Auburn Football Insider

de Eddie McCoy

A view of Auburn Football from a former Auburn Football Manager

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AFIP BCS Championship Game

por Eddie McCoy

Eddie and Michael preview the BCS Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon.




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AFIP SEC Champions Edition

por Eddie McCoy

Eddie, Michael, and Luke review the SEC Championship won by Auburn.




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AFIP: SEC Championship Game Edition

por Eddie McCoy

Eddie, Michael, and Luke review the Iron Bowl and preview the SEC Championship Game between Auburn and South Carolina.




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Auburn Football Insider: Iron Bowl Edition

por Eddie McCoy

Eddie, Michael, and Luke preview the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama.




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Auburn Football Insider: Post Georgia Review

por Eddie McCoy

Eddie, Michael, and Luke recap the Georgia win.




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AFIP: Georgia Edition

por Eddie McCoy

Eddie, Michael, and Luke preview the Georgia game.




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AFIP: Ole Miss Edition

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Eddie and Michael McCoy and Luke Brietzke review the LSU win and preview the Ole Miss game.




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Auburn Football Insider: LSU Preview

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Eddie and Michael McCoy and Luke Brietzke review the recent Arkansas win and preview the LSU game.





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Auburn Football Insider: Arkansas Preview

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Eddie and Michael McCoy and Luke Brietzke review the recent Kentucky win and preview the Arkansas game.





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Auburn Football Insider Podcast: Kentucky Preview

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Eddie and Michael McCoy and Luke Brietzke review the recent UL-Monroe win and preview the Kentucky game.





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Auburn Football Insider Podcast: UL-Monroe Game

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Eddie and Michael McCoy and Luke Brietzke review the recent South Carolina win and preview the UL-Monroe game.




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Podcast...To Continue or not to continue:

por Eddie McCoy

Thinking about renewing the podcast in a different form. Is this a good idea or not? Please let me know in the comment section.

SEC Prediction Week 13

por Eddie McCoy

This is the final week of the Regular season and Michael McCoy has won the pick'em. Michael currently has an overall mark of (76-12) followed by Jay Skipworth at (72-16) with Eddie McCoy pulling up the rear at (66-22). Let's get on with the picks:

Michael McCoy's Picks:
Clemson @ South Carolina- South Carolina
Ole Miss @ Miss St- Ole Miss
Florida State @ Florida- Florida
Tennessee @ Kentucky- Tennessee
Arkansas @ LSU- Arkansas
Georgia @ Georgia Tech- Georgia Tech

Iron Bowl:
As Kenny Loggins once sang, this is it. Outdated clichés abound about the Iron Bowl, but that's okay. History actually shows that the better team does usually win this game, but there are exceptions. Will 2009 be one of those? We'll find out. There's no doubt Alabama brings the superior team into Jordan-Hare on Friday, but Auburn comes in with a far better team than a year ago that's also in a far better frame of mind. The facts are these...like any good SEC rivalry (and this one's the best), this game will be decided by who controls the line of scrimmage (duh) and who makes the fewest mistakes (i.e., turnovers and penalties). Alabama has faced some dynamic offenses this year, but Auburn's is probably the most balanced that they've seen. Failure to establish the running game was a huge factor, though, in Auburn's offense losing the spark it carried early on in the Georgia game. That can't happen against Alabama. The bigger key for the game may be whether or not Auburn's defense can slow down Mark Ingram. If Auburn can, this will be a tight game where anything can happen. In the end, I expect that Auburn will come out inspired and carry this game into the fourth quarter, but Alabama will tack on a late field goal to ice it. Auburn can win this game, but I'll say Alabama 29 Auburn 20.


Jay Skipworth's Picks:
Clemson @ South Carolina- Clemson
Ole Miss @ Miss St- Ole Miss
Florida State @ Florida- Florida
Tennessee @ Kentucky- Kentucky
Arkansas @ LSU- Arkansas
Georgia @ Georgia Tech- Georgia Tech

Iron Bowl:
Auburn’s ranking as one of the top offenses in the SEC is fraudulent. The Tigers have put up points and yards on mediocre or worse teams and have struggled against better defenses. The Alabama defense can and will neutralize every position with a strong run-stopping front line, a ferocious pass rush, and a ball-hawking defensive backfield. Alabama’s offense is roughly the same as last year – run the ball a lot, throw to the tight end and occasionally hit the long ball. The biggest difference is Alabama has more playmakers on the two-deep roster than anything Auburn has on defense. Auburn’s defense is actually worse this year. In fact, statistically, it’s the worst Auburn defense in their history. There have been consecutive shutouts in this series (1905-1906, 1959-1962) and Alabama was on top in those cases as well. This one will give another meaning to “Black Friday” as the Crimson Tide will steamroll their in-state rival for the second year in a row. Alabama 34, Auburn 0.


