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Sitting in Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday I was filled with a torrent of emotions not unlike most Auburn fans watching the Tigers allow another win to slip through their grasp. As the seconds ticked off the clock in the 30-24 loss to Tennessee, I knew that the coming week would see calls on social media and on Auburn chat boards calling for changes. The answer to where the program goes next is not an easy one either as Jay Coulter pointed out in his Monday editorial.
While I don’t propose to know how the situation will come out. I do know, like most of you reading these words, that I love Auburn. So after having a couple of days to settle down and gather my thoughts, I can only say, I’m not giving up on this season. Stay with me here because this is not an effort at pumping sunshine into what we all know is a dire situation.
I just don’t want to give up on the players. As far as I can see they still fight to the end in every game and I owe it to them as a fan to not give any less in my support for them. There’s still a lot of football left to play. Are the odds in Auburn’s favor? It certainly doesn’t look like it. But I can’t see how making any major changes to the program in mid season could help. Many will differ on that and I certainly understand those feelings.
But the one who is charged with stewardship of the program is Auburn Athletic Director Allen Greene. He weighed in on the question yesterday at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. When asked about the job security of the coaching staff the AD said he plans to continue to support coach Malzahn. “Every one of us who are a former athlete or coach, expects more than anybody else expects of us” said Greene. “So when you don’t have the outcomes you desire, that’s a frustrating thing. But he [Malzahn] is committed to working through it and I’m committed to being there with him and we’ll continue the grind.”
After turnovers and blown referee calls helped keep this team from having a 6-1 or even 7-0 record my immediate concern moving forward is how much mentally the players can over come? Sometimes there’s a thin line between success and failure and often believing you can win is the difference. After three disheartening losses you have to wonder how much gas is left in the tank.
So despite Greene’s show of support, Gus has tremendous pressure on him now to not only win but keep this team believing after falling from pre season hype as a playoff contender. That has to be a tall order in the present climate. Can he do it? We will have the answer by Thanksgiving weekend. In the short run, the best thing to help the team believe would be a win. Maybe, just maybe it will come this weekend in Oxford. For the player’s sake I hope it does.
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After six weeks of sweltering temperatures Auburn fans will finally be able to experience a football game in closer to fall weather with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s. On Saturday the No. 21 Tigers will take on the Tennessee Volunteers with kickoff set for 11 a.m. CT on the SEC Network.
It will be “Stripe the Stadium” day on the Plains as the Auburn Athletics Department has asked fans attending the game to wear Orange and Blue according to their seat section. Fans can see what color has been assigned to their section at this link.
In addition, the show SEC Nation will broadcast live from 9–11 a.m. CT from the Wellness Kitchen Green Space. Host Laura Rutledge will be joined by Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Lauren Sisler and some guy named Finebaum.
For those who will be watching from home, we have listed below the TV broadcast schedule for all of Saturday’s college football games. Game times are listed as Central Time, and all SEC games as well as those involving Top 25 teams are underlined.
Acid Reign will be doing his regular play-by-play during TET’s Open Thread. Feel free to join in and add your voice to the discussion of the the game as it unfolds. War Eagle and …
Beat the Vols!
Saturday – 10–13–18, all times Central
11:00 a. m.
No. 21 Auburn hosts Tennessee – SEC Network
Nebraska at Northwestern – ABC
No. 14 Florida at Vanderbilt – ESPN
Iowa at Indiana – ESPN2
Minnesota at No. 3 Ohio State – Fox Sports1
Oklahoma State at Kansas State – ESPNU
Toledo at Eastern Michigan ESPN+
Rutgers at Maryland – Big 10 Network
Akron at Buffalo – CBS Sports Network
See the rest of the schedule after the jump.
11:20 a. m.
Duke at Georgia Tech – Raycom
11:30 a. m.
Louisville at Boston College – ACC RSN
UAB at Rice – ESPN+
1:00 p. m.
Southern Mississippi at North Texas – ESPN3
1:30 p. m.
