But, if you recall, Auburn’s last home game of the season has been discussed at the highest levels of government. 

It’s also senior day–the last home game for 16 Auburn Tigers: QB Devin Adams, LB Montavious Atkinson, TE Tucker Brown, HB Chandler Cox, HB Chase Cramer, LB Deshaun Davis, WR Ryan Davis, DT Jaunta’vius Johnson, WR Griffin King, OL Ryan Meneely, TE Robert Muschamp, DT Dontavius Russell, K/P Ian Shannon, RB C.J. Tolbert, DT Andrew Williams and LB Darrell Williams.

(Funnily enough, it will be the first home game for Dee Ford.)  

 

WEATHER:  

After a week of near constant, cold rain in Auburn (and even–true story–snow flurries), Saturday looks to deliver maybe the most classic fall football weather of the season, with a mostly sunny high of 65 and a low of 41. 

 

FRIDAY:

Instead of trying to focus on the eagle with binoculars you’re not allowed to take into the stadium on Saturday (at least inside a case–see details on Auburn’s prohibited item list here), get up close and personal the night before at Football, Fans and Feathers at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center. It’s become a favorite Friday fan fun-tivity in recent years. And you don’t just get to peep the eagles–$5 gets you photo ops with eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and any other birds of prey Auburn’s wing-healing beast masters have on hand. And you get to see them fly around. It’s cool. It’s educational. The hour-long show starts at 4 p.m. the Friday before every Auburn home game at the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater, located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. Kids three and under and get in for free. 

If raptors aren’t your thing, you can tour of Auburn’s fancy new 16,000 square feet locker room from 4-6 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium’s Gate 10. Or head to the Auburn Alumni Center on S. College Street for a 4 p.m. campus tour courtesy of the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen. 

After that, you can send the team off for the night in style at the Reverse Tiger Walk, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletics Complex. 

Here’s what it looked like last week…

The weekly Come Home to The Corner once again features live music from Kenny on the Keys.  The party starts at 7 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m.  It’s classified as an Entertainment District event, which means you can walk around with a beer in your hand without going to jail.  

SATURDAY:

You can find a detailed schedule of events here, but here’s a quick breakdown of Saturday’s essentials. 

The Coca-Cola Tigers Fan Fest starts at 11 a.m. Giveaways. Bounce houses. A DJ. Good times. 

At around 1 p.m., you can take your Sharpies to the Verizon Autograph Tent on the east campus green for autographs from former Auburn greats

Of course, chances are you’ll also want to hit Tiger Walk, which starts at the same time. The often imitated, never duplicated tradition starts at the Athletic Complex on S. Donahue Drive will start, as always, two hours before kickoff. You’ll want to find a spot early. 

After Tiger Walk comes the short Spirit March, at 1:40 p.m., then a pep rally at the corner of Heisman Drive and Donahue Drive. 

If you didn’t see the eagle flight, did you even go to the game? It’s debatable. To be safe, make sure you’re in your seat, cameras ready, by 2:45 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m.  

TAILGATING:

Campus technically doesn’t open to tailgating until 4 p.m. Friday (but that’s a lot better than Georgia’s 8 a.m. Saturday policy).  

You can unload your gear at any of these five designated spots: Transportation Tech Center (Magnolia Avenue), Goodwin Music Hall (Samford Avenue), Mell Street Station (Mell Street), Intramural Fields (Biggio Drive), Facilities Division (Samford Avenue). You can find approved tailgating areas here

Auburn has a few requirements for grill and generator use. First of all, they can’t be within 50 feet of a campus building. Secondly, the grill actually has to be a grill, i.e. something specifically designed for grilling. If it’s of the charcoal variety, soak that sucker with water before you even think about taking off, then take the thoroughly, completely, absolutely extinguished charcoal to one of the designated disposal containers or find a place for it off campus somewhere. Learn more about the do’s and dont’s here.

WATER:

Auburn now allows fans to bring their own water into Jordan-Hare! Sure, it may only be one bottle (clear and plastic and sealed), but still… that’s nice

Folks can also keep bringing in empty clear bottles to fill up at filtered water stadiums throughout the stadium.

BAGS:

No backpacks or duffel bags or big purses or anything. Jordan-Hare, like most SEC stadiums these days, only allows clear bags to make it through the gates. Nothing but see-through totes and gallon-sized freezer bags. You can take a clutch with you as long as it’s no larger than 4.5″ by 6.5″. You can find more information here.

BLANKETS:

What better way to put the father of Auburn Football’s memorable maxim about believing in the human touch into practice than cuddling under a blanket… which, yes, you can most definitely bring into the stadium, and which might not be such a bad idea (what with the temperature probably dropping into the 40s by game’s end). The only thing AU asks is that you toss them over an arm or shoulder when entering the gate. 

PARKING:

Auburn’s Parking Powers That Be have recently partnered with Parking Panda, which allows fans to pre-order five-hours worth of parking in three lots each only about a five-minute’s walk from Jordan-Hare. 

TRANSIT:

Thankfully, no matter where you park, getting to the stadium doesn’t have to equal a week’s worth of cardio. The university conscripts its fleet of Tiger Transit buses to offer free rides to Jordan-Hare from spots both on and off campus starting four hours before the game and continuing for two hours after the final whistle. It’s pretty convenient. And you can actually track your bus’ location and capacity status in real time via the Tiger Transit app.

The Lee-Russell Public Transit folks get in on the action, too, at least for folks staying in any of the hotels around Tiger Town just over the Auburn city limits in Opelika. Same hours, same price: Free. 

You can check out various stops and schedules for both services here

TOOMER’S CORNER:

Sadly, 2018 hasn’t seen many “see you at the corner” guarantees. But let’s hope and pray we get at least one more excuse to vandalize downtown this season.

The university has once again asked fans to refrain from rolling the new Toomer’s Oaks (or rather the new new Toomer’s Oaks), but since fans have established plenty of new targets around Toomer’s Corner (and a decent stretch of Samford Lawn), you’ll hardly notice. 

You can learn more about the history of college football’s most Charmin post-game tradition here.

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Hollis: Practice for Tide, Tigers, $1.6M payout for UAB

The Tigers are heavy favorites against Liberty, a team playing its first year at the FBS level.

Who knew the UAB Blazers could trump last year’s 8-5 record and trip to the Bahamas Bowl with a Hallmark story?

If you saw 2018 coming, you’re probably not from around here.

Just a couple years ago, in 2015 and 2016, the program was shuttered by the muckety-mucks and you know who you are President Ray Watts and University of Alabama trustees. Working with a consulting firm and you know who you are CarrSports, they deemed football wasn’t a good idea at a school that identified itself with medicine and academia more than some costly sport that didn’t put many fans in the stands.

The community went crazy and the outrage helped pressure Watts and the other suits to bring back football. In the process, the Blazers got facilities that the rest of Conference USA can envy. Drive by the open air indoor practice field on the Southside and the new offices and weight room and you’ll see what Clark now works with.

If he decides to leave, it won’t be because of facilities and community love. And  yes, he could leave town because he’s one of the the hottest coaches  around. UAB is 9-1, on an eight-game winning streak, ranked 25th in the Amway Coaches’ poll and has clinched the West Division title and will play in the Dec. 1 C-USA Championship Game, probably at Legion Field.

That’s the resume the Blazers take to College Station Saturday night to play 6-4 Texas A&M, a 16-point favorite. The game will be UAB’s first national TV game, with kickoff at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

That’s the resume Clark’s agent, Ricky Davis, can use to help Clark get more money for his assistants, or add support staff, or make further upgrades to the football operation, or  maybe even renegotiate Clark’s contract he signed last fall that makes him a $1 million man after this season.

