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10.24.2009

GAME DAY: Auburn @ LSU

Hey everyone. Welcome to Game Day No. 8. Your Auburn Tigers will play at spacious, old and loud Tiger Stadium in a matter of hours.

The game will be televised by ESPN2. It'll be in HD, too.

I'm planning to head out around 3:30 p.m.

Here is my guide to Le Game:

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AUBURN at LSU

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

Current Line: LSU by 7.5

Opening line: LSU by 8.

On the air: TV – ESPN2. Radio — WLWI-FM 92.3, WMSP-AM 740

FOUR DOWN TERRITORY

1. Auburn is a team in limbo right now. Wins in the first five games
provided confidence that coach Gene Chizik's ideas worked. The
offensive clicked. Defensive problems were a real issue, but gobs of
points soothed the pain. Now the offense is in the tank. Auburn scored
a single offensive touchdown against Kentucky last week. It seems that
opponents have learned how to defend Gus Malzahn's offense. Everything
this team aspires to accomplish this season rests on its ability to
score points. Fourteen is not enough. Fourteen won't be enough.


2. Chris Todd should be on a milk carton. Auburn fans have seen this
story before -- the hyped quarterback starts off strongly then fades
badly at in October. Is this 2008? The problem then was Todd's
shoulder, which finally because a season-ending nuisance. Will that
happen again? Todd says his shoulder is fine. Chizik says the shoulder
is fine. So does Malzahn. Still, facts are facts. Todd has missed at
least a dozen straightforward throws during the past two weeks. If
that trend continues, Auburn will struggle to win more than six games
this season.

3. Auburn's defensive struggles are overstated. When Chizik hired
Malzahn and promised to create the same frenzied offense seen at
Tulsa, defensive regression was all but assured. The Tigers no longer
are a ball-control team. The defense's job is tougher now. Touchdown
prevention was the theme prior to 2009. Now it's all about touchdown
management -- simply slowing the touchdown flow. It's unfair to say
the Tigers' defense choked against Kentucky. It allowed 21 points.
That's supposed to be enough.

4. Auburn has become a sociological experiment of sorts during the
past three weeks. A 5-0 start stoked expectations well beyond where
they should have been. This is a flawed team and has been a flawed
team all along. Then came the loss at Arkansas. The home loss to
Kentucky. Now message boards are loaded with discussions about
Chizik's worthiness, Malzahn's ability and Ted Roof's competence.
Those three guys are working with the same 77 scholarship players and
running the same schemes. If Auburn finishes 6-6, some will say it was
a disaster. I'll say that's one game ahead of what I predicted in
July.

KEY MATCHUP
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn vs. LSU defensive coordinator
John Chavis


Malzahn's offense is crippled. The substantive pass plays that
characterized the Tigers' first five games have all but disappeared.
The problem? Part is quarterback Chris Todd, who suddenly is
struggling to make routine throws. Another element of Auburn's problem
involves strategy. Arkansas and Kentucky used few blitzes and played
reactive defense, which suffocated Auburn's offense. Receivers who had
been open during the first month now have defenders in tow. It's up to
Malzahn to devise new twists that expose that defensive strategy.
Chavis, who managed several excellent defenses at Tennessee, surely
will follow the blueprint provided by Arkansas and Kentucky. Malzahn
now must evolve.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tommy Trott
TE, 6-5, 245, Sr.

Trott has been one of the most intriguing player-development stories
of the past 10 years. He arrived at Auburn as a ready-made receiver
who couldn't block. Over time, he has become a major blocking asset.
He is a major reason why the Tigers' rushing attack works so well.
Defenses have allocated more resources toward shutting down Gus
Malzahn's deep-pass emphasis, which means areas behind the linebackers
are open more often that before. That could create an ideal
opportunity for Trott to emerge as a passing-game threat. He has the
hands to make plays. He seems to understand the offense well. The only
obstacle seems to be Malzahn's infatuation with wideouts Darvin Adams
and Terrell Zachery.



BY THE NUMBERS

1 -- Number of players who signed with LSU out of an Alabama high
school. (Dothan native Josh Williford plays offensive line.)

2 -- Number of linebackers (Craig Stevens and Joshua Bynes) who
already have more tackles this season than in all of 2008.

5 -- Number of sacks allowed by Auburn this season, which is seventh
fewest among FBS teams.

7 -- Number of night games Auburn has played this season, which
already is second-most in school history. The record is eight.

9 -- Number of wins, out of its previous 14 games, that Auburn has earned
against teams ranked in the Associated Press' top 10.

