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The key to victory
A couple of hours before Auburn played Arkansas, I saw one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen before any type of sporting competition.
Auburn always enters Jordan-Hare and forms a circle around the AU at midfield. The players and coaches circle up for a team prayer and then head into the locker room.
When Arkansas players came out on their tunnel on Saturday they also went to the AU. They might not have even realized what they were in the middle of. It was a strange escalation. Fans were just starting to take their seats in the stadium and not all players were involved. It looked like both sides maybe started smack talking — it doesn’t really even matter what exactly happened.
Over the next four quarters of football, Auburn made it clear how it felt about the exchange:
When you step on the AU pic.twitter.com/gRp8W22uFs
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) October 23, 2016
Do NOT step on the AU!!!! Or we will step on you #nuffsaid
— Mike Horton (@big_mike247) October 23, 2016
In today's OA News, Auburn felt 'disrespected' when Arkansas stepped on the AU logo, so it beat the visitors by 53 https://t.co/icnBzpB8Dh
— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) October 24, 2016
The Tigers were given some extra motivation for their matchup against Arkansas, but they may have also stumbled onto a key to the rest of the season.
I would like to invite all of Auburn’s future opponents to step on the AU before the game.
— WarBlogle.com (@WarBlogle) October 23, 2016
Am I a bad fan for wanting every team we play to step on the AU…just so we play like that every game?!?! #mixedemotions
— Callie E (@SoAUCal) October 23, 2016
I don't know, maybe we should start a new tradition & say "Go Ahead, step all you want" RT @AyeyoKEJO: DONT STEP ON THE AU!!!!!
— Ronnie Glover (@TheLandSlide) October 23, 2016
All kidding aside, it looked like Auburn maxed out on intensity and focus on Saturday. Winning is a cure-all, helping players relax and bring a different kind of intensity to games, but that’s how Auburn needs to take the field in every game remaining on its schedule.
Tigers on Tiger Walk
Have you ever wondered what football players think of Auburn traditions?
Auburn softball player Haley Fagan decided to ask. And she wrote an insightful article about it, too.
— Auburn Campus Rec (@AuburnCampusRec) October 18, 2016
— haley fagan (@queenhaley02) October 18, 2016
You can read Fagan’s piece here and find out what quarterback John Franklin III and freshman wide receiver Kyle Davis think about the walk down South Donahue.
- AL.com’s Wesley Sinor explains why Auburn could win the SEC West, while Kevin Scarbinsky gives you an all-access look at Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg highlights Auburn’s running backs and explains how they could get an extra boost against Ole Miss this weekend.
- Greg Ostendorf writes about how offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee helped save head coach Gus Malzahn’s job for ESPN.
- Marcus Spears, Clint Sterner and Laura Rutledge think Auburn can keep rolling against the Rebels in Oxford this weekend.
- College and Magnolia’s Son of Crow asks if history is repeating itself as Auburn takes on Ole Miss on Saturday.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn soccer beat Tennessee 3-1 on Thursday night. As a special parting gift, the team tied the program record, earning its ninth win of the season.
Next, the Tigers will play in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., on Halloween.
FINAL – Auburn 3, Tennessee 1
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 28, 2016
When it comes to earning fan support, head basketball coach Bruce Pearl works just as hard as his players do on the hardwood (maybe harder). And it’s all paying off.
The men’s basketball team sold out of season tickets for the third straight year. Auburn Arena will start rocking in just a few weeks.
Make it three straight years for @coachbrucepearl & the Tigers selling out season tix in Auburn Arena.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) October 27, 2016
You can also come out and meet the men’s and women’s teams on Sunday at Auburn Arena during a Halloween-themed fan day.
As if meeting the hoopsters isn’t enough reason to stop by, there will also be a costume contest, pumpkin painting, ice cream, balloon animals and obviously, candy.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) October 27, 2016
Auburn Cross Country is literally going places. The team is traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2016 SEC Cross Country Championships on Friday.
Auburn Cross Country heads to Fayetteville, Ark. for the 2016 SEC XC Championships tomorrow. #WarEagle
— Auburn Track & Field (@AuburnTFXC) October 27, 2016
Auburn baseball has been busy this fall. War Eagle Wakeups have previously highlighted conditioning sessions and scrimmages. Now you can get a sneak peek of a recent trip to Fort Benning for team-building.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) October 27, 2016
You can head over to campus and watch Auburn’s final softball games of the fall season on Saturday.
The final games of the fall are taking place on Saturday. See you at Jane B. Moore Field!
— Auburn Softball (@auburnsoftball) October 27, 2016
Friday poll: Auburn’s crowded backfield
Kerryon Johnson has been yearning to get back on the football field. The sophomore started the season eager to provide answers and voicing a strong belief in his teammates and himself.
Johnson came into the media room at Auburn after Jovon Robinson was dismissed and, without any hesitation, said Auburn could easily field two 1,000-yard rushers.
Running backs coach Tim Horton said the same thing. And so far, Auburn has exceeded expectations. The Tigers are leading the SEC in rushing yards (2,120) and touchdowns (21). Kamryn Pettway is closing in on 700 yards and the Arkansas game was Stanton Truitt’s coming out party.
So, how will the backfield look when Johnson comes back and is completely healthy?