Eddie McCoy's Picks:
Clemson @ South Carolina- Clemson
Ole Miss @ Miss St- Ole Miss
Florida State @ Florida- Florida
Tennessee @ Kentucky- Kentucky
Arkansas @ LSU- Arkansas
Georgia @ Georgia Tech- Georgia Tech

Iron Bowl:
This is the first Iron Bowl that I can remember in my lifetime that I just don't feel like we have a shot at winning. I'll be showing up with ironically "Livin' on a Prayer" in my head. For the most part, everytime it seems like a blowout is certain it seems like the opposite happens. I'm hopeful that it can happen tomorrow and that Auburn will be able to move the ball and put up some points on this tough Bama defense. The task is very difficult but it could be the biggest upset in Iron Bowl History if it could happen. I'll be showing up hoping for that while realistically expecting the Auburn defense to get beat down with the Bama running game and clock control as the Auburn Offense will probably be inconsistent thru out the game. I believe Auburn will keep it close early on but Alabama will pull away in the second half. I expect the score to be something like Alabama 34, Auburn 19.



SEC Predictions Week 12

por Eddie McCoy

Auburn's not playing this week, but that doesn't mean the AFI pick 'em is taking a break as we enter week 12 of SEC action. Michael McCoy continued to impress last week and now stands at (71-11) on the season. Jay Skipworth had an equally good week and still holds on to second with a record of (66-16). Eddie McCoy was only slightly less impressive last week and as a result, still brings up the rear at (62-20). This week isn't the most captivating weekend of SEC football as we all count down to rivalry week next week and the SEC Championship to follow, but look for Eddie's and Michael's hometown team (Chattanooga) to soften up the Tide before they roll into Auburn for Black Friday. On to the picks:

Michael McCoy's Picks:
UTC at Alabama - Alabama
Mississippi State at Arkansas - Arkansas
FIU at Florida - Florida
LSU at Ole Miss - Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Tennessee - Tennessee
Kentucky at Georgia - Georgia

Jay Skipworth's Picks:
UTC at Alabama - Alabama
Mississippi State at Arkansas - Arkansas
FIU at Florida - Florida
LSU at Ole Miss - TBA
Vanderbilt at Tennessee - Tennessee
Kentucky at Georgia - Kentucky

You can also view a more detailed preview of each SEC Game at Jay's BC Column linked below:
http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/sec-week-twelve-previews-picks/

Eddie McCoy's Picks:
UTC at Alabama - Alabama
Mississippi State at Arkansas - Arkansas
FIU at Florida - Florida
LSU at Ole Miss - LSU
Vanderbilt at Tennessee - Tennessee
Kentucky at Georgia - Georgia

SEC Predictions Week 11

por Eddie McCoy

Last week was the first week that we were all perfect on the season. No ground gained or lost among us, so with that said, Michael McCoy is leading the pack with an overall mark of (65-10) followed by Jay Skipworth at (60-15) and Eddie McCoy bringing up the rear at (57-18). This is another big week of SEC football, so lets get on with the picks:

Michael McCoy's Picks:

Tennessee at Ole Miss -Ole Miss

Kentucky at Vanderbilt - Kentucky

Florida at South Carolina - Florida

Alabama at Mississippi State - Alabama

Louisiana Tech at LSU - LSU

Troy at Arkansas - Arkansas

Auburn at Georgia
After ten weeks of sparring, we've arrived at the business end of Auburn's season: Amen Corner. This is the time when true Auburn legends are born, and things kick off Saturday night in Athens with The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn enters the game with some momentum after consecutive wins over Ole Miss and Furman. The Navy Nightmare against Ole Miss righted the ship after it was taking on some water in previous weeks and Furman allowed the Tigers to do exactly what they wanted to. Mainly, playing a crisp half of football before emptying the bench and giving the top of the depth chart a chance to catch its breath before the final sprint. Georgia enters the game with some wounded pride. At 5-4, this is not a season Bulldogs fans are use to, and much dissension in Athens has ensued as a result. But it would be a mistake to think that Auburn can count on this negativity to keep is strong season going. The Dawgs still have plenty of talent and there's no reason not to think that playing Auburn's schedule, they might have an indentical record to the Tigers right now. That said, Auburn does seem the more consistent of the two teams. Georgia has struggled on defense most of the year while the offensive results have varied. The only constant on that side of the ball is that A.J. Green is probably the best receiver in the nation, and given Auburn's precarious secondary situation with Demond Washington still green at the Strong Safety position after Zac Etheridge's injury, look for Georgia to find ways to exploit this. Joe Cox has excelled at times throwing the deep ball. The deciding factor on this side of the ball, though, will be in the trenches. Auburn's defensive line has come on in recent games, anchored on the ends by Antonio Coleman and Antoine Carter, and if those two have as much success against a suspect Georgia offensive line as they did against the suspect Ole Miss defensive line, the defense in general should reap the rewards. On offense, Auburn will once again need to keep its deep passing game going. Downfield completions really paved the way for some offensive explosion against Ole Miss, and though Georgia has largely been poor on defense, they've done a decent job of stopping the runs at time, making it imperative that Chris Todd complete some big throws over the course of the game to help clear things out for Ben Tate. In the end, I think Auburn will do this and move the ball well enough to score some points. I don't expect this to be quite the shootout that others do, but there will be some offense by both teams. In the end, I think Auburn's defense continues its solid late season play and helps Auburn sneak out of Athens with a hard fought win. I'll say Auburn 28 Georgia 24..


