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Otto 07-20-2010 02:24 AM

Phil Steele has Nebraska winning the Big 12. That would be a great send-off...

2010 Updated Bowl Projections

Otto 07-20-2010 11:47 PM

WOOT!

Auburn's Zac Etheridge says he's been cleared to play again following last season's injury | al.com

HUGE for us ... I'm not sure on Zac's impact to the team, but having someone come back from such a serious neck injury... he still has a long way to go and I doubt he'll be a starter from day one, but he is very talented and definitely an asset to the team. I see this being very motivational!

Otto 07-20-2010 11:51 PM

Not sure if you guys have been keeping up with the NCAA probe going on about the party in Miami, but it seems to be far reaching, now hitting Alabama's Marcel Dareus.

Campus Rivalry: College Football & Basketball News, Recruiting, Game Picks, and More - USATODAY.com

It is rumored that either one or both of Julio Jones and Mark Ingram were present as well.

Also, not that it likely matters, but the Pouncey kid from UF is also under investigation for taking $100K from an agent following the Gators' loss in the SECCG.

DallasFlier 07-21-2010 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 13406)
Phil Steele has Nebraska winning the Big 12. That would be a great send-off...

2010 Updated Bowl Projections

Actually, he has us winning the Big 12 North, but losing to Oklahoma in the CCG. Note that he has Oklahoma in the BCS title game against Ohio State. Now if we could truly beat Oklahoma and win the Big 12 - well, at least one projection I've seen has us in the title game - but personally I consider that a long shot. Sure nice to have my Huskers back in the title hunt again though.

Otto 07-21-2010 11:03 PM

Didn't notice that. Is OU really expected to be undefeated this year? I don't see that happening. I dunno. I like NU's chances. I'm beginning to think that we all may have good reasons to drink our respective Kool-Aid this season. :)

mriff 07-24-2010 08:01 AM

Drink away you guys. New coaching and new hot prospects will have NU and AU back in it this year. NU's defense could be outstanding this year. And I don't look for OU to be all that great. And AU has Cam Newton. If he gets on a streak and gets some confidence, his physical abilities could really show through.

At the SEC media days, the consensus is Alabama playing UF for the championship. Not sure if that will happen this year with a lot of new faces at UF, but should be interesting.

Otto 07-24-2010 08:46 AM

I'm not sure if it is UF having the new faces or the fact that UGA and UT are going to be down this year. If Spurrier doesn't do something this year in a very weak SEC East Division, I think they need to start looking elsewhere. With Alabama and LSU on the schedule, the Gators may very well open the door to Atlanta for someone else.

Otto 07-24-2010 08:47 AM

By the way, did you see the Elite Camp results? Jeff Driskel, UF QB commit, took top honors (camp MVP) and Kiehl Frazier, AU QB commit, had a strong runner-up performance. That should be a good QB rivalry for years to come.

mriff 07-24-2010 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Otto (Post 13427)
I'm not sure if it is UF having the new faces or the fact that UGA and UT are going to be down this year. If Spurrier doesn't do something this year in a very weak SEC East Division, I think they need to start looking elsewhere. With Alabama and LSU on the schedule, the Gators may very well open the door to Atlanta for someone else.

I think the East will be a toss up this year with UF having the edge. Even with no Tebow and half the defense, we still have top five classes (with a number one class thrown in) in the last three years of recruiting. There is talent waiting in the wings. Little worried about USC, but not that much. Alabama will be a great game. I think we'll beat LSU. Should be a great year of football. The first in a long time without a kid named Tebow in the backfield. Come on Brantley!

mriff 07-24-2010 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Otto (Post 13428)
By the way, did you see the Elite Camp results? Jeff Driskel, UF QB commit, took top honors (camp MVP) and Kiehl Frazier, AU QB commit, had a strong runner-up performance. That should be a good QB rivalry for years to come.

Didn't see that. Very good timing, bringing in a top recruit with Brantley having two years behind center. That will give him time to get some reps in. Maybe even redshirt him this year.

Cam is coming in as a Junior?

Otto 07-25-2010 11:06 AM

Yep. He has two years to play two, although there are some murmurs that he may be gone after one. We'll see what happens. I think he has a monster year in our offense. I just hope Malzahn decides to stay after this season (as do I hope for all the coaches ... we have a really special group of coaches in Auburn).

DallasFlier 07-25-2010 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 13426)
Drink away you guys. New coaching and new hot prospects will have NU and AU back in it this year. NU's defense could be outstanding this year. And I don't look for OU to be all that great. And AU has Cam Newton. If he gets on a streak and gets some confidence, his physical abilities could really show through.

At the SEC media days, the consensus is Alabama playing UF for the championship. Not sure if that will happen this year with a lot of new faces at UF, but should be interesting.

Yeah, I think the Pelini brothers will have an outstanding defense, that seems to be their trademark. And on offense we return 10 of 11 starters, which after last year is debatable whether that's good news or bad news. QB is still our biggest question mark. If one of the 3-4 potential starters steps up, takes control and has a good season, then we could be really good.

