On paper, the match-up doesn’t look good. But, that’s been the case throughout the season. Let’s rock.

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  1. Lane
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Barnin’ HARD


  2. Tdog
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    So close…so close to game time!!!!!!!


    Mr. Ford will introduce Mr. Winston to Mr. Turf
    Tre will run over their D, then, after the game, continue to run home and beat the team back.
    Nick will throw three amazing throws, two for touchdowns, one to the MOOOOOON (said in Gru/Despicable Me style).
    Prosch will finally get a touchdown, more than likely involving the smashing of one or two FSU players.

    AU Turf Moon players of Death: 45
    F Why can’t we play Duke again SU? 24

  3. Tigertracker
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Game full of big plays and turnovers. Parkey steals it late 45-42

  4. Jason
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Aubie’s Eagles: 31
    Mr. Ed Long Faces: 30

    Added prediction, Auburn scores the go ahead points in the last thirty seconds of the game.

    To go with Tdog’s comment, I am curious to see how Winston reacts if he starts to get Brodie Croyled. Will he lose confidence and start making errors trying to avoid being run over by a Ford?

  5. AuburnFish
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I think it almost has to be high scoring given the power of both offenses and probably the lack of the ability to stop them by both defenses. I feel confident in Gus’ talent for preparation and game planning. The team has been able to execute his plans well. I don’t see them stopping our run, but we struggle to stop their passes. I see a close one at 38-35 with the Tigers on top!

  6. JCMac
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I really don’t think anyone can predict this game with much confidence. The only thing I think you can do is look at how the ACC has played out of conference. Against quality opponents the ACC has struggled (lost by 10 points on average). This includes bowl season up to this point.

    Every team that played FSU suffered their worst loss of the season, which makes you scratch your head trying to figure out who will win.

    After watching some games and their competition play, I think their defense is a little better than their offense.

    I think this will be the second best overall defense that we will play this year. I think their defense is going to be similar to Alabama’s in talent level and scheme. The difference would be the defensive line, I think Alabama has a better defensive line and even linebackers than FSU. I do think FSU’s secondary is stronger than Alabama’s.

    This translates to more rushing yardage against FSU (but their time off to prepare could limit us) I see us slightly getting over 300 rush yards and possibly struggling at first.

    Their offense is sort of a mix of Georgia and Missouri. There scheme is more like Georgia’s, while their talent is at a Missouri level. Winston can make good decisions and great plays, but he really hasn’t been pressured. Missouri’s QB could do anything he wanted…. well until we started blitzing in the second half.

    The difference, as it is in every NC…. SEC defensive line makes a big impact. Conditioning, Auburn has played full games, FSU hasn’t, I think FSU would have the heart to make the big play at the end, but do they have the endurance? I think we will be able to do whatever we want offensively by the 4th Quarter whether we are up or down.

    Auburn 38
    FSU 27

    P.s. Our defense will out perform expectations. War ‘Happy New Year’ Eagle!

  7. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Lot of different scenarios could legitimately play out….with close wins by either team or blow outs from either team. Dee Ford has been mentioned a great deal but the key on that front will be what can we get from the other guys. They will focus on Dee Ford to the point where he may be quite limited. We’ll need everybody else to step up and fill the need for QB pressure and run support. Another key to me is how well we tackle in space. If we aren’t fundamentally sound in that phase of the game it won’t matter what we can do offensively.

    We’ll certainly try our best to run and I believe we’ll have success but like JCMac I see an FSU commitment to try and take that away and force Nick Marshall to beat them with his arm…which he can do.

    We’ll have match up problems with respect to their receivers, but they will have their hands full with us as well. So bottom line I expect a lot of points.

    Picking partly with my heart…

    AU – 27
    FSU – 26

  8. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Permalink
  9. Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    The stark difference I see right now between the two teams is that FSU is expected to be there and perform. Auburn fell ass-backwards into this thanks to the football gods smiling on us big time! I am beginning to believe that maybe the big time UGA and Bama alumni made a deal with the Devil last year to keep us down, and it’s haunting them this year! In August, I legitimately believed that UGA would be in this game. Now, I cannot believe the year, the plays, the luck, the heart, the desire, and especially the fun and the confidence.

