Auburn football: Pondering the best Auburn teams; postseason in full swing on the diamond
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss the importance of history and postseason play on the diamonds.
The best of the best
These are the months that tend to frustrate college football fans.
Postseason baseball and softball are great. Even pro hockey and football — especially this year — are entertaining, to say the least.
But for those diehard SEC fans, this isn’t an easy time. Still, the downtime is important. It’s giving players a window to work in the weight room and also, depending on the team, ponder the past.
Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis posed this question to followers on Twitter over the weekend. And Kerryon Johnson had a response.
#AUFamily I have a question … Who do you think would win a head to head matchup between the 2004 Auburn Tigers and the 2010 Auburn Tigers?
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) May 19, 2017
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) May 19, 2017
Same thing I said https://t.co/TNodfDMc5W
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) May 19, 2017
So, who cares if Auburn players are discussing teams of the past?
It goes back to several words that were thrown out by players and coaches on the Plains through the spring: playoff, title, championship, rings.
History, of course, sometimes repeat itself. Gus Malzahn’s team adopted the motto “Our time” and the belief the Tigers have a shot to be one of the best seems to be in full swing, even in a quiet period in the college football world.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says “always staying the same” will be key if Auburn hopes to recruit this phenomenal athlete.
- FlyWarEagle.com says this is why the Tigers are dark horse contenders for the 2017 football season.
- AL.com says Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is ‘excited’ about the return of Kyle Davis and the role of his receiving core in the Tigers’ offense.
- 247Sports says the SEC’s ‘It Just Means More’ actress is actually an Auburn Tiger.
- Sports Illustrated.com says Jarrett Stidham looks like a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate after spring practices at Auburn.
- Fox Sports.com says Auburn’s September matchup against Clemson is one of the SEC’s most important nonconference games of the season.
Happening on the Plains
Softball is super again
Hosting an NCAA regional? Sure, it’s exciting, but Auburn softball’s goals for this season are a little bit bigger (dare we say super?) than most.
Auburn blasted through East Tennessee State and then won two consecutive games against the Cal Golden Bears to secure a hosting role in the Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament this coming weekend.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) May 22, 2017
It’ll be the third “Super” for Auburn. Of course, all three trips have come under head coach Clint Myers.
Oftentimes the postseason is all about momentum. And Auburn picked up a lot of speed this weekend, recording 16 hits in the regional final on Sunday.
Among those to come up with home runs were seniors Haley Fagan and Kasey Cooper — two players Myers’ team definitely wants heating up before another important weekend of NCAA play.
Make sure to grab your tickets for Super Regional action at Jane B. Moore Field. They’re already on sale:
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) May 21, 2017
The Tigers are still patiently waiting to see who they will play in the next round of the tourney.
Over the weekend, it looked as though Auburn’s path would be perhaps less difficult with Florida and Oklahoma struggling.
If the Sooners would have lost to Tulsa on Sunday, it would have meant Auburn could have avoided a rematch of the 2016 College World Series championship series.
Oklahoma found a way to pull out a win in extra innings.
— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 22, 2017
Now, they’ll have a rubber game Monday (11 a.m. CT, ESPNU) against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to see who will face Auburn.
For those Auburn fans interested in the Tigers’ path to Oklahoma City, this is a game you’ll want to pay close attention to.
Deja vu on the diamond?
Auburn baseball finished up its regular-season schedule with a series win against Ole Miss this weekend at Plainsman Park.
The Tigers took the first two games but fell in the third game on Saturday.
Now, Butch Thompson’s team, which desperately needed to put an end to its losing skid, will get one more shot at the Rebels in the SEC Tournament.
Who's ready for a full week of #SECBSB?!?
— SEC (@SEC) May 21, 2017
Conference tourney play for Auburn will begin on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. (4:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network).
Auburn women’s tennis advanced to the round of 16 in NCAA play for the second straight year.
Unfortunately, that’s where the postseason journey ended for the Tigers.
FINAL | No. 11 Auburn falls to No. 7 Texas Tech, 4-2 in the NCAA Round of 16.
— Auburn Womens Tennis (@AuburnWTennis) May 19, 2017
The 4-2 loss came against No. 7 Texas Tech in Athens, Ga., on Friday.
But it’s not all the way over just yet. Auburn’s season continues in the form of NCAA singles and doubles tournaments, which will start on Wednesday in Athens.
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