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“No, no … this is important….”

A little more distraction from the ticklish, picklish rumor cyphering and peculiar logic of the coaching search, which Auburn fans, unlike those of most other SEC schools, have never had to endure under the full, blogtastic weight of the internet.

This is what it was supposed to be like. AUTiger96 was going to weave it into his seven-in-a-row highlight montage. The eye roll in her voice, the ‘duh’ nonchalance, was going to say it all. Seven in a row. Expected. Done deal. Take it to the bank, Ol’ Blue Eyes…

Put it all on ’09 …

(and special thanks to AUTiger96 for the actual work… he only had one video this year – that says more than anything really… and though I’m still, at present, a Gill man, if it’s coaching rumor and primo rumor analysis you want, head to Jerry’s…)

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Snarkansas Razorfacts…

By J.M. Comer

“How can Arkansas be 0-2 in the SEC right now? With Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in the backfield no less. There is no way that they can go down 0-3 in the SEC.”

Those are the words that keep popping in my head when I start to ponder on this weekend as our Auburn Tigers travel to Fayetteville to fight those Razorbacks.

But I have full confidence that Auburn can beat anyone in the country right now — on an opponent’s home field if need be. It’s heady times for us Tiger fans. These Tigers have tasted Gator meat and have developed a craving. Sure we have holes to fill in the defense. Freshmen all over the place. But we have Brad Lester plugged back into a increasingly dangerous backfield. And most important — our team has confidence and momentum heading into the game this weekend. Our Road Warrior Brandon Cox leads the charge. War Eagle, sir. War Eagle indeed.

Saturday night has the feeling of being an SEC slug-it-out-’til-the-end fest: Pound it up the middle and see which defense cracks first.

Arkansas has got to be desperate, so it looks to be close. Auburn 20 Arkansas 17 will be the final score as the dust clears.

But it is reports like this from The Huntsville Times on Tuesday that have me sweating:

[Darren] McFadden doesn’t carry the load alone. Junior Felix Jones, an All-American kick returner as a freshman, has rushed for 631 yards and five touchdowns on just 60 carries. [– Blogger’s Note: What is that? An average of little more than 10 yards per carry? Lord help us!]

“He’d be starting at 11 other SEC schools,” [Auburn defensive coordinator Will] Muschamp said.

With that duo leading the way, Arkansas averages 338.4 yards per game on the ground, second only to Navy among NCAA Division I-A teams.

[– BN: Oh poopie.]

To have a chance to win, Muschamp says, Auburn’s defense must slow the McFadden-Jones express.

“Last year, we tried to outnumber them in the box,” Muschamp said. “They got a hat on everybody, and if they make one guy miss, you are in trouble. We’ve got to do a great job of getting off blocks, having great effort. We have to tackle well.”

The Razorbacks threw only 10 passes in handing Auburn its first loss last season. It was a long and hard day for Muschamp, who was in his first Auburn season.

Mr. Phillip Marshall’s Tracking the Tigers breaks down the running plays from last year. It’s a long, frightening litany of rushing attempts.

Insane Hog Callers and the Boggy Creek Creature

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Calling the hogs. Serenading the pigs.

My lovely wife makes fun of me about this, but I’m absolutely fascinated by Razorback fans. I want to some day go to a game in Fayetteville when Auburn is visiting and see the thousands of fans scream the “Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!” cheer. It’s second to “War Eagle!” as far as the best cheer in the SEC, in my opinion.

I made the long trip down last year to Auburn from Maryland to see the Arkansas game. (In case you were wondering we have Lincoln Financial games up here in the mid-Atlantic too, but the games are yawnfests-a-rama-rama like Maryland vs. NC State. And the broadcast team in the booth? Don’t ask.)

I sat behind the visitors section in Jordan-Hare that day. What an interesting bunch of fans. But the cheer, that “Pig! Sooie!” cheer. It’s just so impressive to me. When you come back home and try to explain it to friends and family and then re-enact it in the living room, yes, you will look like an idiot. But when there are thousands of insane hog callers, it looks and sounds pretty damn cool to me.

I haven’t spent too much time around them, but my first impression of Razorback fans was at that game last year. A woman I met in line in her 80s made the trip from Fort Smith with her husband to see her Hogs. She had made a crocheted Razorback “Hog Hat” that she made herself and she was cute as a bug’s ear. Her husband had a old coaches track jacket that was from the 1970s or something with a bunch of Hog buttons all over the front, old buttons from when the Razorbacks were a force in the Southwest Conference. Nothing was going to ruin their day. Both of them were the eternal optimists and complemented me on Auburn’s team, campus and the pre-game spectacle. I thought, “I hope I can be like them when I’m that age.”

Our Tigers crumbled that afternoon, ripped of a No. 2 ranking. The sun began its dip to the West. Another day on this earth slowly began to end. I felt older. I thought of my long trip back home. And then I thought of that older couple and how sweet the win must have been for them as their Hogs celebrated in our stadium. “Screw that old hag,” I mumbled, flipping my program over my back into the trash bin. (I’m kidding about that part.)

