Tuesday, October 22, 2019

NEW EPISODE ALERT: Orange and True Podcast!


Enjoy the return of Chief as he sits back in with Crow and Ryan post-paternity leave! There’s a ton to recap on today’s episode — the win over Arkansas, Tipoff at Toomer’s, and the buildup to a top ten showdown in Baton Rouge — so listen closely!

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Upon Further Review: On to LSU

The score was almost exactly what many had hoped and expected. When the final whistle blew, No. 11 Auburn had steamrolled Arkansas to the tune of 51-10. Following a 54-46 overtime loss to Arkansas back in 2015, Gus Malzahn has been ruthless on the ‘Hogs ever since. Malzahn has gone “scorched earth” on Arkansas, scoring at least 50 points in three of the four contests while Auburn’s defense has stifled the ‘Hogs in allowing just 36 total points in the last four meetings.

On paper, this win looks like every other 50-plus point victory against Malzahn’s home state team. Yet, that only seems the case to the most casual set of eyes. In truth, this win was much more similar to last season’s 34-3 victory than any of the other thumpings.

Last season, Jarrett Stidham was a paltry 15/22 for 134 yards and no touchdowns, though he did run for one score. Boobee Whitlow had 13 carries for 49 yards and a pair of scores. Auburn’s offense continued to struggle down the stretch, the 34 points being the most they scored in SEC play for the season. The Tigers finished 3-5 in the SEC. 

Part of those struggles was Auburn’s porus offensive line and the inability to run the ball that was truly the story. The ability or  inability to run effectively against Arkansas has been a litmus test for Malzahn’s offenses the last few years, which makes Saturday’s 51-10 win more like last season’s win than previous years. In 2016 and 2017, Kam Pettway averaged 140 rushing yards in those two contests. While injuries down the stretch derailed a promising 2016; 2017 was regarded as the second best year under Malzahn. 

Bo Nix had a career day Saturday, throwing for three touchdowns. All three of those were really good throws, but Nix has really struggled throwing the intermediate routes and continued to do so this past weekend. Obviously, Gus Malzahn lives on the short passing game and Nix took advantage of some juicy match-ups with a couple of long throws, but his final passing numbers show the inability to sustain drives passing the ball via the intermediate passing game.

The Tigers were able to rush the football, piling up nearly 300 yards, but much of that was in the second half when the ‘Hogs couldn’t stop anything. Auburn led 17-3 at the break, mainly because of the inability to get much of anything going offensively. Eventually the Tigers got going and ran the score up but Arkansas was effective at slowing Auburn down eventually showing flaws in the Auburn offense, despite the comfortable win. 

Up next is a Top Ten match-up, in a place Auburn hasn’t won in 20 years. The last two games between Auburn and LSU have been almost mystifying. Auburn blew leads in both games including a 20 point game in 2017 and allowing a last second field goal last season. Joe Burrow had a really solid game against the Tigers, throwing for almost 250 yards and a touchdown, but was greatly helped by several defensive pass interference calls/

LSU has been the talk of college football with many people believing they just may be the best team in the land They field another typically stingy defense along with a new and explosive passing attack. Through six games Burrow has already set a new LSU record for touchdown passes. Auburn’s secondary is going to be greatly tested and will likely determine the outcome of this game. If Auburn’s defense can force take-aways, it will lesson the pressure on freshman Bo Nix to force things. But, Auburn has to run the ball effectively and who will that bell cow be? That’s the true question. 

Malzahn kicked the tires on several new names against Arkansas including a much anticipated tandem of DJ Williams and Harold Joiner. The two didn’t receive enough carries to really show fans their abilities, but they have all the pieces to compliment each other and be a terrific set of playmakers. Williams can be an every down back if he can work on his pass protection while Harold Joiner, with his size, looks like a gamebreaker. What fans know is that even with Whitlow, Auburn’s run game hasn’t been very good. Could it be the players getting the touches or just the offensive line? We will find out Saturday.

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AM Showers today!

With a high of 71F and a low of 45F.

