Wednesday, July 30, 2014
|Home Sweet Home|
It has just been announced that Auburn and Clemson have agreed to a home and home series beginning in 2016. from Charles Goldberg at the official Auburn website:
Auburn and Clemson have agreed on a home-and-home football series that will reunite the old non-conference rivals during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Clemson will visit Auburn on Sept. 3, 2016. Auburn will return the favor Sept. 9, 2017.
Clemson, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, allows Auburn to fulfill the SEC mandate of playing at least one opponent each year from a power conference.
While Clemson really needs to be spanked, and put back in their place after the comments made by Dabo Swinney their head coach, the fans of the Auburn Tigers are less than enthusiastic about the choice.
Count me in as one of the dissenting voices.
It is my opinion that Auburn should reach out further than the Southeast to establish a better name for itself, and for recruiting purposes as well. We have all heard of the tremendous comments that our fan base receives when out of state teams come to visit JHS. We are just as well respected on the road. Why not offer the increased exposure on the newly deployed SEC Network?
My top choices for opponents include Notre Dame, Oregon State, and UCLA. These would be great choices for home and home series, plus draw national attention to our great Tigers. Scheduling these games away during the years that Bama and UGA come to JHS would insure their coming to JHS on the years we have to travel to Athens and Tuscaloosa.
|photo courtesy of Samford Athletics|
Pat played on the fields of Cliff Hare stadium as a young man, and brought something special to the Auburn family, our first Heisman Trophy. He brought so much more than just accolades, and victories. Pat Sullivan has shown us all how Auburn Men aught to carry themselves. Class and dignity have been the pillars of his existence, and we would do much worse than to teach our children to model themselves after him.
When the Samford University Bulldogs come to JHS the outcome will never be in question. This game is one thing, and one thing only. Auburn University will give back to it's faithful son, and it's in-state cousin. Many of the Samford players would never have been allowed to play in such a setting as JHS without the connection between their coach and his Alma Mater.
When these Bulldogs take the field, let's give them a resounding, warm welcome. Give them that special moment that they never have experienced before, 80,000 people cheering them as they enter the field of battle.
Just consider it a little "thank you" from us, to Pat Sullivan.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
|Auburn looks to take the bite away from Georgia|
Where: Athens, GA
When: November 15th, 2014
In the world according to Klell, we have arrived at this point as an undefeated team. Having defeated six conference foes (Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and South Carolina), and a Big12 power in Kansas State on national TV on a Thursday night at that.
Our Tigers have conquered them all. Winning by an average score of 41 to 25. In our predictions we have shown LSU it's due respect by guessing they will hold us to our lowest points total thus far, and the narrowest margin of victory over a conference foe. We also give Kansas State it's due respect by showing the overall lowest points margin of victory at 8.
All that remains are two road trips to our two biggest rivals with a visit from Samford University sandwiched in between. That's all that separates Auburn from another undefeated season. the fourth for our Tigers since the SEC split into divisions. Let's look at UGA.
I turned to Saturday Down South to get these numbers.
Georgia BulldogsTotal: 17 Offense: 5 Defense: 10 Special Teams: 2
Key returnees: RB Todd Gurley, RB Keith Marshall, WR Michael Bennett, WR Chris Conley, C David Andrews, DE Ray Drew, LB Ramik Wilson, OLB Jordan Jenkins, OLB Leonard Floyd, CB Damian Swann, DB Josh Harvey-Clemons
Key losses: QB Aaron Murray, OL Chris Burnette, LT Kenarious Gates, TE Arthur Lynch, DE Garrison Smith
As you can see UGA returns a very strong running game, and linebacking corps. The losses along the offensive front, and at QB will be the most difficult challenge for the Bulldogs this season. QB's like Aaron Murray don't just grow on trees.
Georgia has recruited very well, so let's not think that they have very little chance of being a good ball club this season. They will be a little more motivated against our Tigers because of the way they lost the game last season.
I look for this to be another hard fought game, in the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry". The last time Auburn went to Bulldog campus, things got ugly quickly for Auburn. A score in the first quarter is all Auburn could muster, and the 'Dawgs ran amok. The final of 45-7 could have have easily been 65-7. Mark Richt's play calling was conservative in the 2nd half.
I see a much different outcome this time around. Call it Auburn 38 UGA 29