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You may have woken up thinking today was just another Monday. Time to wake up, find caffeine, get to work (hopefully on time) and sit down to read your War Eagle Wakeup.
Then you remembered.
The bye week is over. Auburn had practice Sunday night and the Tigers are preparing for Arkansas. Not only that, but despite not stepping on the football field, head coach Gus Malzahn’s team inched up in the national rankings (from No. 23 to No. 21).
Now, Auburn will be a ranked team facing a ranked opponent for the first time in a while. To be exact:
- 1 year, 1 month, 3 days
- or 13 months, 3 days
- or 57 weeks, 0 days
- or 399 days
And that’s a pretty good feeling. Now, the fun really starts — the second half of SEC play is here.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 16, 2016
A not so great comparison
A former War Eagle Wakeup post detailed @DrunkAubie‘s lookalikes, a game-week favorite. Leading up to the bye weekend, however, Aubie decided to compare Auburn players to their lookalikes.
Unfortunately, it didn’t go over so well with everyone.
Running back Kerryon Johnson didn’t love his supposed twin comparison.
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) October 13, 2016
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 13, 2016
But the sophomore didn’t appreciate his comparison even more after he saw who junior kicker Daniel Carlson was matched with.
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) October 14, 2016
Wooooooooooooow but I get a Star Wars character???? https://t.co/z1d2AEjT3X
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 14, 2016
Before Johnson was injured in the Mississippi State game (offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is optimistic the running back will return this weekend) his running style could have been compared to a few other things. For us, bulldozer tops the list.
- Coach Gus Malzahn says his team is ready for the second half of the season, according to Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg.
- Because of the bye week, College and Magnolia’s Walt Austin reviewed the SEC from his couch and asked if Malzahn’s seat is still hot.
- Fly War Eagle’s Jake Mastroianni explains why a rescheduled LSU-Florida game could benefit Auburn.
- 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello detailed what Arkansas is saying about Auburn heading into the game this week.
- SEC Country’s Arkansas team writer Jason Kersey wrote about five heroes from Arkansas’ win over Ole Miss.
- CBS Sports’ Robby Kalland says the SEC West remains a fun mess (we agree, and it rhymes).
Happening on the Plains
The Auburn women’s volleyball team defeated Mississippi State (tough few couple of weeks for the Bulldogs) to earn a third straight win.
— Auburn Volleyball (@AuburnVB) October 16, 2016
SOFTBALL: Auburn’s fall season is here. You can watch a live steam through the Auburn athletics website, but fall games are also open to the public.
EQUESTRIAN: The No. 2 Auburn beat No. 1 Texas A&M at the Auburn University Horse Center over the weekend. This matchup was a little more exciting than Auburn’s loss to the Aggies on the football field earlier in the season, too.
It came down to a tiebreak score, but the Tigers wound up with a big home win.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) October 15, 2016
SOCCER: No. 13 Auburn survived a tough game against No. 12 Arkansas on the Plains on Friday night. Auburn (11-4-0, 7-1-0 SEC) matched a 2004 program record with its sixth straight SEC win.
Kristen Dodson, Brooke Raiser and Casie Raiser each netted a goal, and goalie Sarah Le Beau recorded 4 saves.
Next up, the Tigers travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Thursday.
Auburn notched its 6th-straight win in a thrilling 3-2 decision vs. Arkansas on Friday night!
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 15, 2016
Monday morning Cam update
It hasn’t been the best season for Carolina Panthers quarterback and Auburn Heisman winner Cam Newton.
The Panthers fell to 1-5 Sunday, losing 41-38 to the New Orleans Saints. Newton played after missing the previous game with a concussion. Carolina is last in the NFC South and it’s understandable why Newton was (and is) frustrated with the team’s record this year, especially less than a year removed from the Super Bowl appearance.
But salty is kind of an understatement in this case.
Mr. Cam Newton in no mood to answer ANY questions, walks out of press conference in less than 2 minutes. pic.twitter.com/rxRHDuTDzU
— Spark Sports (@Spark_Sports_) October 17, 2016
Cam Newton throws an INT!
Rough day for the Panthers so far… pic.twitter.com/YxIVgL0ilM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 16, 2016
* A complete update of what former Auburn players did in the NFL over the weekend is on the way.
Prepare yourself for a devoted fan base
Auburn’s game against Arkansas last year was memorable to say the least. Auburn had to deal with a tough four-overtime loss in Fayetteville.
This year the Razorbacks will be traveling to the Plains.
Arkansas fans, however, can be pretty dedicated — to the point where it might deserve a warning. Razorback fans frequently are seen getting creative with their game-day attire.
There’s bound to be some … interesting new looks around campus this weekend. Face paint and school colors are one thing, but we’re really hoping we just see lots of visiting fans who resemble this man …
"It just means more" pic.twitter.com/C4qj7xEPkK
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) October 9, 2016
Monday Poll: To worry or not to worry
Bye weeks can be tricky. Yes, they allow downtime for players who have been beaten up to recover. They present an opportunity for teams to evaluate, refocus and reassess. Off weeks also can be a trap. Players can lose focus or momentum they had and be forced to recapture it.
This season Auburn has been able to keep away complacency. The Tigers have found ways to play with purpose against lesser opponents and have taken care of tasks at hand.
Still, how much does the off weekend bother you?