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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The British are coming (to an Auburn football game)

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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One more round: Auburn seniors cherish last home game at Jordan-Hare

Deshaun Davis said he was talking with Darrell Williams on Monday, during recovery— maybe sitting on a trainer’s table, or chatting between ice baths down inside the halls of Auburn’s athletics complex, as the two senior linebackers, who’ve seen plenty…

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Auburn University hosting Fall Feast Tuesday

Auburn University hosting Fall Feast Tuesday



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The Xtra Point 11.15.18/ So long LeVeon Bell and what will happen with the Warriors

The Xtra Point 11.15.18/ So long LeVeon Bell and what will happen with the Warriors
On this edition of The Xtra Point with Brooks Childress and Jared Dillard, we recap the CY Young award winners and look at whats next for LeVeon Bell. The guys also discuss what is happening in San Francisco and will Kevin Durant be back with the Warriors? We also breakdown the biggest match ups of the weekend in the world of College Football.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Auburn vs Mississippi College

Auburn vs Mississippi College



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Auburn Basketball (M): vs Mississippi College



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Bruce Pearl Press Conference Mississippi College

Bruce Pearl Press Conference Mississippi College



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Auburn Basketball (M): vs Mississippi College

Auburn Basketball (M): vs Mississippi College



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Chuma Okeke named SEC Player of the Week

Chuma Okeke named SEC Player of the Week



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11-14 News Update

11-14 News Update



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Pet of the week: Zoe

Pet of the week: Zoe



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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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Opelika woman killed in fatal crash Friday

Opelika woman killed in fatal crash Friday



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