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We shock the world and not just win, but win convincingly. AJ “just another game, I love quieting crowds” McCarron (or however you spell his last name) gets rocked twice on the first series just like back in 2005 and we roll.
This is what I’m hoping for. I’m calling 35-21 Auburn.
This is my post at this time last year:
[In 1972 we had a pretty good team and they used a really creative way to win that game. I don’t think we have a pretty good team this year so creativity may not be enough. I’m thinking more along the lines of a higher power. We all know that life isn’t always fair, but every now and then things align properly and the the good guys win one. I choose to believe that this is one of those times. IF this year’s team that played well against a good Clemson team and against a good LSU team shows up, we might just have a chance.
Terry Henley’s great quote “we’re gonna beat the #2 out of them” is applicable once again.
I think we all agree that it will take some extraordinary things to happen for Auburn to win. So bring on the extraordinary. “Punt Bama Punt”, “Honk if You Sacked Brodie”, and “OMG That just Happened 2012″.]
The wild ride continues. Good Guys win and look good doing it.
I have no idea. This game is totally confusing as there are so many variables. However, we have a will to win, heart, and the talent to get it done. I think we win by 3, but I have no idea what the score will be.
I read were Gus was asked about bama stealing play-calls at the beginning of the 2010 Iron Bowl… he did not comment… He knows and remembers, I’m sure he has a plan to combat that B.S.— so no advantage bama in that case.
ALSO, for anyone who reads this blog who is inside the know, bama runs the same damn flea-flicker every big game… can we please not let that happen, thanks.
I see a few factors that might impact the game. Hugh Freeze’s friendship with Malzahn will most likely be helpful. Ole Miss beat LSU after we played them. A&M lost to Auburn a week after Ole Miss played them.
Being at home, will be huge. Bama has not faced a D-Line like Auburn’s while dealing with the crowd noise.
Regardless of what everyone is saying, I think we run on bama. No team has stopped us running the ball, except for Miss State and that was before we realized that we have Tre Mason on the team. Their defense is great, but I believe we can run until I see that we can’t.
We must get pressure on McCarron…
Both teams are very good. Auburn’s offense is more unpredictable and difficult to control—–
I am heading south tomorrow to the Wiregrass area for Thanksgiving, so I will not be able to check the Auburner as much as I would like to. I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving and safe travels. I have the unfortunate pleasure of being one of only 2 Auburn fans at our big Thanksgiving family gathering of around 30 people. The rest are stone cold Alabama fans (some I might even refer to as “Bammers”). I enjoyed the 6-win streak during the Tubberville years, but needless to say, the last 2 years have really sucked around Thanksgiving. I hope Auburn wins just to see the shimmer of hope for another crystal football disappears from their eyes. Oh it would be glorious! WDE and Beat Bama!!!!!!!!!!
You guys know I don’t sugar coat it. If I think we’ll lose I’ll tell you. It is true that our strength will match their strength when we have the ball. That may be a standoff for most of the game. Same for special teams…ours are exceptional but so are theirs. But eventually they get the ball and it’s their very good against our OK. Home field is an advantage but they are a great team on the road or home. If you sign the best players in the country every year, that’s what you get.
On the flip side, our boys have shown remarkable resiliency when we’ve faced adversity…and we’ll have a steady supply of adversity Saturday. There’s not an ounce of quit in the 2013 version of the Auburn Tigers…for that reason as much as anything I see us making a game of it, but the match ups go against us nearly everywhere.
Saban is the only opposing coach I have seen mention Prosch and praise him for the battering ram he is. We have to mix it up a bit and use some other guys to lead block like Artis-Payne or Uzomah. Otherwise the bad guys will key on Jay and read the play.
Marshall and our receivers will need to channel that last two-minute drill we had against Miss St and sustain that level of passing completion. Our guys have proven they have the ability.
I would love to see a big run late to seal the game !
Remember when Bostic ran that long run in (’93 or ’94?). What a great finish that was. Want to see another eruption like the UGA game.
It’s going to be a good, close game. The biggest difference will be in the first half, when McTattoo is prone to overthrow his receivers. If we take advantage of that, and get pressure on him (which he hasn’t experienced all year) and let Mr. Ford knock the McCrap out of him, it’s going to be more than just good, it’s going to be McAusome.
I think we’ll run it, a lot, and be successful at it. Their D hasn’t faced a truly stacked backfield. Also, in watching them play, their D, while big and bad, does not do well with the Hurry Up, they get to panting like a bunch of dogs quickly. Our guys have perfected the interchanging of players like lightning and I just don’t think the Bammer D will be able to keep up with all the fresh legs, including Marshall (their D struggled with Johnny Football, and they had nothing in the backfield).
Also, what the numbers and stats don’t show is heart and determination. These guys have it. They showed it in the LSU game and every game after. It’s the kinda heart that I saw in 2004. I have a feeling after all the plays are called and the sacks are made, heart will be the determining factor.
Heart of Auburn: 35
McSpoiled Soulless Saban Lovers: 24
I believe that our defense will be the biggest question in this game. We tend to not like the HUNH offense schemes run against us, and Bama has been working on a semi-HUNH scheme throughout the year. Nothing like we run, but more so a typical 2-minute offense. We hate those hurry-up offenses, but tend to stick it out to the very end and make a big defensive stand, a la Texas A&M and UGA.