In Conference USA, Clark’s salary ranks behind North Texas’ Seth Littrell’s $1.4 million and Texas-San Antonio’s  Frank Wilson’s $1.1 million.

The Blazers defeated both programs this fall.

Maybe UAB’s financial resources are limited, but Clark’s success is undeniable on the field and in the community’s commitment to splashy new facilities and the 50,000-seat downtown stadium coming in 2021.

Wouldn’t it be something if the Blazers upset the Aggies, or even took the game into the fourth quarter? Remember Florida 36, UAB 7 and those eight first downs last season. So upsetting A&M isn’t likely to happen, but what were the odds of UAB playing in the conference championship game at the beginning of the year?

Whatever happens Saturday, the program benefits in national exposure and a $1.6 million payout. According to a Dallas Morning News website, it will be the Aggies’ biggest payout to a non-conference opponent in the past three seasons. More than the $1.5 million A&M paid New Mexico State in 2016, more than the $1.4 million Louisiana Tech got this year.

This week’s picks:

UAB vs. Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher is  trying like heck to get his players’ attention that UAB — guess  it’s that alphabet thing —  is not to be taken for granted. That’s a tough job after Texas  A&M has  played seven straight SEC games and UAB is coming in the week before LSU visits Kyle Field. Outside of a close loss to No. 2  Clemson in September, LSU will be A&M’s biggest home game of the year. It helps Fisher that UAB is coming off an overtime win against Southern Miss that clinched a berth in the C-USA title game and starting quarterback, A.J. Erdely is injured and isn’t likely to play. Backup Tyler Johnston isn’t Erdely but he’s a threat to break a run as well as get the ball to 6-3 receivers Xavier Ubosi and Kailon Carter. The running game led by Spencer Brown is UAB’s trademark, but the Aggies are No. 2 in the nation in stopping the run, giving up just 78 yards per game.
Texas A&M 27, UAB 17

Liberty vs. Auburn

The 6-4 Tigers are heavy favorites against a team that is playing its first year at the FBS level. With Alabama coming up next week, this would be a good time  to work on a running game just for kicks. The Flames are 108th in the nation against the run, giving up 236.1 yards per game. They also give up 39 points a game. This is no more than a practice game for the Tigers. The point spread is 28 1/2 points, which should be interesting since Auburn is ninth in the SEC in scoring at 26.5. The average should shoot up after Saturday before it nosedives against the Crimson Tide.
Auburn 40, Liberty 7

The Citadel vs. Alabama
Let’s be honest. This is the top-ranked team in the nation playing a Division I-AA (FCS)  school that is 4-5 and you need a magnifying glass to find where the Paladins are in the Southern Conference standings. OK, they’re sixth. Nick Saban of course is worried their triple-option offense is going to be a pain to defend, and he’s probably right. The Citadel rushing attack is second in the SoCon, averaging 292 yards a game, so the defense can expect to give up an occasional long run. But this game isn’t about how many points Alabama scores or how many yards the defense gives up. It’s about giving players such as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, guard Deonte Brown, running back Nagee Harris and receivers Henry Ruggs and Devonta Smith a chance to get back to full speed, whether that is even a possibility between now and the Auburn game for Tagovailoa and his bruised right knee.

There is this nugget Saban can use in the pregame: When The Citadel last played an SEC team, it upset South Carolina 23-22.
Alabama 56, The Citadel 9

South Alabama vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
If all goes according to plan, South will open the 2020 season in its brand new 25,000-seat stadium, which will be located on the west side of the campus. Until then, first-year coach Steve Campbell, who had championship teams at the junior college and Division II level, has an opportunity to build a program that excites the fan base and is ready to chase a conference championship right out of the gate. So far, it’s not going so well. The Jags are 2-8 and likely doomed to a 2-10 finish. ULL (5-5)  comes in a 17-point favorite and will bank on getting bowl eligible at home. South finishes with Coastal Carolina (5-5) which, if it loses to favored Georgia Southern this week, will use the Jags as bowl bait.
ULL 31, South Alabama 17

SEC

Mississippi State 27, Arkansas 14
Missouri 28, Tennessee 20
Vanderbilt 35, Ole Miss 31
Kentucky 27, Middle Tennessee 21
South Carolina 30, Chattanooga 14
Florida 38, Idaho 7
Georgia 40, UMass 9
LSU 45, Rice 13

Spoiler alert
8-point underdog No. 24 Cincinnati 45, No. 11 Central Florida 41
3-point underdog Nebraska 31, Michigan State 2

Other games
Troy 31, Texas State 14
Notre Dame 30, Syracuse 23
West Virginia 41, Oklahoma State 36
Texas 35, Iowa State 28
Washington State 30, Arizona 23
Northwestern 30, Minnesota 28

Last week: 18-2

Season: 167-53

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Hollis: Practice for Tide, Tigers, $1.6M payout for UAB

The Tigers are heavy favorites against Liberty, a team playing its first year at the FBS level.

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Highlights of Auburn’s 103-52 Win Over Mississippi College

Auburn got up on Mississippi College early with a 23-2 start. After the Choctaws tried to make a game of it in the 2nd half, Auburn went on a 35-0 run. The Tigers are 3-0.

Auburn Hosts the Flames.

Liberty is in its first year of FBS football.

     War Eagle, everybody! This week, the Auburn Tigers host the Liberty flames, in a pre-Iron-Bowl tuneup, hopefully. The Flames come into this game at 4-5, and need at least a pair of wins to go to a bowl this year. After the game in Auburn, the Flames will host New Mexico State, and Norfolk State, to close out the season. Liberty has played only one Power Five opponent, and got blown out in Charlottesville, last weekend, in a 45-24 loss to Virginia. The Flames have also played independents Army and UMass, and lost both of those games as well. There are a couple of positive ways Auburn can approach this game. It could be used as a glorified practice, to try and improve on issues. Or, Auburn could try to jump on Liberty early, take a big lead and rest the starters. The worst case scenario would be to put forth a bad effort, and struggle in this game.

     Auburn is on pace this season to have the worst offensive output in the Gus Malzahn era, since the 2011 season. In 2011, Auburn managed to score just 25.7 points per game. This year’s edition is currently averaging 26.5. The worst output in the Malzahn head coaching era was the 2015 season, at 27.3. At this point in the 2015 season, Auburn was averaging 25.6 points per game.

          Liberty has been known to put up some points this season, but they have not faced a defense like Auburn’s. The Liberty defense has been porus, to put it mildly. The Flames are currently giving up 39 points per game, with the only defensive sign of life coming against Troy a few weeks ago, when they inexplicably held the Trojans to just 16 points. Otherwise, Liberty has given up 38 or more points each game.

     The weather should be great, for this game. It is expected to be sunny for this game, with a high in the mid-60sF around kickoff. Temps will fall into the 50s after sunset. There should be waxing gibbous moon high above Jordan Hare Stadium, for this one. We will have our usual Trackemtigers.com Open Thread up and running for this one, and I’ll do my usual play-by-play.

A look at other SEC games this weekend, after the jump!

     It is mostly cupcake week in the SEC, and Alabama gets the party started early hosing the Citadel. Also for SEC brunch we have Florida hosting Idaho, and Kentucky hosting Middle Tennessee.