Eddie McCoy's Picks:

Tennessee at Ole Miss - Tennessee

Kentucky at Vanderbilt - Kentucky

Florida at South Carolina - Florida

Alabama at Mississippi State - Alabama

Louisiana Tech at LSU - LSU

Troy at Arkansas - Arkansas

Auburn at Georgia:

Let me preface this by saying that I HATE GEORGIA. There, I got it out of my system. I live in Georgia and absolutely cannot stand the dawgs. With that said, I think this game is very interesting. Auburn seems to be once again picking up momentum since the 3 game skid and Georgia is just looking for something good to happen. Georgia has more talent than Auburn, but the coaching is not quite up to par with the Auburn staff this year. With that said, it is monumental for Auburn to get off to a fast start against this Georgia team. If they can bring it at the beginning of the game, it could be a very long night for the Bulldogs. I look for Auburn to try and establish the run and take it shots down the field where Georgia has struggled in defending the pass. The Auburn defense has to come out and take away the run from Georgia. Georgia lives off of play action passes and it makes it that much more difficult for them to be successful if they cannot run the football. I think this game could be close, but I actually like the Tigers to jump out to an early lead and hold on till the end. I'll say Auburn 34, Georgia 24.


Jay Skipworth's Picks:

Tennessee at Ole Miss - Ole Miss

Kentucky at Vanderbilt - Kentucky

Florida at South Carolina - Florida

Alabama at Mississippi State - Alabama

Louisiana Tech at LSU - LSU

Troy at Arkansas - Arkansas

Auburn at Georgia:

In the end, this one should be a shoot-out because neither defense is great at stopping the opposition. I think Auburn can gain an edge with a strong running game and a deliberate passing attack. Auburn will need to capitalize on every opportunity in the game in order to get the win. Georgia wants this one and needs it, but Auburn wants it and needs it too and has the talent on the field and the sidelines to go get it. Auburn 30, Georgia 28.


War Eagle!!


BBQ Pit

por Eddie McCoy


This has nothing to do with Auburn Football, but I just thought I would share a picture of the BBQ Pit that my Dad is building. It's going to be off the chain. My Grand parents used to run a BBQ Joint in Selma, AL in the 40's and their BBQ and sauce is tops and is being passed down to the family lines. Here are some pics of the pit he is building along with a link to my face book page with some pictures of a BBQ he directed for the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ooltewah, TN on a yearly basis.

http://www.facebook.com/eddie.mccoy2?ref=name#/album.php?aid=174475&id=1175857861

SEC Predictions Week 10

por Eddie McCoy

Last week saw Michael increase his lead by going a perfect (7-0) while Jay and Eddie both went (5-2). Michael holds an overall record of (57-10) followed by Jay at (52-15) with Eddie trailing the pack at (49-18). This week provides some interesting in-conference matchups compiled with some horrible Homecoming games. Lets take a look at the picks:

Michael McCoy's Picks:

South Carolina at Arkansas - Arkansas

Tennessee Tech at Georgia - Georgia

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky - Kentucky

LSU at Alabama - Alabama

Memphis at Tennessee - Tennessee

Vanderbilt at Florida - Florida

Northern Arizona at Ole Miss - Ole Miss


Furman @ Auburn:

Ole Miss was just the tonic for this Auburn team coming off a tough three game stretch. The Tigers silenced all the critics and got their season back on track, but more importantly, they gave themselves some momentum heading into Amen Corner. Furman comes into town this week, and as much as everybody likes to knock the playing of these FCS teams, this game comes at a good time for Auburn. After nine straight games and five straight games against SEC opponents, this game should allow Auburn a little mental break and hopefully a physical one for a lot of players if we can build up an early lead. Let's face it, this should be nothing more than a glorified scrimmage, a chance to keep the rhythm going heading into Athens next week. Given the mental and physical fatigue that is bound to have collected over the last three months of games and two-a-days, I expect this not to be the most crisp performance, and Furman might actually move the ball a little bit and score some points, but this won't be a problem. The score may not look as pretty as we want it to at the end of the game after emptying our bench, but it will help us keep our legs fresher for Georgia next week. Besides sustaining no injuries, I expect the biggest concern here to be sharpening up the passing game a bit more and getting Demond Washington plenty of work at Strong Safety after taking over for Zac Etheridge's following his scary injury. I'll say Auburn 52, Furman 20.


Jay Skipworth's Picks:

South Carolina at Arkansas - Arkansas

Tennessee Tech at Georgia - Georgia

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky - Kentucky

LSU at Alabama - Alabama

Memphis at Tennessee - Tennessee

Vanderbilt at Florida - Florida

Northern Arizona at Ole Miss - Ole Miss


Furman @ Auburn:

The Tigers are excited again after a big against Ole Miss and they get a tune up game against Furman before heading around amen corner with games against rivals Georgia and Alabama. Furman isn’t a bad team per se, but they don’t have the athletes to match up against Auburn’s weapons on offense. Expect the Tigers to run the ball a lot and play a bunch of people on offense. The defense will largely remain the same as Auburn is still incredibly thin there, but should have the time to rest a few starters. Auburn 34, Furman 13.


