Sunday, September 23, 2018

Auburn NFL roundup: Cam Newton accounts for 4 touchdowns in Panthers' victory

On the third Sunday of the NFL's 2018 season, 20 Auburn alumni got on the field.

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Auburn football: Dissecting three quotes that speak to struggles on offense

A week ago after the Auburn football team lost to LSU, most people were interested to see how the Tigers would respond Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. More specifically, they were watching how the offense would respond after its hot-and-cold performance in the 1-point loss last week. Most of those people wish they could unsee what […]

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Live Updates: Kevin Steele, Chip Lindsey review Arkansas game, preview Southern Miss

Live updates as Kevin Steele and Chip Lindsey review Auburn's game against Arkansas and look ahead to Southern Miss.

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Murray Named National Defensive Player of the Week

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See Blake Countess score Rams' touchdown on blocked punt

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Blake Countess has scored two touchdowns in his NFL career, and both have come off blocked punts.

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Auburn Squashes Arkansas! (Grading Auburn vs. Arkansas.)

Having the angle on Igbinoghone did not matter!

     War Eagle everybody! It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn’s bruising 34-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Offensively, it was not a thing of beauty, but Auburn used opportunistic special teams plays, and bone-jarring defense to carry the day and cover the ridiculous 30 point spread in this one. We are now officially into fall, and Auburn is sitting at 3-1 on the season, about where most pundits had prognosticated.

     It was a curious week, from the officials. Against Washington and LSU, Auburn played tight coverage on the outside, and picked up 6 pass interference penalties, several of them costly. I’m guessing Auburn privately complained to the SEC office, particularly regarding phantom calls. It’s one thing for an official to call what he sees. It’s quite another to call a penalty, just guessing. As a result, in this game, no pass interference penalties were called on either defense, despite more hand fighting, pushing, and in one case, Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz was pulled down by the shoulder pad with the ball in the air. Arkansas tried to float it up to the sideline, and with the handcuffs off the Auburn secondary, it did not go so well for the Razorbacks.

     During the game, it was frustrating to see Arkansas pick up a few first downs on 3rd and 4th down, early in the game. These opportunities faded, as the game went on. I and others bemoaned a lack of a pass rush during the game, but a re-watch reveals otherwise. Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey took a beating, in this one. Credit to the guy, he managed to dump the ball off into the dirt when pressured, most of the time. Still, 13 of 32 passing resulted in Arkansas not getting into the end zone. About the only defensive quibble I can come up with is that there were about 3 long runs given up, that set Arkansas up for scoring opportunities. In particular, there was a 45 yard sweep early in the 3rd by Rakeem Boyd, where Auburn was caught seriously out of position on the edge. Still, Auburn slammed the door in the red zone, and Arkansas was never a serious threat to score a touchdown.

     Folks, the offensive line regressed, this week. I hated to see that. What Auburn likes to do in the running game is pull guards, and get a blocking advantage on the edge. When you pull guards, you leave a defensive lineman unblocked. Hopefully the play design leaves that lineman chasing air. For that to happen, the center and the tackles MUST neutralize their lineman. That did not happen very often, in this game. Auburn running backs were often caught from behind by the unblocked guy, because there was nowhere to go, with defensive linemen in the backfield.

     Auburn seriously missed the usual contributions by departed receivers Nate Craig-Myers and Jalen Harris. As a result, overall team blocking ability went down, and plays that used to work well were blown up, this week. I really can’t blame either guy for leaving, as they were rarely targeted in the passing game.

     Auburn had a fantastic day on special teams, with 2 long punt returns, a kick return for a touchdown, and a couple of blocked punts. I can’t be too upset with a couple of field goal misses from 50+ yards away. If you’re having to try kicks like that, it means that the offense is falling down on the job.

Unit grades after the jump!

Defensive Line: A. It was a pretty dominant performance up front. If there is anything to complain about, it’s guys finishing the tackle in the backfield. I would not mind seeing that “Nick Fairly mentality” come into play. Auburn needs to generate some of that “deer in the headlights” fear in quarterbacks. I do believe Auburn got to Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey, as the game went on. This day, the Auburn line generated 25 tackles, which is a pretty high number.

