Monthly Archives: September 2016

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 128, Sep 26, 2016

Going into the September 24th Auburn vs LSU matchup, pundits jokingly dubbed it a “loser leaves town” matchup between embattled head coaches Gus Malzahn and Les Miles. After Auburn managed to serve up a relentless defensive effort and six Daniel Carlson field goals to win the game, the game label would prove to be no joke for Les Miles, who was fired over the weekend just four games into the 2016 season.

If there is 00:01 on the game clock in Jordan-Hare Stadium, then you know something wacky is about to happen, and such was the case in the dramatic finish to the defensive struggle which resulted in an 18-13 win by Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers over LSU.

Join show hosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the latest edition in the wild, nutty, and unpredictable Auburn vs. LSU series.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 127, Sep. 22, 2016

Despite much of the typical lustre missing from this Auburn vs LSU game week with Gus Malzahn’s faulty two-loss start to the 2016 season, the game shapes up as very big indeed on several fronts.  LSU remains in contention for the SEC West, with only a nonconference loss to Wisconsin.  Auburn is mathematically still contending, but realistically, just looking to catch some lightning offensively this week.

Meanwhile, both head coaches entering this contest are painfully aware of the pressure to win, and the growing scrutiny surrounding their future going into 2017.

Former Auburn defensive end, Bret Eddins, joins the show to discuss some important history surrounding the LSU series, and analyze what Auburn most needs to accomplish on both sides of the ball to get in the win column in this SEC West matchup pitting LSU’s Heisman contender, Leonard Fournette, against a greatly improved Auburn defense.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 126, Sep. 19, 2016

Coach John Ray and Doug Dean discuss the impact of Auburn’s tough loss to the Texas A&M Aggies, a game in which the offense again failed to show any real coherence, identity, or results in a game that was winnable deep into the second half.

Where does Gus Malzahn head at this critical juncture, sitting at 1-2 on the season, with the LSU Tigers coming to town this Saturday night?  Join the show for more . . .

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 125, Sep. 15, 2016

Coming into the 2016 season, it is stating the obvious to observe that both Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn were feeling the temperature rise on the proverbial coaching “hot seat”.  This dynamic only adds to the intrigue in the matchup between the Aggies and Tigers this Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Both teams enter the game on the rise, as the Aggies won an opening game overtime thriller over UCLA, and the Tigers showed significant promise on the offensive side of the ball their last outing after taking # 2 Clemson to the wire in the opener.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they welcome special guest analyst, Coach Hunter Adams, in a very detailed scouting analysis of the Aggies on both sides of the ball, as well as both coaches’ take on what plan of attack Malzahn and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele are likely to deploy.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 124, Sep. 12, 2016

What a difference one week makes in a team’s performance, as amid sharply negative reactions from his own Auburn fan base about his offensive strategy against Clemson, Gus Malzahn fielded an Auburn offense against Arkansas State Saturday night in Jordan-Hare that exploded for 706 total yards.

In doing so, Malzahn certainly appeared to have fully resolved the question of his starting QB, as Sean White looked impressive in hitting a deep corps of wide receivers on a 74% completion percentage.  It included a highlight reel one-handed snag by true freshman WR Kyle Davis that drew Brent Musburger mentions of THE catch by Giants’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr.

Is the Auburn offensive explosion a genuine turning point, or was it at least partly a mirage against an inferior mid-major talent?  Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they break down the game and look ahead to a serious SEC West opponent who will enter Jordan-Hare next Saturday night – the Texas A&M Aggies.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 123, Sep. 9, 2016

As podcast cohost Coach John Ray put it, Arkansas State is the ideal opponent for the situation that Gus Malzahn finds himself and his Auburn team in coming off the disappointing loss to Clemson, a game which was very winnable with any semblance of a productive offense.

Join Coach Ray and Doug Dean as they have some fun with the analysis of the emotional state of the Auburn fan base, and the intrigue of the Arkansas State team, which includes former Auburn staffer, Coach Trooper Taylor.

This is a put up or shut up week for Malzahn to show improvement offensively, since next up is the start of the SEC West schedule with Texas A&M visiting Jordan-Hare stadium.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 122, Sep. 6, 2016

Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers can be encouraged by taking the # 2 nationally ranked Clemson Tigers to the wire in a 19-13 defensive oriented game.  However, programs are not built on moral victories, and the degree of confusion and ineffective production on the Auburn offense was troubling to even the casual Auburn fan despite it being only game one.

Join cohosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss two very different tales in the Tigers’ performance against Clemson – sensational defensive play, and at best, very confused offensive strategy and play.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 121, Sep. 2, 2016

With college football at last underway, a Labor Day weekend of arguably unprecedented huge opening weekend games looms.  The Saturday night matchup between two Tigers, Auburn vs. # 2 nationally ranked Clemson, is difficult to read due to numerous unknowns on the Clemson defense and Auburn offense.

Coach John Ray delivers a digital “live” version of his sought after Coach’s Corner scouting report on Auburn’s opponent who must enter a difficult night Jordan-Hare environment and try to to match their over the top preseason hype.

Fire up this Auburn Football All-Access podcast and you’ll enter the game with above average football IQ for this big matchup that will shape the direction of the four team college football playoff!