Pittsburgh at 5 Notre Dame – NBC
Kent State at Miami (OH) – ESPN+
2:00 p. m.
Ball State at Central Michigan – ESPN3
Western Michigan at Bowling Green – ESPN+
2:30 p. m.
No. 7 Washington at 17 Oregon – ABC/ESPN2
No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU – CBS
Purdue at Illinois – Fox Sports1
Army vs San Jose State (in Santa Clara) – ESPNU
No. 10 UCF at Memphis – ABC/ESPN2
Baylor at No. 9 Texas – ESPN
Temple at Navy – CBS Sports Network
Western Kentucky at Charlotte – ESPN+
Marshall at Old Dominion – No broadcast
No. 22 Texas A&M at South Carolina – SEC Network
Ohio at Northern Illinois – ESPN+
Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State – Big 10 Network
3:00 p. m.
New Mexico at Colorado State – AT&T Sports Network
UNLV at Utah State – No broadcast
4:00 p. m.
Alabama State at South Alabama – ESPN3
New Mexico State at ULL – ESPN3
5:00 p. m.
La. Monroe at Coastal Carolina – ESPN3
6:00 p. m.
Missouri at No. 1 Alabama – ESPN
Virginia Tech at North Carolina – ESPNU
No. 16 Miami (FL) at Virginia – ESPN2
Houston at East Carolina – CBS Sports Network
No. 6 West Virginia at Iowa State – Fox Sports 1
Louisiana Tech at UTSA – ESPN+
UCLA at No. 19 California – Pac-12 Network
6:30 p. m.
No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan – ABC
Middle Tennessee at Florida International – BeInSports
Ole Miss at Arkansas – SEC Network
9:15 p. m.
Hawaii at BYU – ESPN2
9:30 p. m.
Colorado at USC – Fox Sports 1
Wyoming at Fresno State – ESPNU
Boise State at Nevada – CBS Sports Network
See what Coach Nelson and I have to say in this week’s Episode 6 on the state of Auburn football’s season at the half way point.
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College fans wait eight long months for the start of football. It’s hard to believe that half of the season is already over. As Sullivan013 pointed out in his weekly column, it looks like no one will be able to stop the freight train from west Alabama.
Auburn on the other hand is struggling to produce some semblance of consistency, especially on offense. After defeating Washington, one of the best teams in the nation, the Tigers have digressed. But before we jump off the cliff, there is still some hope; however slight it may appear to us recliner chair quarterbacks. We saw flashes of it Saturday in Starkville.
After leading the conference last year in pass efficiency, Jarrett Stidham is throwing at 56.2 percent accuracy. That has to improve. No one knows that better than Jarrett. “I’m the one with the ball in my hands every play,” said Stidham. “For our offense to be as successful as it’s going to be, I’ve got play a lot better.”
He did play better in the second half in Starkville. He threw for 176 yards the last two quarters as the Tigers rolled up 225 yards. That’s something that has to continue for there to be any chance at winning the next three games much less be competitive come Amen corner. But that’s not the only area Auburn must improve on.
It’s more than obvious the offensive line, despite injuries to starters, must be better at protecting Stidham as well as opening holes for the running game. And now that Miss State found an Achilles heel in Auburn’s defense, Kevin Steele has to find a way to fix that quickly because opponents will be trying to emulate State’s success. Probably most important, Auburn has to take advantage of every opportunity to put points on the board when in a position to score.
Can they do all that? I believe they can. But they need a good game to boost their confidence level.
Some sports psychologists say that athlete’s performances are 90% mental in determining outcome. That’s why you hear so much about playing in the zone or a team having momentum. When a team has it they seem to get stronger as the game progresses. Lose it and become frustrated and press too hard instead of just playing the game. Of course it doesn’t help when there are highly questionable calls that can impact “big Mo.” (As with the two calls that went against Auburn Saturday causing a 14 point swing.)
I know, I know, a team has to overcome those obstacles. The best way to do that is believe you can. And that comes from continuous success that can boost confidence and improve the mental part of the game.
