What a difference a year makes at Auburn

 Auburn, Ala.—It is known as an “Ah-ha!” Moment.

In Life it is when get our first job or buy our first house or experience the birth of our first child. That is when realize that our parents, who we were sure for so long didn’t have a clue, were pretty smart people after all.

“Ah-Ha!”

In college football it is the moment when players and fans who are justifiably skeptical, start believing that a new coaching staff ACTUALLY knows what it is doing. For players it is a moment when, after wandering in the dark, the light finally comes on.

“I think we had several of those last season,” said Gene Chizik, who on Monday wrapped up his second spring practice as the head coach at Auburn.

The mood here a year ago was decidedly on edge. Chizik, a former defensive coordinator at Auburn and Texas, came here after two years of building at Iowa State yielded a 5-19 record. Chizik pointed out that the record didn’t reflect the progress that had been made. All some Auburn fans could talk about was that number (5-19) and worry that this group of coaches would be in over their heads, given the juggernaut that was building in Tuscaloosa.

“This time last year compared to right now is night and day,” said offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. “This time last year, these kids had been through so much that we had to Dr. Phil a bunch of them. We had to bring them along slowly. Now we can just coach them. It’s a lot different.”

In short, everybody has bought in to what Chizik and the staff are selling because in 2009, they saw evidence that it will work.

 The Tigers started 4-0 and in each of the first four games had to come from behind to win. In those four games Auburn rolled up 2,105 yards of total offense (526.5 avg.) with a quarterback (Chris Todd) who couldn’t throw a ball in spring practice because of a bad shoulder.

In the fifth game Auburn went on the road to Tennessee and recorded 459 yards of offense against a Monte Kiffin defense.

“It was the fact that we won but it was also the way we won,” said Chizik. “This team showed some resiliency. They learned to just keep playing.”

Then the tough patch came. There were three straight losses to at Arkansas (44-23), Kentucky (21-14), and at LSU (31-10). There was a very good home win against Ole Miss (33-20) followed by two more gut-wrenching SEC losses at Georgia (31-24) and Alabama (26-21).

“There are good coaches in this league and there came a point where they began to identify some of our weaknesses,” said Malzahn. “We just had to play through it.”

But there were things to build on and reasons to be encouraged.  In Athens, Auburn was in position to tie the game late but couldn’t stick it in the end zone to force overtime. Auburn had Alabama on the ropes at Jordan-Hare on the day after Thanksgiving. The Crimson Tide needed a touchdown with 1:24 left to pull out the win.

“We’re not into moral victories or pats on the back,” said Chizik. “But we played well enough to put ourselves in position to win those games. One defensive stop or one more offensive play and we win. Our team learned from those games.”

Auburn also learned from its 38-35 overtime win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Auburn had the game in hand, leading 35-21, only to see the Wildcats force overtime.

“We had that game won a couple of times but our guys didn’t panic when Northwestern made its run,” Chizik said.

So Auburn finished 8-5, giving Chizik the second-highest number of wins ever for a first-year coach at Auburn (Terry Bowden went 11-0 in 1993). Not bad when a year ago, a lot of people were predicting a disaster.

“For what we wanted to get done our first year, for the foundation we hoped to build, we believe we got a lot accomplished,” said Chizik. “And now we move on.”

So what about year two? Alabama, the state rival, has now won a national championship, which does not go unnoticed here. But there are tangible reasons to expect another good season at Auburn.

The offensive line returns four of five starters and will be again be a strength. Running back Ben Tate, the SEC’s No. 3 rusher (104.7) is gone but that opens the door for senior Mario Fannin (Lovejoy, Ga.) to have a big year.

Most of the real buzz this spring has been about transfer quarterback Cameron Newton. Newton, who began his career at Florida, then transferred and won a national junior college championship, is a splendid athlete at 6-6, 247. Chizik insisted yesterday that the quarterback position is still a four-man race headed into the summer. I believe Newton is the guy and he can do a lot of things in this offense that Auburn fans haven’t seen before.

The defense, which finished 11th in the SEC last season (374.08 ypg), remains a big concern. The Tigers are thin at several positions, especially linebacker. The Auburn defense was on the field for 945 plays last season (35 more than any other team in the SEC) and too many guys played just about all of them.

“My guys gave me everything they had,” said defensive coordinator Ted Roof. “We have to keep working to build our depth.”

This is not complicated. Auburn just doesn’t have enough players right now to compete for the championship and long term there is still a bunch of work to do on that front. There are 23 seniors on this Auburn team. Behind them the junior class is very thin. If you believe the experts, Auburn put together a very good recruiting class last February. Chizik and his staff need at least two more like it to get back into the discussion for the SEC West championship.

“There are always things we felt we could have done better but the first year was a good first step towards where we want to go,” said Chizik. “Now we have to go recruiting and identify some guys who can help us.”

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164 comments Add your comment

KidRay

April 20th, 2010
9:06 am

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
9:09 am

The Gators are the best!!! Work ‘em, Silly Gators!!! I’ll cut and paste an article from the Gainesville Sun soon. That way everyone will know what’s going on with the Gators. You know, America’s team.

{->JusSayN

April 20th, 2010
9:12 am

I figured about 2 more years for Auburn. One top 5 recruiting class doesn’t spell SEC champ let alone National. But they are on the right track. I think?

Mike Kolen

April 20th, 2010
9:16 am

Defense, still a long way to go. And as Belotti said calling their spring game, poor tackling still. Not sure if Roof is the guy who can get the AU D up to snuff.

SEC RULES

April 20th, 2010
9:18 am

Gatorinathens 32-13!

Griffin Dawg

April 20th, 2010
9:20 am

Mario Fannin is very very very fast – If AU had left him in against UGA it may have been a different final score.

Miles

April 20th, 2010
9:21 am

Tuberville ACTUALLY knew what he was doing as well…Auburn will be tough this year, but they won’t be ‘Bama…Malzahn has a long way to go before he becomes worthy of his job…

JB

April 20th, 2010
9:27 am

Auburn a lot like my Dawgs……they will play some pretty good football, but need to take it up to another level. The past 2 years has put some doubt in the back of every Dawg fans mind.
2003 to 2007 with Richt, I felt we could win every game played, including Florida. New coach’s and new players and Richt back involved in the offense gives new hope. Us, like Auburn, are still a recruiting class or two away from getting back to 11 wins. I’m encouraged just by the new defensive coach’s in Athens. Grantham will make us aggressive again, and we have the speed and players to do it.

5IML

April 20th, 2010
9:30 am

Auburn’s defense will be horrible again. End of story. Look for a 7-5 season, at best.

Cam Newton is not yet the savior Auburn fans believe him to be. He has the potential but he’s not there yet.

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
9:33 am

Sure wish I could read Pat Dooley in this paper or listen to Brady Ackerman and Chris Doering on the radio here in Athens talking about my Gators.

MikeP

April 20th, 2010
9:35 am

All you Gators: Quiz: “Name the only SEC team that Urban Meyer has never beaten?” Your answer would be AUBURN!

When are you coming back to our lovely little village? We’re always delighted to see you.