     Also at 11:00 AM Central Time, Mississippi State hosts Arkansas. The Razorbacks have already been eliminated from the bowl picture, but are still looking for their first SEC win. MSU can’t take this game lightly, after watching Arkansas take LSU to the wire last week in a 24-17 loss. At 6-4, the Bulldogs are playing for bowl position.

     Missouri at Tennessee is the CBS game, this week, at 2:30 PM Central. Mizzou stands at 6-4, and Tennessee is 5-5. Both are looking to improve their bowl chances.

     UMass visits Georgia, and Liberty visits Auburn in the 3:00 PM time slot. I’d be shocked if either of these games is competitive.

     There is a game of interest for this Tragic City native, as the UAB Blazers visit Texas A&M at 6:00 PM. The Blazers have already clinched their division, but I suspect that UAB would really like to add an SEC scalp to their record. I think that the Aggies are too strong for that, even if the coaches continue to make crazy decisions during the game.

     In 6:30 PM cupcake action, Rice visits LSU, and Chattanooga visits South Carolina.

     Also at 6:30, Ole Miss visits Vanderbilt for their annual showdown. Ole Miss is 5-5 and playing for pride, this year on probation. Vanderbilt is 4-6, and must beat both Ole Miss and Tennessee to go bowling.

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PIEDMONT, S.C. — On Wednesday, Auburn tight end commit Luke Deal of Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald drove about an hour west to train with some private coaches — and former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who plans to announce what his future home …

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Like Auburn's season, the Tigers' projected bowl destinations are all over the map this week. Auburn (6-4, 3-4 SEC) doesn't appear to be in serious contention for a New Year's Day bowl and is in the race for the middle bowls in the SEC pecking order

From the Other Sideline – Liberty

Jon Manson is the founder and editor of ASeaofRed, the premier, independent site covering Liberty University athletics. He has supported the program from the FCS days of playing Presbyterian and Monmouth and is thrilled to be able to witness Liberty’s first ever meeting with an SEC opponent this Saturday.

1. What is a Liberty fan’s first thoughts of Auburn football right now?

This will be Liberty’s first ever game against an SEC opponent, so while the Tigers may be having a down year by their standards, the Flames’ faithful understand the likelihood of the overall talent and depth disparity between the two squads.

2. What’s the football vibe like in Lynchburg?

Over the past decade Liberty has certainly developed into a football school. When I was in school (2002-06), football attendance was minimal. It was more of a basketball school now. But the school has poured tons into the football program. The stadium was just expanded from 19,200 to 25,000 this past offseason. Syracuse is the team’s season opener in 2019, the first of many P5 schools scheduled to visit Lynchburg in the next few years.

3. Does the win over Troy and Auburn’s struggles this season give the Flames hope?

Liberty has been sort of a Jekyll and Hyde this season. The season opening win over Old Dominion, the first half against New Mexico, and the win over Troy were certainly the high water marks of the season. But there have been other times the team, on defense particularly, has been non-existent. I think we all realize, that it will take nearly a perfect game and a few opportune Auburn mistakes for the Flames’ to be able to pull off the upset.

4. Who are your two favorite Auburn Tigers of all time and why?

Corey Lemonier, because he’s the older brother of current Liberty DE Jessie Lemonier. And Bo Jackson. Anybody my age loved playing Bo on Tecmo Bowl.

5. Name two Flames that will give Auburn trouble.

WR Antonio Gandy-Golden has the most pro potential. LB Solomon Ajayi, brother of Eagles’ RB Jay Ajayi, has been a very solid player for the Flames’ defensive unit.

6. Which two Tigers scare you the most?

Jarrett Stidham and Ryan Davis. Our defense has had problem all season with solid QB-WR combos.

7. What matchup will determine the outcome of the game?

Liberty’s secondary against the Auburn WRs. If the Flames can’t keep Auburn’s receivers in check, it will be a long evening.

8. What is your analysis/prediction of the game?

The Flames will come out very aggressive, particularly on offense. QB Buckshot Calvert and company will keep the Flames’ within striking distance for the first half and maybe through 3 quarters. After that, Auburn’s depth will widen the gap. I’m thinking a final score somewhere around 42-17.

9. Where will Auburn and Liberty end up this season?

Well, the final two Auburn games should be easy to predict, so 7-5. Liberty will be favored in its final two games, a record of 6-6 would have been as good of a record as any Liberty fan would have predicted prior to the season.

10. Lastly, Liberty’s mascot is the Flames, but the actual physical mascot is an eagle? Who do you think you are? Auburn?

We were always told that a Flame is a flock of eagles. That’s not right?

The First Look – Liberty Flames

The season is winding down. With three games left in the 2018 season, Auburn looks toward the Liberty Flames. Hailing from Lynchburg, VA, the Flames are coached by Turner Gill. Remember him? He was on the short list in the 2008 coaching search. Turner didn’t end up getting the job, obviously, however, he did go to Kansas and… well… he flamed out. Get it?

This is the first game between the Flames and the Tigers. Turner Gill isn’t the only Auburn connection between the two programs.

Looking into this team, my eyes were opened on the ability of this football team. They’re not a “cupcake” in the traditional sense. Here are two points to Auburn’s Cupcake Weekend game:

1. Offensively Stout
Liberty can move the football and they can score points. Liberty ranks 17th in passing offense (304.4 YPG), 28th in scoring offense (35.4 PPG), 22nd in total offense (463.7 YPG). In fact, Liberty scored 52 points vs ODU, 52 points vs New Mexico, 41 points vs New Mexico State, 48 points vs Idaho State, 59 points vs UMASS, and 24 vs a strong defensive Virginia team. Granted, the competition is terrible, but they have found a groove on offense which can make you dangerous on any given Saturday. Watch how Kevin Steele prepares his team to stop a potent offense, especially coming off a string of down games.

2. Missing Defense
As good as Liberty is on offense, they are equally bad, if not worse on defense. The flames have… well… flamed out on defense. The Flames rank 123rd in scoring defense (39 PPG), 121st in rushing defense (236.11 YPG), 116th in passing defense (272.7 YPG), and 127th in total defense (508.8 YPG). WOWWWWW. 500 yards per game is an incredible day offensively. That means, on average, opposing teams have incredible days whenever they play Liberty. The question is, will Auburn’s offense get out of their way enough to build a lead and let the defense manage the lead.

AuburnEinstein‘s PREDICTION
Auburn kicks off at 3 pm on Saturday, so we don’t need to worry about the 11 am voodoo. Auburn will use this game to gain traction on offense and will be challenged on defense. I think Auburn scores early, has a few disappointing drives and starts to pull away midway through the second quarter. Auburn will win this game 56-24.

Auburn Dominates No. 25 Washington, Looks to Maui

Auburn may have some business to attend to when it takes on Mississippi College tonight at 7:00 p.m., but all eyes are on the Maui Invitational, the premier kickoff tournament in college basketball.

But before all of this, a look back at the first week of Tiger basketball is in order.

Auburn destroyed South Alabama when it dropped in 101 points. However, the real test was against the No. 25 Washington Huskies, who were set to visit Auburn Arena and witness the madness of The Jungle. This event was rarefied air because it was a Top 25 matchup with Auburn sporting a No. 11 ranking. Top 25 battles inside the Arena are something new. That’s partly because the Arena is fairly new, but it is also because Auburn hasn’t been a legit Top 25 program for some time.