92 -- Combined number of career starts for Auburn's first-team offensive line.

553 -- Yards needed for Ben Tate to catch Joe Cribbs (2,815) for
fourth place on Auburn's career rushing list.

PREDICTION

I've been wrong during the past two weeks. Totally wrong. My track
record isn't the best, but I still believe Auburn is going to surprise
someone soon. LSU is not a great team this season. Its statistical
markers aren't indicative of a team ranked among the nation's 10 best,
so there will be a correction of sorts at some point. Why not today?
Auburn's defense played OK against Kentucky. LSU's attack is less
formidable. It's reasonable to believe the Tigers could hold LSU to 21
points or less this weekend. Can the offense get itself together long
enough to build four scoring drives? I think it can. Smooth
performances will be rare given Chris Todd's problems, but Auburn will
put everything together at some point. Conditions seem ripe for a
revival tonight.

Auburn 24, LSU 21.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

125 Comments:

Blogger Dear Leader said...

substance

9:38 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

And plenty of it.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

great read...

any given gameday.... thats why we play the games..

9:44 AM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Lets do it!!!!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

jhag, how did the facebook argument do? Did you get slapped?

9:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I wish it were an early kickoff today, I'm ready to get this thing going.

9:54 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Why does Chris Fowler hate teams from the south?

9:55 AM  
Blogger scottie irons said...

DWWD....BEAT LSU!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Lowcountry Tiger said...

I would certainly take JGT's prediction of 24-21 AU and run with it. I'm certainly concerned about CT's shoulder, and I'd love to see Ben Tate get all 553 yards TONIGHT!

Down with corndogs.

War Eagle.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Great read there JGT - now that IS SUBSTANCE!! Very well thought out.

Your argument relies on Auburn finding a median between the AU team of the past two weeks and the one we saw for the first 5 - and LSU being the average LSU we all think they are and not the actual top 10 team the poll voters think.

I predict Auburn does smooth out the spikes in play we have seen so far this season - but this relies Heavily on no stupid penalties we have seen kill drives when we needed them most and some consistency in the passing game. If we can keep LSU's offense off the field (more so our defense as to rest), our D can limit points scored.

Prediction? History has shown this is a tight game when the final score is posted, I just doen't see us being on top.

AU - 24
LSU - 30

LT

10:09 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Not sure why, but I feel so much better today than I did at this time last week. I never thought we would lose to KY, but I just didn't have a good feeling last week.

We may lose big time tonight, but I have a good feeling. Maybe it is our leader's prediction of a win!

Go Tigers!! The orange and blue kind!!!

Great write up setting up the game, Jay. I really enjoyed it.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Frame said...

LSU's defense is going to be a lot better than Arkansas and Kentucky. Luckily, the LSU offense is performing on a high school level right now.

If this turns into a shootout, I think we win. If it's a defensive, field position battle, I think they win.

It'll probably be somewhere in between, and come down to special teams.

10:14 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

LSU controls the clock with the running game. Their defense tackles very well. Holliday is probably going to be worn out by halftime from running long distances on returns. I hope Jay is correct on his score, but I don't see it happening.

I am surprised to see LSU has only one player on the roster from an Alabama high school. I always assumed they recruited more heavily in the state, esp. south Alabama.

Good stuff in the pre-game report, Jay.

10:16 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

What up,

Jay, watching Auburn Everyday tv program, have you seen that show? Its no Scorcese piece, but its interesting, its gives a small piece of insight.

10:19 AM  
Blogger missinit said...

Morning Hotties!

Great substance from Jay G. this morning and looking for great substance from the Auburn Tigers tonight!!!

WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!

10:20 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Desmond Howard and Kirk picked Auburn, Kirk likes Auburn and Chizik, Corso said we would lose by one. Fowler trashed us and said we couldnt beat UK so he has no hope for us the rest of the season.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

I catch AU Everday Tivo'ed on Fridays - No Oliver Stone, but does show what is behind the curtain. You can see all the coaches in a whole different light most times.

10:26 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Tiger,

yea just saw a segment that put things in perspective. Showed Chris Todd with his family hugging their necks after last weeks lost with Gus Malzahn next to them. These kids hate losing worse than we do, This teams deserves a winning season and a bowl game and I hope they get it.