You can also view a more detailed preview of each SEC Game at Jay's BC Column linked below:


http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/sec-week-ten-previews-and-picks/


Eddie McCoy's Picks:

South Carolina at Arkansas - Arkansas

Tennessee Tech at Georgia - Georgia

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky - Kentucky

LSU at Alabama - Alabama

Memphis at Tennessee - Tennessee

Vanderbilt at Florida - Florida

Northern Arizona at Ole Miss - Ole Miss


Furman @ Auburn:

Auburn is coming off a huge win against Ole Miss in which it looked like it was able to get the offense somewhat back on track. The goal this week will be to fine tune things for Georgia and get up to a big lead quickly so that the starters can be pulled out and rest up for the big game next week at Athens. I expect Auburn to take care of business early and take a commanding lead into halftime allowing the plan to rest players occur. The defense has showed some signs of life recently and I believe that it will continue this week, at least with the starters. I don't look for this game to be very close. I like Auburn 49, Furman 17.


Please feel free to share your thoughts and score predictions in our comment section.


War Eagle!








True Blue

por Eddie McCoy

By Michael McCoy

Saturday was a good day on the Plains. Auburn took out three games worth of frustration on the hapless Ole Miss Rebels and salvaged a season that appeared to be on the brink of disaster (so the media would have you believe) after such a promising start. Many of the same people who had extolled the virtues of this team after the 5-0 start just as quickly condemned them to a season of inevitable failure after three straight losses. Luckily for Auburn, the team had more belief in itself than did many of its own fans. No doubt brought about by the rush of blood media frenzy, the ghost of 5-19 reared its head once again and second guessing became the new pastime. Nevermind that the same people praising Chizik for the 5-0 start were now the same ones questioning his head coaching acumen, logic was not a luxury which many afforded themselves. The hyperbolic nature of the criticism was astounding, the goodwill of 5-0 ceding to question marks over the future of the program under Coach Chizik.

Erstwhile journalist Paul Finebaum, when questioned if the mounting losses would affect Auburn's recruiting responded that "it could." Nevermind that Alabama under Nick Saban lost its last four games in 2007 only to bring in the nation's top recruiting class the following winter, the knives were out for Chizik and his staff. Hopefully the Auburn fans who were consumed by this notion that all of the sudden this program was faltering will have learned their lesson. Turn down that radio dial, don't believe everything you read. Reports of Auburn's death were greatly exaggerated. As Coach Chizik said afterwards, this team willed itself to victory against Ole Miss, and judging by the Coach Chizik's verklempt reaction in the locker room afterward, the strain he and his team were subjected to the last few weeks was more than he or they should have had to bare.

The truth is, it's far too early to call Chizik either a success or a failure, but all Auburn fans can do in the meantime is show up every Saturday and show the boys in blue our unwavering support. It's okay to feel disappointed after a loss and it's just human nature to second guess certain things because hindsight is always 20/20, but it's not very constructive in the end. To the credit of most Auburn fans, the atmosphere on Saturday was incredible and the team was able to feed off that energy all game long. Let's keep that up for the last three games. Who knows what the rest of the season holds (well, past a victory over Furman anyway), but we now have a little momentum heading into Amen Corner any anything is possible, good or bad.

In the meantime, let's heed the words of former Coach Pat Dye, spoken shortly after the seminal victory over Alabama in the 1989 Iron Bowl. Coach Dye said, "It doesn't matter who's running the ball, who's catching it, who's rushing the passer, or making the tackle - just as long as he's got a blue jersey on." It's all that truly matters in the end when it comes to Auburn football. Everything else is just noise. War Damn Eagle!

SEC Predictions Week 9

por Eddie McCoy

Last week saw Michael and Jay go a perfect (6-0) while Eddie stunk it up at (3-3). Michael has maintained his lead over Jay at an overall mark of (50-10), while Jay has a decent lead on 2nd place at a record of (47-13) and Eddie pulling up the rear at (44-16). Let's get on with the picks:

Michael McCoy's Picks:
Florida vs Georgia - Florida (upset alert)
Eastern Michigan at Arkansas - Arkansas
Mississippi State at Kentucky - Mississippi State
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt - Georgia Tech
South Carolina at Tennessee - Tennessee
Tulane at LSU - LSU

