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Tony Franklin On The Spread

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1. The spread is a formation, not an offense: “Some people spread the field to run it, like West Virginia. Others spread the field to pass it, like Texas Tech. It’s what you do after you spread the field that defines your offense. We spread it to figure out what is going to work in any particular game and then we just do that. At Troy we basically ran it half the time and threw it half the time. We just always took what the defense was giving us. (Note: Troy rolled up 488 yards in a 44-34 loss to Georgia last November). Our plan at Auburn is to throw first and run second but if we find a running play that works, we’re going to do that. I’m not hung up on who gets the ball and how we do it. I just want to score points.”

2. Tempo is everything: “A big part of this offense is to dictate the tempo of the game to the defense. We are no huddle all the time and will play at three speeds: Super fast, normal fast, and freeze. At super fast we snap the ball as soon as the official lets us. At normal fast we might snap it with 17 or 18 seconds left on the play clock. At freeze we might wait until there are only two or three seconds left on the clock. But the idea is to make the defense think that you’re going to snap the ball immediately every time you run a play. That way it’s hard for them to get into a rhythm and to make adjustments on the fly.”

3. The goal is to make the defense tired: “In football the defensive linemen are better athletes than the offensive linemen. That’s just the way it is. But you turn it into an even match by running a lot of plays that force the defensive front to run a lot to get to the ball. Early in the game they are feeling frisky and they will chase after everything. Some plays look like they are not working but they are because the defense is running a long way just to make the tackle.

“Most of the big plays in this offense come in the second and fourth quarters after the defense has gotten tired. This works very well in high school and at the Division II and Division I-AA level of college football because at that level teams don’t have the numbers on defense. It’s more difficult at this level because the good teams are so deep in defensive linemen. But in games where I knew we were overmatched physically, I spent the first quarter and third quarter just running plays hoping to get their defense tired. Then if we could just keep it close we might have a chance in the fourth quarter.”

4. The biggest misconception about the spread? “It is that the players who run this offense, particularly the linemen, are not tough. Go look at film of West Virginia’s offensive line or Texas Tech’s. Those guys are tough. People think guys aren’t tough because we’re not lining up in the I-formation and blowing people off the ball. But I’ve seen a lot of tough coaches get fired because they couldn’t score any points. Toughness is an attitude that good coaches teach their players. We have one of the top offensive line coaches in the country (Hugh Nall). Our guys are going to be very tough.”

5. Players love this offense: “This is really simple. If guys are going to invest all this time at practice, when the game comes they want to touch the ball and make plays. All this offense does is put the ball in the hands of guys who can make plays in enough space to where if they make a defender miss, they have a chance to score. We make a lot of changes at the line of scrimmage and so the defense has to change with us. If the defense misses a signal, we might walk in for an easy score. If we miss a signal then we just might have a bad play but we live to run the next play. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense. Offensive players love that.”

Auburn Movie

The Amazin’s is about the 1972 Auburn Tigers and is set to start filming in ’09…shit yeah

The UT-Martin Game Is Looking Interesting

SINCE THEY HAVE THE SAME JERSEYS!

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Football is coming

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ESPN Rivalry Predictions

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Bitter rivalries are nothing without a little smack talk — or even a prediction. So having thrown out there the five most bitter rivalries in the SEC, here’s how I think those games will go this season. As always, I reserve the right to change my opinion depending on injuries, suspensions and a team just plain stinking up the joint this season:

1. Auburn 23, Alabama 21: Tommy Tuberville makes it seven in a row over Alabama and holds up seven fingers as he leaves the Bryant-Denny Stadium field.

2. Tennessee 21, Alabama 17: The Vols do just enough to win, and Phillip Fulmer gives his deposition afterward to Alabama attorneys while sitting in the checkerboard end zones at Neyland Stadium.

3. Florida 34, Georgia 31: Percy Harvin runs for two touchdowns and catches another one in a back-and-forth classic that goes down to the final minutes. The only thing better than the game is the Gators’ victory dance.