    I have only seen bits and pieces of FSU’s season. Without a doubt, they are a beast of a team. But was their schedule weak enough to amplify their perceived strength? The Clemson game was no real indicator of FSU’s strength, because you can count on Clemson to fold in a big game situation. Duke in the ACCCG is a very strong indicator of the weakness of the ACC. Not that Duke didn’t have a really good team this year, but everyone else in the ACC besides FSU had a miserable season. If my calculations are correct, the ACC is 1 – 7 in the bowl seasons, with Clemson and FSU left to play. The ACC could finish this bowl season 1 – 9, but I do think that Clemson will beat Ohio State.

    So, what we are left with is a group of scrappy kids expected to do absolutely nothing this year, finishing mid-level SEC West, and showing up for a New Year’s Day Bowl game in Florida. A team that when you watch them , they seem to freak out, regroup, and shock the holy living crap out of you to win a game in unlikely fashion, coming from behind to shatter opponents dreams in ways unimaginable. Bottom line is that they find a way to win. The LSU loss was very legitimate, and the team needed that adversity early in the season to give them a chance to really over come that loss and rise back up as winners. Without the LSU loss, and the drive at the end of the game to try to score even though a win had all but dissipated, I think that the team would never have demonstrated that they would never give up in later games. That was our biggest problem in 2011 and 2012. We got behind and gave up. This team doesn’t stop for anything, and you cannot read them at all! They are so apt to create and manage chaos that your head spins trying to follow the ball.

    So it comes down to two teams; one who was predicted to be there, and another who has shocked the college football world repeatedly by winning against every odd. FSU put the petal to the metal and ran roughshod over a weak ACC. Auburn ripped out the gear-box, flattened a tire, and busted a radiator, but found ways to keep moving forward to this destination. In all reality, we could have been viewed as a flukey, weaker, lucky team, leading opponents to maybe overlook us a bit, providing a little luck on our part to win games. But Auburn still found a way to win when they should have lost. Auburn is the underdog. FSU has the Heisman Trophy winner. On paper, FSU should blow Auburn out. On the field, a different story is told.

    Our defense has to, and will, confuse the FSU line, creating hurry-ups, sacks, and throw-away passes. Winston will get rattled a bit, but you don’t in Heisman Trophies by not performing consistently in any situation. So the challenge will be to reduce the impact and effect of Winston, and force FSU to consider a run-heavy offense, which will chew up the clock, which plays in our favor. Our offense has to move the ball on the ground. FSU is expecting that, and we are about to man up big time. Bottom line is that all positions must play tough all game long, and we have the experience doing just that. If we can force FSU into being one-dimensional on both offense and defense, we will rule the day. Our run offense will force FSU to shift players around to fill the box, and we will hit the wheels and circle routes coming out of the backfield. Our defense could force FSU into a run heavy offense, which helps us out because our secondary is good, but not at that great level. The strategy of the coaches, and the execution of the game plans is crucial. Malzahn’s game plan changes each series. FIscher’s changes when he is forced to make a change. Malzahn is in control the whole time, being pro-active. Other coaches are very reactive. Sun Tzu says that to make your opponent abide by your will, you must force the opponent into confusion. Gus is Art of Warring everyone right now! No doubt, our leadership is our key to victory!

    With all that being said, I want to thank Mark for keeping this thing going, and I want to thank everyone who interacts on here. The Auburner is a great little place I can come hang out, and communicate with some great Auburn people. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Festivus, or whatever celebration you participate. I wish you all a Happy 2014, and that the new year is joyous and prosperous. I plan to be at the Arena for the game, and if anyone else is going, maybe we can meet up. Lastly, a hearty War Damn Eagle to you all as well. I believe that we all here exemplify the Auburn Creed and Spirit. This BCS game is as much ours to win as it is for those young men playing. They know that, and the cause becomes exponentially bigger, forcing our guys to step up to levels so high they have never been there before. When we do that, we find a way to win, keeping the Coaches trophy in the State of Alabama 5 years, in the SEC 8, and in our hearts and minds forever. What a wonderful year for a wonderful team, university, and family!