We have a great team, without a doubt, but we have not been a steam-rolling team like Bama has been this year. On paper, though, the two teams really do match up well, but our QB is probably our weakest link on offense where as their QB is their strongest player. We need good protection on offense, and some good pressure on defense. Fortunately, our lines can deliver those prescriptions.
I see the Tigers throwing some new looks at Bama, but still relying heavily on the bread-and-butter plays that got us where we are today. Maybe we see a 2 QB formation early on, or maybe it’s something else, but we will throw in some new stuff to add a little confusion.
I believe that Artis-Payne is going to have a stellar day, maybe even Lutzenkirkenish, but he will play a bigger role in this game than he has. Tre gets a lot of carries and Grant opens up a pass-run RB dimension. Prosh will get his named called too, probably when we need a play the most. Just thinking about all of our RB weapons makes me think that we will utilize them on grinding drives, allowing our receivers to take DBs down field to open up runs. We could easily have another 8 – 10 pass attempt game, with many of those hitting backs coming out of the backfield.
Dee Ford has to be the man on defense, and really get some Brodies on McCarron. Jake Holland will probably emerge as an unsung hero of the game, and Therezie will have a definite say-so at some point in this contest. Overall, we can contain the Tide, but we need more than just a contain, we need a shut-down. Several three-and-outs in a row would be very nice!
Special teams will be clutch. No worries there!
The crowd is going to be absolutely in-freakin’-sane! Both sides will be on fire. This, if not the Game of the Century, certainly qualifies as the biggest Iron Bowl since 1989. That factor plays a huge role in this game, and we want to make up for an embarrassing loss last year. We have a huge motivating factor here, as does Bama. But our motivating factor outweighs theirs marginally enough for us to pull out the win! War Damn Eagle!
So I did some statistics. I’m bored… off work… Auburn has improved throughout this year. So I only looked at games that both bama and Auburn played… After the Auburn Tex A&M game…
Alabama’s dominant numbers in stats decreases to a slight edge over Auburn… Then I took out Ark… I know we are only working with 2 cases then… But Ark had an off week to prepare for Auburn and it was in Fayettnom… Ark had to play A&M, Florida, and SC before the bama game in Tuscaloosa…
Once Arkansas is dropped, TN and Tex A&M remain…
Auburn Average Total Yards -546
Opposing Teams Average Yards-477
Alabama Average Total Yards-523
Opposing Teams Average -474
Auburn Average Score 50-32 —–+18
Alabama Average Score 47-26 —-+21
What does it mean, probably not a lot… My point is that using the full season is not fair to Auburn. I believe these are the 2 best games to compare. Even though Alabama has an advantage of being home against TN. Given these games…. I believe this game is not being overhyped…
Matt Zemek was an old colleague of mine from our days with http://www.esportsmedia.com.. We wrote freelance columns for that site back in the 2000-2004 range. It was a hobby for me but he turned it into his livelihood. Talented guy and a prince of a fellow. Always enjoy his work. Very insightful. I’ll actually check the stories out later….got a little boy to get to bed now. :)
So the 2 talking heads at halftime of the Iowa/Nebraska game one white, one black, one older, one younger, one former player, one former coach……. guess what the had in common? BOTH said Auburn didn’t deserve their ranking and BOTH said there is no chance for a Plainsmen victory in the Iron Bowl. More hater-aide from the “media experts”. More fuel for our fire……….
I hold in my hand the envelopes. As even a Bama fan can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They’ve been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar in the window sill of Toomer’s Drug since noon today. No one knows the contents of these envelopes, but I, in my borderline divine and mystical way, will ascertain the answers having never before seen the questions.
1) Toilet wine.
3) The Thin Red Whine.
1) What drink goes best with Bammer’s humble pie.
2) The bathroom implement after Auburn uses the states supply of TP to decorate The Corner.
3) Alabama’s new nickname after Saban’s bellyaching when the Iron Bowl is over.
4) Cameron Artis’ prediction for Alabama’s rush defense!
East Alabama Polytechnic Institute War Eagle Plainsmen Tigers- 34
The Team Formally Known as The Thin Red Line- 33
And win or lose it is always great to be an Auburn Tiger… even better when we win.
Wouldn’t be shocked if au jumped out to a 10-14 point lead early, if au had a little bit better linebacker play I’d be downright terrified of this game… Au definitely deserves their ranking, but ua deserves theirs as well… 75-80% of the time alabama should win this game… I hope the odds hold, unlike the past few years the tigers/eagles have a legitimate shot
Andy Staples had a good write up today on the game. Encouraging for our guys. He didn’t predict a score but said 2009 showed what a Malzhan led offense could do v. a better UA team…and the 2013 version of what he has to work with is a much deeper talent pool.
Spence, I read Staples as well…good piece. AU-Nac, good stuff right there!!! You do know you’ll have to do that for every game for the rest of your life right? Now rumblings…
I’ve heard that the crowd @ gameday is insane! I’ve got cinnamon rolls in the oven, cocktail weenies ready to go and beer….lots of beer…
I always believe in our boys. Hell, last year I still had faith David would beat Goliath (in my defense…well…there is no defense) even when Goliath tossed David’s body awaybut like a Kardashian throwing away marriage vows, but this year, I really do feel we can win this, and will.
I’ll be wearing my lucky navy top. I love that Gus asked for everyone to wear navy! I saw a lot of people from the UGA game saying they wore their lucky blue shirts, so here’s hoping!! Hope you all have a great day, and regardless of what happens, it’s always great to be an Auburn Tiger! Knock the McCrap out of them!!