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
9:40 am

Take care of Alabama and Georgia every once in a while and get back to me Auburn Fan.

Otto

April 20th, 2010
9:42 am

Auburn was paper thin in depth for their defense. It will improve this year, the question is how much.

Jake

April 20th, 2010
9:46 am

Look forward to the early match between SC and Auburn Game.

Gen Neyland

April 20th, 2010
9:47 am

GatorInAthens : Guess you’re refering to Latin America.

Gotta wonder what with Auburn’s successful recruiting year, will they place in the Fulmer Cup this summer..? Nonetheless, Cheesestik woke up the drabs on the plains. Good luck to ‘em…

JB

April 20th, 2010
9:48 am

Florida has great players, no doubt. Lot’s of new players and coach’s and they will need to ” jell” as a “team”. They have the players to win 10 “without” jelling, but to be great again they will need some work, IMHO. Auburn will win 8 again, and My Dawgs have a lot to prove. Lot’s of “newness” in Athens this year. That “newness” could go either way.

SimpleDawg

April 20th, 2010
10:16 am

Lizard in Athens….sounds like you need to move.

Awbarn’s lack of depth on defense must be a sign that they’re not getting much talent out of LaGrange, Americus, and Columbus……which is where they’ve mined most of their really good players in the past.

Whatever happened to the ‘Ho’ Limo? Did the Vol freshmen steal it?

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 20th, 2010
10:22 am

I wish the SEC wasn’t scared to let GT back in the 80’s. It would be nice smacking Awbarn around again on a regular basis.

I say have the ACC trade GT for USC. UGAg would never win the SEC championship again.

This way, we could have a winning record in basketball again…well, maybe.

lemon drop

April 20th, 2010
10:29 am

1) Auburn can’t play a lick of defense and Ted Roof won’t help, his defense last year was in the niddle of the field n every way. Defense wins in the SEC.
2) Auburn can score, but scoring won’t do it in the SEC, ask Arkansas who led the SEC in scoring but went 7-5 because they couldn’t play defense.
3) The defense gave up 40 points like Florida and Alabama in their Spring games, only Georgia’S defense held the offense to 24 points, and we have the best offense in the SEC, so that’s saying a lot.
4) Richt is 4-0 recently against Auburn, they just can’t handle Richt

Bulldog59

April 20th, 2010
10:38 am

Chizik is intense and focused, and he knows the game. He can get Auburn back to the top level of the SEC West, but not with Ted Roof running the D. TD pointed out, although they started 2009 at 5-0, they were trailing the first 4 teams,La. Tech,MSU, WVU, and Ball State, not exactly a gauntlet of top talent in the NCAA. Give Roof an early pass….new coaches, new schemes, etc., but this year, Chizik needs to see improvement or make a change for 2011. Don’t make the mistake UGA did.

SaintsLSU

April 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Auburn will be about the same as last year. Maybe 8-4 regular season. Problem for them is that LSU, Arkansas, and Auburn are all in a log jam chasing Bama. AU seems not quite on the level of LSU and Arkansas. Not to say those two look like world beaters. I still have questions about Jordan Jefferson, and Ark’s D needs to develop this season, which sounds a lot like AU’s problem, but Ark has an future NFL QB running the show. And I have no doubt my Tigers will have their hands full when we travel to “the Barn” in October, but overall I see AU as 4th in the West.

SimpleDawg

April 20th, 2010
10:42 am

Ramble….we can always count on you for plenty of stupid comments. You never disappoint. And if you want to play Awbarn so badly, just drop Jacksonville State and Weber State, and add Awbarn….no need to lust for something you don’t have….like a female companion. But I’m sure you have that in hand.

j

April 20th, 2010
10:58 am

SimpleDawg,

I wouldn’t be talking wih that high scool schedule UGAY put out this year. There is really only 2-3 games that are possible to lose. Then agian, Kentucky looks to be better this year!

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:01 am

Gator in Athens, Bama is America’s team now. 91,000 in Tuscaloosa for A Day, now that is fan support. You will get to see America’s team first hand in 2010. You and 100,000+ crazed maniacs.

george

April 20th, 2010
11:02 am

Lemon drop are you on some sort of crack. Georgia has the best offense in the SEC?????????? That might be the most absurd comment of the entire year so far. cant wait to hear you try to explain that one.

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
11:05 am

Bruce, you’ll be just like your brother Bernie after The Fightin Gators leave town!

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:06 am

J, we have 4 teams we schedule. One is the ACC Champion, one is Colorado, a solid Big 12 opponent and two are cream puffs. Then we play eight games in the toughest conference in America. Now, what is your team and what is there schedule?

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:07 am

Who is Bernie? I think Gators have good shot, but Bama is King until further notice.

NoGaGator

April 20th, 2010
11:09 am

lemon drop -

Did you really say UGA’s offense is the best in the SEC? I don’t think even Patrick, as twisted as he is, would attempt to claim that one.

Then again, it is spring, where optimism abounds. After all, UGA’s going to win nat’l championships the next several years because Richt kicked Mettenberger off the team. Gotta love that twisted spin logic

Chester Copperpot

April 20th, 2010
11:17 am

Razzle-dazzle offense and no defense?

Auburn needs to move to the Big 12 South.

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
11:18 am

Bruce, don’t act like Bernie Mac isn’t your dead brother!

george

April 20th, 2010
11:18 am

SEC west is gonna be wide open this year. If someone can slip up and beat bama it could be interestring. Here is how I see it.
miss st- will be much better and will beat a couple teams who they should not
ole piss- down a lot this year and will win 7 or 8 games at the most.
LSU- complete unknown but I am still not sold. I think they win 8-9 games. Tough schedule. At UF,AU, ARK, and UNC in atl. That unc game will be huge for LSU and we will find out a lot about them right away.
ARK- think they are a little overhyped honestly and will be interestring to see if mallet is 100 percent come fall. All sources say he will be but who knows. Think they win 8 or 9 as well. Tough road games as well at UGA,AU and USC.
Auburn- Tony is right depth is still going to be an issue especially on d but this team has talent all over the place along with prob the top coaching staff top to bottom in the sec. I think they win a minimum of 9 games prob 10 if they get any breaks whatsover. Auburn also has a scheudle that just sets up for some sort of run. It is very possible that the tigers will be 6-0 when ark comes to au middle of october. There are some key games in sep including thurs night to starkville which could be a serious trap game with USC and Clemson. next. Not sold on Clemson with their qb prob going pro in baseball and USC is always a crapshoot. I think ole miss on the road is also a huge potential trap game coming off ark and lsu games at home. Overall I think 10-2.
Bama- will not see much of a drop off this year except maybe on d where replacing 9 starters. But we all know bama just reloads. Fairly easy schedule I think they go 11-1 or 10-2.

Overall I think the winner of the iron bowl plays in the SEC champ against UF.

Serious?

April 20th, 2010
11:23 am

george:

“the top coaching staff top to bottom in the sec.”

That’s a good one!

george

April 20th, 2010
11:26 am

name one who has better?