Linebackers: A-. I’ve mentioned a couple of loss of contain errors above. Otherwise, this unit did very well. One thing I’ve not mentioned much this year, is the job these guys do in underneath coverage. Arkansas wanted to dump the ball off to running backs, and it really did not work, against the Auburn linebackers. Either the coverage was tight, or a tackle was made to really limit the gain. Auburn’s run fills continue to be very good. Auburn linebackers contributed 15 total tackles, which is a good number, considering that Auburn ran a nickel defense most of the day.

Secondary: A-. Auburn had just a few coverage errors, mostly on the 8-12 yard square-in patterns run by the outside receiver. That’s a typical zone defense weakness, and it has hurt Auburn some this year. Otherwise, Auburn’s guys do a good job of staying with their guy, playing man coverage. The safeties did a much better job this week of preventing the deep ball. The secondary also pretty sure tacklers, across the lineup. Auburn did a good job calling the safety blitz during this game. That nearly always disrupted whatever play Arkansas was running. The secondary contributed 27 total tackles in this game.

Punting: A. Arryn Siposs averaged 47.2 yards on 5 punts, and only 1 was returned, for 13 yards. The lone return was aided by a couple of blocks in the back.

Punt Returns: A. Ryan Davis was a weapon, this week. He was able to pick up 84 yards, on 2 returns, and had a couple more fair catches. Arkansas started really kicking away from Davis, after that. I was really intrigued with Auburn’s pressure on the punter. Apparently, a few things were found on the tape. First off, the punter had a long approach and wind-up. Then, Auburn was able to overload the A-gap, and get defensive backs through the line without being touched. Arkansas seemed to plan on the protection backs picking these guys up, but it’s hard to block a shifty defensive back racing in on the punter at a dead run. Arkansas found that out, the hard way. Officially, Jordyn Peters got credit for just one block, but I believe he tipped kick, earlier. Peters also altered punter Reid Bower’s approach on another punt, causing a short kick. Finally, kudos to K. J. Britt, for a heads-up play, picking up a blocked punt and getting 10 yards on it.

Kick Returns: A+. Auburn only had one opportunity, and Noah Igbinoghene took it to the house. He made a nice cut in the middle of the field. As pictured above, Arkansas had at least 3 defenders with the angle, but it did not matter. Noah torched them all, just running away from it! He was just playing at a different speed, on that one.

Place Kicking: A. I can’t count off for misses beyond 50 yards. Anders Carlson did hit field goals of 18 and 43 yards, and all of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. Arkansas did get a single return opportunity late in the game, when Ian Shannon kicked off. The coverage team smothered that one at the 20.

Offensive Line: D-. I’m not going to belabor this much further. There was confusion and there were errors, across the board. Auburn occasionally gets everyone on the same page and good runs happen, but not much of that occurred, this game.

Running Backs: B+. It’s hard to give a grade here, because there wasn’t much there, up front. Auburn backs had to just make what they could, on their own. Kam Martin got his yards by just hitting the line quickly. JaTarvious Whitlow is a more patient runner, which sometimes helps. I did not feel like the game plan helped H-back Chandler Cox, at all. It was like Cox was asked to do both his job, and the job of departed Jalen Harris, at the same time. Auburn tried a couple of times to get Kam Martin going in the screen game, and telegraphed it both times. I have to give the backs credit on ball security. They took some hard licks, and held onto the ball.

Receivers: B. There was just 1 drop this week. Where Auburn had issues was blocking those quick screens. Auburn did have some success there, but it was because guys like Ryan Davis and Anthony Schwartz made defenders miss. This was a tough game to be a receiver. Auburn wasn’t getting much protection for the quarterback, and long-developing routes were a waste of time.

Quarterback: B-. I cannot fault Jarrett Stidham for the lack of passing production, at a pedestrian 6.1 yards per pass. There was no time to set up and go through progressions, most of the time. When there was, it seemed that Stidham tended to hold the ball too long, which is an ongoing issue. However, he did distribute the ball accurately with pressure in his face, hitting 15 of 22 passes, for a 68 percent completion percentage. There were a couple of misses on deep balls, but one of those was blatant pass interference that wasn’t called.