But more than anything my interest in Razorback fans and Arkansas comes from my love of a horrible movie that Mystery Science Theater 3000 skewered and roasted so, so well: “Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues.” It’s a movie about a University of Arkansas professor and his students that decide to go on a weekend trip to study the legend of the Boggy Creek Creature. Horror (and laughs) ensue. Charles B. Pierce, an Arkansas Renaissance man, was the main actor, director, producer and writer for this movie and the original movie “The Legend of Boggy Creek.” I’ve seen this episode of MST3K at least 15 times. Thank you YouTube for helping us love and laugh … again:

What do you mean you don’t know about the Boggy Creek Creature?!?!? (Also known as the Fouke Monster.)

Educate yourself! It could save your life someday if you take a wrong turn at Booger Hollow, near Texarkana. You think a Sasquatch is tough? How about a swamp Sasquatch — a backwater Gigantopithecus blacki — downstream from Oklahoma’s chicken farm ammonia flows and upwind from the chemical plumes of Houston. Think about the product of that environment, the blood-lusting mutant incubated in the swamp heat.

It would give the mysterious squalling, clay-dirt scratching White Thang of Happy Hollow, Ala., a run for its money. (Maybe Uncle J. Henderson or our West Coast correspondent B.D. “Almighty” Williams will tell you about Alabama’s creature as Halloween nears.)

To learn more about the Arkansas creature when visiting Fouke, Ark., stop by Smokey Crabtree‘s Two-Books Bookstore, Fouke Monster Souvenirs & Used Books Museum. Soooooooie! That’s some good readin’.

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Desire

By J.M. Comer

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Gen. George S. Patton inspects units of the 301st Combat Team at Strakonice, Czechosolvakia, 1945.

“We’re not just going to shoot the bastards. We’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks.”

It’s the morning before kickoff. You need something to listen to as you fasten your Auburn war gear. And make no mistake: This is war. No turning back. Storm the swamp and gut those Gators. We’ll take it to them in the trenches. We’ll take it to them in the air. We’ll beat back those Gator hordes and it will be glorious. Auburn will win it 27-24. Lil’ Timmy Tebow will get a lesson in pain and loss. Again.

May I offer this song for your pre-game ritual Auburn fans? “Desire” by Pharoahe Monch. It gets me pumped! Amped! The only problem is the name dropping of Joe Namath. I try to overlook it. These words sum it up: “You will feel me. You will admire. Struggle, hustle, soul, desire.” War Damn Eagle!

Gator fans, I haven’t forgotten about you. Please feel free to listen and watch my pre-game selection for your team. As the national champions you are still standing after all this time. Florida, you are looking like a true survivor to me. Your preening, primping, prancing football team will surely take inspiration in this song.

Gutting the Gators: What can Auburn learn from Ole Miss?

Did Ole Miss expose a few chinks in the ol’ gator hide last week?

Florida is committing an average of 10.5 penalties per game. During the Ole Miss game they were penalized 14 times for 127 yards.

Ole Miss’ defense is one of the worst in the SEC, yet they held Florida to 30 points. Wha’ppen?

The Rebels consistently dropped eight and nine players into the secondary, which limited Florida’s passing game. The tactic forced QB
Tim Tebow to tuck the ball and run. Coach Urban Meyer this week says he would like to limit using Tebow’s rushing attack. Will they look for others to carry the load? Will Tebow’s handlers risk injury before the LSU game by running their quarterback against Auburn’s defense?

The Rebel defense held Tebow’s completion percentage to 58.8 percent. The lowest of the season for him. He was 20-of-34 in passing attempts.

The Auburn Fraidy Cat sez

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Last Auburn win in the Swamp? 1994. Thirteen years ago. Hmmmmm. Clinton’s first term as president. Ace of Base’s “The Sign” was the top song that year.

Last back-to-back wins against Florida? 1993 (Home 38-35) and 1994 (Swamp 36-33). Before that? 1987 (Home 29-6) 1988 (Swamp 16-0) and 1989 (Home 10-7). So it’s been done. That makes the Fraidy Cat feel a little better.

Urban Meyer is undefeated at The Swamp. Crap!

QB Tim Tebow is averaging 89 rushing yards a game. Double crap!

Florida’s offensive line has allowed two sacks all season. Three of four games have been sack-free affairs. Uh oh!

Auburn is going to have to throw against Florida to win. Yikes! The secondary is a weakness for the Gators so far, but the defensive front of Florida? Not so much.

This not-so-fun fact from from Sarasota, Fla.’s Herald Tribune:

Teams have been playing from behind against Florida and are forced to pass to keep up. And the Gators are stingy against the run. They are ranked No. 4 nationally, giving up an average of 54.5 yards per game and 2.1 yards per rushing attempt.

Man-eater Mouth Off (Quote of the Week)

This awesome quote comes from The Decatur Daily:

glimpse-of-club.jpg“[Tim Tebow’s] not going to run through me,” said [defensive tackle] Pat Sims, who has been wearing a hard black club-like cast on his left hand to protect broken fingers during games.

“When he gets a feel of this club,” Sims said, “he isn’t going to want more problems.”

(Glimpse The Club…)

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