Ole Miss at Auburn:
What was once a promising season has been on a downward spiral the last few weeks, but I still think things are salvageable, but it would have to start with a win at home this weekend against Ole Miss. Unluckily for Auburn, it seems the Rebels are finally starting to hit their stride, evidenced by a big win over Arkansas last weekend at home. The Ole Miss defense has been solid all year, but the offense broke out in a big way with a 500 yard performance, including a big day from Jevan Snead, though it's worth remembering that he still threw a couple of picks in the effort. Auburn's defense actually showed last week that it could stop the run a little and apply some pressure to the quarterback, but the secondary was left exposed at times and Jordan Jefferson took advantage. If Auburn can keep up the quarterback pressure against an at times suspect Rebel offensive line and tighten up the coverage a little bit, there may be some turnovers to be had. Dexter McCluster will be the other X-factor on that side of the ball in the running game, especially out of the Wildcat. Auburn must slow him down. Having said all that, most Auburn fans know that the key to any Auburn victory in the coming weeks will be the offense somehow finding its mojo again. Chris Todd is definitely not the same player he was a month ago, for whatever reason, but he hasn't been helped a whole lot either from his offensive teammates. Ben Tate is the only offensive performer who has truly distinguished himself in recent weeks. Maybe it is a case of once one good thing happens, things will take off again from there for this offense. That's the hope, but nothing will come easy against this stingy Rebel defense. I expect some new wrinkles from Malzahn to help shake the cobwebs and get this thing back on track, but surely there has to be a steady dose of #44 to start things off. Then maybe we can get the play-action passing game going once again. I don't think it will be pretty, but I think Auburn will come out inspired and do enough to stay in the game and take this thing to the wire. It could go either way from there, but I'll say Auburn 26, Ole Miss 23.

Jay Skipworth's Picks:
Florida vs Georgia - Florida
Eastern Michigan at Arkansas - Arkansas
Mississippi State at Kentucky - Mississippi State
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt - Georgia Tech
South Carolina at Tennessee - South Carolina
Tulane at LSU - LSU

Ole Miss at Auburn:
The Rebels offense woke up for the first time all season last week as they throttled Arkansas at home. Now Houston Nutt travels to a place where he’s had success (albeit as the Arkansas coach) against Auburn. The Tigers look nothing like the team that reeled off 5 wins to start the year as the offense has been unable to produce anything consistent, hanging a thin defensive unit out to dry in the process. Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster will have big games as the Rebels are simply a better team than Auburn right now. Ole Miss 27, Auburn 9.

You can get a more detailed preview of every one of Jay's pick's at his weekly column listed below:
http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/sec-week-nine-previews-and-picks/

Eddie McCoy's Picks:
Florida vs Georgia - Florida
Eastern Michigan at Arkansas - Arkansas
Mississippi State at Kentucky - Kentucky
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt - Georgia Tech
South Carolina at Tennessee - Tennessee
Tulane at LSU - LSU

Ole Miss at Auburn:
Auburn is reeling after three straight defeats and beating Ole Miss is going to be just as tough as the last three opponents have been. The only thing consistent about the Auburn offense the last three games is that it continues to struggle. I believe that this team can pick it back up as quick as it dropped off.....I just don't see them doing it this week. Ole Miss has a better front seven in my opinion than LSU and LSU gave our line fits all night long. To beat Ole Miss, Auburn will have to commit to running the football and hoping that it opens up the passing game from the dungeon that it's been locked up in. Defense cannot give up the big play and it cannot afford to but Snead back into the 1st round of the draft. I believe that things will improve for Auburn this week, but I believe they will come up on the short side in this game. I'll say Ole Miss 31, Auburn 17.

Feel free to leave your score predictions in the comment section. War Eagle!

SEC Predictions Week 8

por Eddie McCoy

There was no change in the lead as Michael has a nice lead with an overall record of (44-10) while Jay and Eddie trail with both overall records at (41-13). We all went 5-1 last week, but the lone loss hurt badly because it was Auburn. Let's see how we fare this week:

Michael McCoy's Picks:
Arkansas at Ole Miss - Ole Miss
Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - South Carolina
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky - Kentucky
Florida at Mississippi State - Florida

Auburn at LSU:

The last couple of weeks have been rough, but the seven point loss to Kentucky at home probably hurt more than the twenty-one point loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville. Things don't get any easier this week when Auburn travels to Baton Rouge to face LSU, who is coming off their first Saturday night loss in over fifty games. They'll not want to repeat that experience again. Much is made of how off weeks can benefit a team's freshness, but the off week that LSU had is of main concern to me because LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton will have cooked up alot of surprises no doubt to get his struggling offense going. Of course, given the defensive weakness of Auburn up front, LSU would do well to just run the ball straight ahead. The biggest concern heading into this game for Auburn, though, is whether or not the offense can get back on track, specifically in the passing game. Ben Tate is running like a man possessed and looks All-SEC calibre, but Chris Todd's play has fallen off in recent weeks, fueling much speculation about the health of his arm and shoulder. This game will go a long way in telling us what his true status is. If Todd is truly alright, this team, even with a flawed defense, remains capable enough on offense to win most games it plays, including LSU in Baton Rouge. But there are too many question marks for me to expect Auburn to win on Saturday. I think they can, but they'll have to play their best game of the year. LSU's defense is not dominating, but it gets the job done, and while their offense hasn't really clicked yet, they still have the players and athletes to burn any defense. Special teams have been better for Auburn recently, but Trindon Holliday will give Boulware's boys a true litmus test. I think special teams gives LSU good field position all night and they take advantage of a soft defense to win the game, despite another valiant effort from Ben Tate. I'll say Auburn 17 LSU 27.