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
11:26 am

viningsdawg

April 20th, 2010
11:28 am

The Tigers scare me. Great chemistry, everyone believing in one direction, and some good coaching will help them. It would not suprise me to see Auburn win 9 games.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 20th, 2010
11:29 am

haha, Bruce mac said “Colorado, a solid Big 12 opponent”.

that’s a good one, I guess this year when you play them, they won’t be on a 15 game losing streak.

Good one.

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:29 am

George, George, George, since Bama will win the West every year until Nick retires, that was an easy prediction. What you really are saying is that Bama will beat Auburn once again. What was it last time 36 to 0 or something? That sound about right.

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:32 am

Ramble, we didn’t schedule them last year and historically they are a solid Big 12 opponent but I think you know that. You are just upset because GT scheduled noone at home and you have to pay for your season ticket for one game. Sorry man.

george

April 20th, 2010
11:34 am

lost 7 out of 10 times to auburn and only won ONCE ever on your home field and now it is a given that bama will beat auburn. good logic.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 20th, 2010
11:35 am

Our home schedule does suck this year, but I’ll be in Athens watching Roddy Jones run for 16.4 yards per carry again.

#1 BAMA FAN

April 20th, 2010
11:35 am

Hey Ramble On….Look at the schedules for 2011 & 2013. I don’t know what weeks but you got BAMA. Please finish the stadium when we have to come to Atlanta because we can bring 55,000 fans.RTR

george

April 20th, 2010
11:36 am

Georgia fans talking about a tough schedule is always good for a long laugh. How many years did it take you idiots to go west of the mississippi again?

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:38 am

George, you don’t think it is almost a given in 2010? Ramble, it is possible but either way it will be fun in Athens. I think Tech will be good again but they did lose a lot of talent.

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
11:40 am

George, we play Tech every year. How are you doing against them in last ten years sir? And for that matter how are you doing against UGA? I guess when we play Auburn we are still not playing anybody, huh?

jumbeauxtiger

April 20th, 2010
11:43 am

Auburn has a good coaching staff and if they continue to recruit well they will be a contender by 2012 if not sooner. They have some really good assistants so I think keeping most of that staff together is the long-term key for the Tigers.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 20th, 2010
11:44 am

I look forward to smacking Bama around again.

Kmba74

April 20th, 2010
11:48 am

Offense sell tickets n get u on ESPN. Defense wins Championships! Look at the last 4 NC games. The team with the best defense won.

01HAWK

April 20th, 2010
11:55 am

And the process continues. Headed towards another top 5 recruiting class. Maybe the nations best. Even stole one that is from AUBARN. Now that is funny.

Pettway committed Monday morning to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, becoming the 10th prep commitment – and fourth in the past three days — toward a 2011 Crimson Tide signing class that is already rounding in shape to be one of the nation’s best.

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama has had a flurry of football recruiting activity the past few days, as it picked up a commitment this morning that followed another one on Sunday.

D.J. Pettway, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end from Catholic High School in Pensacola, Fla., committed to Alabama today.

Jabriel Washington, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete from Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn., committed on Sunday.

Those commitments followed two on Saturday, from defensive back Hasean Clinton-Dix of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla.; and defensive end LaMichael Fanning of Auburn High School.

Alabama’s now has commitments from 11 players for its 2011 signing class:

>> Shannon Brown, LB, Adel, Ga. (Cook High School)
>> Brent Calloway, LB, Russellville
>> Daryl Collins, WR, Gadsden City
>> Quinton Dial, DE, East Mississippi Community College
>> Hasean Clinton-Dix, DB, Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips High School)
>> Malcolm Faciane, TE, Picayune, Miss.
>> LaMichael Fanning, DE, Auburn
>> D.J. Pettway, DE, Pensacola, Fla. (Catholic High School)
>> Marvin Shinn, WR, Prichard (Vigor High School)
>> Jabriel Washington, ATH, Jackson, Tenn. (Trinity Christian Academy)
>> Danny Woodson, WR, Mobile (LeFlore High School)

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Is Danny Woodson related to former Bama QB?

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

If you ain’t a Gator, you’re Gator bait!

george

April 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

Bruce we are 15-5 against tech since the late 70s. I guess they really do dominate us huh? If you want to use the logic you are using we have dominated Florida who just continues to MURDER to the poor little puppy dogs year after year. So what the hell is your point?

Delbert D.

April 20th, 2010
12:17 pm

“we have 4 teams we schedule. One is the ACC Champion, one is Colorado, a solid Big 12 opponent and two are cream puffs.”

Colorado was 3-9 last year, which doesn’t fit with a label of “solid”. However, Georgia plays them in Boulder, and Colorado has a bye week after playing Hawaii. Maybe they will be “semi-solid?”

Denver Dog

April 20th, 2010
12:21 pm

So who had the better year, Bama or Auburn. Miss State or Ole Miss, Tech or Ga, Carolina or Clemson, Kentucky or Louisville? Just asking!

5IML

April 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

BAMA will crush Auburn in this year’s Iron Bowl but subsequent ones will be very competitive. For reference, BAMA overlooked Auburn last year and fell behind but pulled it together.

Denver Dog

April 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

Delbert, Colorado doesn’t hold a light compared to Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, or Jax State. You are sooooo right.

Charlie Bama

April 20th, 2010
12:24 pm

You’re right, Tony. Auburn has to believe in Auburn before they can compete in the SEC and consistently deliver the 9-3 seasons they expect and deserve. And the strength of coaching at Auburn has most definitely improved. That’s the spark Aubies needed to believe in Auburn. Trouble is, the BullDawgs feel like they’re in the same place, and LSU thinks it’s their territory, too, and even Arkansas can realistically claim top of the 2nd tier of SEC teams. You guys fight it out — should be fun to watch. Gators, see you in the Dome in December! Roll Tide

Ed

April 20th, 2010
12:27 pm

Georgia has the best offense in the SEC.

AJ Green, best WR in NCAA, Wooten/T King/Troupe/Durham–all over 18 ypcatch? Ealey/King both over 5.0 ypc and O-Line get SEC best 240+ a game over last 5 games (5th best in NCAA in rushing)– Branden Smith averaging over 12 ypc–best in SEC, O-Line 2-3 deep at every position, Orson Charles/Lynch/White–best set of TE’s in NCAA–all over 15 ypcatch, Georgia averages 28-32 points a game, this year will be up around 35 and over 400 yards a game of offense, just too many weapons.

QB Situation?
We have 2 great QB’s ready to go right now that can pass AND run, both Elite 11 (Murray over 5000 yards of offense and 60 td’s), and one of the 7 Parade All-American QB’s coming on campus in 4 weeks, Hutson Mason, nice 6′ 3” Pro Style QB will be BETTER than Mett, threw for 4500 yards and 55 td’s and 72% accuracy his Senior year in High School.

Delbert D.

April 20th, 2010
12:32 pm

Denver Dog – That’s something of a head scratcher. The Buffs gave up 54 in a loss to Toledo (yeah, it was football, not basketball). Jax St. lost to Ga. Tech by 20, FSU by 10 and E. Illinois by 8. Coastal Carolina and Chas. Southern…well, those games are just plain embarrassing scheduling.

Delbert D.

