Monthly Archives: October 2016

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 134, Oct. 31, 2016

On a perfect Saturday night for college football in Oxford’s Vaught-Hemingway stadium, the Ole Miss Rebel Black Bears and Auburn Tigers put on a show for those fans who are partial to blowing out the scoreboard bulbs.  Behind the nearly indefensible aerial attack of Ole Miss’s Chad Kelly (at least in the first half) and the irresistible force of the Auburn rushing attack, the teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense and 69 total points in a very big 40-29 win for the Auburn Tigers.

Despite Auburn entering this important SEC West road contest sporting the 3rd in the nation ranked scoring defense, Auburn allowed Kelly to break the long-standing single game passing yardage record held by Rebels legend Archie Manning.  Yet, it would prove to be a hollow accolade for Chad Kelly and the Rebs, as Auburn played relentless, physical offense, turnover-free, opportunistic defense in critical moments, and made just enough stops of the potent Ole Miss attack to escape the Grove with a very big win, holding the Rebs to 29 points, as compared to the 43 surrendered by the Bama defense in Oxford.

Join Coach Ray, Doug Dean, and special guest analyst Coach Hunter Adams as they analyze all that went down in this wild game, as well as what the Auburn staff needs to polish heading into what could be one dramatic finish to the SEC season in November!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 133, Oct. 25, 2016

In what could be classified as the understatement of the 2016 football season thus far for the Auburn Tigers, what a difference one month makes.  Embattled and feeling major heat on the seat in September, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has suddenly hit on almost all the right answers in the past two SEC West outings, winning in convincing fashion in Starkville, followed by completely dominating the Razorbacks in every phase 56-3 last Saturday night.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the next big test for the surging Tigers, a road trip to Oxford to take on a capable, yet beaten Ole Miss Rebels team who is coming off of two consecutive road losses in Fayettville and Baton Rouge, a 38-21 drubbing led by a now healthy Leonard Fournette.

Don’t look now, but the Tigers are actually in the not inconceivable position of working themselves into the SEC West championship picture if they win the next few games leading up to the November 26th classic against # 1 ranked Bama.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 132, Oct. 20, 2016

Fresh off a very impressive 38-14 road annihilation of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers benefited from a much needed open date last weekend.  Meanwhile, Auburn’s next opponent, the Arkansas Razorbacks, will come to Jordan-Hare to take on the Tigers for what will be Bert Bielema’s team’s seventh consecutive week of play without rest.

This game is probably more crucial to Gus Malzahn after his early season woes, and since Hog fans generally seem to have embraced Bielema as their long-term head coach.

Vegas likes the Tigers comfortably if the Auburn -9.5 line is any indication, but the Razorbacks have been known to upset the apple cart in Jordan-Hare before.  Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they analyze all aspects of this important SEC West tilt, and how Auburn will attack the Hogs to capitalize on weaknesses.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 131, Oct. 11, 2016

Having thoroughly dominated Dan Mullen’s Mississippi State Bulldogs 38-14, Gus Malzahn now has the luxury of an open date to get back to full strength and add some wrinkles for the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks on October 22nd.

Is this now 23rd ranked Auburn team suddenly a force for SEC West opponents to deal with, or will the weaknesses, which include worries at running back depth, rear their ugly head again in the second half of the season?

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they analyze where the Tigers stand at this midseason juncture, and what it will take to finish with a potentially memorable 2016 season.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 130, Oct. 7, 2016

Go ahead and call the Auburn Tigers’ first road trip of 2016 to Starkville to take on Dan Mullen’s Mississippi State Bulldogs a must win.  While no one game would typically in and of itself determine a head coach’s standing with his employer, nor the decision to retain him the following season, Gus Malzahn well knows the eyes of Auburn power brokers are focused on what should be a very winnable game for the Tigers.  The weight of expectations in this game also go beyond the early season offensive woes of the Clemson and Texas A&M losses, and are due in no small part to Malzahn having lost to Mullen’s Bulldogs back to back years by the score of 17-9 in 2015, and a crushing 38-23 defeat in 2014.  With a current 61-26-2 Auburn lead in this series, fans simply will not tolerate losses to Mississippi State on anything but a rare basis.

Join podcast cohosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they deliver a scouting report on this first road test for Auburn, as well as the question of what are reasonable expectations for the Auburn football program long-term given all strategic factors in play.  Their conclusion may surprise you.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 129, Oct. 3, 2016

Join cohosts Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they analyze the apparent progress made by the Auburn offense against an undermanned Louisiana-Monroe team in a 58-7 Auburn rout in which the Auburn offense rang up 688 total yards.

As Auburn sits at 3-2 heading into its first 2016 road test in Starkville, Mississippi, the looming question will be whether the Auburn offense’s progress is real, or counterfeit results that were inflated by the inferior quality of the opponent.

Since the Tigers’ defense is ranked 15th nationally in scoring defense, and continues to play swarming, sound ball, if Malzahn’s offense – with play-calling now fully delegated to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee – can make even incremental improvement in scoring and particularly red zone scoring, the second half to this 2016 season could become very interesting.