Eddie McC0y's Picks:
Arkansas at Ole Miss - Arkansas
Tennessee at Alabama - Tennessee (Yeah, I called it)
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - South Carolina
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky - Kentucky
Florida at Mississippi State - Florida

Auburn at LSU:

Well, Auburn has taken a nose dive the last two weeks and I look for that to stop if the season can be salvaged for a decent bowl. LSU has the most favorable matchups of any of the SEC games that remain except for the fact that we play at Baton Rouge on a Saturday night. If Auburn is indeed allowed to wear the white Jersey's, that will be an automatic win because LSU and purple jersey's don't mix. I look for Chris Todd to show me he still has it and is not hurt as bad as some suggest. If he doesn't do it here, I don't think he can do it in any of the remaining SEC games. This is purely a gut prediction because the matchups still don't favor Auburn in my opinion. If the Auburn offense of the first 5 games shows up, Auburn will win and if it doesn't, then LSU will be printing up Charles Scott for Heisman posters. I'm betting on the Auburn offense breaking out of it's shell. I'll say Auburn 30, LSU 24.

Jay Skipworth's Picks:
Arkansas at Ole Miss - Ole Miss
Tennessee at Alabama - Alabama
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - South Carolina
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky - Kentucky
Florida at Mississippi State - Florida

Auburn at LSU:

Auburn’s offense has gone in the tank the last two weeks and put a thin defense in bad position leading to two straight losses in the conference. LSU’s defense is good, but the offense is a huge disappointment, especially the running game. Conventional wisdom says LSU, at home, will blow Auburn out as the Tigers have snoozed through the last two games. However, the games in this series have been close for many years and I expect nothing less this week. In the end, Auburn can’t stop any team, even a bad offense and LSU can stop teams, especially bad offenses. LSU 17, Auburn 10.

You can view a more detailed rundown of Jay's picks at his BC Column linked below:

http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/sec-week-eight-previews-and-picks/

Let's hope i'm right this week on the Auburn pick. War Eagle!

SEC Predictions Week 7

por Eddie McCoy

After another subpar week of picking games, we all had identical (4-3) records last week, even with Jay making his glorious prediction of the Arkansas upset special. Michael McCoy retains the overall lead with an overall mark of (39-9) while Jay Skipworth and Eddie McCoy pull up the rear tied at (36-12) each. Hopefully things will improve for us and the Auburn Tigers this week. On with the picks:

Michael McCoy Pick's:
Georgia at Vanderbilt - Georgia
Mississippi State at MTSU - Mississippi State
Arkansas at Florida - Florida
UAB at Ole Miss - Ole Miss
South Carolina at Alabama - Alabama

Kentucky at Auburn:
All things must pass, and so it was with Auburn last week in Fayetteville. We all knew this was a flawed team that may have been punching a little bit above its weight the first five games, but the wheels came off in the first half and Auburn didn't recover until it was too late. All is not lost, though. This is still a team with holes (defense, kick-off coverage), but the offense is still good and this team is still good enough to win a few more games yet. Last week just showed that if the offense comes out flat, the defense won't always be there to pick them up, though they held in there for a little while before the dam busted. For whatever reason, Auburn just wasn't quite ready to play last week, but the performance may prove to be a blessing in disguise. I think the lesson was learned that this team can't take any week off and they better come ready to play every Saturday. I think they'll do that this weekend against Kentucky. Kentucky is a team coming off three tough losses, but more imporantly, they're a team dealing with a number of injuries on offense and defense, the latest victim being QB Mike Hartline, meaning an inexperienced QB will be taking the reigns of the offense this weekend, perhaps even a true freshman. In Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb, however, Kentucky has two of the better all-purpose threats in the SEC. If Auburn doesn't do a better job in tackling, these two can hurt us, especially in the return game. On offense, Gus and the boys should be able to move the ball against the Wildcats and I expect a sharp, focused effort this week on offense. I think Kentucky will still rattle our nerves a little bit with Cobb and Locke, whether on offense or special teams, but I think Kentucky will be too one dimensional on offense to mount a serious challenge to even our thin defense. On offense, things may not move seamless at first given that Kentucky has hung tough the last couple of weeks early on, but I think eventually we will begin to wear them out with the run the way we did with Mississippi State earlier in the season. I'll say Auburn 35, Kentucky 17.

Jay Skipworth's Picks:
Georgia at Vanderbilt - Georgia
Mississippi State at MTSU - Mississippi State
Arkansas at Florida - Florida
UAB at Ole Miss - Ole Miss
South Carolina at Alabama - Alabama

Kentucky at Auburn:
Auburn got blistered in the early morning sun by Arkansas last week as the Hogs exploited a porous and thin defense for tons of yards and points. Kentucky has played teams tough this year but turnover problems have cost them in several games. The Wildcats will have to go this week (and maybe the rest of the year) without QB Mike Hartline which tips the scales more to Auburn’s favor. At this point, Auburn’s best defense is to keep the offense clicking and moving the ball with the precision displayed in the first five games of the season. The game at home and the loss of Hartline for Kentucky gives an edge to the Tigers who need to get back on track with this win. Auburn 27, Kentucky 13.