April 20th, 2010
12:43 pm

Ed – Whoa…don’t hyperventilate, you’ll pass out.

The running game was a mixed bag last year, much better at the end. There are *two* QBs in the mix (Great? Not yet, by any stretch). Mason probably won’t play this year, because a) he doesn’t get any reps until summer camp, and b) he did *not* play in a pro-style offense at Lassiter; they passed 90% of the time, and he took no snaps under center. He is a project for next year.

Who’s coming on campus for visits doesn’t translate to “Georgia has the best offense in the SEC” for 2010.

Gator88

April 20th, 2010
12:44 pm

Dawgs-I was reading the Orlando Sentinel today. Steve Addazio blew into town since Corch Urban Meyer is resting and Gators homer/hater Mike Bianchi had an interesting topic-would the Gators accept or want Addazio. Which isn’t the point, the point is….if I’m a Dawg fan…..and I look at Richt and the staff….and I look back at the results of the last few years….can I or could I sit there and honestly say “Coach Richt will lead us to a National Championship”? I don’t think anyone can honestly answer that question with a YES. And if you can’t (like I don’t think Gators could with Addazio) say YES to that..then why is he still there? One thing I have seen over the years is he is horrible with clock management and pressure and makes horrible gametime decisions. Good recruiter, good motivator, not a tool……probably but that just don’t “get er dun” all the time. Just a though…

...

April 20th, 2010
12:51 pm

I like Auburn much more than Bama.

george

April 20th, 2010
12:55 pm

Ed are you on Crack too?? Murray has never played college football and Logan Gray is beyond horrendous! Do you really think a true freshman will come in and have a prayer in sept. Get real

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
12:56 pm

You tell em Gator88. Every Bulldog fan could use some incite from a Gator fan. We’re put on this Earth to let other fans know that they are inferior and second rate. Other fans in the SEC should bow before us and kiss our rings. I read the Orlando Sentinel too. I’m glad Urban Meyer put Jeremy Fowler in his place. Mike Bianchi is next. That short, bald hack needs to stick to writing about the Orlando Magic and leave the Gators alone before he loses half his readers. Work em, Silly Gators!!!

TigerMeat

April 20th, 2010
12:56 pm

Hey GatorinAthens, you’ve had a lot of success in the last 5 years. I’ll give you that, but when is the last time you beat Auburn?

GatorinAthens

April 20th, 2010
12:59 pm

Not sure TigerMeat. I’ve only been a fan for the last 5 years. Anything before that is ancient history to me.

Crystal Ball Man

April 20th, 2010
1:02 pm

Auburn will beat Alabama. The Tide will miss all of those D players and the studs on the OL. Ingram will be tough, but can’t carry the team back to the MNC.
UGA will lose to Auburn the first game, but take them down in the SECCG for the SEC title. UGA’s D will be better than any of their rivals wants to imagine. Belin and Lakatos are the real deal as far as D coaches. Look for the pups to swamp the Gators in Jax also.
UF will lose 4 games and end up in the Outback Bowl. No Tebow = no MNCs He carried the team and pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat many times. Without last season’s D, they’re done.
UT…program in shambles, season doomed…thanks to Kiffen
GT…see UT….talent gone, no recruits coming in, coach is a cry-baby….season doomed, PJ gone in 2 years.

lemon drop

April 20th, 2010
1:02 pm

72% of Georgia fans think Richt will win a National Championship either in 2010 or 2011. Most think 2011 will be the year. This was done in a poll by Bill King.

You have your naysayers, but they’re a VERY small minority, and no real college football fan takes them seriously considering Richt’s success and track record, going back to FSU and his 5 National Championship games there.

Of course Richt already has coached in 5 National Championships, more than any other coach in the SEC, and has 2 National Championship rings, but I suppose you mean as a head coach at Georgia. Over tha last 9 seasons, he’s been the most consistent in the SEC in top 10 finishes.

Interesting, Richt’s best finishes (both ranked in top 3 in 2002 & 2007) have come after his worst years (2001 & 2006). So 2010 SHOULD be a National Championship run, I’d be very surprised if Georgia doesn’t make a run with a VASTLY improved defense and VASTLY improved running attack.

The thing that drives you nuts about Richt is he keeps beating himself with dumb stuff–penalties, turnovers–especially against Florida.

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It’s like the guy doesn’t know how to correct stuff that need to be fixed (penalties, turnovers, losing to Florida, arrests, etc.).
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http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2010/02/20/are-dawg-fans-bcs-title-hopes-for-2011-realistic/

TigerMeat

April 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

Fair enough. I wish we still played y’all every year– great rivalry back in the ancient times. I don’t know why UGA has such a hard time beating the Gators. Seems pretty easy to us, especially during these last few years.

Delbert D.

April 20th, 2010
1:08 pm

“Crystal Meth Man” is a better pseudonym.

Ed

April 20th, 2010
1:10 pm

Don’t think Richt’s worried about the 3 QB’s we have. Branden Smith can play Wildcat too, so that’s a 4th option. Murray had a great Spring according to Richt, and Gray has shown good improvement. We only need our QB’s to get 200 yards a game, and Richt does that every year, no matter who’s playing QB. Not a concern. We have 2 passing wizards on the staff. It’s the lack of running game and turnovers that killed us last year. Hopefully, we’ll get that fixed. The QB’s are relative to the SEC East competition, and we stack up as good as anyone, if not better.

Ed

April 20th, 2010
1:17 pm

The whole QB thing gets a lot of attention, because you’d think the passing game is the key to winning the SEC. But it’s not.

Arkansas won the passing stats, and went 7-5.

Defense and turnover margin is the key to winning the SEC. In the Spring scrimmages, the offense still threw a lot of interceptions, and Csrlton Thomas fumbled a lot. But the defense seemed to be forcing a lot of that, so we’ll see. I think the defense will force 2 turnovers a game this year, maybe more.

If we pull a Saints move on defense, and go from worst turnover margin to best in 1 year, and lead the NCAA in forced turnovers, we could win it all. That’s MUCH more important than passing stats.

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
1:23 pm

Georgie boy, I guess in Auburn 1970 is in the last ten years. You are just too funny. Get ready for azz whoppin number 8 out of 11 clown.

Sugarboy

April 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

The SEC West is so much better than the East that it is impossible to predict the winner right now. I could even see the winner of the West with 2-3 losses. Every team will be improved, except Ol’ Miss, but never bet against Houston Nutt when his teams are picked to finish last. In the East, Florida and Georgia will fight it out with the other 4 struggling to become bowl eligible.

Kmba74

April 20th, 2010
1:33 pm

@Bruce Mac! He’s Woodson son. If Georgia have the best defense somebody should tell them. As for Auburn they lookn at 8-5 again this year. You can’t get far in the SEC with a week defense. The Tigers need to raise the Roof(DC) out of the Plains.

#1 BAMA FAN

April 20th, 2010
1:40 pm

That ain’t no crystal ball man……it’s a crack bong! RTR

Zach

April 20th, 2010
1:42 pm

Tony,
Good article, I love the way we played last year. Everyone on that coaching staff has brains, which is more than can be said for the last administration. Honestly though, I underwhelmed by Ted Roof. I don’t want to hear about how the defense was thin, or we were out there too much or whatever. Roof says he coaches fundamentals, and we got handled last year in the trenches and in one on one tackling situations.