Make no mistake, there are Auburn fans, and there are Auburn basketball fans. Auburn fans may have seen this as another chance for Auburn athletics to come out flat when the nation expected them to be elite, similar to what has happened this year with the football program. When it became obvious that big man Austin Wiley wasn’t quite ready to be a starter, many fringe fans assumed that might not work out in the Tigers’ favor. Adding to the anxiety was the fact that Danjel Purifoy isn’t eligible to return to play for eight more games.

However, the display that Bruce Pearl’s squad put on against Washington was nothing short of amazing. It was eye opening. Auburn made a statement by destroying the Huskies. Sure, it wasn’t the 101–58 score the Tigers put on South Alabama. But it was 88–66, and in reality the final score was as close as the Huskies got after the first few minutes of the game. 

Here’s the thing. Auburn’s studs didn’t play well. Wiley looked lost in his first minutes on the hardwood in over a year. In fact, Auburn looked slower and more vulnerable with him on the floor. The five-star finished with a measly five points. The guys expected to back him up, Anfernee McLemore and Horace Spencer, added only eight points. 

Bryce Brown, the man who will own almost every single long-ball shooting record at the end of the year, wasn’t terrific, but he was good. He and fellow guard Jared Harper each finished with 13. They played well, but it was necessary to score a lot more to beat a top 25 team by 20-odd points.

The guys who shined were those who were expected to come off the bench, at least before the season began. Chuma Okeke made a case to be a starter last season when McLemore went down with an injury. Okeke earned SEC Player of the Week honors with his game-leading 19 points. He added 10 rebounds to finish with a double double. He’s a hybrid player for sure. But, man, he is good.

Who else is good?

Samir Doughty. With the talent and experience on this team, the VCU transfer wasn’t expected to be a real contender as a starter. But Doughty has done everything he’s needed to do with his performance. He kicked in 18 points for the Tigers. 

Outside of those two players, Auburn was sloppy at times, and many vets didn’t play up to expectations. Still, the proof was in the final score. Auburn is really, really good. 

Pearl has something special taking place on the Plains. His Tigers dominated from start to finish against a good opponent, and they did it without Purifoy and with Wiley being extremely limited. Pearl wasn’t happy with the win, especially with the end of the game. That’s what makes him special. He wasn’t pleased with the Tigers winning by 30 or more for much of the game only to end with a 22-point win. He  wants more. He demands more. 

Let’s see what happens this week. 

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Reasons Why People Love Football More Than Any Other Game

Football is one of the most popular games in the world which has millions of followers from all over the world. NFL and FIFA world cup has the highest viewers than any other game. Well, there are certain reasons why people love football more than any other game. Football needs a high level of excellence in terms of skills required. Company like Stakers is also involved deeply in this game.

Some people consider it simple while some consider it as complicated. If you understand and love sports you can understand everything related to it as compared to those who have no relation to sports.

So, here are the facts why people love football more:

  • Can be played all over the place: Individuals these days don’t require the lush fields to play. They can play anywhere at any place, in the lobby, at the shoreline, housetop, avenues, and so on.
  • Contains best activities: This is an explanation that can produce a contention or two. Indeed, it’s awesome to see individuals battle in football. There are many people who do not peruse games but, appreciate seeing a football match.
  • It’s extraordinary: The final moment fundamentally maintains this thinking. Rather than it comprising of seven, it’s only one. Additionally, groups don’t play with a similar group for three days nor do they play with each other frequently.
  • Super Bowl: No one likes to feel awkward when at the super bowl party, he or she is asked about the teams. It is the sporting event which is larger than any other event. Those people who attend this are surely aware of the games and especially football.
  • Traditions: Usually, people follow the tradition of Thanksgiving with food and football. Football is like a tradition and quasi-religion for people.
  • Who doesn’t love seeing an extraordinary player in a pullover while giving a shout out to their most loved group? With the uproarious cheering and activity, signs of improvement can be seen.
  • Buffalo wings as its Staple: As we know Baseball has its own dogs, Cracker has a staple and similarly, football has a Buffalo wings of its own.
  • Unites Communities: Where do most adolescents and their families chill on the night every winter? Truth be told, it’s one of a couple of occasions where you’ll see football together. Apart from families, football is also the game which people enjoy watching and playing with friends.
  • Tailgating: Those who love to go to the stadium to watch the football match, are not just going to watch and come back. They love to sit outside the venue, hang out with friends, just to look at their favorite players. Football renders the best tailgating experience.
  • Can be played by any number of individuals: 5-sided, 7-sided, 9-sided, or ordinary 11-sided football can be played by any number of players. Other games require a particular number of players.
  • The sentiment of accomplishing objectives: At the point, when your group is moving in one direction and figured out how to make a goal, you’ll encounter an extraordinary inclination inside you as well as get the satisfaction by putting exertion into the game. It is difficult to get the goal, yet when you get one, the inclination is inestimable.

Playing football is simple. Simply kick the ball and get your goal done. Is it that simple? Achieving goal is not that easy as it is as tough as anything you can think about. Apart from this, Football has a massive and rich history that so many other sports lack behind. It redefines the definition of the game to an individual and day by day makes people go gaga over it.

Tiger-Eye Review–Prometheism Edition

Jupiter – What art thou? Speak!
Demogorgon – Eternity. Demand no direr name.
Descend, and follow me down the abyss.

Percy Bysshe Shelley–Prometheus Unbound

A strange title, for a strange time. I alluded to this week prior to the season in my first review: Urkatastrophe Edition. Back then I wondered what the coaching changes over the last four years had done to the Southeastern Conference. Now the numbers are being tabulated for the final couple of weeks, and it turns out that my anticipated result has almost come to full fruition.

The term Prometheism was given to the spread of independence movements in Eastern Europe following the fall of four empires in World War I that had vied for dominance over the previous century or so: the Hapsburg Empire (Austria-Hungary), the Romanov Empire (Russia), the Ottoman Empire and the newly minted, Prussian- dominated child of Bismark, the Hollenzollern Empire of Germany. What resulted from the fracturing of former Imperial territories was a series of short-lived independence movements amongst the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

But however heartfelt, determined, and popular these movements were, they never resulted in strong or viable governments or political allies that could withstand the rising powers of a resurgent Germany or a viable Bolshevik state that became the USSR. Despite the hope and efforts to bolster these new states from the west, they eventually became mere satellites, ever in the wake of their two powerful neighbors to the East and West or merely their victims. Often, it was hard to determine which. 

Change in this respect was not a good thing. Even the phrase had a double meaning: the hope of a fire-bearing messenger, whose ultimate fate is to  be tortured eternally.

So goes the fallout of the coaching changes across the Southeastern Conference. While full of hope and determination, they haven’t resulted in many improvements that any single team can point to, by and large. In fact, when looking back at 2017, I notice a slide in the numbers for all but one team in 2018. When you look at the state of the conference at the end of 2014, it becomes even more dramatic.

We are often victims of our own poor perspective

SEC West Offense

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The most remarkable result of Saturday was not that Alabama beat Mississippi State, but that the best defense in the Southeastern Conference failed even to make a dent in the Alabama offense until Tua Tagovailoa went down with an injury. Then, things seemed to come to a halt for the Tide.
Elsewhere, most of the division stayed on par with their numbers except that Ole Miss took a nose dive in the face of the Aggie defense. What results across the board are some fairly punchless offensive units in the West outside of Tuscaloosa, and even there, without their star quarterback, there doesn’t seem to be much else.

Whatever anyone says about the lack of production from the Gus Bus, without Tua no one else is racing around the track of the Western Division.

