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I’m still running right along with my B average, but last week hurt a little. There was one incorrect pick that I didn’t mind (Georgia), so those always make things feel better.
Last week: 6-3 (66.7%)
This week: 0-0 (0.0%)
Overall: 62-13 (82.7%)
Week 8 is all SEC vs. SEC. Things will start taking shape. It’s getting real.
Kentucky at Georgia – South Carolina beat Kentucky by 17, so Georgia *should* be okay with the Wildcats. That said, it was probably more of a lack of emotion that beat Georgia last week, and I’m not sure the DWAGS will be too fired up for this one. But there’s no way the universe gives us two in a row.
Georgia 31, Kentucky 7
LSU at Mississippi State – The Maroons lost to Tennessee. That’s kinda all you need to know. LSU will probably draw a crowd in Starkville, but this one won’t be exciting.
LSU 45, Mississippi State 21
Florida at South Carolina – The Spurrier Bowl! Wait, that’s been defunct for a few years now. Let’s see… the Gamecocks are at home after beating Georgia. Florida is on the road again after being shown they aren’t unbeatable. Something says upset, but again, the universe won’t give us two in a row.
Florida 21, South Carolina 17
Missouri at Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt is terrible. Missouri has been good at beating terrible teams.
Missouri 41, Vanderbilt 13
Texas A&M at Ole Miss – The Aggies are flailing. Ole Miss lost to Missouri. It’s a night game in Oxford, so the Rebels will be lubed up, but the Aggies are a better team and will win.
Texas A&M 34, Ole Miss 20
Tennessee at Alabama – Who cares?￼
Alabama 38, Tennessee 14
Auburn at Arkansas – Check back later for my prediction in the game preview, but SPOILER ALERT: Gus can’t be nice to his friend this time.
Other Games of Note
Oregon at Washington – Oregon has given up 52 points this season. Over half (27) were scored by Auburn. They are pretty good. Washington isn’t as good. But it’s in Washington. Hmm… Ducks.
Oregon 28, Washington 21
Michigan at Penn State – Michigan has beaten some bad teams, and lost to the only good team they’ve played. Penn State is a good team and they’ll maul Michigan.
Penn State 38, Michigan 17
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Flint Harris (@Flint_HolyTurf) is an Arkansas graduate that used to run and write for HolyTurf.com, a site all about the passion of college football, specifically the SEC and Big 12. Flint has been a staple of the Arkansas-themed Other Sidelines, and he’s never given me a reason to not invite him back. Flint is understandably a little down (again, again) this year, so let’s be nice to him.
1. What is an Arkansas fan’s first thoughts of Auburn football right now?
Hog fans are jealous of every good SEC program, including Auburn, because less than a decade ago Arkansas was playing in, and winning several, big games.
2. What are the thoughts on Chad Morris now? Do people understand or do they want him out?
Chad Morris is in his fifth season as a head coach. He has never beaten a Power 5 program. Let that resonate. Morris’ best result has been recruiting. With a ton of hard work and elite social media creativity, Morris pulled in a Top 25 class last year. However, after losing to San Jose State a 3-star DB decommitted. After the Kentucky loss, the biggest recruit in the class, a 4-star OL, decommitted. I’m not sure how anyone can look at the Arkansas program under Chad Morris and feel optimistic. He has lost to Colorado State, North Texas, and San Jose State. He does not have an SEC win through 11 games and a home game versus Mississippi State is likely his only chance this season.
3. What’s the biggest problem with Arkansas football right now? Did the Texas A&M game give any hope?
The roster is not great right now. However, the coaches seem vastly overmatched on both sides of the ball. The A&M game may have given fans hope, but good gosh that went by the wayside when an awful Kentucky team starting a wide receiver at QB beat Arkansas 24-20.
4. Name two current Auburn Tigers that scare you and why.
Derrick Brown apparently can only be stopped by the turf monster. Too soon? The Arkansas offensive line is not stellar-I feel like I type that same statement every year I write this article. Brown may eat the backfield for lunch. Anthony Schwartz is undoubtedly going to score a long touchdown in Fayetteville.
5. Name two Razorbacks that should Auburn fans should keep their eye on.
Arkansas has two freshman wide receivers that are elite. No, stop chuckling. I’m serious. Trey Knox, #7, and Treylon Burks, #16 are really impressive. For some reason when the quarterbacks have time, they choose to throw to other players, which is a monumental mistake. Knox is 6’5” and 205 lbs. Burks is 6’3” and 223 lbs.
6. Where will each team have an advantage over the other?
Arkansas’ left-footed kicker, Connor Limpert, is pretty good. Is he better than Carlson version 2.0, maybe? Auburn should have an advantage everywhere else on the field. Specifically, the Arkansas safeties are not good.