Monday, October 21, 2019

SEC announces kickoff time for Auburn-Ole Miss

When the Auburn Tigers return home on Nov. 2, they’ll be in for another night game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Auburn ranked 24th in the season’s first AP Poll

NCAA Basketball: SEC Basketball Tipoff Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn joins 3 other SEC teams ranked in the 1st Top 25 of the season!

You want to know how far the Auburn basketball program has come? There are people complaining about how low the Tigers are ranked in a Preseason Top 25 Poll.

Despite losing 5 players to professional basketball leagues around the world, Auburn finds themselves at #24 in the first AP Poll released on Monday. Auburn is the 4th of 4 SEC teams in the season’s initial poll. The Tigers were also picked by the SEC Media to finish 4th in the league this season.

Auburn will play 13 games this season against opponents either in the Preseason Top 25 or against teams receiving votes.

Kentucky is the highest ranked SEC team at #2, while Florida sits at #6 and LSU sits at #22. Others receiving votes include Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Alabama.

Michigan State is ranked #1 and their ranking will be tested on opening night as they take on the 2nd ranked Wildcats. Kansas and Duke are 3rd and 4th respectively, and will play each other on opening night as these 4 teams will converge in New York City for the Champions Classic November 5th.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Villanova.

The parity around the country is also notable as no conference has more than 4 teams in the Top 25. The SEC, ACC, and Big 10 each lead the way with 4 Top 25 teams. The Big 12 and Big East each have 3 teams in the Top 25. The Pac-12 and West Coast Conference have 2 Top 25 teams with the Atlantic-10, Mountain West, and American Conferences all having 1 Top 25 team.

Auburn hosts Georgia Southern 2 weeks from tomorrow at 8PM inside Auburn Arena! Between now and then, College and Magnolia will be rolling a lot of basketball preview content so please stay tuned to the site while also continuing to follow our Countdown to Hoops Tip-Off Series!

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15 Days to Tipoff - Bryce Brown

Every day is a good day to beat the Dawgs.

Last season, a lot of people saw the UGA win on the road as a pivotal moment in sparking the Tigers to the run in the postseason. It was the beginning of the winning streak, and despite not playing great against a bottom-tier SEC team, Chuma Okeke hit a game winner at the buzzer. All season, his teammates had been telling people he was the most talented guy on the roster, but that he just didn’t have that confidence yet. This game changed that, and from that moment until he went down against UNC in the Sweet 16, it was Chuma’s team.

But this isn’t about that game. The season prior, Auburn was in a similar situation. After cruising to 12-1 in non-con play and then beating ranked teams in consecutive games (at #23 Tennessee, home vs #22 Arkansas), the hype was finally surrounding Bruce Pearl at Auburn. After getting all the way to 17-1, however, Auburn dropped a midweek game in Tuscaloosa. Despite all of the fun and success up to that point, that loss stung, and fans (myself included) were already wary of Auburn basketball slipping back into what it had been for the last 15 years. Was this loss the beginning of a regression? Or was this program ACTUALLY ready to blow up?

Enter UGA into Auburn Arena, on a Saturday night. This was the first game in Auburn after the students were back from winter break, and to say the atmosphere was electric was an understatement. I remember deciding I should go get in line a little earlier than normal for this game, because I just missed out on getting in the bleachers for the previous game. This turned out to be an excellent move, because, well...

This game saw the students turn out in droves. By the time the Pearly Gates opened 90 minutes before tipoff, the student line had stretched back up to Aubie Hall (the dorm in the background of the video), around the side, and close to the parking lot behind the Village. This was uncharted territory for Auburn basketball support. To add another story of just how great of a hype man Bruce Pearl is, he came out before the doors opened and thanked everyone in this line, thanking people and giving out high fives from the front all the way to the back of the line to make sure everyone knew how much he appreciated their support. I love that man. There’s another fun story from pregame of this one that I’ll share in the comments, but at 400+ words, I probably need to get a move on.

So now that the picture is set...