Otto 07-26-2010 01:05 AM

By the way, not sure if you guys remember or if I even shared, but I started back to school last semester. At 30 years old, well into my career and quite successful, it is tough to find motivation to go back and nearly start completely over (I dropped out of Auburn as a freshman and took an IT internship). I took 5 classes last semester and 2 classes over the summer mini-mester and I have had an A in all 7 classes... I even made the Dean's List last semester (although I did not have enough hours to qualify for it this semester). Since the Fall is going to be rather busy for me, I'm only taking 2 classes once again (but I'll qualify for Georgia's HOPE scholarship, so I won't have to pay for school anymore). WOOT! :)

mriff 07-26-2010 08:34 AM

Nice Otto. Really. It takes a lot of motivation to go back to school after working. And you're married as well. Leaving the house to go to class after working all day is tough. I never did it. I was in college for 11 years straight, then got a job. Also sounds like you are a damn good student. What college and degree program?

Otto 07-27-2010 01:04 AM

For now, the University of West Georgia. The degree will be MIS and I plan to move on to the MBA program somewhere. I may decide to transfer to Georgia State University depending on the availability of my major courses once I head on into that level.

P.S. - Still not married. We'll be engaged for a while before we have enough saved up for the wedding .. perhaps May 2012 or November/December 2012, depending on where she wants to go for our honeymoon (the latest is Australia, hence the winter wedding). We're celebrating our 3 year anniversary in September, though. :)

DallasFlier 07-27-2010 10:29 AM

Congrats on the very successful return to school. mriff is right, that takes not only lots of smarts and ability, but huge motivation amongst full-time work and home/family life. That's great that you made the decision to return AND are doing so well at it.

Otto 07-29-2010 12:25 AM

Just found out today I had the highest grades in both of my summer classes... 98.8 in Introduction to Psychology and a 96.25 in U.S. History I... :-D

mriff 07-29-2010 12:34 PM

Sorry about that. I thought you were married. Maybe it's better stated 'practically married'. :)

Congrats on your grades. I think going back to college with a little maturity gives you an edge over the 18 year old kids. You're there because you want to be. Get after it. There's a lot to be said for the piece of paper at the other end of a degree. Like it or not, it can have direct and no so direct impacts on employment, salary, promotion, etc.

Otto 07-31-2010 09:32 AM

I agree completely. Thanks :)

By the way, it looks like we'll be receiving commitments from C.J. Uzomah and Jonathan Rose by the end of the weekend. Uzomah was previously the #9 QB in the nation, but he has since been moved to a TE prospect and is #10 overall at that position. Rose is currently listed by Rivals as the #3 CB in the nation and is an Auburn legacy (his father played for AU 'back in the day').

Otto 08-07-2010 03:29 AM

USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll
1 Alabama (55)
2 Ohio State (4)
3 Florida
4 Texas
5 Boise State
6 Virginia Tech
7 TCU
8 Oklahoma
9 Nebraska
10 Iowa
11 Oregon
12 Wisconsin
13 Miami (FL)
14 Penn State
15 Pittsburgh
16 LSU
17 Georgia Tech
18 North Carolina
19 Arkansas
20 Florida State
21 Georgia
22 Oregon State
23 Auburn
24 Utah
24 West Virginia

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 135, Houston 76, Brigham Young 66, Arizona 65, Mississippi 48, Clemson 44, Stanford 41, Connecticut 40, Notre Dame 38, South Carolina 38, Washington 26, Missouri 23, Navy 12, Oklahoma State 11, Boston College 10, Michigan State 10, Arizona State 6, California 6, Texas Tech 5, South Florida 4, Texas A&M 3, Temple 2, Northwestern 2, Mississippi State 1, Nevada 1, Northern Illinois 1, Central Michigan 1, Southern Methodist 1

Otto 08-07-2010 03:34 AM

My casual observations: Florida is ranked too high. Oklahoma is ranked a tad too low. Texas is ranked too high. Boise State and TCU start one spot lower than they did last year (4th and 6th in 2009, respectively) and will still not see a birth in the big game. Nebraska looks poised to make a decent run from their ranking position. North Carolina is ranked too high. Pittsburgh is ranked too high. Penn State is ranked too high in a rebuilding year. Arkansas is ranked too low. Georgia is ranked too high. Auburn is ranked slightly lower than expected. West Virginia is better than a 24th position. It looks like SMU received a vote (...and someone is trying to copy Steve Spurrier).

Otto 08-07-2010 04:06 AM

Gotta love our state media... attempting to make midget man just as tall as our coach.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/...ab7f7d1f_z.jpg

Otto 08-11-2010 03:30 PM

ESPN Power Rankings
NCAA College Football Power Rankings Preseason - ESPN

1 Alabama
2 Ohio State
3 Boise State
4 Texas
5 Florida
6 Oklahoma
7 TCU
8 Virginia Tech
9 Iowa
10 Miami (FL)
11 Nebraska
12 Oregon
13 Wisconsin
14 Pittsburgh
15 USC
16 Georgia Tech
17 Arkansas
18 Florida State
19 LSU
20 North Carolina
21 Penn State
22 Auburn
23 Oregon State
24 Georgia
25 Stanford

Others receiving votes: West Virginia (39), Cincinnati (32), South Carolina (31), Utah (22), Houston (18), Connecticut (13), Notre Dame (12), Missouri (10), Arizona (9), Washington (7), Texas A&M (5), California (4), Boston College (3), Clemson (3), Michigan (1)

Otto 08-11-2010 06:57 PM

I doubt this will swing in our favor, but...

