Gus Malzahn remains Auburn’s head football coach and already is gearing toward the 2019 season. Malzahn’s first press conference to address preparation for the Music City Bowl had little to do with previewing Purdue.
Georgia Tech introduced Geoff Collins as its new head football coach. Collins made it clear that the days of conceding all of the top recruits within a two-hour radius of downtown Atlanta — excuse me, Midtown — are over. And what fertile recruiting ground it is.
Auburn was able to hang close to Alabama for the first half of Saturday’s Iron Bowl, but the second half proved that the Eagles, and maybe no one, can stay close to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide for long.
If you add four teams to the College Football Playoffs format, you’d get more fans excited, but the way it breaks down this season, you’d still end up with a somewhat predictable SEC matchup of Alabama vs. Georgia.
Given the scarcity of moments worth relishing this season, perhaps it was fitting that Auburn fans and players had two opportunities to celebrate Saturday’s improbable – no, stunning – 28-24 victory over Texas A&M.
After wearing down yet another overmatched opponent Saturday night, this time Vanderbilt to the tune of 41-13, the Georgia Bulldogs once again found themselves in a familiar position – having to explain why this beat down was so filled with mistakes.
Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn talked at SEC Media Days of being ‘very close’ in 2017. But close has come to define the Auburn football program over the past five years, a trend the team looks to break.
With the physique of a librarian, compounded by a mean-mugging glare, spectacles that surely must have some Scotch tape on them somewhere and Chrome-finished head, Paul Finebaum hardly looks the part of college football analyst.