Bryce Brown: 28 points, 2 steals, 5-9 from 3P

Date: January 20, 2018

Opponent: Georgia

Final Score: Auburn 79, UGA 65

Things looked bleak early. Auburn came out slow, and unable to sink a shot to save their lives. Georgia, to their credit, hung 40 on the Tigers in the first half, including 15 points in the last 5 minutes. It was bleak. After all the excitement, all the energy, all of the wins... Auburn might not be that good. I mean, 26 points in the first half against GEORGIA? They suck at basketball!

The second half was a whole other story. Auburn busted out of the gates with a TWENTY-FIVE TO FOUR run, and Auburn Arena was a madhouse. Part of that run saw Bryce Brown hit a pair of threes to get into double digit scoring on the night, and Mustapha Heron had a drive and dunk to take the lead that sent the place into a frenzy.

I know gifs are often the preferred format in articles like this, but I love these calls by Rod too much to cut them out.

Towards the end of this run, Jared Harper hit one of his patented mile high layups while sliding to the floor, and yes, I’m mainly mentioning this for a fun Dr. McLaughlin video, because I only wish every single one of you could get a chance to watch a basketball game with this man.

This really was Bryce Brown’s game, though, as he hit five threes and was all around the best player on the court that night. He added a pair of steals that ended up in easy layups in the second half to help clinch the game, and at the end of this one, you started to get a sense that Auburn was serious about this season. If you weren’t on board after the 12-1 non-con, if you weren’t on board after the two ranked wins, you were on board after this one. ESPECIALLY if you were in Auburn Arena. Commenter DBAU81 put it best in the recap article the next morning.

I was lucky enough to be there. The second half was unreal. I’ve never seen the Arena (particularly the student section) as electrified as it was last night. We are now seeing tangible results from the energy Bruce has brought to this program, and the connection he immediately made with the fan base when he first arrived. It’s fun to watch. And those kids on the team who have endured through the off-court distractions and the loss of two key teammates deserve it.

Here’s all the highlights from the night.


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Boom! Roasted! - Week 8

The third Saturday in October is normally the first real weekend that you can feel that belt start to tighten up as we get over the hump of the middle of the season and begin the race to November. This year, however, the middle of October was somewhat of a sad slate of games. I mean an evening where we have to hope for Kansas to upset Texas as our entertainment? While funny, meh, mainly because who on earth has the Longhorn Network? Even satellite folks don’t get that channel and they get everything! Anywho, that doesn’t mean that things didn’t happen that we can’t point and laugh at people over, because when you dominate the Piggies…again, a pulled pork sammich and jokes are just what you want! So let’s get Roasted!


So, normally, Oklahoma is far far away from the roasted normally. It’s for good reason with offense putting up insane numbers and the Sooners cheating and finding a defense in the Big12…WHO MESSED UP AND DID THIS?! Anyway…U of O hosted West Virginia yesterday and had no problem with the Mountaineers, but they did have trouble with left turns…

HAAAARRRRRDDDD Left turn!! I don’t know what it is about seeing stuff like this go wrong that I love so much but it’s definitely a thing. I also love the guys staring at the schooner after it crashes in a ‘what do we do now’ after it crashes to the ground. Again, Oklahoma had no issue with the Mountaineers, winning 52-14, but wow…not sure how much longer they are gonna let the schooner make an appearance after this fiasco.


Missouri was the darling of the SEC East after last weekends win over the Rebs last week. The Tigers entered Commodore Stadium 5-1 with that loss their lone road contest of the season (@ Wyoming) before traveling to Nashville. Well, apparently there is something about the road unis that confuse the Tiggers.

So it’s sorta long but hey, we are football junkies. If you want to skip ahead to the last 1/3 of the video go ahead because you get to see Vandy pull off a 21-14 win over the 22nd ranked Tigers.

I’ll give you a second.

That’s right. A team that lost to UNLV last week, just beat down a team that people had crowned a dark horse to win the East. If you are Mizzou though, you lost to the right team in your division, I guess? At least everything is still in front of you with Georgia, Florida, Carolina and Tennessee ahead of you….Good luck with that!