    Auburn Tigers – 52
    Florida State University Seminoles – 35

    P.S. I have several great friends who are FSU grads, and this game has not effected our relationship one bit, and I thank and respect them for that. I also have a lot of respect for that university, and how it has been a storied program over recent years, especially in regards to Auburn. Were they playing a non-SEC team in the BCSCG, I would be cheering for them to take it home.

  10. Tdog
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Great post Gaines!

    Spence, all I can think of is yeah, come to Cleveland. We have minimal talent and will fire you after one season AND we’re going to go ahead and hire your defensive coordinator for you! What a pitch. : /

  11. JCMac
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    What is going on in the world of college football?

    I was going to make a post after the bama game saying something about the SEC doing much better in bowls than the ACC. Yet, here we are….

    I still think the quality of the SEC is better than other conferences, but bama and tex a&m did not help my case…

    I guess I will have to watch that Mizz game… that being said..

    Auburn’s opponents are 4-3 in bowls (I was kind of hoping I could say 5-2 tonight)
    FSU opponents are 2-5

    —and my bowl pick’ems have been exploded—

  12. Posted January 3, 2014 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    I will go with 42-38, with the Desitiny Kids !

    JC MAC, I assume you caught those talking heads of ESPN last night…so, how much does ESPN get paid by Bama to continually praise them ? I could not believe what I was hearing when they put up a chart about, “If Bama played Auburn today, they would be 8.5pt favorites and a pickem game with FSU”….so that is all you have to talk about during the pregame? And a clip of AJ saying the best team is still Bama…..that made me a HUGE Sooner fan and was so glad they waxed them ! I’m wondering how will ESPN recover today after their loss ? And that spitting head Lou Holtz saying Bama was unlucky in the last game ! How can they say these things with a straight face ? It reminds me of a certain person defending the health care act ! Mark May even got on the bus, so lost a lot of respect for that guy. Usually he makes up his own mind, but not last night. Sure was nice to see the Bama fans with their “we can’t lose this game” sad faces in the stands…NOW STAND ASIDE LOSERS !
    OK, I feel better now !

  13. Thomas (formerly the Huntsville one, now the Charleston, West Virginia one)
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Man, shocked by last night’s game. OU came to play. They didn’t steal Bama’s lunch money; they made Bama go and spend their lunch money on what They wanted, proceeded to take said lunch, eat it, and then spank Bama for letting them eat it.

    I hope this motivates our boys even more, because I don’t want to hear how we didn’t deserve to be there after Bama’s hard loss. I know Gus will get them ready. He has coached them up right, and this team seems focused. Remember, we play best when the underdog!

    Learned something from the paper today, Coach Gus loves the Awful Waffle… definitely a post-game affair. Getting the hash browns all the way slathered in Burt’s chili is dangerous as a pre-game meal, though I do love that place.

    Prediction for Monday’s game is forthcoming.

  14. Lisa
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I see Monday night playing out much like last night. The favored team won’t take their opponent seriously and the underdog will come out and punch them in the face.
    Tried and True Tigers 45
    I heart cupcakes 35

  15. Thomas (formerly the Huntsville one, now the Charleston, West Virginia one)
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  16. Tdog
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Bama’s loss came down to them lacking what makes a great team. Something that every great underdog, shocking, winning Auburn team has had–Heart. I say it all the time, but drive and heart can go a long way.

    Bama walked out with the “it’s not the NC so it doesn’t matter” attitude and it showed both on the field and in the stands. Even today at work, the excuse I’ve heard is: Well, if it’s not the NC it doesn’t matter.

    The “best team in the country” should not care if they’re playing in the NC or the Bob’s Bargain Tire Outlet Bowl, they should play to win. The lack of that ability last night proved that Bama is indeed, not the best team in the country.

    That team plays Monday night. :)

  17. Walt
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    ESPN’s “Power Index” has claimed to have the knowledge on who should win on a neutral field in the BCS games. They ran that ticker all day on New Years. Guess what? The underdog has won every game, and often flipped the predicted margin of victory completely.