4. LSU 31, Alabama 14: This time, a bunch of Les Miles recruits lead the way for the Tigers in hammering the Tide. Nick Saban returns to the bus he came to the stadium on only to find the tires all flattened.

5. Tennessee 28, Florida 24: Fulmer ends his drought against Urban Meyer thanks to an interception return for a touchdown by Eric Berry that turns the game around in the third quarter.

Alabama Still Lives in the Past

The SEC loves to hate Alabama

July 29, 2008 11:05 AM

Posted by ESPN.com’s Chris Low

Maybe it’s the fact that Alabama once dominated this league like nobody has since or before.

Maybe it’s the fact that Paul W. “Bear” Bryant is the most iconic figure in all of college football history.

Maybe it’s the fact that Alabama has been caught cheating each of the last two decades, serving three years of NCAA probation in the mid 1990s and five years of NCAA probation from 2002-’07.

Maybe it’s that obnoxious elephant roar at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Maybe it’s Bryant’s gravelly voice still being piped in over the loudspeaker at Bryant-Denny Stadium before every game.

Maybe it’s the fact that Alabama is … well, Alabama.

Love the Tide or loathe the Tide, how many college football programs stoke the passions of so many in one state the way Alabama does — not just every Saturday — but 365 days a year?

Just an extracurricular activity? Yeah, right.

At Alabama, it’s a way of life. If you don’t believe so, Tide fans will gladly tell you. They talk about past glory as if it happened just yesterday.

Never mind that they’ve won just one SEC championship in the last 15 years.

Yep, there’s a myriad of reasons for the rest of the SEC to hate Alabama. But right there at the top is this belief among many in the Tide Nation that they’re an elite program even if their record over the last decade or so says otherwise.

The operative word here is “was” an elite program. After all, Alabama is on its eighth head coach since Bryant retired in 1982. Since 1997, Alabama has lost five or more games in a season eight times.

For those keeping count at home, that’s eight five-loss seasons or more in the last 11 years. And in the last five seasons, the Crimson Tide have lost 30 football games.

Elite? Mediocre sounds more like it.

With Nick Saban and his $4 million price tag aboard, Alabama fans are convinced that better days are ahead. Saban’s track record suggests they’re right.

He’s already won one national championship while coaching in the SEC when he was at LSU.

But even Saban will tell you that this is a more daunting rebuilding task than what he faced at LSU. Saban, too, has implored fans to quit talking about winning championships and what’s been done in the past at the Capstone.

He’s right, because talk is cheap.

Saban said last week at the SEC media days that the Crimson Tide needed to earn their respect.

And just because Bryant won six national championships at Alabama — the last one coming nearly 30 years ago — nobody ever said the Tide would get a lifetime exemption into college football’s most exclusive club.

Just don’t tell the crimson-coated masses that.

Alabama Crimson Tide, Hate

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Lady Tigers – a shirt for you…

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ULM Game Preview

Auburn scheduled ULM to be a certain victory. So did Alabama. That’s why any SEC team schedules such games. On the Warhawks’ last two trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium, they’ve been outscored 104-7. The Warhawks won’t be intimidated by first-year offensive coordinator Tony Franklin’s fast-paced spread. They run a similar offense themselves, and they gave Franklin’s offense some trouble in his two seasons at Troy, falling 24-7 last season.“It won’t bother them,” Franklin said. “They’ve seen it before, and they practice against something like it every day. We should win the game, but if people are expecting a walkover kind of game, they might be disappointed.”

ULM game preview @ Auburn Undercover

Why Do SEC Fans Talk So Much About Their Conference?

At any rate, we see ourselves as Southerners of which college football is only one of the many things we like in common. We all love barbecue. We all like beer. We love the hot women at the tailgate festivities.  Many of us grew up listening to the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, and other “Southern Rock” bands.  Many of us (though certainly not all) like to fish and/or hunt. You could think of most of us as a big family.

Therefore, if you considered the SEC to be one big group of 12 brothers, you would start to understand. Think of your own siblings. You may say nasty things about your brother and have fistfights in the back yard.

Great Read Here @ the Bleacher Report