For those of you that don’t know, I have a soft spot in my heart for Wake Forest. I lived and worked there for a couple of years. I met my wife there. Good people live there. So I pull for the Deacs any chance I get. That goes double when Deacon plays the Noles. This year was a great example as the Noles traveled to the Dash to take on the beloved Deacs. Howd it go you ask?

Yeah, not good.

The Deacs would end up coming from behind with a FG with under 5 to play and that was the death nail for FSU with a 22-20 L. That pushes the Noles to 3-4 overall and next week the Cuse come calling as the Noles look to get back on the winning track. How bad should we feel for Cam Akers? Dude is far and away FSU’s best player and Willllie is doing all he can to make sure he doesn’t go to a bowl game. Cause that is exactly what they are cruising for because there is a win (Alabama St) and a for sure loss (Florida) so that means FSU needs 2 from the following:

  • vs Syracuse
  • vs Miami
  • @ Boston College

All are toss-ups and they get the two tougher opponents (I guess) at home so there is hope in Mudville…but not a ton.

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Mostly Cloudy today!

With a high of 78F and a low of 60F.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

About Last Night: Auburn 51, Arkansas 10

NCAA Football: Auburn at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Putting a cap on the win over the Razorbacks!

Yeah, you liked that.

Auburn beat Arkansas 51-10 yesterday for the sixth win in seven tries for Gus Malzahn as head coach, and despite a bit of a lull, the Tigers easily dispatched the Hogs.

Gus’ wins over the Razorbacks have come by margins of 18, 24, 53, 32, 31, and 41. That’s more than 28 points per game. He’s got a 6-1 record against Arkansas, which is the best for him against any SEC West foe. Gus is 5-2 against Texas A&M, 5-1 against Ole Miss, 4-3 against Mississippi State, and 2-4 against both LSU and Alabama. He’s never had trouble with Arkansas, though, even when Bret Bielema decided to chatter at him from the get-go. It’s a far cry from what happened with our previous two coaches. Chizik was 1-3, and Tuberville was 5-5 against Arkansas. Gus has dominated an opponent that he should.

Something else that Gus has done is get Auburn bowl eligible every year. We’re there just seven games in this season, and that’s something that he also did in 2013 and 2014. Other than that, it happened in 2010, 2006, 2004, and 2001. So far, Gus hasn’t failed to reach the postseason. Chizik’s first fail was his last — 2012 — and Tuberville failed to reach a bowl in only his first and last seasons on the Plains. Miss a bowl and it’s likely you’re going to get fired. Terry Bowden and Pat Dye each missed bowl games in their final years as well.

As for yesterday in a vacuum, Auburn’s 14 early points were more than enough for the entire game, and they came thanks to both sides of the ball. Marlon Davidson’s making himself some fantastic money by becoming pretty much the incumbent SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week each game, and Derrick Brown continues to pop out on film nearly every play. Davidson’s forced fumble and recovery led to a touchdown just three plays later (on a drive that consisted on two different ways of getting the ball to Anthony Schwartz!!).

Auburn’s running back rotation was slick and had Arkansas fooled for the most part since we saw runners with wildly different skillsets. Kam Martin’s 52-yard burst on the second drive led to the quick and slippery touchdown run from Shaun Shivers, and later in the game we saw D.J. Williams run with more of a Boobee Whitlow style before the slashing run of Harold Joiner came in later and put the hammer down.

It was troubling to see Auburn struggle to run between the tackles early, but they were able to break down the Arkansas defensive line and get some yardage later on in the game. Overall, the Tigers rumbled for 298 yards on 51 carries. It’s nice to do it against the worst team in the West, but we’re all going to have to wait to see how it translates to the second-ranked team in the country next weekend.

Simply put, Arkansas was outmatched yesterday. From the 14-0 hole they were in less than five minutes into the game, to the laughable fake punt that Chad Morris called —

— which unfortunately came right after the Hogs honored Darren McFadden on the field, Auburn took care of business. There’s really not much else to say about a win like that, except that the Tigers finished stronger than they started, and looked to get into a rhythm heading into the second straight road game.