    FSU is dang good. No one is denying that. But they haven’t played 4 quarters of football all year. When it gets late in that game and their defense is sucking wind as we’re still grinding, and their O-line is having to face our D-line that is still going strong due to the constant rotations, we’ll see how things go. I think this game is going to go almost exactly like the Mizzou game. It’s going to be close for a while. But the conditioning of Auburn’s players and the unceasing pounding of our offense will wear them down in the end, and we may just flip the predicted score on ESPN again.

    AU 45
    FSU 31

  18. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Props to Thomas and the always well stated Tdog…”The “best team in the country” should not care if they’re playing in the NC or the Bob’s Bargain Tire Outlet Bowl, they should play to win.” – that’s good. :)

    I was shocked as well as most of the talking heads. They assumed the OU team that got thrashed earlier this year v. an underwhelming UT team and a good but not phenomenal Baylor was going to get smashed. Me too. Turns out I royally suck in my prognostications in the latest stages of this football season. Who cares though…at this point it’s all about Monday. A W and this will have to go down as the best AU season ever for me. An L and it’s still a bunch of over achieving players and coaches that made AU football incredibly fun again. Hats off to the Tigers either way, but I’d still rather have the W. Considering I went to AU for Grad school while the Mrs. went to Grad School @ FSU, let’s just say it would be better for the good guys to win. (p.s. she’s for AU by the way…….just don’t tell anybody) :)

  19. Kathy
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    We’ve got a coach who can make changes on the fly. We’ll see that Monday night. Like many of you have already said, we know what it’s like to play a full game. We found out against Georgia that you can’t take a big lead for granted. You have to play the full 60 minutes. FSU is a good, maybe a great, team, but they haven’t been tested. Hopefully, that will be in our favor. I’ve said all along, since he was our OC, that Malzahn’s greatest asset is coaching to his talent, not trying to change his players to fit his system. We saw how well that worked in 2012. My sister says that comes from his high school background, very few high schools can recruit players to fit their system, you have to work with what you have. All this to say, I think we stand a very good chance of winning Monday night.

    I also think this is one reason Bama lost last night. Saban is so tied up in ‘the process’, he can’t think outside the box. I don’t think Bama went into this game with the mentality that since it’s not the NC game, it doesn’t matter. I think they really thought all they had to do was show up and they would win. They weren’t prepared for the battle ahead. I have mixed emotions about their loss. Normally, I would be for any team playing Bama, but since we’ve already beaten them, I was pulling for the SEC, especially after Stoops’ comments earlier in the season. But it is fun hearing all the “wait til next year”.

    That’s another difference – we know we will have to play the game of our lives to win Monday night. We will not take this opponent lightly. And if we lose, at least we kept the tide out of the NC game. That in itself is a win for us.

    War Eagle!

  20. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    p.s. Thomas the article you posted is from the same website that had a wicked anti-AU piece a little over a week ago. So they can swing both ways…great article this time around.

  21. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Great points Kathy…I echo them.

  22. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    And last night, THIS happened…as a lady Tide fan goes airborne to get after some OU guy. Stay classy Bama. ;)


  23. Tdog
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Spence, I just saw that on FB. Wow. They could have used her on the field. :)

  24. Posted January 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Mmmm… alabama losing. It always goes down smooth.

    I live in Orlando and most of my friends are fsu people. I’m trying not to get psyched up too much for a win. I can see almost any sort of scenario playing out. Not going to rationalize it too much, but…

    AU – 45
    fsu – 42

    on a td in the last minute.

  25. Walt
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    The Process is a good explanation for what happened last night. Bama develops a game plan and then rides it out no matter what. How else can you explain them still trying to throw the football when AJ was getting rocked and they had a kid with 100+ yards rushing on 8 carries and 60+ yards receiving on one swing pass. They should have ridden Henry that entire second half. I’m glad they didn’t put that kid in during the Iron Bowl! He looks like a beast.

    Can’t wait for Sunday afternoon! Flying out to Pasadena in the afternoon after drill. War Eagle!