As always, you can check out a more detailed pick by pick preview at Jay's BC Column linked below:

http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/sec-week-seven-previews-and-picks/

Eddie McCoy's Picks:
Georgia at Vanderbilt - Georgia
Mississippi State at MTSU - Mississippi State
Arkansas at Florida - Florida
UAB at Ole Miss - Ole Miss
South Carolina at Alabama - Alabama

Kentucky at Auburn:
Auburn will find out what kind of team it has now that it has to deal with the loss to Arkansas. I believe the Auburn Tigers will build upon the loss and bounce back with a victory against Kentucky. Kentucky has the X factor on offense in that it lost it's starting QB last week and Auburn is having to guess about how they are planning on replacing him and what changes will be made for Kentucky on that side of the ball. I still think Auburn defense will struggle and give up points but I believe the offense will come out and try to just play its game instead of letting Kentucky dictate what it will do. I like Auburn in a high scoring game; Auburn 44, Kentucky 35.

War Eagle and let us know your predictions in the comment section.

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SEC Predictions Week 6

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Last week was not a good week for any of us in our predictions but our Michael who was (4-3) in last week's action, retains the overall lead with a (35-6) mark followed by a tie between both Jay Skipworth and Eddie McCoy at (32-9) each. This maybe one of the toughest weeks to pick games in the SEC, so we could be headed for another swing. Without further adu, here are our picks:

Michael McCoy Picks's:

Vanderbilt at Army - Vanderbilt
Georgia at Tennessee - Tennessee
Kentucky at South Carolina - South Carolina
Houston at Mississippi State - Mississippi State
Alabama at Ole Miss - Alabama (upset alert)
Florida at LSU - Florida (upset alert)

Auburn at Arkansas:
Auburn went up to Knoxville last weekend and picked up a big win on the road with some authority. The first four games were nice, but those wins all came in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium, and the game against the Vols served notice that these Tigers are indeed a much different version from their 2008 counterparts. But things get a lot more difficult on Saturday with an early kickoff in Fayetteville to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs were considered to be a sleeper in the West before the season started, but a couple of tough losses to Georgia and Alabama put an early dent in those hopes. The corresponding rout of Texas A&M last week however should serve notice that Arkansas will not go silently into the night. There are not a lot of secrets with this team, though. They are great on offense, especially in the passing game, and they are suspect on defense, especially in the secondary. On the ground, things are mixed on both sides of the ball. Coach Bob Petrino loves to have a balanced offense and he loves to run to set up the passing game with some play-action, but trouble at the offensive line has meant the running game hasn't really gotten going yet. Ryan Mallet's arm is just that good that a lack of a consistent running game has been largely overcome. On defense, the Hogs have actually done a nice job against the run their last couple of games, but continue to give up big plays in the air. On offense, I look for us to come out a little more aggresive from the start than we did against Tennessee, though we'll still try to establish the run early before taking some shots down field. Special teams remain a concern, but I believe they are getting better, and they'll need to improve even more this week, especially on kick-off coverage, or Arkansas's return game could make it a long day for us. In the end, it's hard to see this game being anything other than a shootout. I could see this game going either way to be honest. The difference I think may lie in that our defense has held up a little better than theirs, though I still expect us to give up some yards and points, and up to this point, our team has shown that bit more of moxy to make the plays down the stretch to win the game. I think it will be a game where holding the other team to field goal attempts will be deemed a victory for the defense, and I think we will do that more than Arkansas does. I'll say Auburn 38, Arkansas 34.

Jay Skipworth's Picks:
Vanderbilt at Army - Vanderbilt
Georgia at Tennessee - Georgia
Kentucky at South Carolina - South Carolina
Houston at Mississippi State - Houston
Alabama at Ole Miss - Alabama
Florida at LSU - LSU

Auburn at Arkansas:
The Tigers at 5-0 are easily the surprise team in the SEC this year. In spite of glaring holes on defense, Auburn has found ways to win mostly through the high-powered offense that keeps the tempo moving and puts points on the scoreboard. Arkansas just puts points on the scoreboard (unless playing Alabama) while the defense has been largely lack until last week. The Hogs defense gave up yards to Texas A&M but found ways to end Aggies drives before they could cash into the endzone. Auburn’s defensive backfield has ability to create turnovers but their coverage skills will be tested greatly this week. Several times last week, Auburn defenders were beat by WRs who simply dropped the ball or the quarterback didn’t make a good throw. That won’t happen this week as Ryan Mallett and company are very talented. Arkansas, for all the defensive issues, has faced solid running teams and performed well enough to put the games in the opposing quarterback’s hands. That will be the Hogs gameplan and it will be on Auburn’s Chris Todd and his gang of receivers to pull this on through for the Tigers. This one has the makings of an early morning shootout and will probably down to which team has the ball last. Arkansas has the playmakers offense to win this one if they can limit the turnovers. Arkansas 35, Auburn 31.