You can tell watching that show the kids love these new coaches and trust in them.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Forget LSU of yesterday.... they always show up when they play AU...

they will kick our but unless we are flawless... just a fact... we bring out the best in LSU

10:38 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

The coaches are preaching Togetherness and trying to avoid the dissension and fracture the team experienced last year. I see them accomplishing that.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Whether he picks Auburn or not is beside the point, this, however, regarding Chris Fowler is not:

Le douche magnifique.

10:41 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

LT- I just don't see LSU scoring 30, not because of our defense but because of their offense.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

42 miles to Baton Rouge. Stopped for a coke break when we got in La and my first encounter was with a Bama fan. I just can't get away from them.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Lowcountry Tiger said...

Loganville,
It's a great first step. We were supposed to stink this year, so let's get the TEAM aspect fixed, and then start getting TALENT and coach 'em up. I wasn't sure when Chizik was hired if he'd be able to do that, but I am happy so far. I HATE losing to Arkan sass, and I am in denial about my first loss ever to Kentuck. And I'm nervous about LSWho tonight. We definitely bring out the best in them.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Watch out for Tenn today.,.... ya never know....

10:46 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

You may be right Nova - I can see a scenario where my prediction is cut in half - either way, we ain't on top.

I hope I am in for a good surprise.....

LT

10:46 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Kathy,
In the event of a nuclear attack, I believe cockroaches and Bama fans will be the only survivors.

Hopefully, only the cockroaches will reproduce.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Corso just said Arkansas "Shot their wad last week"

Can he do that?

10:57 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

kirk is die 'in

10:59 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

There's an inherent danger of having a guy who's old and had a stroke recently on live TV.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Nothing says Illinois-Purdue like Pam Ward.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Well said AUFan. Bring home a W Kathy.

Jay G ... some of your best work bro. Loved it.

I'm serving corndogs for dinner. Everytime something bad happens, I will bite a corndog. That should turn the MO in our favor. VOODOO on LSU.

We win tonight. I feel it.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Frame said...

Y'all should go give this guy a hard time. He's asking for it.

http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/

LSU fan, who hates Auburn.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The weather here is great: Sunny, 60s.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Terrelle Pryor is an awful passer.

11:05 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Just finished watching the Auburn Everyday show. I love these coaches!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

A few things to say before heading to the ppkin patch with the girls:

1. Beat LSU!

2. We need you Chris Todd....you are out only hope.

3. Watch for a Temnessee upset victory today.

Finally....

4. FU Tuberville. Please don't make me continue the daily statement.

War Damn Eagle!!!

11:09 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Highlight of the morning so far was watching Herbstriet lose it when Corso said "shot their wad".

11:10 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I watched the 1994 game last night. ANYTHING can happen.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

I kinda liked Lavell Edwards putting the cougar head on, too.

11:13 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The 1994 game was amazing. I was a freshman sitting in the crowd and was in a state of shock every time Jamie Howard would throw the ball.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Curley Hallman = Severe brain trauma

11:20 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Lol @ Eddie. "Help us Chris Todd, you're our only hope." That's gold.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Well, it took all of one play for a bad call in the Ole Miss-Arkansas game.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

JayG.....outstanding conversational review of the AU situation. The clarity in that review is borne out of an unbiased viewpoint.

Eddie...We absolutely need Toddzilla to re-emerge. I think you are unfair dumping all of our depth problems on Tubs. It's not worth going into because it causes headaches, but there are a lot of reasons that have conributed to our current predicament.

11:24 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hope the Todd of the first 4 and half games comes back today. If it's obvious by halftime it's not happening, we need to consider a change at QB.

11:25 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Great material this morning JGT

Jet you would think the sit down for a crew would be an eye opener but I guess it will business as usual which does not bode well for Auburn.

11:26 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I also thought that was a terrible late hit call. The guy was still fighting for yardage!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Here's my problem Digger ... there was no whistle, the guy was not on the ground, and the guy hadn't stepped out of bounds ... and they call late hit.

You tell the guy to be careful, but that's not a late hit.

11:28 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Wow, Ark got worked on the QB keeper there.

Isn't Jerrell Powe 35 or something now?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

let's hope those go our way tonight.

11:30 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

You just can't beat bad calls. They just keep coming. How do they justify them, they don't and don't have to until it is too late.

11:30 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay G,

Top notch start of the game day blog today.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Phormerly Phred

I piled on over at the otehr site... called LSU a bunch of cheaters which should get us a bunch of "you all are a bunchof chop blockin, sons of saban"

love stirrin the puddin

11:34 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

OK, I guess holding the arm is legal now.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Frame said...

being able to watch this Ole Miss/Arky game on espn360 is not good for my library productivity today.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Fro Choker rain wise @ GT vs, Virginia - GT is my second favorite team - anything to put a stake in the bulldogs. Everyone said Johnson's system couldn't work in big boy football - seems to be doing alright to me.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Except for that fumble....lol.....