There is little doubt that Auburn should have defeated both LSU and Miss State. But woulda, coulda, shoulda, doesn’t count. What does count are the games left on the schedule as Auburn turns down the back stretch. And that begins 11 a.m. Saturday when historic rival Tennessee comes to town.
War Eagle and …
Beat the Vols!
Editor’s note on perspective:
A lot of Auburn fans have been dismayed because of Auburn football’s 4-2 start. However, mothernature has a way of putting things in to proper perspective. As this article goes to press, I’m thinking this evening of the folks that are under the heavy hand of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle, southern Alabama and Georgia, many of whom are part of the Auburn family.
Football is not very important in the grand scheme of things when you have to try to live through a category 4 hurricane. If you are a person that believes in prayer, please join me in praying for their protection tonight.
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This weekend marks the halfway point of the 2018 college football season. For many schools, the second half of the season is the beginning of the tough part of the schedule. Historically, it’s a time that the teams in the nation’s strongest division start knocking off one another.
And as usually is the case, no team in the SEC West division has as tough a row to hoe as Auburn. No team has to play both Bama and SEC East power Georgia year in and year out. The Tigers begin the meat of their schedule on the road this Saturday in Starkville, Mississippi to play the Maroon Bulldogs.
For your convenience, we have listed below the TV broadcast schedule for all games leading up to and after Auburn’s 6:30 kickoff with MSU on ESPN2.
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 have his open thread of the game up Saturday, so feel free to chime in on the thread and add your voice to the happenings as the game unfolds. War Eagle …
Beat the Dogs
(and quiet those cowbells)!
Saturday Schedule 10/6/18 (All Times Central):
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Texas (at Arlington) – Fox
No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas – ESPN
Kansas at No. 9 West Virginia – ESPN2
Tulane at Cincinnati – ESPNU
Maryland at No. 15 Michigan – ABC
East Carolina at Temple – ESPN News
Missouri at South Carolina – SEC Network
Northwestern at No. 20 Michigan State – Fox Sports 1
Illinois at Rutgers – Big 10 Network
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan – ESPN+
Buffalo at Central Michigan – CBS Sports Network
See the rest of the schedule after the jump.
Syracuse at Pittsburgh – ACC Network
Boston College at No. 23 North Carolina State – Fox Sports South
Northern Illinois at Ball State – ESPN3
No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest – ESPN
Iowa State at No. 25 Oklahoma State – ESPN2
San Diego State at Boise State – ESPNU
South Alabama at Georgia Southern – ESPN3
Ohio at Kent State – ESPN+
Kansas State at Baylor – Fox Sports 1
No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida – CBS
Iowa at Minnesota – Big 10 Network
Navy at Air Force – CBS Sports Network
Florida State at No. 17 Miami – ABC
Bowling Green at Toledo – ESPN+
Miami (OH) at Akron – ESPN+
Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State – Fox
Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss – SEC Network
Arizona State at No. 21 Colorado – Pac-12 Network
New Mexico at UNLV – AT&T Sports
Old Dominion at Florida Atlantic – No broadcast
No. 13 Kentucky at Texas A&M – ESPN
SMU at No. 12 UCF – ESPNU
Connecticut at Memphis – CBS Sports Network
UAB at Louisiana Tech – No broadcast
ULL at Texas State – ESPN+
UTSA at Rice – ESPN3
No. 8 Auburn at Mississippi State – ESPN2
No. 10 Washington at UCLA – Fox
Vanderbilt at No. 2 Georgia – SEC Network
Nebraska at No. 16 Wisconsin – Big 10 Network
North Texas at UTEP – BeIn Sports
No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech – ABC
Washington State at Oregon State – Pac-12 Network
California at Arizona – Fox Sports 1
Colorado State at San Jose State – CBS Sports Network
Fresno State at Nevada – ESPNU
Utah at No. 14 Stanford – ESPN
Wyoming at Hawaii – No broadcast