Monthly Archives: November 2015

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 96, Nov. 30, 2015

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they analyze the 80th Iron Bowl, which went Bama’s way 29-13, despite a serious threat from the Tigers which took the game into the 4th quarter with only 6 points separating the teams.

The cohosts also take a look forward as to what the Tigers will need to work to overhaul and improve in both the bowl practice sessions and as spring practice approaches.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 95, Nov. 27, 2015

With the 80th Iron Bowl looming this Saturday, November 28th in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Coach John Ray and Doug Dean welcome special guest and Auburn legend David Housel.  A veritable walking encyclopedia on Auburn vs Alabama lore and history, Mr. Housel brings perspective, humor, and insight to the discussion.  Cohosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean engage dialogue with Mr. Housel on whether the most intense rivalry in the nation has become nastier in the post-1970’s modern era, and his answer will surprise the millenials.

Coach Ray and Dean also analyze what Gus Malzahn, defensive guru Will Muschamp, and staff must do to find a way to pull what most would consider to be a shocker upset over the No. 2 in the nation ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.  But would it really be a shocker, if you have an insight into the nature of this rivalry, and you consider that the 2013 Auburn Tigers were also, remarkably, a 10 ½ point underdog to the Tide in what would be immortalized as the “Kick Six” Iron Bowl.  The answer looms just hours away in the Loveliest Village.

Tuning in with special interest and a “War Eagle” from Hugh Freeze will be the Ole Miss Rebels, who need an Auburn upset of the Tide and a win in the Egg Bowl to punch their first ever ticket to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 94, Nov. 23, 2015

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they break down what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and his staff appeared to be working on in the Idaho win to prepare for the Iron Bowl matchup with # 2 ranked Alabama on Saturday, November 28th in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

As heavy 14 ½ point underdogs, what strategy gives Auburn the best shot to add Alabama to the growing list of highly ranked teams whose dreams get shot from the sky in November?  It will almost certainly include defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s plan to do everything possible to slow Derrick Henry and the rushing attack, putting the game in the hands of quarterback Jacob Coker, who will face his first Iron Bowl test under significant pressure.

And then there’s the little problem of how to sustain drives and score on the vaunted Tide defense . . .

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 93, Nov. 20, 2015

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn finds himself in quite unexpected territory at this late stage of the 2015 season, having to beat 3-7 Idaho to simply become bowl eligible.  With the # 2 ranked Crimson Tide looming on November 28th in the Iron Bowl, are there steps Auburn can take to be at least competitive in an Iron Bowl that most anticipate to be a lopsided Bama win?

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss this game week, the Auburn quarterback situation going into 2016, and a little start on Iron Bowl analysis and preview.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 92, Nov. 16, 2015

Despite holding the Georgia Bulldogs to a paltry 243 yards of total offense, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers could not deliver, yet again, offensively, dropping a 20-13 loss to embattled Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs.

Coach John Ray and Doug Dean discuss the key turning points in the game, questionable moves made offensively, and on a positive note, how well the Auburn defense performed in the game.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 91, Nov. 13, 2015

The South’s oldest rivalry, Auburn vs Georgia, is renewed in Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday, November 14th, with the series deadlocked at 55 wins each (8 ties).

Former Auburn quarterback Ben Leard joins Coach John Ray and Doug Dean to discuss what makes this rivalry special, and how he expects both coaching staffs to play it strategically.  Leard also recounts a legendary moment in the 1999 AU vs UGA pregame coin toss, in which he got the last laugh with Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter.

While neither team is at this point contending for any title, the pressure will be palpable for the CBS Noon EST kick, because both Mark Richt and Gus Malzahn desperately need this win, and the game always means a great deal to the two deep south fan bases.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 90, Nov. 9, 2015

The improvement could be seen coming for a few weeks, but there was little reward in the form of wins.  That all changed on a windy, drizzling night at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas as the Auburn Tigers put together a brilliant performance in all three phases of the game to upset the Aggies 26-10.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the near complete game the Tigers played in all three phases to whip the Aggies and their 12th man, who departed in droves in the 3rd quarter.  Behind the composed play of QB Jeremy Johnson, and 159 yards rushing by Jovon Robinson, the offense appears back on track.   Add to it Will Muschamp’s defensive unit holding the Aggies to just over 300 yards, and grabbing three interceptions, and Malzahn’s Tigers just may be finding themselves at the right time as Amen Corner arrives to the Plains.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 89, Nov. 6, 2015

Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers take to the road again to face the 6-2 Texas A&M Aggies in College Station on Saturday, November 7th.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they analyze where Malzahn’s Tigers are at coming off the loss to Ole Miss, and what moves they must make to find a way to pull off the road win against the Aggies and their 12th man.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 88, Nov. 2nd, 2015

A rabid Jordan-Hare capacity home crowd for the 11:00 a.m. Halloween game between Auburn and Ole Miss could rightly be asking, like Little Bill in the western, Unforgiven why they deserve the four losses in a frustrating 2015 football season.  In college football, as Clint Eastwood’s character, William Munny, advised Little Bill, “deserve’s got nothing to do with it.”

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss why the “bad and ugly” for the Auburn Tigers was just a bit too much for the “good” in the game to overcome and deliver a big win over Ole Miss.  The Rebels now control their own destiny for a possible SEC West title, having already dispatched the Crimson Tide.

Meanwhile, the Auburn Tigers must have a short memory for the Ole Miss loss, and find a way to rally spirits and a banged up QB Sean White for this week’s road trip to College Station, Texas to take on the Texas A&M Aggies, who are coming off a win over South Carolina.