11:49 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

that should be "Frog

11:49 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm in Baton Rouge. Trying to check in but room not available yet. Apparently the Auburn football team is here and hasn't checked out yet! Maybe I should go give them a pregame pep talk.

12:01 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

okay, I admit it...had to tell that slightly upset LSU fan my thoughts, though I was very polite.

glad you made it safely Kathy and by all means go for it! Can you imagine Chizik letting you go into the team meeting and letting you give them ten minutes of soul wrenching Auburn loving passion?

12:09 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

I just hope Auburn wins, so the trash talking to that LSU fan can continue after the game.

12:31 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Game Day!!! It's great to be an Auburn Tiger. Glad you had a safe trip to Red Stick Kathy. Good stuff this morning Jay G. I enjoy reading your work. Thanks for doing what you do.

12:44 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Auburn will win the west. It starts TODAY. Mark it dude!

12:49 PM  
Blogger IV said...

It is so marked Dude.

1:24 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is this Ryan Mallett that is playing today the same guy who played against us 2 weeks ago?

1:31 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

No, he can't hit the ground with his passes today and when he hits a receiver they drop it 60% of the time.

1:35 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Two weeks ago he was making NFL throws, now he's looking horrible.

Hard to believe there is a day where an Ole Miss D is better than ours.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Ryan Mallett has a very strong arm, though. Wow.

1:43 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I have been told I have a strong chin.

1:59 PM  
Blogger IV said...

How much can your chin bench Michael?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

Ole Miss has a good defense. Probably top 3 in the conference, if not better.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Yep - the Rebels were strong right there.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

OH NO!!!!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I have been told I have a weak chin Michael.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

I know this will piss JGT off - but does it seam that the Zebra's are having much more influence on a games outcome than years gone by? Does to me.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Refs? Come on.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Knew that would get you out of the closet JGT - I just don't see the Let'em Play like I used too.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Did I just say Jay came out of the closet?

Its been fun guys.... Banhammer on the way for me......

Selah

2:11 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

Arkansas' defense, on the other hand, is not that good.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

That says a lot for Auburn's O don't it....

2:16 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

Arkansas and Auburn seem to be very similar. Good, but inconsistent offense. Bad defense, that just tries to slow down the other team's offense enough to stay in the game.

If each team's offense is playing as well as it can, each team can beat anyone in the country, almost. If the offense isn't clicking, both teams will probably lose.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Game Day Substance from DL... he's obviously got his game face on.

Oh wait, that's his dictator face...I get them confused.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

btw...

HOTTIE HOOOOOOOOOOO from BTR.

Saw ScottieB's cousin (?) in the elevator this morning, all decked out in his HABOTN lid.

2:35 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

As you all know, I am a big believer in unrealistically high expectations. Tonight is no exception. If Todzilla gets rolling, we can beat the other tigers.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm SteveFC's alter ego. I think we could get killed tonight.

2:38 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Okay THT, I am setting you up for....

2:39 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Well imagine that, UT's headphones aren't working on the sidelines, sure that wasn't plans.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

failure!

2:39 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I tried THT.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks, wakerider

2:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

IV - your efforts are greatly appreciated.


We're off to get some food.

WARRRRRRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!

GO AU TIGERS!!!

2:41 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Michael, A couple of your goats are loose in my back yard. Can you come and get them?

2:41 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

oops, sorry guys.

But I sure do hope UT pounds Bama into the dirt.

2:41 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Just checked the Scoreboard Of Former Opponents - Ball State (0-7) is leading Eastern Michigan (0-6) 29-27 with just over 5 minutes to play.

Eye-opening stat: BSU has 422 yards of total offense. 421 of it rushing offense.

Yes, that's right, BSU QB tanner Justice has attempted 10 passes, completing 2, for a grand total of one yard.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Iowa State will beat Nebraska to move to 5-3 on the season.

2:52 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Congrats to Paul Rhoads.

OK, who would like to see an ISU-AU matchup in Shreveport this December?

2:55 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Okay, fire Chizik and hire Paul Rhoads!!!

2:55 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

And it's final: Ball State 29, EMU 27.

Congrats in order to BSU's Stan Parrish, his first victory as an HC in 8,408 days.