SEC West Defense

Take a good look at the Mississippi State defensive numbers. They are still the best defense in the conference. The only problem is, their offense was also facing a championship-level defense in Alabama and could make no headway whatsoever. Whatever was happening in Tuscaloosa earlier in the season on defense seems to have been corrected. LSU and MSU combined had fewer yards against the Tide defense than lowly Arkansas had in early October. Both of those teams had two fewer yards per play and combined for just 19 first downs. The winless Razorbacks had 22 against Alabama.

The rest of the division took a step backward in efficiency on defense. LSU and A&M won, but it wasn’t with defense, per se. It took offensive strikes to distance themselves from their opponents. The biggest weakness across the board? Big plays both in yards and scoring. No one outside of Alabama is exempt in this respect.

SEC East Offense

The other remarkable thing about this week is the incremental slide that several SEC East teams took in the last few games. Despite its victory, Georgia’s numbers came down in both scoring and the red zone, and Kentucky and Florida have become shells of what they were achieving earlier in the season.

South Carolina is improving, but not by much, and the Missouri offense can’t seem to take it to the next level against division opponents. It’s good but not great. As for the entire state of Tennessee, better luck next year, or decade, as the case may be.

SEC East Defense

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Here’s where the rubber meets the road, and the road seems to be winning. None of these teams other than Georgia and Kentucky can boast about anything on defense. They are all in deep trouble when it comes to stopping an opponent. The yards per play and red one numbers are truly frightening when you consider the upcoming bowl season.

Even Georgia seems to be having trouble, the kind of trouble that Alabama has been dishing out on a regular basis across the span of the season. If these numbers stay stable into the championship game, don’t be surprised if you find yourself switching stations about the middle of the third quarter.

State of the Conference

The Gift Of Tai Chi

So here we are at the dawn of a new age of SEC football. What does the sunlight show us today around the league?

A rather flat and unremarkable landscape. One championship team is left in the conference. The next two teams are so far behind, with deep flaws on one or the other side of the ball, as to warrant the question of whether they should even be matched against the leading team.

In the case of Mississippi State, that question was already answered: “No”. In the case of Georgia, we’ll have to see in a few weeks.

As for the rest? Crickets are what I hear.

Gone are the days of six or more good-to great-teams that could compete on any given Saturday. What I’m seeing from the rest of the conference is what most people used to complain (myself included) about other Power Five conferences such as the Pac-12 or the ACC: they had just one or two power teams, and the rest were simply paid sparring partners who took one punch and began to look around for soft places on the mat on which to fall down.

With as much vitriolic commentary on Auburn’s issues that has gone on since the beginning of the season, I can’t help but look around at the rest of the conference and realize that other than Alabama NO ONE is playing all that well in the Southeastern Conference. It isn’t just Auburn that has taken a step or two back. Nearly every other team has done so as well, perhaps not to the same degree, but certainly to almost the same level of performance. 

This is what has become the SEC in the years following 2014. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the table below from the end of the 2013 season when I made the same argument about whether FSU had faced the same level of talent that the 2013 Auburn team had seen.

See what I mean? Outside of Tuscaloosa, the SEC has become the ACC. Even Georgia has regressed considerably from last year. A few teams have improved, but not from good to great, only from bad to mediocre.

Still think that a change of coaching staff will improve the lot of any single team? The numbers and the history of our conference changes in the last five years don’t bear this out in the slightest. Don’t look for a new Prometheus to save the day. In the shadow of the coaching changes since 2013, about the best any new guy can do is simply bolster the sad fate of his team.

 

We must lay in wait and ambush the unwary

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TET College Pick’em Results -WEEK 11

War eagle everyone! It’s gonna be short and sweet tonight, I’m afraid, as I’ve been on the road and traveling back.  Missed a lot of football watching this past weekend,  but sounds like a lot of games weren’t worth watching anyway. Here’s hoping our Tigers bounce back.

WDE 1977 is first and NY War Eagle and Oracle round out the top three.  Below are the top 25 standings for this week!  Have a great night and War Eagle!

Standings

Rank Pick Set Name Total Dropped W-L
1 WDE 1977 128 19 128-90
2 Working With Immigrant Families: A Practical Guide for Counselors (Family Therapy and Counseling) 123 18 123-97
3 Oracle 122 21 122-98
4 Why Do We Always Come Back to This? 122 15 122-98
5 Jando323 121 21 121-97
6 Awbee75 120 19 120-98
7 Daily Life of the Nubians 119 15 119-101
8 Molecular Pathogenesis and Treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia 119 19 119-101
9 Cultiver le bonheur pour les Nuls en BD (French Edition) 116 20 116-104
10 catskid 116 19 116-106
11 SandMountainTiger 116 13 116-104
12 Best5Zach 115 16 115-105
13 Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology (Praeger Security International) 115 20 115-103
14 El instante de peligro (Narrativas hispánicas) (Spanish Edition) 115 18 115-107
15 Blade 113 15 113-105
16 HELLCAT83 113 17 113-107
17 Hambino 112 20 112-107
18 Brianyork 112 17 112-108
19 Teak’s Picks 112 0 112-110
20 Wesb 111 19 111-109
21 i got 99 picks 111 7 111-109
22 WarEagle32789 111 13 111-109
23 24-Hour Jon-a-thon 110 16 110-110
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Ranking the SEC after Week 11

After the 11th week of the season, we know who is bad, and we know who is probably the best. But if you want to know who the 2-7 teams are, I don’t really know. Oh, and YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHERE I HAVE AUBURN.

1. Alabama (10-0)

The Tide is crumbling. Can’t you see it? 29-0 last week. 24-0 this week. The end is near.

Last week: ranked #1, beat Mississippi State 24-0

3. Georgia (9-1)

The Bulldogs are by no means a perfect team. They make many mistakes, but they have a ground that shows up out of nowhere and beats a team they were picked to beat.

Last week: ranked #3, beat Auburn 27-10

2. LSU (8-2)

The Bengal Tigers struggled with Arkansas. LSU has been Alabama’s biggest test to date. All we need to know, right?

Last week: ranked #2, beat Arkansas 24-17

4. Auburn (6-4)

As much as people want to disagree, Auburn wasn’t awful in Athens. They had the lead. They had their shot. But Georgia slowly took the game over in the 4th.

Last week: ranked #4, lost at Georgia 27-10

6. Texas A&M (6-4)

The Aggies needed a big 4th quarter to down the Rebels. LOL, who needs big 4th quarters to win a football game?

Last week: ranked #6, beat Ole Miss 38-24

5. Mississippi State (6-4)

Mississippi State has slowly fallen apart since beating Auburn. I guess that’s what Auburn does to teams.

Last week: ranked #5, lost to Alabama 24-0

7. Kentucky (7-3)

As I said last week, it’s now basketball season in Lexington, although they don’t look very good at that either.

Last week: ranked #7, lost to Tennessee 24-7

8. Missouri (6-4)

The Tigers did what you’d expect them to do: be just good enough to beat Vanderbilt.

Last week: ranked #8, beat Vanderbilt 33-28

9. Florida (7-3)

The Gators needed a big come back to beat South Carolina at home. For about 7 straight quarters they had been blown about Missouri and South Carolina. This win doesn’t count.

Last week: ranked #9, beat South Carolina 35-31

10. South Carolina (5-4)

South Carolina had Florida. Then they didn’t.

Last week: ranked #10, lost at Florida 35-31

13. Tennessee (5-5)

Who is this team? All they have to do is beat Missouri or Vanderbilt to go to a bowl.

