Monthly Archives: November 2016

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?

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 136, Nov. 7, 2016

In the short span of mere weeks, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers have vaulted from hoping to salvage a respectable 2016 season after two tough early losses, to suddenly contending for the SEC West Division title.  Rarely do college football seasons run their course without the entirely unexpected jolt of major upsets, and such was the case on November 5th, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs knocked off the # 4 ranked CFB Playoff team, the Texas A&M Aggies.

Add to the upset of the Aggies the Florida Gators falling to an Arkansas team that Auburn destroyed 56-3, and Auburn could rightly consider itself among the fortunate in escaping a determined and pesky visiting Vanderbilt team by the score of 23-16.  The win placed the Tigers in the remarkable position of needing only a road win over their rival Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday, November 12th in Athens to make the Iron Bowl tilt with Alabama a “winner take all” for the SEC West title and trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the struggles that befell the Tigers in the Vanderbilt game, and how Malzahn’s Tigers can overcome injury issues to beat the Georgia Bulldogs.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 135, Nov. 4, 2016

As Auburn prepares to host the surprisingly capable Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday, momentum is surging, as the first College Football Playoff rankings landed the Tigers in the 9th spot with the SEC West race still very much undecided.

Gus Malzahn has been clear this week that the sole focus of his staff and team is a Vanderbilt team that plays very stingy defense and has a big win over Georgia on its 2016 resume this season.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they break down where Gus Malzahn’s Tigers stand, and where Vandy could represent a threat if not taken seriously.  If the Tigers pull off this win against the ‘Dores as most expect, a trip to Athens between the hedges is up next, which would be the last major step in setting up a very large Iron Bowl indeed on November 26th in Bryant-Denny Stadium.