     Auburn has one more week to work against a lesser opponent, and to try and firm things up, particularly on the offensive line, and to tinker with the receiver rotation. Southern Mississippi comes to town next Saturday, and could be trouble with a prolific offense. Well, prolific against Jax State and Rice. Against Louisiana Monroe, USM lost, 21-20. After the Golden Eagles, Auburn visits Mississippi State.

     The Bulldogs, expected to be a dark horse contender for the SEC West this year, were exposed in Lexington yesterday. They lost to Kentucky, 28-7. The blueprint for stopping big MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is to stop the run, and make Fitzgerald beat the defense throwing. He wasn’t able to do that against the Wildcats, and wasn’t able to do it against Auburn last year, either. Auburn has the defense to force the same thing, this year. Unfortunately, MSU might have the toughest defensive line Auburn has faced, this year. That does not bode well.

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Rope the Razorbacks! (Auburn vs. Arkansas Open Thread)

Tigers need to apply the heat!

     War Eagle, everybody! Tonight, the Auburn Tigers host the Arkansas Razorbacks in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses and looking to redeem their respective seasons. For Auburn, it’s a week to recover from a soul-sapping home loss to LSU. For Arkansas, it’s an opportunity to shake off bad losses to a couple of Group of Five teams. However, at this time Arkansas is undefeated in the SEC, and Auburn is not.

     This game has been shunted all the way down to last place on the day and will not kick off till 6:30 PM Central time on the SEC Network. I think Auburn attendees at this game will be grateful for the evening kickoff time. It has been a pretty hot and miserable September in this state, featuring some of the hottest temps of the summer. Strange year.

     At kickoff for this one, temperatures should be around 86°F, falling to near 80° when this one ends around 10:30 PM. It should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower. Near the end of the game, fans on the west side of the stadium should be treated to the rise of a nearly full Corn Moon over the east stands. Hopefully, Auburn will have ground the Hogs into paste by then!

     As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will be at the keyboard for my usual play by play, although I will be operating remotely at a social event on my Thinkpad, and glomming off the wifi there. A lot of my speed cheats won’t work in that environment. Expect less detail and some dropouts, too. Hopefully Auburn runs this score up so quickly that the drama won’t matter. War Eagle! And let’s beat those Hogs!

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College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 9–22–18

There’s a lot of football on tap this Saturday, including Auburn hosting Arkansas. The Razorbacks are coming off a big loss to North Texas while Auburn will be seeking to soothe the wounds from last week’s last-second loss to LSU.

It will be the first time that these two head coaches (and old friends) have met on the gridiron as leaders of a college program. Chad Morris is in a rebuilding program in Fayetteville, but I believe the Razorbacks may have a good head man if they give him time to turn it around. He was after all, the offensive coordinator that put Clemson on the map for Dabo Swinney.

Auburn can’t afford to take these guys lightly. Yes they have given up some big numbers, however, as Acid Reign pointed out in his Thursday game preview, the Hogs have a decent defense. The main reason for their losses?  Turnovers, specifically interceptions. They have given up 11 Int’s in the last two games.

For those attending the game, it will be another torrid day on the Plains with temps hovering around 90 degrees and humidity making it feel like 96. Because of that, the school has changed the policy on items you can bring into the stadium.

According to the official Auburn site, fans will now be permitted to bring in one factory-sealed bottle of water per person. The bottle of water must be factory sealed, 1 liter or less in size, clear, and plastic. In addition, clear empty water bottles for refill at filtered water stations is also permitted. Those bringing in bottles should have them in hand when entering the gates to allow for inspection.

Below, we have the broadcast schedule for Saturday’s games leading up to and after Auburn’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff. All game listings are Central Time, 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 an open thread up on game day. Be sure to check back here for an open discussion as Acid does his play-by-play during the game. And don’t miss his post-game review late Sunday afternoon.

War Eagle and beat the Hogs!

Saturday 9/22 (all times Central):
11:00 a.m.

