I talked to several LSU fans who were in Auburn last weekend for the football game and they were very impressed with the scene at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. They all mentioned it was a tremendous setting for a college football game and I have to agree with them.
Even though Auburn didn’t win, the effort the team gave and the home crowd support the Tigers received had to be impressive to the recruits who were at the game. On a beautiful day in Auburn weather-wise, the fans came early and stayed late trying to help their team pull out a victory.
The Auburn team fought hard until the final seconds. Like I mentioned in the Dye-Log column earlier this week, it was one of those games full of plays that had the potential to change the outcome. That was the case even in desperation time on Auburn’s last possession when the Tigers got the ball back at their own 20-yard line with no timeouts and 39 seconds left.
Emory Blake broke open deep into the LSU secondary. If the Tigers could have completed that pass Blake had plenty of room to run after the catch and could have run the football close enough to the LSU goal line to give Cody Parkey a chance to attempt a game-winning field goal.
If LSU proves to be as good as its national ranking, the fact Auburn had a real chance to win that game is a sign that the Tigers are improving and that October could be a better month than September was.
Looking at the college football scene as we head into week five, something we talked about as coaches from around the country on our conference call for the Legends Poll this week was the Oklahoma Sooners. That was of interest to me because the last four or five years the Sooners haven’t performed as well as I expected. It is hard for me to believe Oklahoma doesn’t have enough athletes to win big.
From what I have seen from the Big 12 conference this year, Texas is a team to watch. The Longhorns look to be a legitimate, downhill, hard-nosed running football team. Texas also has great speed at the wide receiver spots and on defense. R.C. Slocum, the former Texas A&M coach who is part of our Legends Poll group, said that he really likes what this year’s Texas team has been doing.
It won’t be long before we know for sure how good Texas is because the Longhorns play West Virginia on Oct. 6th and a week later they face Oklahoma. That would be a tough back-to-back challenge for any team in college football to handle.
With Texas A&M moving to the Southeastern Conference this year, the Longhorns and Aggies won’t play their traditional game late in the season, which is really different. It is a rivalry game a lot of fans looked forward to watching around Thanksgiving every year.
On the subject of Texas A&M, the Aggies along with the Tigers of Missouri are still looking for their first SEC victories. Both have interesting games this week.
The Aggies will be at home to take on an Arkansas team has really struggled this year. These teams know each other well. Last year the Razorbacks won a shootout game vs. the Aggies. Over the years these two have played each other many times from their days in the old Southwest Conference.
Something to watch is what kind of effort the interim coach of the Razorbacks will get out of the Razorbacks the rest of the year now their hopes of competing the SEC and national championships are gone.
The Tigers of Missouri aren’t playing an SEC opponent this week, but could have their hands full as they travel to Central Florida, an opponent that could have enough athletes to give them a real battle on Saturday in Orlando.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat’s Picks.
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