  26. Music City Tiger
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Mark, congratulations and best wishes! :)

    About the game – i think the 2010 BCS game was closer than we would have liked because of Chizik trying to protect our D by playing conservative on O and Newton probably distracted a bit by all the shows he attended after winning the Heisman. There would be no such restrictions on the O this time around and hopefully Winston would be distracted.
    I see us pulling away in the 4th quarter, 38-24

  27. Jason
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    The National Championship Game according to Taiwanese news animators: http://youtu.be/2a8nO9RFAZ4

    Our offensive line is rather impressive in the video.

  28. Walt
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I had to check Mark’s Facebook page to see what MCT was talking about. Congrats, Mark!

  29. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    Great news Mark! You’ll join the “Two Kid Club.” I’ve been a member since 2004. :)

    And yes Tdog UA could have used Bat $%^& Crazy Woman last night! lol

  30. Tdog
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Congrats Mark! I’m assuming tiger #2 is on the way? One of my college buddies just learned they’re having their second…the last time this happened was 2010, so we’re taking it as a sign we’ll win the NC again! :)

  31. Lisa
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Congrats Mark! We added #2 in July. We now run our household with the divide & conquer scheme.

  32. Big Swoll
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Man, still no Aunac? Must be waiting for them jars to get sealed up right and flown from The Corner to Run-adena…..

    Ok, so as far as the big game:
    I think FSU is overrated honestly. The media has been chomping at the bit to anoint the ACC as some new super-conference that deserves recognition as the second best in the land. The truth, performance wise, is that they are on par with the former Big East-now-American Athletic conference. The difference between those two is that the AA still achieves with so much stacked against them whereas the ACC enjoys resources, media attention and stability that the AA can only dream about for now, yet they continue to disappoint.

    That stated, I think FSU has coasted through the season with a schedule that is laughable in comparison with ours. From what I can surmise, the SEC defensive muscle we bring will be far superior in physicality, attitude and heart to anything the Noles have faced so far. FSU may make plays initially, so stopping them early could be an important key to victory for The Plainsmen. If we can get on Winston early and rough him up enough to take him out of his comfort zone, I can see his freshman status becoming a liability.

    We should be able to move the ball on the ground and that will set up our underrated passing game. I don’t buy into the hype that our O will keep theirs on the bench, not at the rate we score. So flustering Winston early could be a key for us. The Noles haven’t had to face real adversity this year. They havent had to come from behind and have enjoyed physical superiority to every team they have played…. teams which for the most part couldn’t hang in the SEC.

    So basically, I see us moving the ball and scoring via both air and ground attack. I see us beating them up with our line and RB/FBs and even our TE & WRs. I think their D will bend severely but possibly not break under our offensive pressure, but we should control that side of the equation. On D, if our boys can maintain their composure, play their positions and (hopefully) they aint been getting soft since the SEC championship game, advantage goes to us in spite of their gaudy offensive stats. Line play is the key factor as we punish and possibly knock Winston out of the game. So my pic?
    Aubies gang: 45
    Jimbos Jokers: 17

  33. Big Swoll
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    P.S. Lisa…… I heart cupcakes….. priceless!

  34. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    BTW, my Bowl Picks have blown chunks – as I suspected when I first picked them. 20-13….that’s poor in any league besides the NFL. lol

    Here are some random thoughts….S. Carolina has won 11 games in each of the past three years. I don’t think we give them enough credit. Spurrier went there and muddled around for a little while but they are a consistent winner now. Kudos to them. A very interesting (and encouraging) stat has emerged re: AU’s D. Someone with more free time than me figured out how AU’s opponents fared v. AU’s defense as compared to how they did v. the rest of their opponents. The average AU opponent had their 7th best game of the year offensively v. AU in 2013. Partly this stands to reason since AU has faced some really excellent offenses-at least from a statistical perspective, When you take into consideration the quality of opponent factor, AU’s defense goes to # 13 in the country.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there. :)

  35. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    DANG!!!!! I almost forgot….I will be at the Arena Monday night. I know Gaines said he was going and wanted to know who else will be there. Gaines, I’ll text you momentarily to let you know directly as well. For the local crowd, come On out – ought to be a great big pep rally. And if things turn sour at least you won’t have many – if any – Seminoles to rag you! WDE!!!!!!! And let me give credit where credit is due – my FSU grad wife is letting me go (and watching the kids while I’m there). I did that for her for the Iron Bowl but still sweet of her to do that. :)

  36. Thomas (formerly the Huntsville one, now the Charleston, West Virginia one)
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    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) Fullabulll.