As always, you can view a more detailed pick by pick summary from Jay at his BC column linked below:
http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/sec-week-six-midterm-mania/


Eddie McCoy's Picks:
Vanderbilt at Army - Vanderbilt
Georgia at Tennessee - Georgia
Kentucky at South Carolina - South Carolina
Houston at Mississippi State - Houston
Alabama at Ole Miss - Alabama
Florida at LSU - Florida

Auburn at Arkansas:
Auburn got a huge win on the road at Tennessee in front of over 100,000 fans that really helped them gain more confidence in what they are doing. This Auburn teams has some real weaknesses but it also has some real strengths and the biggest strength they have right now is team chemistry / unity. I'm not overly surprised that Auburn is 5-0 at this point in the season, but I am greatly surprised in how they have gone about doing that. Let all the bama media type talk about our opponents record and accuse us of not playing anybody, but the fact is that we have been impressive in the games that we have played in. I believe that Arkansas presents a very serious challenge, more so than Tennessee in my opinion, but I just feel that this team will go into Fayetteville and play a very good game. Arkansas defense has improved over the last couple of weeks, but I think our offense provides a real problem for their defense since we are so balanced. Their secondary allows big plays and I would look for Gus Malzahn to take advantage of that along with the new DB's that they are throwing into the mix this week. In the end, I believe our defense will get more stops than their defense. I like Auburn 45, Arkansas 30.

Let us know your picks in the comment section.

War Eagle!

Arkansas Game Preview

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This game pits former coordinators on Tuberville staff in 2002 against each other.....(2-2) Bobby Petrino (who wanted the Auburn gig in 2003) vs (5-0) Gene Chizik. What was each able to learn about each other while practicing against each other, probably very little, especially since it was so long ago. This Arkansas team is reminiscent of former Petrino teams at Louisville where they played great offense (especially passing) and hardly any defense and Auburn seems to trend toward the same way, but I do believe the Tigers are a little more stout on the defensive side of the ball than the Hogs. Let's take a closer look at the Arkansas Offense, Defense & Special Teams:

OFFENSE
Arkansas is led by Quarterback Ryan Mallet who was a much heralded recruit who originally signed with Michigan but transferred to Arkansas after Rich Rodriguez became coach at Michigan and was bringing his spread running attack that did not suit Mallet's skills so he decided to transfer back to his childhood favorite team Arkansas just after Bobby Petrino was named head coach. The 6'7" 248 pounder Ryan Mallet has been nothing short of impressive in his short run so far with the Hawgs by leading the #1 passing attack in the SEC and 7th in the Nation. Mallet as a strong arm and does a good job of scanning the field and finding the opening guy. Arkansas has had 9 different receivers catch touchdown passes proving that Mallet loves to spread the wealth. At runningback, the small 5'7" 176 pounder Michael Smith is the returning leader in that department and is averaging only 45 yards per game while the big bruiser 6'3" 220 pounder Ronnie Wingo Jr. is also getting his share of touches and averaging 37 yards per game. The receiving corps may be one of the best in the SEC with three big time targets all averaging in the Top 80 Nationally in Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs along with one of the better tightend's in the league in DJ Williams. The weak link on offense remains the same as last year and that is the offensive line that has continued its struggles from last year by allowing sacks and having a difficult time in generating running lanes. The goal for the Razorbacks will to be able to protect Mallet and get enough rushing to make play-action passes effective. If they do both those things, they should be able to move the ball at will against Auburn.

DEFENSE
While the offense ranks as one of the most deadliest units in the nation, the defense is almost the complete opposite of the scale nationally. The Hogs are giving up over 400 yards of offense each game that gets them a national ranking of 97th out of 120 teams. The Hogs continue to really struggle in defending the pass where they give up 281 yards per game. With that said, the Hogs do return all four of their defensive linemen from last season and DE Malcolm Sheppard has picked up where he left off last season in getting to the quarterback and making plays behind the line of scrimmage. The linebackers return leading tackler from last season in sophmore Jerry Franklin and a unit that is improved from last season but still making way too many tackles down field instead of closer to the line of scrimmage. The defensive backs are by far the weakness of last year's team and this year's team. The secondary lost it's best cornerback in the fall when Isaac Madison went down with an ACL injury and it is pretty much playing a bunch of inexperienced guys that continue to give up big plays. I look for this Arkansas defense to try and do what most have done and shut down the Auburn running game and once again put pressure on Chris Todd to make plays with his arm.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Arkansas special teams has had issues on most fronts except the kickoff return and place kicking. Alex Tejada is the perfect in his 6 field goal attempts while punter Dylan Breeding is struggling to average almost 40 yards a kick. The kickoff return team is exceptional and is lead by Dennis Johnson who averages almost 30 yards a return and the punt return team is just average and is lead by Jerell Norton who averages just over 3 yards per kick. The kickoff Return team has been decent in only allowing just over 20 yards a kick return while the punt coverage team has been horrid in allowing over 11 yards a return. Arkansas would like to not have to punt during the game very much and will probably try to kick it away from McCalebb on kickoffs.

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Auburn Defense needs to get to Mallet and force him to make quick decision and bad ones at that. They will also need to bottle up Michael Smith who had a big game last year against the Tigers.
  • Offense needs to continue to protect Chris Todd and open up running lanes as it has done thru out the year. If the offensive line can do this, it will be a long afternoon for the Razorbacks.
  • Auburn needs to win the turnover battle. That could be the difference in the game.

I hope you enjoyed the preview. Feel free to share your thoughts on Arkansas.

War Eagle!

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