Up next is LSU, who had a little bit of a struggle against Mississippi State yesterday, but came out clean with a 36-13 victory to improve to 7-0. The Bayou Bengals have one of the top offenses in the country, and Joe Burrow’s passing has been revolutionized by the Joe Brady offense. Somehow, they’re utilizing all of that talent they’ve stockpiled for years. Shocking.

Auburn opened up as a 12.5-point underdog in Baton Rouge, which is a point less than Florida was in Death Valley. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about playing there at night, but we will get to see the most hostile atmosphere we’ve seen all season. It’ll be louder than the Swamp, and it’ll be more daunting to stay calm for Bo Nix. Hopefully we did a little soul searching in the off week, and spent more time preparing for LSU than we did for Arkansas.

If Auburn can somehow get past the Tigers on Saturday... look out. Until then, it’s just going to be a week leading up to what will certainly be a game that ends up with a nickname once it’s all said and done. War Eagle.

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Tigers Blast the Razorbacks! (Grading Auburn’s 51-10 win at Arkansas.)

Marlon Davidson took it away early.
(Todd Van Emst.)

     War Eagle everybody! It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn’s big road win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Much was made this week of the “Arkansas early game curse,” and not without reason. This time, Auburn started fast, and Arkansas would be out of the game in less than 5 minutes down 14-0. Arkansas won the toss, and on 3rd down Marlon Davidson stripped the ball out of Arkansas quarterback Ben Hicks’ hand and was able to recover the fumble at the Arkansas 21 yard line. It took just 3 plays for Auburn to score, and the game already felt out of hand.

     The offense appeared to come out with some well-scripted plays to gain an early lead, then Arkansas tightened up nearly every defender into the box, and dared Auburn to throw. At that point, Bo Nix and his receivers had several missed communication issues, and Auburn managed just a handful of 2nd quarter yards, but had a 17-0 lead at the half.

     The 3rd quarter began poorly for the Tigers. Auburn received the opening kickoff, then apparently forgot to call a first play or to set up which players were going to be in on that first snap. A delay of game flag was thrown on the Tigers, leading to a quick 3 and out. Arkansas went on their longest drive of the day, with some interesting switches on their run blocking, and multiple defensive penalties on Auburn. Tigers finally tightened up and forced a field goal, and still held a 17-3 lead.

     Arkansas had eaten the 3rd quarter clock down to 5:53 by the time the Auburn offense got a second chance. Auburn cracked out a couple of first downs behind hard-nosed running by D. J. Williams, then a first down touchdown bomb from Bo Nix to Seth Williams essentially iced the game. From that point, the Auburn offense exploded for 4 more touchdowns in the last 20 minutes of the game.

     On defense, Auburn had as big a mismatch up front as I have ever seen against an SEC offensive line. Arkansas tried everything, but they could not effectively protect the quarterback nor open up running lanes very often. Auburn had a few errors in the back seven, but Arkansas did not manage to get into the end zone till late in the 3rd quarter, when reserves were being added to the rotation in increasing numbers.

     Special teams were mostly decent on the day, and Auburn certainly won the battle over Arkansas in all phases. Auburn broke the consecutive made extra point record with 304 straight, before missing one in the 4th quarter.

Unit grades after the jump!

Defensive Line: A+. Auburn held Arkansas to just 52 rushing yards for the game, and Auburn linemen caused havoc frequently for the Razorbacks. The line totaled 19 tackles, including 5 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks. There was also a forced fumble and recover, plus a couple of passes batted down at the line. Marlon Davidson had a whale of a game, and Arkansas had to try to avoid his side of the field after a while.

Linebackers: B+. I counted off a bit for a starting linebacker blowing a coverage and allowing an Arkansas tight end get away for a big touchdown reception. Also there were a few missed tackles. However, overall this unit played well, especially against the run. The linebackers contributed 9 tackles and a sack.