    2) David Bowie and Queen.

    3) Elmer’s.

    4) A key date in American history.

    1) What we will all see that FSU is full of at the end of the game.

    2) Who Jameis Winston will be haunted by in his dreams after Auburn’s Defensive Line hurries and sacks him all night.

    3) Renegade’s next employer.

    4) January 6th, 2014- the date when the Seminoles officially sign a peace treaty and surrender.

    Regal, stalking, hungry, fast, jungle cat, birds of prey, plainsmen- 41
    Another team with multiple symbols and mascots- 31

    Thus has seen AU-nac, so let it be… God willing!


  37. Ft Worth John
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    What an incredibly unbelievable season this has been. These guys and this staff find ways to adjust and win games like I have never seen.
    We really don’t know how good fsu is. They haven’t been tested. Maybe they are just that much better than everybody. We shall see. Rarely do games live up to their hype, but Auburn has certainly delivered in the Iron Bowl and the SEC Championship game.
    Well conditioned, battle tested Tigers pull away late against the native american guys – Auburn 41 and fsu 27.

    Regardless of the outcome this has been really fun. Let’s do it again as soon as possible. WDE!

  38. Big Swoll
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    The War Eagle came from the Natives, FSU aint cornered that market! Think maybe the War Eagle dive bombed some opponents at a game after the civil war or something and revived it.

  39. Walt
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Thomas, the Seminoles peace treaty reference was fantastic. Nicely done.

    I’m in my hotel room in Los Angeles. Can’t believe the time is almost here. Ready to get up to Pasadena for the game tomorrow around lunch!

  40. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Thomas……nicely done!

    Walt, have a great time. Savor the moments. We never know when they will come again….although I like your “soon” time frame. :)

  41. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Let me just echo the positive vibe re: this year’s team. We could lose 150 – 0 and 2013 will still go down as one of THE greatest teams to get behind. This group made AU football FUN again – and in the biggest way. They’ve overcome obstacles of enormous portion and represented AU, their coaches, their families and us quite well. Hats off to the SEC (and hopefully soon to be National) Champions!


  42. Tdog
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    It’s GAME DAY!!!! Whoo hoooo!! Got my pork roast cooking, our lucky AU attire laid out to wear tonight and adult beverages ready to go! Now, just to make it through this pesky work day! :)

    Spence, I’m the same way. I want to win…bad. But if we lose, I’m still just so dang happy that we had the chance. In 2011, I was so nervous and anxious about the game. Today, I’m just happy and ready to watch what unfolds. Don’t get me wrong, a crystal trophy would be superb, but just seeing the hunger and drive in those kids eyes once again makes the whole season worth it!

  43. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I’m the opposite from the 2011 game. I KNEW AU was the superior team going in. I fully expected to win that one. Not so this time. We’re the underdogs…but historically we’re a pretty tenacious underdog. :)

  44. Big Swoll
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    GAME DAY!!!!! And the mighty War Eagle soars high over the West Coast…… Heres a shout out to all the quality peoples at the Auburner and all Plainsmen supporters, the players and staff that have delivered a wonderful, roller-coastr of a season (win or lose tonight, goes to feel real good about this season) and to our distinguished competition. Hope the boys from both sides give us a game! WAR EAGLE! They can hear that echo down through Cascadia, surging through the Bay Area all the way into Socal and Run-adena :)

  45. Lane
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I pretty sure the clock has stopped moving. 8:30PM can’t get here fast enough.

  46. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    p.s. Meant to mention the Run-adena. Lovin that Big Swoll! :)

  47. Matt
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    FSU 45

    AU 34

    Think FSU is the better team, but their schedule has been trash… well see how they respnd to being hit in the mouth…War Eagle to y’all… Hope your guys find a way to pull this one out