FWAA discusses 2004 national title; final decision expected in 7-10 days | al.com

I think we (Auburn) deserved the national championship then and I think we still deserve it now. We'll see what happens.

Otto 08-23-2010 08:42 PM

So I've decided to forego our first home game and season opener against Arkansas State. Since it is going to be on Fox Sports South, it makes sense for me to stay at home rather than spending money on three days of boarding for the puppies. My season tickets were moved up 34 rows to where my father's seats are... WOOHOO! Expect some fairly decent pictures this season. :-)

Otto 08-24-2010 12:12 AM

Video: SEC preview - SEC Blog - ESPN

mriff 09-04-2010 09:11 AM

Big day today Gents. It's finally here.

I watched part of the SC Ol Miss game Thursday night. SC looks pretty impressive. Maybe the Ol' Ball Coach will have a team this year. I don't think he'll win the East however. At least I hope not..

Go GATORS!

mriff 09-04-2010 09:14 AM

And I'll be watching Cam Newton. Here's hoping he is the stud he could be. He certainly has the talent. I've seen several prognosticators mention AU as the dark horse in the West. I know it's way off in the future, but the Iron Bowl could be very interesting this year.

mriff 09-04-2010 09:22 AM

UF's schedule this year:

Miami (Ohio)
USF
at Tennessee
Kentucky
at Alabama
LSU
Mississippi State
Georgia (Jax)
at Vanderbilt
South Carolina
Appalachian State
at FSU

The huge game obviously is at Alabama. If we're 4-0 at that point, that should be interesting. I want to beat Tennessee, but now that DH Kiffin is gone, kinda takes the luster off that game. But it's at Tennessee, so anything can happen. LSU and Mississippi state back to back. At least both are at home. The Ol' Ball Coach has to come beat UF in the Swamp. Tough duty that. And we meet Jimbo Fisher in his house for his first taste of Gator Football as a head coach. I hope we kick their ass.

bigolsparky 09-04-2010 09:24 AM

Headed to Tuscaloosa in one hour. Lots of tailgating action today. It's finally here. Best of luck to all on this thread. None of us face each other today, so I guess we can be civil. Roll Tide!

Otto 09-04-2010 12:40 PM

Man, the Gators are looking horrible thus far. Obviously they will win, but there seems to be an entire week of improvements to be made after just one quarter...

mriff 09-04-2010 05:34 PM

Didn't look to sporty did they? Wow. Yes, clearly, some work to do.

bigolsparky 09-04-2010 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by mriff (Post 13656)
Didn't look to sporty did they? Wow. Yes, clearly, some work to do.

Practice game.

Otto 09-04-2010 06:08 PM

Let's hope that's all it was. With the exception of the first half of the second quarter, there's a lot of room to improve on offensive execution and defense in general.

Otto 09-04-2010 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by mriff (Post 13652)
And I'll be watching Cam Newton. Here's hoping he is the stud he could be. He certainly has the talent. I've seen several prognosticators mention AU as the dark horse in the West. I know it's way off in the future, but the Iron Bowl could be very interesting this year.

Cam is having a great game thus far. 4/5 for 92 yards and 118 yards rushing. If you aren't watching on FSS, wait for the replay of this one run - 6 missed tackles!

Otto 09-04-2010 10:32 PM

Our defense looked bad the first half. Our offense and special teams started the second half with 3 fumbles (but luckily only one TD was the result). Since then, this has been all AU.

Cam's numbers: 9/14 for 186 yards and 3 TDs passing, 15 carries for 171 yards and 2 TDs rushing

Michael Dyer, as of now, has 95 yards rushing in his collegiate debut. If you guys don't remember, he was ESPN's #1 RB (and #2 on Scout and Rivals).

We have 3 players over 50 yards receiving and 3 players over 75 yards rushing. Total offense for AU is 608 yards. Our defense gave up over 300 yards, though.

Otto 09-04-2010 11:23 PM

Hold up. Florida only had 26 yards offense heading into the fourth quarter?! HOLY CRAP! EIGHT fumbles! I would HATE HATE HATE to be a player for Florida during Sunday/Monday practice!

mriff 09-05-2010 08:12 AM

No shit. I wonder how many snaps Pouncy and Brantley will be taking in practice this week.

Otto 09-05-2010 10:21 AM

Pouncey's comments about the incoming class really make him look rather stupid, all things considered. If you want to judge the game he had versus the games some of the young guys had (Elam, Floyd), it seems that his previous comments may have been jealousy (especially in lieu of his brother's talent). :)

Otto 09-05-2010 10:38 AM

By the way, Auburn's Scout forum statistics guru said that Auburn had 7 plays of 30 yards or more. His database (for this particular stat) goes back 20 years and that is the most in a single game. He said that given the offenses we had before 1990, this would likely be the most ever.

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