I’ve really been calling for Roof’s head since day one. I don’t think he knows what he’s doing at all, but i guess the staff has faith in this guy. We’ll see. Despite that, I couldn’t be more excited about Newton or the offense in general. We’re going to play in some fun games this year.

Gerald Tinnon

April 20th, 2010
1:50 pm

With 23 seniors and a thin junior class, AU better do something this year because next year will be a struggle.. But, there are so many schools in the SEC with so much more talent than Auburn and much better coaching staffs that is hard to see the Tigers do much but stir up a few dust clouds. A 9 win season would be a monumental accomplishment.

George P Burdell

April 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

Looks like another mediocre year on the Plains….

5IML

April 20th, 2010
1:58 pm

I’ve never seen the posts so optimistic (and unrealistic).

With one small adjustment, Auburn and Georgia will both be undefeated and will play each other in BCS championship game. (There are fewer things wrong with this statement than some of the crazy stuff you guys are saying.)

At best: Auburn is a 7-win team. UGA is a 9-win team. Neither football team will play in Atlanta this December.

tiger7_88

April 20th, 2010
2:02 pm

RAMBLE ON! said: “I wish the SEC wasn’t scared to let GT back in the 80’s. It would be nice smacking Awbarn around again on a regular basis.”

Overall record: AU 42 wins, GT 41 wins
Last 25 games: AU 17 wins, GT 8 wins

Dream on, little mosquito.

Ed

April 20th, 2010
2:02 pm

Never seen so much cynicism, with one adjustment, Georgia will win it all.

The Saints did it in one year, guess you don’t like reality too much.

Who Dat?

April 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

Ed,

The reality is the Saints have Drew Brees, Auburn has Caudle and Roof.

Ricky

April 20th, 2010
2:08 pm

Richt heard the same negative people come out after his first 2 nad seasons, back in 2001, and then again in 2006. They predicted all this doom and gloom. Total negativity. They were all wrong of course. Richt finished #2 in 2002, and #3 in 2007. So much for the negative ones.

Really, the negative pundits and pessimitic naysayers of doom and gloom is nothing new to Richt, he’s heard it all before, and still around, the mos tenured coach in the SEC. He’s the one guy you don’t want to bet against in the SEC.

Ask Meyer. He scheduled his bye week for Richt instead of Saban.

quaildawg

April 20th, 2010
2:13 pm

As an Auburn fan not only should you be concerned about Roof and the D but if you watched the UGA vs. AUB game you have to question Malzan’s play calling ability. AUB had UGA on the ropes early (14-0)had great field position and should have delivered the knockout but Malzan must have hit the bottle early because his play calling from there in STUNK…and against FreeWillie no less?!!! And that pass completion to the OT…That was priceless!!! Yeah for all the stats Aubbie ran up through the season that game was one where if I were a Aubbie fan I wonder about how far we (Aubbie) has to go. Don;t go printin them NC, much less SEC Champ, bumper stickers and T-shirts just yet.

Ed

April 20th, 2010
2:15 pm

The problem with all the naysayer and doom and gloomers is:
1) Richt’s already proven he can turnaround from a terrible year, to #2 or #3, in one season, he’s done it EVERY TIME IT’S HAPPENED AS A HEAD COACH AT GEORGIA.
2) He brought on a defensive turnaround guy who took the Colts form 3-13 in one year, and the Browns from 4-10 to 10-4 in one year.

Both Richt and Grantham have PROVEN they can do this, both have done it more than once.

Richt’s done it every single time he’s ever had a bad year.

To think otherwise, is to show a lack of common sense.

5IML

April 20th, 2010
2:15 pm

Ricky,

Meyer scheduled his bye week before Richt instead of Saban because UGA is a division rival, not out of some sense of respect for Richt. Meyer’s past actions (e.g. the last timeout a couple of years ago) have not indicated much respect for Richt.

I’m sure everyone respects Richt personally, but I doubt many fear him professionally.

SaintsLSU

April 20th, 2010
2:19 pm

Well said, Who Dat?

Ed

April 20th, 2010
2:21 pm

The Saints had Drew Brees the year BEFORE they won the SUper Bowl too, remember? And they couldn’t get it done that year because of their turnover margin.

They made 1 adjustment, and Superbowl.

5IML

April 20th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ed,

Auburn and Georgia have way more than just one adjustment to make.

Anonymous

April 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

Weagle, weagle, . . .!

Ricky

April 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

If Meyer doesn’t fear Richt, knowing how Richt’s responded EVERY TIME he’s EVER had a bad season, then he’s not real smart. But since he scxheduled his bye week this year against Richt, we know he fears Richt, and he should fear him, sonnsidering how Richt respond to bad season the next year. But if you’re right, Meyer is not a smart coach. Fear is the beginning of wisdom, if Meyer doesn’t fear Richt, he’s not real smart.

KR

April 20th, 2010
2:34 pm

Chizik has exceeded expectations, but don’t expect an appearance in the SEC championship game this year, for a few reasons:

1) Malzahn. He gets ahead by surprise factor, but good coaching staffs adjust and start reeling him in. On the other hand, he hasn’t really shown any ability to adjust his game plan on the fly. Maybe Newton is our football savior, but I’m not buying it until I see something in actual game situations on the field.

2) Roof. I lived in NC when he was head coach at Duke. Duke’s fans’ expectations are so low it is almost impossible to fail to meet them. And yet, ol’ Teddy did just that. From what I saw last year, someone will have to teach Roof the fundamentals of football defense before he’ll be able to teach anyone else.

3) Saban. He’s not unstoppable, but you have to catch him first. Chizik is gaining ground in recruiting and the team’s work ethic, but there is still some catching up to do. Auburn could conceivably beat Bama this year (heck, last year was close), but I think UA will still win the West, even if AU were to step up and beat them.

EASTsiders

April 20th, 2010
2:41 pm

Auburn will beat UGA this year.

Tim Tebow cries like a little baby

April 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

Before 1992, Florida was the Miss St of the SEC East. Oh, and he never and Urban have never beaten Auburn. Just sayin….

5IML

April 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

Ricky,

Urban scheduled his bye week before the UGA game because he probably sees UGA as Florida’s stiffest competition in the east. It has nothing to do with Richt. In the tradition of his two predecessors, he owns Richt.

rebman76

April 20th, 2010
2:49 pm

There’s one thing we know about the SEC West . . . The last 7 or 8 years, it’s been a crapshoot. Everybody has a shot to win the division. An example of this is 2003, LSU and Auburn (With Jason Campbell, Cadallac Williams and Ronnie Brown) were supposed to battle it out for the right to go to Atlanta. Ole Miss, with Eli Manning, snuck up on teams and nearly upset LSU to go to Atlanta.

BAMA- is loaded no doubt about it. The issue I see, IMHO, is defensively. I dont care who you are, losing 9 starters hurts. these guys will have to jell quickly. A big game against Penn State (Which should be site of ESPN College Gameday) is huge early on.