Last week: ranked #13, beat Kentucky 24-7

11. Ole Miss (5-5)

The Rebels aren’t terrible. Their defense isn’t good, but they can hang with teams, and should’ve beaten Texas A&M.

Last week: ranked #11, lost at Texas A&M 38-24

14. Arkansas (2-8)

Again, the Hawgs are the best 2-win team in the nation. They aren’t THAT bad.

Last week: ranked #14, lost to LSU 24-17

12. Vanderbilt (4-6)

Dores are done.

Last week: ranked #12, lost at Missouri 33-28

Do you agree with these rankings? What did I get wrong? Leave yours in the comments.

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2018 War Blogle Pick ’em Week 11 Results

Congratulations to jdizzle1000 for taking Week 11 of the 2018 War Blogle Pick ’em and winning a War Blogle sticker. Want any of that? Send me $3 and your address, or just win next week. But let’s be honest, it’s just easier to send three bucks.

Remember that after 14, I will be giving out an Auburn Hover Helmet to the overall leader in the standings at that point.

If you’re like me and don’t see your name, go check out the scoresheet (select Week 11).

If you missed joining last week, you can still join. It may be tough to win the whole thing, but you can still go for the win every 5 weeks.

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Liberty defense offers perfect respite for Auburn

Auburn's offense has shown subtle improvement, and should be able to put up 49 or more against Liberty on Saturday.

Auburn’s offense has not been good enough to compete for another SEC West title or New Year’s Six bowl game.

It has not been able to run the ball effectively. It has not been able to throw the ball downfield. It has not been able to convert third downs. It has not fared well against blitzes.

It does feature impressive freshmen in JaTarvious Whitlow, Shaun Shivers, Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz. And in the last several weeks, the offense has improved and the defense has slipped.

Still, it’s fair to attribute a lot of the blame for Auburn’s 6-4 record on the inability to put the ball in the end zone with enough frequency.

Fortunately for Auburn, Liberty comes to town this week.

It’s a tough schedule spot for the Tigers, jammed between road trips to Athens and Tuscaloosa. The opportunity to knock off No. 1 Alabama surely means something to the coaches and players, but otherwise there isn’t much left to be excited about this season.

The Liberty Flames defense, though, is a perfect elixir for Auburn’s offense.

It allows huge plays against the pass. It cannot stop the run, especially on early downs. It almost never hits opposing ball-carriers in the backfield. Once opponents reach the 10-yard line, they are essentially guaranteed to score touchdowns.

From a betting standpoint, this week traditionally is challenging, especially for those wanting to back SEC schools. Group of 5 and FCS programs want to show out against unmotivated SEC teams that often rest their starters for as much of the second half as possible.

BetOnline opened the market by posting Auburn -32 on Sunday, which sharp bettors have hammered down to Auburn -28.5 as of Tuesday morning.

My handicapping made the game Auburn -28 in the wee hours of Sunday morning before the line opened, so I agree with that move. But I do not want to bet against the Tigers this week against what should be the second-worst defense they face all season, behind only Alabama State.

Liberty has allowed a lot of bad teams to score a lot of touchdowns. Idaho State scored 41. New Mexico scored 43. North Texas scored 47. New Mexico State scored 49. Heck, UMass scored 62 in a three-overtime win.

That win against Liberty (4-5) was especially critical, by the way. Normally, teams in their first year in the FBS are not allowed to play in bowls. But Liberty secured an NCAA waiver as an independent and reached a bizarre bowl tie-in agreement with the Cure Bowl.

If Liberty gets to six wins, it will play in that game.

Liberty hosts New Mexico State on Nov. 24 (yes, they play twice this year) before a rescheduled game against Norfolk State on Dec. 1, part of the Week 3 spree of weather cancelations. The triple-overtime loss to UMass meant the Flames needed two more wins, which were unlikely to come against Virginia and Auburn.

A bowl game would be a huge accomplishment for Liberty in its first FBS season. And getting revenge on New Mexico State is the key to doing that.

Liberty is playing back-to-back road games against Power 5 opponents, and cannot afford to get too beat up entering its most important matchup of the year.

Auburn will not be the only team looking ahead to next week as a potential season-defining game.

I think the way to bet this game is to take the over on Auburn’s team total. I have not seen an Auburn team total posted yet, and typically, most sportsbooks post those less than 24 hours prior to kickoff.

One could also consider betting over the game total, which was 60.5 as of Tuesday morning. But I’d prefer to wait on Auburn’s team total. I do not think that oddsmakers can account for Auburn’s subtle improvement, the drastic change in competition level and Liberty’s schedule spot.

I think Auburn has a good chance to score 49 or more Saturday.

Christopher Smith is a professional handicapper. He’s the founder of Sports Locksmith and also works full-time for MyBookie out of Costa Rica.

Liberty defense offers perfect respite for Auburn

Auburn’s offense has shown subtle improvement, and should be able to put up 49 or more against Liberty on Saturday.

It’s Pronounced GIF: Georgia 27, Auburn 10

You can call me SanAndreas. I’m an Auburn fan. I like GIFs. @WarBlogle likes GIFs and he is allowing me to cut up the previous weekend’s games and GIF them here. I really appreciate Blogle being nice enough to give me a platform from which to talk about my favorite team and sport. If you like this, let me know and maybe he’ll let me do it again. It’s a shame my first post has to follow a loss, but such is life. So here goes…


Well… that happened.

It wasn’t pretty, and I’m not going to try making it pretty. There wasn’t a whole lot of good on Saturday, and both sides dropped their responsibilities when they couldn’t afford to.

Auburn’s loss to Georgia reminded me a lot of last year’s Auburn basketball team. Everyone knew they had potential…

…that much was clear as day from minute one. They started strong and looked like they could hang with anyone…

The differences are in the downfalls of each team. For basketball, it was their lack of depth and size. They couldn’t physically match up with teams, and because of that, lived and died on the 3-point shot. For football, it was details: small mistakes, dropped passes, overthrown balls, barely missed shoestring tackles.

In some ways Georgia simply was too big in the places that matter to the run game, but in others, misreads and over pursuit killed any chance of an upset. Georgia’s offensive line won the line of scrimmage, plain and simple, but even when they didn’t, Auburn’s linebackers and nickelbacks were missing tackles.

But I will say this: the offensive playcalling, despite the execution, was not the problem. The gameplan that we all clamored for in previous was implemented by the coaching staff.

Ryan Davis was a factor. 

There was a rotation at running back that did some good.

The gimmick plays were there.

The pass protection was as good as it could have been reasonably expected to be. 

There is no reason this game could not have been won, and that, I think, is the real source of frustration with this team. When they find their rhythm and find something that works, it’s built upon and expanded, and it’s a beautiful thing to see, but when they can’t, it’s painful because you can see all these excellent athletes lose hope in real time.

Here are some areas for focus moving forward:

Continue to run the ball creatively.

Auburn had a good idea in trying to get outside runs working and for the most part it was effective. I want to see the staff continue to innovate on that concept and help make Boobee Whitlow another name on the list of 1,000 yard rushers. Keep in mind that he is doing as well as he is as a freshman, and while I know he wouldn’t accept that as an excuse, it’s encouraging that he’s a bona-fide SEC sunning back in his first real season on the Plains.

Capitalize on mistakes.

Focus on routine details.

It feels wrong to type this, considering the background of teams that Gus Malzahn has coached, but Saturday’s loss is in heavy part due to routine mechanics of the game that were not executed correctly. Stidham’s crucial miss on 3rd down late in the 1st half is one throw that he should absolutely make every single time without question. It’s a simple dump off and it is no doubt practiced a thousand times before it sees the field, so I expect it to work when it’s called. This is just a single example of the nails that buried Auburn.