Secondary: B+. I counted off for a couple of coverage penalties, and for safeties getting the top blown off the defense on a late touchdown. However, these guys also made a bunch of plays, and continue to tackle well. They had to this game, as Arkansas attempted 40 passes on the day, completing just 19. The secondary held the Razorbacks to just 4.5 yards per pass. That offensive performance won’t result in many drives, completing less than half the time. The secondary made 27 total tackles and were credited with 6 pass breakups.

Punting: A. Auburn punted just twice in this one, and Arryn Siposs averaged 47.0 yards per, and Auburn did not allow a return.

Punt Returns: B-. I gave this grade due to 5 fair catches on 6 Razorback punts. On the other hand, Auburn prevented any field position due to rolling, and there were no punts dropped on the ground this week. Arkansas was punting high and short in this one, with only a 39 yard average.

Kick Returns: A- I would have liked to have seen a little better blocking, but I felt like all 3 Auburn men who returned kickoffs made some good runs and decisions. Noah Igbinoghene had 1 for just 15 yards, but it looked like at least 7 or 8 coverage guys had broken through the protection. Arkansas tried to bounce a squib kick at Auburn, and Spencer Nigh not only corralled the loose ball at the 25 yard line, but then rammed forward through defenders for 11 yards. Matthew Hill caught a 2nd half kickoff at the ten, and looked pretty good stretching it for 22 yards.

Place Kicking: B. Daniel Carlson hit 5 touchbacks on 9 kickoffs, but it should be noted that Arkansas brought a couple of them out of the end zone. The Razorbacks paid the price for that, managing only 18 yards per return and not getting any of those 3 returns out to the 25 yard line. I did not count off for a field goal miss from 48 yards. That’s a coin-flip chance or worse. I did count off a letter grade for a missed extra point. It did not significantly affect the outcome of the game.

Offensive Line: A-. First off, Arkansas really sent the house after the first couple of Auburn drives, and 5 linemen can’t block all 8 or 9 defenders that were coming. Looking at measurables, Auburn allowed only 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss, and had no line penalties. On a day when 8 different ball carriers rolled up 298 rushing yards, you have to figure the line did a pretty good job.

Running Backs: A. I loved the committee look this week. However, it is maddening to see Auburn line up 4 wide receivers and then try to run it up the middle over and over again with a big numbers disadvantage inside. What was shocking is that it actually was working in the 4th quarter, against a tired Razorback D. Ball security was good, and Auburn guys did a good job of getting the tough yards after contact.

Receivers: B+. My main issue this week with the receivers was a few of those “communication errors” where the receiver would run a route one way, and the quarterback would throw it the other. Not knowing what routes were called, I can’t assign blame specifically where it belongs. It is probably a case of both ends of the equation at fault at different times, hence a hit on each unit’s grades. Also there were a couple of passes not caught, but those weren’t thrown great, either.

Quarterback: B+. We saw some more scrambles that might not have been necessary and some errant throws in the 2nd quarter. Both Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood were great in the second half. For the game, Auburn threw 19 passes, and completed 68 percent of them for a gaudy 10.2 yards per pass average. Auburn had 4 touchdown passes and no turnovers at the QB position, plus 43 more rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. Not a bad day against a defense that was throwing the kitchen sink at the pass rush.

     I would like to make a complaint at this juncture. Auburn’s short yardage package continues to come up short at critical occasions. I’m against shotgun snaps on these things, but head coach Gus Malzahn seems to love them. I’d rather see an I-formation heavy set, with maybe some jet motion across. There are lots of options, including a couple of really hard to anticipate quick hitter play calls that would prevent the linebackers and safeties from getting a running start at the man that ends up with the ball. Under center you’d have options including a quick quarterback sneak, a backside belly handoff to the fullback, A give to the tailback on power, or a sweep. The quarterback could fake the handoff and roll out on the back side, with the option to throw to a tight end. You’d make the defense cover so much ground. Some of those deeper plays would be great to use on 2nd and short, or 3rd and short when you know it is 4-down territory. Against Arkansas, when Gatewood came in the game on short yardage, Arkansas knew he was keeping it, and sent everybody through the gaps.