Arkansas – Their offense is going to be good. Is their defense going to be able to catch up to the offense. This teram could be this year’s Ole Miss. A lot of hype surrounding the team. How will they respond?

Auburn – Honestly, i don’t know a lot about Auburn. A lot of talk is focused of Cam Newton. If their defense isn’t as good (as most of you say on here) Can Auburn score enough to win a 42-38 type of game?

LSU – The Tigers are the wild card here. They have a lot of talent. Their question is can Jordan Jefferson be the man this year. When Les Miles says things like “replacing Jefferson,” it makes me wonder if Jordan is capable of running this team.

Miss. St. – QB play is going to be big for the Bulldogs. Chris Relf and Tyler Russell are going to have to move the ball to make State successful.

Ole Miss – offensive line is the main issue. that and QB. Tyrone Nix has built a pretty good defense over in Oxford but the offense has got to be there for the Rebels to win 6,7 or 8 games.

Ed

April 20th, 2010
2:49 pm

It’s really simple folks, you can try to make it complex if you want to, but it’s not.

2 Keys to Richt’s Season:
1- Richt is 40-3 when he gets a 100 rusher
2- Richt is 15-0 when Georgia commits no turnovers

Does other stuff matter some? Sure.

But if Richt does those 2 things, Richt wins 93% of the games.

5IML

April 20th, 2010
2:50 pm

Recently, BAMA has scheduled its bye week before LSU because Saban probably considers LSU as BAMA’s stiffest competition in the west, not because he fears (or respects) Les.

5IML

April 20th, 2010
2:54 pm

Rebman,

GameDay will be in Tuscaloosa for the Penn State game but Penn State will not be any good. They lost a lot on both sides of the ball including their QB who was the key to everything. If we can average more than 20 yards per punt, it will be a blowout.

Reptiles Rule

April 20th, 2010
2:57 pm

“GatorinAthens” that’s a pretty good tongue-in-cheek routine you got going there, looks like most on here didn’t quite catch that. Pretty cute, even for a Dawg…Anyway, I watched a bit of the Auburn spring game mand was impressed at some of the speed and execution that was on display. I laudhed when they first hired the Chizz, as did 99% of you out there did. But, I was impressed at some of the progress they made last year and they could be competitive in the West this year and surprise us some more. But for the time being, think it’s gonna be Bama and Florida in the East unless something weird happens.

The Richt Report

April 20th, 2010
2:58 pm

Richt is somewhere near an 85% to 90% winning record in the SEC against marginal opponents.

Richt is sub-.500 against the elite of the SEC.

War Eagle

April 20th, 2010
3:06 pm

Of all the articles I see Gator fan comment on, this is one I think they would stay away from. Especially with the recent record against Auburn.

newman

April 20th, 2010
3:06 pm

Ed, you are insane. Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson are the two best running backs in the nation. Alabama has a better line and better quarterback. Julio Jones will be drafted above AJ. I’d say that is the best offense in the SEC and possibly the nation.

The machine that is being built in Tuscaloosa can’t be stopped.

rebman76

April 20th, 2010
3:08 pm

I understand what you are saying,5IML, but it still is an important game for Bama as well as Penn State. I think Bama wins but the beginning of the season is when you find the mistakes and correct them before conference play starts

Gator88

April 20th, 2010
3:20 pm

Hey, no doubt Auburn has owned the Gators in the last few years. AS we see we line up for our annual loss to an SEC west opponent every year

“lemon drop”: Good points on Richt. I don’t count his FSU days too much but good point. Also, in the grand scheme of things hasn’t Richt had 2 pretty bad years in a row? The other thing is I think that outside the SEC , UGA and especially Richt are well liked in the media. This has probably lent itself to some overinflated hype on the recruits they have landed as well as some higher rankings-especially early on-of somewhat mediocre teams that do have some talented players.

If the Dawgs wanna keep Richt around-that’s fine by me. That alone should be a warning sign…..

“GatorinAthens” – funny stuff whoever you are!!!!! You gotta love the passion babeeeeeeee (said like Dickie Vitale)

Bruce mac

April 20th, 2010
3:27 pm

So newman, not only are you a genious prognosticator of SEC football you are an NFL scout. Wow man you can do it all. It looks like maybe Bama will never lose a game again and they will rename Alabama, SABANVILLE.

Bernie Mac

April 20th, 2010
3:30 pm

Gator88

April 20th, 2010
3:34 pm

“Ed” – most coaches win if their teams don’t turn the ball over…………………

“Ricky” – be ready to pass around some of the Richt Koolade after the meat of the SEC schedule

Volfans-where are you all?

Double A

April 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

I think Auburn and GA Tech will be two of the most disappointing teams in the country in ‘10.

Chizik’s personality seems so fake.

5IML

April 20th, 2010
3:42 pm

Bruce,

“Ville” means town so we will not rename the State of Alabama “Sabanville.” We are considering “Sabanland.”

Win something.

NoGaGator

April 20th, 2010
3:51 pm

Ricky -

What’s Meyer’s record against Richt?

What’s Zook’s record against Richt?

What’s UF’s record against UGA the last 20 years?

What’s Richt’s record in the SEC the last 3 yrs?

And UF and Meyer fear UGA and Richt?

Ed

April 20th, 2010
4:23 pm

Keep it simple.

Richt is:
1) 40-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher
2) 15-0 when Georgia commits no turnovers.

Not complex.

Bernie Mac

April 20th, 2010
4:27 pm

NoGaGator please look up the phrase “rhetorical question”

jumbeauxtiger

April 20th, 2010
4:30 pm

Ed

April 20th, 2010
4:23 pm
Keep it simple.

“Richt is:
1) 40-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher
2) 15-0 when Georgia commits no turnovers.

Not complex.”

This is the result of fundamentals and the team that does these better usually wins the game.

Anyone that has ever been around Saban knows he preaches this which is why he is successful.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Ricky

April 20th, 2010
4:34 pm

Richt is 4-0 against Auburn, Meyer is 0-2 against Auburn. Isn’t this thread about Auburn?

TrueCrimson

April 20th, 2010
5:29 pm

Auburn is (and should be)more concerned about defense than quarterbacks. Alabama is an incomplete team until they find a reliable punter and place-kicker. Aside from Florida and Alabama being the leaders of their respective divisions, the SEC is wide open this season. I can’t wait to get it started!

RTR!!!

Pinebark

April 20th, 2010
5:41 pm

Please edit your blog before you post it. Every article you post has multiple missing words!

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
5:52 pm

I actually like how everyone is underestimating Auburn this year. I think any team or any writer/commentator who takes them lightly stands a good chance of being beaten and embarrassed, respectively. This Auburn team has more heart, raw talent, desire and great coaching that will take them to the SEC W and SECC. BAMA’s record at home in bryant denny is 1-4 and BAMAs record in Jordan Hare is 3 -7. BAMA has ALOT of catching up to do at home and away. My prediction is that Auburn stuns the blammer nation and goes 5 – 1 away this year…You heard it here first – IMHO…

Adam

April 20th, 2010
6:01 pm

I actually would prefer Logan Gray. He’s total team. He ouwld probably help us be more likely to win a Xhampionship, where Murray might be more likely to win a Heisman.

