Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 146, Aug. 10, 2017

Notwithstanding the challenge of accessing reliable information in its real time “context” from Auburn and most every SEC fall camp, reports appear to point to roughly one-third worries for the Auburn coaching staff, and two-thirds excitement as to how the team is shaping up with the season opener just 23 days out. Not an abnormal reality in most every Power Five football camp, as annual attrition takes its toll.

Not surprisingly, Kevin Steele’s Auburn defense is drawing rave reviews – particularly the front-seven in terms of quality depth – even as the offense works to identify the right five (Braden Smith is a clear starter) O-linemen to get maximum reps, and for transfer QB Jarrett Stidham to demonstrate mastery of the offense equal to his enormous physical upside.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they explore the best available sourced information coming out of fall camp in the Loveliest Village!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 145, July 29, 2017

With a mere two days until the start of Auburn football Fall Camp, there is a buzz around the Loveliest Village surrounding numerous questions about the 2017 season. Emotions among fans probably run the continuum from skepticism to exuberance, given the past two years, yet the emergence of potentially elite talent in probable starting QB Jarrett Stidham.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they kick off the 2017 podcasting season with a look at the big questions, and answers Coach Gus Malzahn & Co must find leading up to the September 2nd season opener.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 144, April 11, 2017

While Spring A-Day games are notoriously unreliable in gauging talent and results for the coming football season, there were certain observations in Auburn’s April 8, 2017 Spring scrimmage that were undeniably optimistic. At the top of that list would be the performance of heralded transfer QB, Jarrett Stidham, who is all but ordained the Auburn starting quarterback for 2017, and with demonstrably good reason after throwing for 257 yards this past Saturday.

And adding to the preseason optimism is an emerging corps of explosive wide receivers, led by Nate Craig-Myers, and a defense which at least on paper is stacked with SEC-caliber talent.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the “way too early” analysis and banter!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 143, Jan. 23, 2017

Coach Gus Malzahn landed his next Auburn offensive coordinator to succeed departed OC Rhett Lashlee, Chip Lindsey, who leaves Arizona State after one year. Although the search for an OC took over a week, it appears Lindsey was Malzahn’s first choice from day one as the ideal fit to solve Auburn’s offensive inconsistency in 2016.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they evaluate Lindsey’s pedigree, offensive philosophy, results, and how he might meld Gus Malzahn’s system with his own to create a more balanced, lethal offensive attack for what is clearly a make or break 2017 season for the Auburn head football coach.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 142, Dec. 23, 2016

While it does not compare to a college football four-team playoff in terms of national championship implications, the Sugar Bowl matchup pitting the Auburn Tigers vs the Oklahoma Sooners is arguably the second most important SEC team Bowl game.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they tackle an in-depth analysis of this matchup, which will likely boil down to how well the top-ranked Auburn defense can attack and slow the high-octane Sooners offense led by Heisman trophy candidate and QB Baker Mayfield.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 141, Dec. 12, 2016

Christmas has arrived two weeks early for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, as 5-star Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham announced this weekend that Auburn would be the fortunate winner in the fierce competition for Stidham’s signature. Then, on the heels of that outstanding news, Malzahn also got a boost at the running back position for 2017, as Kamryn Pettway announced that he had “unfinished business” at Auburn, and would return for the next season.

Add to this news the likelihood that Groza Award finalist kicker Daniel Carlson will also return for the ’17 season, and things are looking a bit brighter for Auburn as they prepare for a January 2nd matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for this analysis and more!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 140, Nov. 30, 2016

Join Coach Ray and Doug Dean as they take one quick look in the rear view mirror at Auburn’s 30-12 loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and what appeared to be missing in the missed opportunity for an upset.

With Auburn, quite surprisingly, the second highest ranked SEC team, the Tigers appear headed to a January 2nd Sugar Bowl to face Oklahoma or possibly Oklahoma State. Where will Malzahn look to correct the anemia that struck the offense early season and down the stretch and caused this team to squander a season in which the Tigers played outstanding defense?

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 139, Nov. 23, 2016

Despite well-worn cliches about throwing the record books out in the Iron Bowl series between bitter arch-rivals Auburn and Alabama, the favorite has tended to win this game more years than not. With Vegas pegging # 1 ranked and undefeated Alabama an 18.5 point favorite, it does not appear to point toward a major upset this Saturday, November 26th.

Or does it?

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the Tigers’ probable “narrow path” to what at least “experts” would call a major upset over Bama. The Tigers will, in fact, be fielding possibly the deepest, most fierce defense the Tide has faced all year, according to head coach Nick Saban himself in his Monday presser.

But will Malzahn find the formula, even as his offense has been dealt a barrage of injuries, to sustain drives, get Groza Award finalist kicker Daniel Carlson in field goal range multiple times, and find the end zone through the air since this Tide defense rarely surrenders a TD on the ground?

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 138, Nov. 16, 2016

With a ton of implications on the game with Georgia, including the opportunity to make the November 26th Iron Bowl matchup with Alabama a winner-take-all for the SEC West, the Auburn Tigers managed to produce their worst offensive performance of the year, making zero first downs in the 2nd half in a 13-7 loss.

Where does Malzahn head now, as running back injuries and a gimpy starting QB in Sean White add up to gloomy prospects versus first ranked Alabama?  Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean for the analysis.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 137, Nov. 10, 2016

In the aftermath of the September 17th 29-16 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies, it would have taken a Lee County, Alabama all points bulletin to locate a single fan willing to lay hard earned money that head coach Gus Malzahn would go on to put the Auburn Tigers entirely in control of their own destiny for the SEC Championship.  And yet, as Georgia game week arrives, that is exactly the position the Tigers find themselves in, which only serves to increase the pressure to find a way to win between the hedges in Athens, Georgia.

This game, interestingly, also provides the intrigue of pitting what were at the time the two finalist candidates to replace fired Auburn head coach Gene Chizik in 2013, with Kirby Smart getting a good look before AD Jay Jacobs hired Gus Malzahn.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they welcome special guest, former Auburn QB Randy Campbell as they analyze this vitally important game.  With the likelihood of big bruiser RB Kam Pettway out for this game with a quadricep injury, what is the right formula for Malzahn and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele to bring the “W” home, and set up a massively huge November 26th tilt with # 1 ranked Alabama?