7. Which matchup intrigues you the most and why?
Aubie vs. Pork Chop! Perhaps a dance-off during a time out. I do wish Tusk and Nova could be face to face. It would make for an awesome picture! Nova is so intense. Tusk is a big ole’ beast. It is all for the Gram anyways these days, right?
8. What’s your prediction/analysis for the game?
It depends on what time Auburn gets focused. Remember the early kick off at Auburn in 2006 when Auburn was number 2 and Arkansas whipped them….ahh good times! I believe it was the first time ‘Woody’ was released in the college football world. Marcus Monk had a long TD catch from Mitch Mustain. Darren McFadden and Felix Jones did awesome things…per the usual. The biggest number to keep an eye on Saturday is the attendance. It has been low (53k-ish) for non-conference games. Fans can pop off on Twitter all day, but will they attend the game on Saturday is the best ability to showing their feelings about the program.
9. Where will Auburn and Arkansas end up this season?
Arkansas will likely finish 3-9 with a late season win over Western Kentucky. What moves in the off-season will be made regarding the coaching staff? John Chavis is long past his prime. He is still the Arkansas defensive coordinator as I write this. I do think Auburn will struggle to beat LSU, UGA, or Bama with a freshman quarterback completing just over 54% of his passes and throwing for less than 200 yards per game against quality opponents. I see Auburn finishing 8-4 and winning a bowl game to end 9-4.
10. Would you take Gus Malzahn as Arkansas head coach right now?
Of course. The flirtation with Arkansas over the years has bothered some fans because they knew Gus was posturing to get more money from Auburn, but that is how the business works.
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Two East teams tasted their first defeat this last weekend and the turmoil it has caused has created an interesting situation in the division race on that side of the Southeastern Conference.
Funny thing about football. Not all teams, games, coaching staffs or plays are the same week to week. You can show the statistics like I have been doing year after year concerning the expected outcome of any contest or situation and be as confident in the result as your own name based upon past performance and walk into an absolutely entirely different outcome that contradicts every conceivable number I ever dreamed of. About the only thing I can think of to say in these instances is that a plus-five turnover margin erases a great deal of team efficiency and capability.
Ever wonder why ‘ball control’ is so widely heard in pre- and post-game interviews from those same coaching staffs? This is the reason. This is also the reason it becomes a fundamental topic in every film review on both sides of the ball, both in lessons learned and weaknesses to exploit. You can bet that every team with Georgia on their schedule will be watching this last weekend’s game film with intense interest. Likewise, you can bet the Georgia coaching staff and players will have an entirely different outlook and playing intensity at the earliest possible moment.
Which also means a very unforgiving game against their next opponent. Expect this to play out with a huge point spread against Kentucky.
But the curious thing about the statistics I’ve been following – Georgia’s numbers weren’t impacted by their defeat. In fact, it was South Carolina that suffered a setback. Even more curious, the two top SEC Western Division teams had efficiency numbers drop incredibly sharply following what looked on the surface as significant wins.
This can be looked at in a couple of ways. First of all, it is important to note exceptions to the chosen statistics I’ve based this analysis on. Both long scoring plays and turnovers are not tracked by this method. Not because they aren’t significant, but mainly it is due to their rarity week to week. I just don’t have a way to track them incrementally throughout the season like I can for the numbers that I do include.
Secondly, what I am attempting to do is to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each of the conference teams in a manner that can be compared to what a conference champion team normally looks like year to year and which teams are showing those attributes when during the season. I usually don’t predict nor speculate game to game. Nor do I try to use this system to bet on any games, mainly due to what just happened last weekend.
Sure is a long way down from where these two Easterners were
SEC West Offense
Both Alabama and LSU proved their offensive prowess this last weekend, maintaining dominating performance numbers against two widely touted defensive teams. Neither one showed any impact to the impressive statistics they have compiled week to week.
The same could not be said for the remaining teams who played. Not a single one of the teams who played showed any sort of improvement from their previous statistics. In fact, several problems worsened, especially for both Mississippi State and Texas A&M. With the losses mounting and the schedule still showing ranked teams in the future, bowl eligibility is squarely on the table for each of these teams.
SEC West Defense
This is where the numbers really took a turn almost across the board. The most striking two are of course the last two undefeated teams heading towards an early November showdown. What is going on with both of these defenses? This isn’t just a rotation in depth as lopsided games are winding down and third stringers are giving up big yards.
What is showing here is far more pervasive than a few late drives in already decided games. I believe this is actually a measure of the impact of big play offenses. When a team scores on a deep strike, the defense has to return far sooner than a long drive would allow, and even with substitution and rotation of depth, this still has an impact on your players that may be significant as the season progresses. The same goes for teams with poor offenses, as three-and-outs produce the same effect.
A very interesting development that bears close watching these next few weeks.
