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.

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?