No. 2 Georgia at Missouri – ESPN
No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest – ABC
Nebraska at No. 19 Michigan – Fox Sports1
No. 23 Boston College at Purdue – ESPN2
Kent State at Ole Miss – SEC Network
Buffalo at Rutgers – Big 10 Network
Akron at Iowa State – Fox Sports Network
Minnesota at Maryland – Big 10 Network
Ohio at Cincinnati – ESPNU
Nevada at Toledo – CBS Sports Network

See the rest of the schedule after the jump.

11:20 a.m.
Pittsburgh at North Carolina – ACC Network

11:30 a.m.
Louisville at Virginia – ACC Network

1:00 p.m. 
Western Michigan at Georgia State – ESPN+

2:00 p.m. 
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green – ESPN+
Western Kentucky at Ball State – ESPN3
Illinois State at Colorado State – No broadcast
Maine at Central Michigan – ESPN+

2:30 p.m. 
No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama – CBS
No. 3 Clemson at Georgia Tech – ABC
Tulane at No. 4 Ohio State – Big 10 Network
Kansas State at No. 12 West Virginia – ESPN
No. 13 Virginia Tech at Old Dominion – CBS Sports Network
Florida International at No. 21 Miami – ESPNU
Gardner-Webb at Appalachian State – ESPN+
Charlotte at UMass – No TV broadcast
North Carolina Central at Duke – ACC Network
Northern Illinois at Florida State – ESPNU
Kansas at Baylor – Fox Sports1

3:00 p.m. 
Arizona at Oregon State – Pac-12 Network
South Carolina at Vanderbilt – SEC Network
UConn at Syracuse – ESPNews

3:30 p.m. 
No. 17 TCU at Texas – Fox

5:00 p.m. 
McNeese at No. 25 BYU – ESPN3
North Texas at Liberty – ESPN3

6:00 p.m. 
Army at No. 5 Oklahoma – FSOK Pay per view
Louisiana Tech at No. 6 LSU – ESPNU
No. 14 Mississippi State at Kentucky
 – ESPN2
Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma State – Fox Sports1
Rice at Southern Mississippi – ESPN3
Texas State at UTSA – ESPN+
UNLV at Arkansas State – ESPN3
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana – ESPN+
Troy at UL Monroe – ESPN+
NC State at Marshall – CBS Sports Network
Florida at Tennessee – ESPN

6:30 p.m. 
No. 9 Auburn
hosts Arkansas – SEC Network
No. 24 Michigan State at Indiana – Big 10 Network
New Mexico State at UTEP – ESPN3

7:00 p.m. 
No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon – ABC
East Carolina at South Florida – ESPNews
Texas Southern at Houston – ESPN3
South Alabama at Memphis – ESPN3

7:30 p.m. 
No. 18 Wisconsin at Iowa – Fox

9:30 p.m. 
Arizona State at No. 10 Washington – ESPN2
Air Force at Utah State – ESPN2
Eastern Michigan at San Diego State – CBS Sports Network

10:59 p.m. 
Duquesne at Hawaii – No broadcast

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Vegas releases Week 5 SEC betting lines

I made Alabama a 42-point favorite over Louisiana-Lafayette before the season, and a 49-point favorite when I projected the lines early Sunday morning. The line opened Alabama -53.5. In other words, books are falling just short of betting for money...

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Auburn opens as big-time betting favorite against Southern Miss

No. 10 Auburn hosts Southern Miss on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Auburn football: What in the world is going on with this offense?

Since Gus Malzahn arrived on the Plains as head coach of the Auburn football program, the Tigers have had their share of poor offensive performances. They’ve also had some fantastic performances. Saturday night against Arkansas falls into the poor bucket. If someone told you that Auburn was going to beat the Razorbacks, 34-3, you probably […]

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Auburn again cracks top-10 of Coaches poll after beating Arkansas

Auburn defeated Arkansas, 34-3, in Week 4.

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Auburn offense has 'got to play a lot better'

"We didn't play good tonight (offensively). There's no doubt about that."

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Statistically speaking: Auburn's offense in bottom half of SEC after Week 4, mirroring 2015

A look at how Auburn's stacks up statistically after its 34-3 win against Arkansas.

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Auburn Football Review: Arkansas

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