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Latest College Football Playoff update
When the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night, Auburn sat still at No. 9.
Cheers erupted throughout Jordan-Hare when Mississippi State’s upset of Texas A&M was shown on the video board during Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, but the Aggies remained ahead of Auburn at No. 8.
The reactions of many Tigers fans ranged from anger to confusion, but this tweet sums up the feelings of many.
The College Football Playoff Committee stepped on the AU.
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) November 9, 2016
Talking academics with Deshaun Davis
It’s a known fact that Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis likes to talk. He’s been dubbed the Tiger’s biggest trash talker by several players this year. He’s also been praised as a very intelligent football player.
Davis doesn’t study film. He memorizes and masters it.
The sophomore studies so much film so well he often can tell opposing offensive players what they’re supposed to do on the next play. He’s responsible for calls and checks (which basically means telling everyone where they’re supposed to be), and while he’s managing the game, he’s also tormenting SEC opponents.
Considering how much Davis likes to speak, it’s no surprise that he is a media studies major. His media career actually started in high school.
Davis tore his ACL during his senior season, but in his downtime he filmed weekly video segments where he spoke with high school football players from all over Alabama for AL.com. He hopes to go into media and has several ideas about what specifically he’d like to do, but whatever he decides, chances are you will be hearing from Davis a lot in the future.
Here’s this week’s academic spotlight:
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) November 8, 2016
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg says head coach Gus Malzahn feels good about quarterback Sean White and other injured Tigers heading into this week’s game.
- ESPN’s Alex Scarborough projects what bowl game Auburn could end up making.
- Jake Mastroianni explains why Auburn’s 2016 success could mean the departure of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
- AL.com wrote about what SEC Network personality Booger McFarland expects from Auburn’s sophomore quarterback Sean White.
- The Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper says there’s an upside to being out of the top 4 in the College Football Playoff and touches on the importance of the Iron Bowl.
- College and Magnolia’s Peggyrossmanith summarizes the season to this point and provides a comical list of 12 things she likes more than Georgia.
Auburn in the NFL
There’s so much college football madness happening now you could probably use a break, so here’s your mid-week update of what former Tigers did in the NFL over the weekend:
— Rodney Garner (@coachg76) November 7, 2016
- Dee Ford was unstoppable again for the Kansas City Chiefs. The linebacker recorded 2 sacks (3 solo stops) in Kansas City’s 19-14 win over the Jaguars. It marked the fourth multi-sack game of his career and his third of this season (averaged 5.5 sacks in last two games). He’s also tied for third in the NFL with 9 sacks. This season, Ford has amassed 28 tackles (19 solo), 9 sacks and a forced fumble.
— SEC Country Auburn (@SECCountryAU) November 3, 2016
- Tampa Bay Buccanners running back Peyton Barber made his first NFL start in the Bucs’ 43-28 loss to Atlanta. Barber had 11 carries for 31 yards and also had 4 receptions. So far this season, Barber has 122 yards and a touchdown.
- Oakland linebacker Daren Bates recorded 1 tackle in the Raiders’ 30-20 victory over Denver on Sunday night as his team moved into first place in the AFC West.
- Wide receiver Sammie Coates played but didn’t record any stats in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 21-14 loss to Baltimore. So far this season, Coates has 20 catches totaling 425 yards. He’s averaging 21.3 yards per catch and has added 2 TDs. He also has 6 catches of at least 40 yards, which is more than anyone else in the league.
- Offensive tackle Shon Coleman played in the Cleveland Browns’ 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
- King Dunlap started at left tackle and helped the San Diego Chargers to a 43-35 win over the Tennessee Titans.
- New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Nick Fairley started but didn’t record any stats in the Saints’ win over San Francisco.
- Josh Harris was the Atlanta Falcons’ long snapper in the team’s 43-28 win over Tampa Bay.
- Tampa Bay defensive end Davonte Lambert had 3 solo stops in the Buccaneers’ 43-28 loss to Atlanta. Lambert has started three times this season, recording 10 tackles and forcing a fumble.
- Linebacker Chris Landrum played but didn’t record any stats for the Chargers in their win over Tennessee.
- Sen’Derrick Marks recorded his first sack of the season in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 19-14 loss to Kansas City.
- Defensive back Nick Marshall had 1 tackle in the Jets’ 27-23 loss to Miami.
- Cam Newton passed for 225 yards (20-of-32 passing) in the Carolina Panthers’ 13-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. So far this season, the quarterback has racked up 1,733 yards (9 touchdowns) and added 207 rushing yards.
- Kicker Cody Parkey made 1-of-2 field goal attempts in the Browns’ 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Parkey has made 11-of-15 attempts this season and has made all 11 of his extra points.
- Cornerback Jerraud Powers had a sack and defended a pass in the Ravens’ win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thus far this season, he has 8 tackles.
- Greg Robinson, who’s started every game since the beginning of 2015, started on the offensive line in the Los Angeles Rams’ 13-10 loss to Carolina.
- Defensive back Neiko Thorpe had 2 tackles in the Seahawks’ 31-25 win over Buffalo on Monday night. Thorpe has recorded 4 tackles this season.
Happening on the Plains
With Auburn basketball (men’s and women’s) preparing for season openers and Tigers soccer preparing for the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, it was a quiet Tuesday on the Plains.
Still, congratulations to Ashley Neidigh for being named SEC Swimmer of the Week.
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) November 8, 2016