Gray will do anything for this team, love the guy.

LOL

April 20th, 2010
6:36 pm

“puntBAMApunt” are you joking. “BAMA has ALOT of catching up to do at home and away.” That statement is exactly why Alabama makes fun of you.

“On games played at night, but starting during the day, on even days of the month, auburn owns Alabama (not counting the last 2 years or when Bryant was the coach or when Alabama wears crimson).”

Your mighty team was 3-5 in the SEC, I know, you were close to beating the Dawgs and beat Alabama for 58 minutes, and shouldn’t have lost either game but, b/c the refs cheated and you had only 62 players on scholarship,etc,etc,etc.

newman

April 20th, 2010
6:41 pm

Bruce Mac- Your right, I really don’t think Alabama will lose a game this year. I don’t see anyone that has the talent and coaching that Alabama has. Not only the physical tools, but the work ethic and mental toughness the players possess. Listen to the interviews, the players sound like CNS. The day they got back from Pasadena they were watching tape, it just doesn’t stop. Alabama has started a run that will be historic. It sucks that Auburn has to be in the limelight of it.

Tim Tebow cries like a little baby

April 20th, 2010
6:59 pm

“I really don’t think Alabama will lose a game this year. I don’t see anyone that has the talent and coaching that Alabama has. ”

Famous last words.

Tide Rising

April 20th, 2010
7:16 pm

Nice to hear people sing our praises and say nobody can beat us this year. Not so fast my friends. I think we’ll have a great team again but we’re far from invincible. Kicking game is horrible and the kicking game is so much more important than what people think. I think in the spring game our punter averaged 35 yds a kick which is horrendous. This hotshot freshman punter coming in the fall better be all he’s cracked up to be or we will have one huge, glaring weakness to contend with all season.

As for AU I think they have a really good season 8-10 wins with 10 being a possibility if Cam Newton plays as big as his legend has already grown. If not then 7-8 wins. I think AU has a good season and then drops back down next year. Hard to have a great year after losing 23 seniors. I also think that if the Auburn offense lights it up this year that Malzahn is gone to a good head coaching job somewhere and that AU is back to square one with a new off coordinator and losing all those seniors in 2011. In the meantime at least there is optimism down on the plains and the tigers have some momentum to build toward future years.

One other serious issue is AU getting whipped in the recruiting wars. It doesn’t speak well of your town when one of the very top rated safetys in the country in Auburn high school’s Dee Finley goes to Florida or when the top defensive end in the state from Auburn high school and a national scout.com top 100 player commits to Bama this past weekend. AU better start winning some of these recruiting wars. The tigers took 32 commits this past class but after factoring in that they can actually only bring in 25 the class doesn’t look so hot after all. Their average commit certainly wasn’t as highly rated as that of their big rivals in Bama, UGA, LSU, or UF.

Tide Rising

April 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

Georgia has had a decent ooc schedule the last couple years but this year it certainly dropped. Some of you have mentioned Colorado as a respectable team. Nope. They are terrible. 4 straight losing seasons including 3-9 last year which is downright pitiful. 6 losing seasons in 10 years sandwiched around one 7,8,9 game winning seasons and one single double digit winning season back in 2001 I think where they won 10 games. They are a mediocre program at best playing in what is the worst division in bcs college football in the big 12 north.

YELLOW HAMMER

April 20th, 2010
7:27 pm

hey ramble on , BAMA’s the reason G.T left the S.E.C . ole bobby dodd and his traveling bunch of sissy’s could’nt take them beat downs no more.

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

Yep, LOL, lots of catching up to do…BAMA is a loser vs AUBURN in Tuscaloosa and in Jordan Hare. Facts ARE FACTS…. Go ahead everyone, just keep overlooking AU at your own demise….lmao

YELLOW HAMMER

April 20th, 2010
7:36 pm

keep talking little bro.—36-0 your last visit

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
7:37 pm

26 – 21 your last visit…I like the trend, yellow hammer!!! Facts are still facts – Bama is way behind!! lmao

YELLOW HAMMER

April 20th, 2010
7:45 pm

we’ll be ready for ya’lls 5 minutes of school yard football this time

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
7:49 pm

interesting because you Bama was behind or it was tied for 58.5 mins….hmmm, 5 mins? And, we had the last play into the endzone…hmm, yep, sounds school yard to me…lmao…LOTS of catching up to do from the last 15 years of Auburns reign over Blammer nation…11 – 4…yeah, talk to me when you even get close to .500….

YELLOW HAMMER

April 20th, 2010
7:57 pm

talk to me when you get 13,sorry 1

YELLOW HAMMER

April 20th, 2010
8:00 pm

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
8:01 pm

there you go lying again…you DONT HAVE 13 only by your “new math”….being owned by Auburn in the modern days of college football must sting a little….PS, NEWSFLASH, that January game Bama played for the NC was an intersquad scrimmage without McCoy – period. Bama beat a TRUE freshman QB – whoop di freakin do…lmao…its a push to 2010 – big asterisk….lmao

YELLOW HAMMER

April 20th, 2010
8:03 pm

and ya’ll were A.P.I then ….. lmfao, you barners are all the same

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
8:03 pm

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
8:05 pm

case closed…now well see ya in our homeaway staduim in Nov for your beatdown…lmao…peace out all! remember to keep underestimating AU !

Auburn ? JOKE

April 20th, 2010
8:05 pm

YELLOW HAMMER – You are way above this punk, let it go.

jumbeauxtiger

April 20th, 2010
8:25 pm

TR, Hawkins would have been gone this past season but the university couldn’t afford to pay him off and hire another guy. The Buffs are mediocre and would be hard pressed to win one conference game this season if they were in the SEC.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Damon Evans

April 20th, 2010
8:48 pm

If I hear one more person complain one way or another about Georgia’s out of conference schedule I’m going to lose my religion. The last two years it was too hard and now this year it’s too easy. I’ll be happy if Georgia wins at a percentage they have the last 10 years. I decided to take a page out of Florida’s book and schedule weaker out of conference opponents. You do NOT get style points for playing tougher opponents away from home anymore.

Tide Rising

April 20th, 2010
8:56 pm

Punt Bama Punt,

Not sure where you get the crazy idea that AU has won 11 of the past 15 against Bama. More like 9-6 over that span and 9-7 for AU over the last 16 games. We’re 10-10 over the last 20 years and that includes the 6 game winning streak when Bama was hit pretty hard from probation. You must just make your facts up as you go along.

Tide Rising

April 20th, 2010
9:02 pm

jumbeauxtiger,

Nice to hear from you. CU has to be disappointed at how things have gone since Dan Hawkins came. After building Boise into a national name I would have thought he would have had some success at CU but I guess not. And I think we can all agree that out of the 6 bcs conference divisions the big 12 north has been the worst division for years. Usually whoever has won that division won it by default. There have been years where I think the 4th or 5th best team in the sec west would have won the big 12 north. At least Nebraska is getting better in a hurry but other than that the football there is terrible.