Here are a few others:

The unnecessary targeting hit/call by Big Kat Bryant.

The kick catch interference.

And finally, the missed tackles.

Let me be absolutely clear: if Georgia plays against Alabama the way they played against Auburn, they will lose badly. They did not, by any stretch of the imagination, play a complete game offensively or defensively. In the same vein, Auburn had to be able to capitalize on stops, particularly the stops the defense had in the first drive of the 2nd half and after the Jamel Dean interception. Those should have and could have been turning points in the game, but failure to execute doomed the team.

After the game, Deshaun Davis said that it’s good that we get frustrated at games like this. We know we’re better than that, and that we will be better than that. I understand feeling like the coaching staff failed the team, and I would agree with you in some respects, but let’s not tear down the program over one loss, or even a lost season. Yes, we have underachieved, but unless you have the best coach in college football history on your side, it’s going to happen from time to time.

Truthfully, I could go on forever about this game, and this season, and how it has diminished my faith in the fans who laud Gus as a great coach in one breath and call for his head in the next, but that’s enough grandstanding for me for right now. 0-12, 7-5, 12-0, I’m an Auburn fan, and tomorrow I’m going to go find someone in an Auburn hat and tell them War Eagle.

I recommend you do the same, it’s a great feeling.

Top Predictions for 2018 Auburn Basketball

Last season proved that Auburn is no longer just a football school. Under head coach Bruce Pearl, their basketball program has gone from a mid-tier SEC team in 2016 to a conference contender over the course of the last two seasons. Unfortunately, Clemson crushed them 84-53 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament but that setback will make this team stronger.

Those who want to learn how to bet reading this guide will help you do it and for the ones that already know, they  should consider Auburn when placing their NCAA Basketball picks this season, as of this writing, this team is off to a 2-0 start, both SU and ATS and in this article we are going to make some predictions for them.

1. Starting backcourt will be solid foundation

Auburn returns the starting backcourt from last year’s 26-win team and they will be a solid foundation for another 25-plus win squad. Jared Harper, who had an approximate 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and Bryce Brown (second-team All-SEC and the top returning scorer because Mustapha Heron transferred to St. John’s) are off to solid starts this season.

Harper is second on the team averaging 16.5 points, leads Auburn with 9.0 assists and pulls down 5.0 rebounds while shooting 40.0 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range in 31.5 minutes over two games while Brown averages 12.5 points per game in 28.0 minutes over two games.

2. The frontcourt will be much better

Auburn went 26-8 last season with a strong collective effort from their frontcourt and the scary part is that they should be much better this year. Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy were reinstated after being sidelined all of last season as a result of alleged involvement in federal accusations against now-former assistant coach Chuck Person.

Wiley and Purifoy combined to average 20 points and nearly 10 rebounds in 2016-17 and although Purifoy is missing the first nine regular-season games this season, their presence along with the fact that Chuma Okeke, Anfernee McLemore, Horace Spencer, and Malik Dunbar are back after averaging a collective 25 points and 18 rebounds, makes this a very strong part of their roster. As of this writing, Okeke leads the team with 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in two games this season.

3. Losing Mustapha Heron will hurt but Auburn will fill the void

The loss of Mustapha Heron will hurt Auburn, the 6-4, 200-pound point guard led the team to an SEC regular season title last year, averaging 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game but he transferred to St. John’s. Auburn is just as talented, if not more than last season’s team and there’s plenty of talent to fill in the void.

4. Jared Harper and Bryce Brown will at least make all-conference second team

Jared Harper and Bryce Brown give the Auburn Tigers a huge advantage in most of their matchups. Harper is as good as any point guard in the conference off the dribble and he facilitates to the strengths of his teammates. Harper’s quarterback mentality allows him to diagnose the weaknesses in his opponents while letting him operate at peak efficiency. He’s one of the main reasons why Auburn is off to a 2-0 start this season.

As for Bryce Brown, he’s an offensive machine, he was Auburn’s second-best scorer last year and 280 of his 421 field goal attempts were from 3-point range and he made 38.2 percent of those shots. Brown will have more notoriety on defense. Last season he forced his defensive assignments to 37.0 percent from the field and he forced 100 turnovers.

5. Samir Doughty will be Auburn’s top newcomer

VCU transfer Samir Doughty was his team’s fourth-leading scorer in 2016-17 and he was hungry to get on the floor after sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules.

Doughty is versatile and he’s thriving in coach Bruce Pearl’s up-tempo approach, making a difference with his excellent scoring capability and ability to play several positions effectively. Doughty is third on the team with 16.0 points in two games and he leads Auburn with a .688 field goal percentage.

6. Danjel Purifoy will give Auburn a boost when he comes back

Danjel Purifoy is sitting out the first nine games of the season but he averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 36.9 from behind the arc in 2016-17 and his talents will give Auburn a boost when the SEC schedule begins.

7. This will be Auburn’s best season since the mid-1980s

Auburn is light years away from where it was when head coach Bruce Pearl took over on March 18, 2014 and the unprecedented talent and depth of this roster, along with their experience and chemistry gives them potential to be one of the best teams in the school’s 113-year basketball history.

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Tommy Tuberville Says He Knows What Auburn Needs to Right the Ship

As an old sailor, I know from experience what it feels like to be in a ship that is taking on water and listing in heavy seas. I can attest from experience that it’s a scary feeling. The natural reaction is panic. But if you have a calm and experienced captain he will know what to do to right the ship.

The Auburn football team began well, sailing off in September with an opening win over Pac-12 power, Washington. However, the Tigers’ football season is now listing hard to starboard after the Tigers suffered another loss to their oldest rival Saturday.

From lofty preseason playoff hopes to staring at possible .500 ball, the situation has brought great angst among many in the Tigers’ fan base. There has been no shortage of articles and opinions offered on Auburn web sites as to what needs to be done to right the ship.

While there are several things that stand out, probably the most glaring difference in this year and previous seasons has been an inability to establish a consistent running game.

On Jay Coulter’s article this week, TET member Col. Angus probably best summed up the situation: “As much as I want to wring my hands and bemoan the state of things, when I look at things objectively, I can only point to the play of the offensive line as the main culprit to this disappointing season. Injuries and lack of quality depth, especially at center, have been the death knell of this team and why we can’t run the ball.”

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, who penned an exposé in The Athletic about what he thinks the problem has been and what Molecular Pathogenesis and Treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
needs to do to return the program to being a contender in 2019.

The former Auburn coach said the O- line’s problems permeate every aspect of the Tigers’ struggles, including the defense. Of course, when your offense is inept, the defense gets worn down as the game progresses. That was certainly evident Saturday in Athens.

Many think Malzahn’s offense needs a running quarterback to be successful. However, Tubs doesn’t agree. And that point could certainly be supported by last year’s team that averaged 40 points with Jarrett Stidham playing behind an experienced line.

Tuberville listed three definite things Gus should do to turn it around in 2019. You can read the entire article Cultiver le bonheur pour les Nuls en BD (French Edition)
. (This is a subscription site.) However, the main thing Tubby said is this year’s O-line needs to get healthy and receive more development by Working With Immigrant Families: A Practical Guide for Counselors (Family Therapy and Counseling)
 in the off season along with recruiting some top linemen to challenge for playing time.