Total offense for BSU was 464 yards, with exactly 0.0021551724137931034482758620689655 coming from the passing game.

3:06 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

That's 1/464th for those of you keeping score at home.

3:06 PM  
Blogger auforme said...

Down with the corndogs!
Hating UAT.
War Eagle! Feeling like there's a chance for us tonight. I feel more focused today than the past two weeks! HA!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I still give kudo's to Ed Gran for landing Brown, OKU and nu'keeeeeeeeeeeessssseee

watch out in 2 years..

3:45 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

UAT outthinks itself ... settles for FG ... 2nd and 2 at the 5 and Ingram doesn't touch the ball.

3:59 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Jay,
I hope #3 is your own opinion and not something coaches have told you. I have never heard of a defense trying to manage how long it takes another team to score. How would one coach that theory?

4:00 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

HOWDY

4:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

This Alabama offense is about as exciting as warm fat free vanilla jello pudding.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

These are both NFL style offenses. I like watching it for a change

4:07 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

tigerfan, I think it is about limiting the number of scores. We are designed to outscore people.

4:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

That makes a lot of sense, jhag. I hate watching NFL football.

4:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Wow, it is weird typing we are designed to outscore people. Malzahn may very well be Tuberville's polar opposite.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

True statement, Id rather watch college to, obviously...its just a little change of pace, thats all im sayin

4:10 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Did you just say you like watching Bama football Jhag?

I think we lost him guys.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

When Tennessee has a chance of beating him, yessssssir

4:11 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

A few weeks ago, I thought this was the best overall team Bama's had since 1979. The past three weeks they've looked more and more like the 2005 version.

Too bad they don't have any decent teams left on their schedule to challenge them.

4:12 PM  
Blogger IV said...

We are not decent? Define decent.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Thaddeus Lewis (DUKE QB)

Last two games:

40-50, 459 yards, 5 TDs, 0 Ints
30-43, 371 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int

For the season:

164-255 (64.3%), 1972 yards, 14 TDs, 3 Ints



Cutcliffe can coach QBs.

4:17 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Does UT make a comeback in the second half?

4:25 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

JHAG...Good call on Cutcliff

4:27 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

"Decent" by my definition means "top half of the SEC".

I don't think we can make that goal this year. We're probably around 8th or so.

Believe me, I'd love nothing more than to be proven wrong, starting tonight.

4:34 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Missing that FG hurt them a little, but they are essentially one big play from taking the lead.

I've consciously stopped pulling against the Tide in every game like I did in my youth, but it would amuse me to no end for the Vols to pull the upset. Plus it would give me some hope for the Friday after Thanksgiving.

4:36 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Ummm, why do Bama players have crib sheets stuck to their foreheads?

4:37 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Hmmm, the BCS is not a component of the APP. BCS rankings are meaningless.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

4:39 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

We really do need a 16 team playoff. It won't lengthen the season. I say we play all the games on the same weekend. Yes, depth could be a factor, but for a national championship, these kids should just suck it up.

4:41 PM  

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WarEagleGirl
TarHeelTiger
Kathy
D. Miller
Dear Leader
j-z
Norm
digger4au
Harrison
LuvAU1968
cincytiger
mytommyd (is supposed to be mrtommyd)
ehyoutiger
wtc
IV
wakeriderof87
Sean
Scott Chocolate
NoVaTiger
Taylor
BinOBA
wes
Aeronaut
chip chip
Spongeworthy
Loganville Tiger
E-Bro
Ephemeral
au1n04
FearlessFreep
coosa
bear82
wartiger
patdyeswildturkey
atlantatiger
JD the Biscuitator
shesaid
depressedAUfan
dnatl

NOTABLE NEWCOMERS
Cousin Humpers = Bammers (aka CH=B)
dan dan the AU fan
bellefay1
API
Jay 'W. not Tate'
missinit
Craig Miller
AU1292
MLF
Comm'r of Flesh Wounds
Stupup74
61northak
Jimmy
bigdaddy334
Secondaid
Andrew
SCoats
astatguy
Jason Crawford
paulmain
Lowcountry Tiger
BigEZ
Will
WDCWE

MY PEEPS
Wifey
cpf
GritzNGravy
roundtable
Josh_Moon
MrsFrontRim & FrontRim
ChuckCrim
troyznoiz

FIRST DOCUMENTED POSTER
Buck

BANHAMMERED
Hamburglar
ROLLTIDEROLL
hairydawg
DavidOku
Jay_G (an impostor)
WarEagleogDotCom

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