SEC East Offense
Florida’s offense obviously couldn’t keep up with LSU, and the numbers this week show it. Interestingly enough, Georgia’s numbers don’t illustrate any impact from their loss at all. They are still the most efficient and effective team in the East Division. What is showing ominously is a steady, step by step improvement in Missouri’s numbers. And with the fall of Georgia and Florida in the same week, that puts the East Tigers into the division race with a vengeance. It’s going to get interesting these next couple of weeks.
Despite the win, South Carolina still has a daunting schedule and only an average offense on their third quarterback this season. Much as that win energized their team and fan base, it would be wrong to read too much into that game, especially with the Gators visiting this weekend. Tennessee notched a win too, but it did so with very little noticeable improvement. This also won’t go as far as they might hope.
SEC East Defense
This is where I think Missouri might be able to tip the scales on both Florida and Georgia. If they can keep these defensive numbers up when they play those two teams, we might be looking at a team play for the Southeastern conference championship after losing to Wyoming.
But that is what I find myself thinking when I see the above. Georgia’s offense lost to a very average South Carolina defense and Florida’s offense hasn’t been that great against any of the quality defenses they’ve played so far. While you can point out that Mizzou hasn’t face much in terms of quality teams, their numbers are remarkably consistent game to game. This is a well coached and well playing team.
State of the Conference
With the fall of the two East Division leaders a curious race is starting for the East title. Missouri’s schedule and the fact that their two highest ranked teams on their schedule just suffered a conference loss puts them in a unique position of only having to win against one of them to secure half of the title for the division, if not winning it outright. This has changed from idle speculation to a serious possibility and likelihood.
The West division is narrowing with every victory by LSU and Alabama leading up to their matchup in November. But there are still pitfalls ahead and if the South Carolina win tells you anything, it means that no team is entirely safe in any game for the remainder of the season. That ball can bounce any number of ways when you least expect it.
What does this mean conference wide? What looked like a two team race in the East has suddenly become a three way free-for-all that can spin out any number of ways the next few weeks. The West has two teams playing remarkably similarly in nearly every aspect and with careful play will decide the fact on November 9th.
And yet,… this is college football, after all, and stranger things have happened before and will likely do so again here shortly.
Looking to burn brightly for the rest of the season.
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Week 7 results are in, and JACKLEG holds on to the No. 1 spot in this week’s standings. AUTexan leapfrogs into second place, and Bojax34 rounds out the top three. Below are the rest of the top 25 standings.
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Not much going on the last few days on the Plains with Auburn having their first bye week of the 2019 football season. The Tigers held four practices prepping for this coming Saturday’s road game against Arkansas.
The Razorbacks are winless in SEC play but have come close in games against Kentucky and Texas A&M. That should give them plenty of motivation as well as playing at home with an early 11 a.m. kick.
*** Concerns with next road game?
Of up most concern for Auburn heading into Fayetville is who will replace injured running back Boobee Whitlow and how will quarterback Bo Nix respond after a disappointing game last week in Gainesville?
The No. 11 Tigers have several options at tailback. Expect Kam Martin to get the start with Shawn Shivers getting some touches. And look for highly touted freshmen Harold Joiner and D.J. Williams to be given a shot. In fact, Gus has already said he expects Williams, who mirrors Whitlow in size and running style, to have an expanded roll in the second half of the season.
As to how Nix will respond, his teammates say they are confident in Bo’s ability and confidence. Wide Receiver, Will Hastings said, “Bo’s reenergized and ,,, He’s got confidence that we can run the table and beat everyone on the whole schedule.” That should be the key to Nix’s success. That and Coach Malzahn saying he will make things more simple for Bo this week in his play calling.
*** Auburn – LSU afternoon kickoff.
For the third time this season, Auburn will be featured in the CBS Game of the Week. Auburn and LSU will be kicking off their annual Tiger Bowl at 2:30 CT on Oct. 26 in Baton Rouge. It’s not only good for Auburn to be chosen three times in one season, it’s also good not to have to play the No. 2 Bengals at night in famed Death Valley Stadium.
*** The “visual identity system” will not be changed.
Back in August Auburn announced it would make some alterations to the familiar inter locking A and U of the Auburn logo. University officials tried to soften the news by calling it a change to the “visual identity system.”
The decision was met with a lot ire and protest from fans and alumni. The last time Auburn tried to mess with the Auburn logo (1995), then president Dr William Muse had a revolt on his hands and had to quickly retreat. It appears the same thing has happened again.
On Monday, The Auburn Plaisman reported that Ronald Burgess, Auburn University’s chief operating officer, told SGA President Mary Margaret Turton the school will not go through with the proposed changes to the nationally recognizeable logo.
Mark that down as a victory not only for the fans but for common sense. Until next time …
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