NEXT#14

April 20th, 2010
9:12 pm

ARGUING ON THE INTERNET WITH A “barner” IS LIKE A RETARD WINNING IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPIC’S….HE’S STILL RETARDED!!!

Punt BAMA Punt

April 20th, 2010
9:18 pm

Good one NEXT! But I think you just proved that you are the retard…lmao… NC***************

Tide Rising

April 20th, 2010
9:32 pm

Punt Bama Punt,

At least you acknowledge that AU winning 11 out of the last 15 is total BS. Or do you? Cause you know some people never let the facts get in the way of their argument and when you were spouting BS about AU winning 11 out of the last 15 I just naturally figured you for one of those people.

NEXT#14

April 20th, 2010
9:34 pm

MMMMMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,LOSER,MMMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Auburn E

April 20th, 2010
10:07 pm

Auburn, with a new QB and a better D, will win 9 games this year and go to a good bowl game–mark it down! In 2011, when bama is down, Auburn will win the SEC. They are building a powerhouse on the plains.

Tide Rising

April 20th, 2010
10:17 pm

Auburn E,

So Auburn is aiming for 2011? As Tony noted Auburn loses 23 or 24 seniors after this year and has a thin junior class that will be seniors in 2011. In 2011 Bama will have jr and sr recruiting classes that were back to back no. 1 ranked recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009. I hardly think 2011 will be a down year at Alabama, especially in terms of pure talent. Not saying we will win it all or anything like that. Just saying that from a talent standpoint we will have back to back no. 1 ranked recruiting classes as our upper classmen players. Jes sayin…

idiots

April 20th, 2010
10:27 pm

will the two idiots who keep talking about Urban Meyer scheduling when he has a bye week get a brain and learn something about college football like the coaches have ABSOLUTELY NO SAY on when their bye week or any game is scheduled.

bama.cheats14of.last17years

April 20th, 2010
10:33 pm

Tide Rising,
you must be clueless as to what recruiting classes and stars usually yield on the playing field!
LOL!!!!

Tide fan

April 20th, 2010
11:32 pm

Bama.cheats14.oflast17years,

Highly ranked recruiting classes usually translate into great teams. Not always but usually. Its the reason why Texas, Florida, Bama, Ohio State, USC most years, etc are always in the top 10 at the end of the year. Because they also lately have the top recruiting classes. the last several years. And its the same reason teams with historically lowly rated recruiting classes like Vandy, Kentucky, Miss. State, are usually on the lower rung of the rankings. You are an idiot.

jumbeauxtiger

April 20th, 2010
11:33 pm

Thanks TR. Yeah the Big 12 North has been very weak. Nebraska is expected to be strong but I’m not sold on them just yet.

bama.cheats, not every star player works out but the teams that year in/year out have top 20 classes typically have consistant strong programs. I don’t care who the coach is if you don’t have good players he’s not going to win championships. Please name one champion of the BCS era that has had average talent.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

bama.cheats14of.last17years

April 20th, 2010
11:56 pm

OMG Tide fan…….”….Bama….most years, etc are always in the top 10 at the end of the year.”

my sides are splitting !!!

Tony, don't take this wrong

April 21st, 2010
12:36 am

But whoa Nelly, you are such an idiot. I bailed on your stupid article a few paragraphs in and I probably will never read one of your assinine blogs again.

How can anyone pretend to know how a coach (without any real history) is ultimately going to do until his starters are his own recruits. What a jackass, vodoo, witch doctor you are.

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

April 21st, 2010
8:12 am

GatorInAthens, here’s an idea for you to consider……..move to Gainesville, Fl!!!! You can read all the Pat Dooley columns your little heart can stand and listen to Ackerman and Doering all you want!!!! As a matter of fact, with this modern day marvel called the internet, you can read all Dooley’s columns and listen to the two other gayturds via streaming media. So in short, stay the hell off the AJC!!!!

Lobo

April 21st, 2010
8:17 am

Well let’s just say what most people think about the University of Alabama. Its football pursuits seem to validate and justify its identity with an uneducated backward population and a symbolic link to the Lost Cause. It is truly ironic that the exploitation of a less-powerful racial group serves to inoculate the U of Alabama from pressure to improve the state or to stimulate change. Football “success” has stalled its transformation into a modern university with intellectual, aesthetic or humanistic concerns. The state of Alabama may be last in a lot of things but Bama fans can cite to the world that it is first in football.
Also the University of Alabama’s misplaced priorities (football fluff over economic substance) harm the state’s growth and development as the Crimson Tide football team is outlet for the lunatic fringe and a venue for them to be recognized. Too often though the holy crusade of Bama football acts as an umbrella under which the range of political and social opinion is from Y to Z. Thus when a university simply reflects the attitudes of its football fans….. It is no longer a university in the true meaning of the word.
The NCAA would actually be doing the University of Alabama a favor by handing down a ‘Death Penalty’ for its football team. It will be only then that its faculty, alumni and students will appreciate the scholarship and learning that mark a university with intellectual fiber and integrity. Until then Auburn will have to carry the burden alone of feeding, clothing, housing, protecting and healing the citizens of Alabama.
Thank God for Auburn!

Charlie Bama

April 21st, 2010
8:47 am

Tony, throw us some fresh meat. The Aubies are only back seat driving, and the Gators and Tide are getting annoyed as they cruise to the SEC game. Aubies, next time bring your GameBoy & iPod and enjoy the scenery back there.

AU Alum 85

April 21st, 2010
9:05 am

You can’t fault Roof for AU’s poor defensive play. There was no depth due to poor recruiting by Tuberville’s bunch the last two years. Last year, AU had 63 scholarship plays. Most of the rest of the SEC had 85. That is HUGE.

steve

April 21st, 2010
1:00 pm

Auburn really stands a great chance this year against Georgia…especially if the Georgia players continue to be arrested.

Nate

April 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

Did you really just call the gators America’s team? Are you kidding me? You realize America’s teams are teams like the yankees, braves, cowboys, etc. No one outside of the UF fan base pulls for UF, get off your high horse.

Tim Tebow cries like a little baby

April 21st, 2010
3:07 pm

“ARGUING ON THE INTERNET WITH A “barner” IS LIKE A RETARD WINNING IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPIC’S….HE’S STILL RETARDED!!!”

Speaking of retards, the most famous Bama grad was Forrest Gump. Just sayin.

Tim Tebow cries like a little baby

April 21st, 2010
3:09 pm

“The Aubies are only back seat driving, and the Gators and Tide are getting annoyed as they cruise to the SEC game. Aubies, next time bring your GameBoy & iPod and enjoy the scenery back there.”

From 1993 to 2009 the hillbillies of Bama were in the trunk as other SEC teams dominated. Must be tough for a Bama mullethead these days.

Tim Tebow cries like a little baby

April 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

“Just saying that from a talent standpoint we will have back to back no. 1 ranked recruiting classes as our upper classmen players.”

Bama fans don’t know how to read. Florida and USC both finished ahead of Bammer. Just sayin…..

indianman

May 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

tony if you think fla is gong win the east i know wher their is a brain doctor