     Next weekend, Auburn travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a titanic tilt against the LSU Tigers. Auburn has not won in Baton Rouge since 1999, although the team has had chances multiple times. The game is the CBS headliner at 2:30 PM. While Auburn folks are grateful that the game is not at night at LSU, 2:30 is late enough in the afternoon for liquored-up fans to be in abundance, and really loud. LSU is one of the SEC stadiums that is now allowing alcohol sales, as well. Auburn should expect a hostile environment and a lot of noise. Let’s hope the chaos is handled better by the Auburn brain trust than it was at Florida.

     A concern about LSU this year is that they look like the New Orleans Saints offense with lots of talent at the skill positions, and the most accurate passer in the nation right now, Joe Burrow. The Auburn defense is going to have their work cut out for them. LSU has given up some points and yards this season, but yesterday only allowed Mississippi State 7 points. The defense may be getting its act together at a tough time for Auburn. Here’s hoping Auburn goes down to the bayou and gives their best effort!

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16 Days to Tip-Off - K.T. Harrell

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Today’s Countdown Piece goes back to Bruce Pearl’s 1st SEC Road win as Auburn Head Coach.

Finally, a 28 point performance that results in an Auburn win!

After a week of talking about Auburn games in which the Tigers lost, it’s about time we talk about an Auburn win! Today, we FINALLY get to do that and as we start LSU week, it makes today’s countdown piece appropriate.

When most people remember Auburn beating LSU back in 2015, they think of the thrilling OT win in the SEC Tournament. But it wasn’t the only time Auburn beat LSU in 2015 and K.T. Harrell played a big part in that game as well.

Auburn got a road win in Baton Rouge against a team that would make the NCAA Tournament. In addition to it being the 1st road win of the season and of the Bruce Pearl tenure, Ironically, Auburn is 4-3 in Baton Rouge in Basketball since the start of the 2009-2010 season. Perhaps, Auburn Football could borrow some of that magic and win 1 there in football on Saturday?

Total Points: 28

Date: February 5, 2015

Opponent: at LSU

Final Score: Auburn 81 LSU 77

K.T. was 7-12 from the field, 5-9 from 3-point range, and 9-10 from the free throw line. He started the scoring for Auburn with a 3 in the game’s first minute. He would make a layup 3 12 minutes later to give Auburn a 12-11 lead. Auburn would build a 7 point lead of 26-19 midway through the 1st half which was capped off by 2 free throws from Harrell. After LSU pulled within 3, K.T. connected on his 2nd 3-pointer of the game. 90 seconds later, he would hit his 3rd 3 after a steal, putting Auburn up 34-27. Auburn would go to the locker room up 41-39.

In the 2nd half, K.T. would once again set the tone by opening the 2nd half scoring with his 4th 3 of the night. Harrell would score again from the free throw line making 2 from the line to put Auburn up 48-42 with 17 minutes left. His layup a minute later would put Auburn up 50-44. After leading for most of the game, Auburn would find themselves down 60-58 with 8:31 left. But that wouldn’t last long as K.T. made his 5th and final 3-pointer of the evening putting Auburn back up 61-60 with 8:14 left. A couple empty possessions would ensue before K.T. was true on 2 free throws with 7:23 left. The game would remain close and LSU lead with 1:05 left when Cinmeon Bowers made a layup to put Auburn up 74-73. With 18 seconds left and Auburn up 76-75, Harrell would make 1-2 from the line. LSU would get sent to the line with 12 seconds and would also go 1-2 from the line. Harrell’s scoring would be complete when he hit 2 more free throws with 8 seconds left to put Auburn up 79-76. LSU had a couple chances to tie or win the game but Antoine Mason, who had a big game in his own right, got a steal and hit the game clinching 2 free throws with 1 second left to cap off an 81-77 win for Auburn.

I couldn’t find the highlights for this game but I did find a clip of Bruce talking about the win.

Tomorrow at #15, we go back to the 2017-2018 season once again for a game that started slow for Auburn, but one in which they took over in the 2nd half.

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