“This recruiting class, especially on the offensive line, will be a major turning point for Malzahn and his coaching staff,” said Tuberville. “Bringing him back for another season is a smart move in that area because Auburn can’t afford to lose a class … if [Auburn] lost a recruiting class, I think it would have a devastating impact on the next four years.”

The old Tiger coach may have raised a few eyebrows by saying that AD Allen Greene did the right thing in announcing Why Do We Always Come Back to This?
. However, if Auburn is to have a chance at recruiting some top O-line talent, to bolster the front five, it was the only thing Greene could do.

I don’t know if the problem can be fixed that simply, but one of the most successful Auburn coaches in the past 25 years appears to think so.

I hope he’s right.

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Season: One Twenty Six – Episode Ten

The tenth installment of Season: One Twenty Six shows us how much football team eats, what Cam looks like when asked for a selfie, and what Auburn’s loss to Georgia looked like in a theatrical way.

Auburn Football Review: Georgia

Gus and Rod sit down to discuss the latest version of The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry:

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Chuma Okeke named SEC Player of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Chuma Okeke has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Gameday Tweets: Auburn 10, Georgia 27

WarBlogle_twitter_newLet’s be honest, we were all glad it was a night away game. It gave us all a chance to watch Gameday from bed, go buy a washer and dryer, install those, fry turkey, and then watch the game. Wait, I was the only that spend the day that way? Well, either way, the tweets were a tad sparse, but good enough. And the amount of trash talk was sparse as well. What’s happening to America? Follow me.

Highlights of Auburn’s 27-10 Loss at Georgia

I mean, there were some highlights. Probably a few more highlights than most expected. And then despite Georgia not doing too much either, those highlights kinda stopped. It wasn’t terrible.

Gut Check Time for Gus Malzahn

For 10 glorious minutes Saturday night, Auburn fans were living in a dream world. The offense was clicking on back-to-back possessions and the defense was nasty again. Then, like so many things this season, it just went away. Such is life under Gus Malzahn: a couple of nice peaks combined mostly with valleys that never seem to end.

There’s really no reason to point it all out, but it’s so shocking in print. Auburn has been outscored 123–3 in the second, third and fourth quarters against Georgia in Athens with Malzahn as the offensive coordinator or head coach since 2011.  Saturday was Malzahn’s 14th-worst offensive output of his coaching career. Five of his worst 15 performances have come against Georgia. And on and on and on…

At most places that will cost you your job; at Auburn it locks you into a $32 million buyout and makes the program a really miserable place to be around. Now the death march begins. Two weeks and counting until Nick Saban decides how big a whipping to put on this Auburn team.

How bad have things gotten? Losing by “only” 17 points likely means there’ll be no serious talk of change at the top. After all, Allen Greene says Malzahn is Auburn’s coach of the future. Let that sink in and marinate.

Talk of wins will now turn to full-time speculation about who’ll be offensive coordinator next year—not that it matters. Those close to the program say Malzahn will never hand over the play calling. It could be exciting to see Hugh Freeze get the keys and run his scheme with Auburn’s talent, but it’s doubtful he’d be given complete control.

Instead of focusing on staff changes, it’s time to look in the mirror. What worked at Shiloh Christian Academy will not work consistently in the SEC. Defenses have caught up and moved on from Malzahn’s play calling. It’s time to evolve and change. It’s time to bring in fresh eyes and let them do their job unhindered.

The great coaches know how to adapt. We saw it with Nick Saban following the 2010 season. We’ve watched it with Dabo Sweeney at Clemson in his climb to the top. Malzahn’s strength is not delegation. That must change starting today. His stubbornness is legendary. Someone must get to him and force change. That person will likely be Greene.

History says next season will be better. Auburn’s best years have almost always come following four or more losses the previous year. The schedule turns favorable again in 2019 with Georgia and Alabama at home.

While all of these things give fans hope, the reality is Auburn must change fast. Its two rivals are already a lap ahead—make that two laps ahead for Bama. Another year like 2018, and it may be many years before Auburn gets back to the top of the SEC West.

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Vegas releases Week 12 SEC betting lines

The betting line already is moving against Auburn against Liberty, and Mississippi State is nearly a three-touchdown favorite against Arkansas.

This week traditionally is the calm before the storm for the SEC’s strongest programs, providing a breather before Rivalry Week.

It features just three SEC vs. SEC games. SEC opponents include teams that have almost no chance at winning: The Citadel, Middle Tennessee State, Idaho, UMass, Liberty, Rice and Chattanooga.

But from a gambling perspective, this is always an exciting week, because there’s value in correctly handicapping which teams will play flat while looking ahead to a much better and more important opponent next week.

Week 12 SEC lines

The Citadel at Alabama (off), noon ET
Middle Tennessee State at Kentucky (-14), noon ET
Idaho at Florida (off), noon ET
Arkansas at Mississippi State (-19.5), noon ET
Missouri (-5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET
UMass at Georgia (-43.5), 4 p.m. ET
Liberty at Auburn (-29), 4 p.m. ET
UAB at Texas A&M (off), 7 p.m. ET
Rice at LSU (-43), 7:30 p.m. ET
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (-2.5), 7:30 p.m. ET
Chattanooga at South Carolina (off), 7:30 p.m. ET

Based on BetOnline lines as of 5:45 p.m. ET Sunday

Week 12 gambling notes

-Sportsbooks typically don’t post FBS vs. FCS lines until the morning of the game. That’s why The Citadel-Alabama, Idaho-Florida and Chattanooga-South Carolina are not posted.

-UAB QB A.J. Erdely (shoulder) is questionable against Texas A&M, which is why oddsmakers have not posted a line on that game yet.

-Auburn opened as a 32-point favorite, but the line moved against the Tigers within moments.

-Liberty is in its first FBS season. It lost by 21 at Virginia on Saturday in its only other game against Power 5 competition. The Flames should give up points in bunches to Auburn, as they allowed 47 to North Texas, 43 to New Mexico, 49 to New Mexico State, 41 to Idaho State and 62 to UMass.           

-Tennessee is on a 4-1 ATS run against SEC competition, including outright wins as underdogs at Auburn and vs. Kentucky. The Vols also need one win to become bowl eligible in Jeremy Pruitt’s first season as head coach.

-Arkansas is 5-1 ATS since losing 34-3 at Auburn, including a 24-17 loss to LSU on Saturday. Tulsa is the only FBS team that Arkansas has beaten, but the Razorbacks are playing hard for first-year head coach Chad Morris.

-Mississippi State probably enters the game against Arkansas with a sense of relief. The Bulldogs’ last six SEC games came against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. At kickoff, the last four SEC teams Mississippi State played were ranked No. 8, No. 5, No. 16 and No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25.

-The under is now 7-1-1 in Mississippi State games. Alabama beat Mississippi State, 24-0, going well under the closing number of 51.5 at the Westgate SuperBook.

-Vanderbilt lost 22-17 at Notre Dame, 14-7 at Kentucky and 33-28 at Missouri. The Commodores did win outright as a one-point underdog against Arkansas. I thought this may be the week Vanderbilt finally pulled off a notable upset, but oddsmakers smartly made Vandy a favorite, which surprised me a little.

-Texas A&M should not take UAB lightly. The Blazers are 9-1 overall and 8-2 against the spread, and probably are the best team in the C-USA. UAB did lose 36-7 to a disintegrating Florida team as an 11-point underdog in the same week last season.

Vegas releases Week 12 SEC betting lines

The betting line already is moving against Auburn against Liberty, and Mississippi State is nearly a three-touchdown favorite against Arkansas.

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