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?

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 154, Oct. 4, 2017

Auburn looks to keep momentum going against Ole Miss

With the arrival of the October phase of the 2017 Auburn football schedule, the Tigers find themselves in a relatively enviable position at 4-1, with the sole loss to the # 2 ranked Clemson Tigers. As such, the Tigers do indeed control their own destiny on all fronts, but what work is most urgently required in this week sandwiched between the two Mississippi SEC West teams to give Malzahn’s team a legit shot to contend late into November?

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the analysis, including a scouting report on this Ole Miss team which is coming off a 66-3 drubbing by Alabama.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 153, Sep. 28, 2017

Will the Auburn offense make another step in becoming a complete team?

This Saturday night’s matchup against two SEC West one-loss teams in Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Auburn Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs should answer interesting questions, one of which is whether State is the team that hammered LSU two weeks ago, or instead, the team that was pounded by Georgia between the hedges.

For Auburn, the question is to what extent the 51-point offensive explosion at Mizzou last Saturday night was a reliable indicator, or instead, fool’s gold as a result of a very weak opponent.

Join cohosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they peer into the crystal ball, and offer opinions as to how both coaching staffs may attack strategically.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 152, Sep. 21, 2017

Special Guest and Auburn coaching great Joe Whitt Discusses Auburn Football

As the Auburn Tigers enter SEC play in week four of the 2017 season, going on the road to face Missouri, it’s a good time to bring on a special guest with a deep knowledge of Auburn football back to the days of Coach Pat Dye, as well as a window into this Auburn team.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they welcome Auburn coaching legend, Joe Whitt, who first joined the Auburn football coaching staff under Coach Dye in the early ’80s. Coach Whitt brings a sage, proven understanding of defensive football to the banter, and he even offers insight into what it will take for the Auburn offense to get untracked.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 151, Sep. 15, 2017

The Good and Ugly of the Clemson loss, and the “Fix” for the AU Offense

The dead horse that was the Auburn offense versus defending national champion Clemson deserves just ONE more severe beating, and Coach John Ray and Doug Dean are up to the task! With expected “cupcake” opponent, Mercer, up this week, the Tiger offensive brain trust is in desperate need of major solutions to the offensive plan, execution, and play calling.

Join Coach Ray and Dean as they tackle the ugly from game two, but also attempt to be constructive that a mere two games in, the staff at least has the opportunity – due in no small part to what appears to be an elite AU defense – to find some fixes, and playmakers, and get on a run of wins. If Auburn is able to run their record to 5-1 before heading to Baton Rouge on October 14th, the outlook would certainly be dramatically different than at present.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 150, Sep. 7, 2017

In what most consider the biggest game of week two of the 2017 college football season, both Auburn and Clemson will field well-coached, suffocating defenses. If so, which team will find the right offensive strategy and execution to avoid critical mistakes, and be productive enough to claim what would be a pivotal early season victory?

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the analysis!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 149, August 31, 2017

The lead-up to the 2017 Auburn football season has been marked by fairly high decibel optimism, resulting largely from the arrival of potentially elite QB, Jarrett Stidham. But the upbeat expectations – some coming from within the Auburn program, not merely pundit love – extend beyond Stidham to the belief that the Auburn defense will be stout and deep. If those factors happen to merge with a typically powerful Malzahn ground game, the preseason optimism could prove to be well-founded, and the Tigers contending for the SEC West deep into November.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as attack the analysis of the Auburn season’s arrival with exuberance arising from the opening weekend of college football!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 148, August 24, 2017

When defensive minds like Coach Nick Saban and Coach Kirby Smart pronounce it as a waste of time to work to scheme to try to stop the vaunted “RPO” (run-pass option) attacks of the day, then it becomes difficult for Auburn fans not to be upbeat about the possibilities with the 2017 AU offense under new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

So as the 2017 season is upon us, for both serious and casual fan, what exactly are the tenets of the recent RPO attack, and how might it look when melded with Gus Malzahn’s often devastating ground game?

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they welcome special guest and friend of the show, Coach Hunter Adams, in a seriously deep dive into the RPO system and what Auburn fans might expect from the AU offense.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 147, Aug. 17, 2017

With the Auburn football 2017 season opener a mere 16 days away, Coach Gus Malzahn posted possibly his most significant tweet since 2013 on Monday, announcing Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham as the clearcut starter. The announcement surprised no one, but is good for this Auburn team in that it allows three good weeks of work with one quarterback and his offensive starters.

Coach John Ray and Doug Dean discuss what Stidham will bring to the table, which very well may include the reclaiming of the level of coaching confidence Malzahn displayed in 2010, and as head coach in 2013.