Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 164, Dec. 5, 2017

Taking stock of a wild, rollercoaster 2017 Auburn season

Although every major Power Five conference football team sets their sights on a conference or national football championship in the preseason, once the dust settles, a 10+ win season and New Year’s Bowl berth is considered a success.

Such is the case for the Auburn Tigers, who rode an improbable streak in November, taking down No. 1 ranked Georgia and No. 1 ranked Alabama, only to run out of gas in the SEC Championship Game to Georgia 28-7.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they take stock of the season, and the future with a stable coaching staff, and recruiting season dead ahead.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 163, Nov. 30, 2017

Can the Auburn Tigers continue surging in SEC title game rematch with Georgia?

After thrashing No. 1 ranked Alabama 26-14 in a game which could have been an even bigger margin for Auburn, the Tigers have positioned themselves for what amounts to a play-in game for the four-team playoff.

Are in-season rematches really “tricky” for the winner of the first game, as some pundits like to suggest this week? Not historically, no, and the intrigue as to what strategic elements Kirby Smart’s UGA staff will change to produce a more competitive game is captivating.

Or in the end will it be no more complicated – barring a rash of turnovers – than which team is able to win the physical war in the trenches? If so, advantage Auburn Tigers.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the Auburn vs Georgia SEC Championship Game preview!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 162, Nov. 27, 2017

Auburn makes case as America’s hottest team in a dominant win over Alabama

With almost every SEC football poker chip pushed out on the table set in Jordan-Hare Stadium this past Saturday, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers played almost every hand brilliantly, putting away archrival Crimson Tide by the score of 26-14. The Tigers held a potent Bama offense scoreless in both the First and Fourth Quarter, while racking up over 400 yards of offense against the Tide defense.

In winning the SEC West Championship for the second time over Alabama in five years, Auburn punched its ticket for a rematch game with the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game next Saturday.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for an in-depth look at what the Auburn coaching staff did so very well to beat Nick Saban’s Tide team soundly in all three phases of the football game.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 161, Nov. 22, 2017

Winner Take All for the SEC West in the 82nd Iron Bowl!

On a depressing return trip from Baton Rouge on October 14th, few Auburn people would have given much hope for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers to play themselves into playoff contention, having suffered a second loss to LSU. Yet, this Saturday’s No. 6 ranked Auburn vs No. 1 ranked Alabama match amounts to a semifinal game for the SEC Championship.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they welcome special guest Roger Mitchell, a legend from the 1972 Auburn “Punt, Bama, Punt” 17-16 win over the Tide for a bit of nostalgia and analysis of the big game!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 160, Nov. 15, 2017

With an epic beatdown of No. 1 Georgia on the resume, Auburn looks to La Mo

If the November 11th game against Georgia was a referendum on Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn’s job security, you can go ahead and end any and all talk of any proverbial hot seat. All Malzahn’s Tigers did was absolutely dominate the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs from start to finish.

And remarkably, most believe the now No. 6 ranked Tigers truly do control their own destiny, and should they find a way to run the table through ULM this Saturday, then Bama in the Iron Bowl, and a rematch with Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, they are in the four team playoff.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the analysis!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 159, Nov. 9, 2017

Gus Malzahn must be pinching himself this game week, as only a month ago, the angry mob was gathering in Auburn in the wake of a very avoidable road loss to LSU.

Now, Auburn sits in the No. 10 ranked Playoff Selection Committee poll, but with resume boosters in the next few games that no other team in America can boast.

The question, obviously, is whether this team, and this Malzahn coaching staff, has adapted, gained confidence, and is ready to take down the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs with the help of a rabid crowd in packed Jordan-Hare stadium this Saturday.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the discussion!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 158, Nov. 2, 2017

Auburn Network Color Analyst Stan White previews the Auburn vs Texas A&M game

While the open week undoubtedly help the Auburn coaching staff get some walking wounded starters back to full speed, the unfortunate exception was the loss of RB Kam Pettway with a fractured scapula from the Arkansas game.

Meanwhile, the Tigers, surprisingly, enter November with a heck of a lot still on the line due to their remaining opponents in the Aggies, followed by # 1 ranked Georgia, and # 2 ranked Alabama. The big stage is set, so the question to be answered is whether this Auburn team will thrive, or wilt, under a huge spotlight.

Join cohosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean along with special guest Stan White, Auburn Network color analyst, in a detailed scouting report on the Auburn vs Texas A&M game coming up this Saturday, November 4th in College Station.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 157, Oct 24, 2017

Auburn looks to capitalize on open date before Texas A&M road trip

With an impressive blowout road win over the floundering Arkansas Razorbacks, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers have run their midseason record to 6-2, and have bought some desperately needed open date rest and healing to ready for the brutal November schedule run.

The remaining games include a road trip to College Station on November 4th, and Amen Corner with top ranked Georgia and Alabama, leaving no question in December as to the state of the Auburn football program.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the analysis, and the chances of the Tigers getting starters healed up, and pistons firing in harmony to make some November noise.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 156, Oct. 19, 2017

Auburn looks to pick up the pieces from devastating loss at LSU

There are losses teams in the brutal SEC experience most years, and then, Oh brother, then there are losses which on the surface at least, appeared entirely avoidable with smarter coaching moves in the second half. Such was the case in Gus Malzahn’s second loss of the 2017 season at Death Valley in Baton Rouge, the first SEC loss of the season for Auburn.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they analyze, with unapologetic candor, what appeared to go awry in the game, and where Gus Malzahn’s offense most needs to focus attention as they hit the road again to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the struggling 2-4 Hogs.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 155, Oct. 11, 2017

Are the Auburn Tigers man enough to beat LSU in Death Valley?

The 5-1 and 10th ranked Auburn Tigers certainly appear to have hit their stride through the midpoint of the season, as the once anemic offense has lit up the scoreboard for over 40 points the last two games, while the defense continues to play at a very high level (notwithstanding 4th quarter lapses against Ole Miss by Auburn backups).

But how real is the progress, given the questionable level of competition from Mizzou, to Mississippi State, and this past weekend, a faltering Ole Miss team?

Baton Rouge has a way of sorting out that uncertainty, as evidenced by the Auburn Tigers not having left victorious in Death Valley since 1999. So join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the question at hand in this podcast, are the Auburn Tigers man enough to go win in Red Stick?