Auburn paints path of Iron Bowl winning touchdown on field for recruiting weekend

During last year’s Iron Bowl, Chris Davis gave us one of the more exciting moments in the storied rivalry game between Auburn and Alabama when he returned a missed field goal 109 yards the other way for the game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock.

chris-davis-109This weekend is a big one for Auburn’s football program. 25 of their top 30 commitments and recruiting targets will be in town for a tradition that began in 2009.

Given the nature of the event, it’s a good time to relive college football’s play of the year in 2013. And that’s exactly what the Tigers football program is going to do.

As Auburn’s grounds crew shows, the path of Davis’ return has been painted onto the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium for Big Cat Weekend.

Might as well use it to your advantage, right?

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Jimbo Fisher: Auburn stole Florida State’s signs

Jimbo FisherDid Auburn get out to a dominating start against Florida State on Monday night because they had the Seminoles’ signals? Jimbo Fisher seems to believe that is the case.

In a press conference with reporters on Tuesday, the Florida State coach said he had his staff protect signals with a towel in the second half of the game because he believed Auburn had their signs at points in the game.

“They had a couple of our signals a couple times and were getting to them,” Fisher said via AL.com. “That happens, people do it, and that’s our fault.”

Florida State made an adjustment, and it may have paid off.

After being held to 10 points and two scoring drives in the first half, the Noles put together 17 points and three scoring drives on offense in the second half. They were down 21-10 at halftime and won 34-31.

Whether sign stealing was a factor in the game or not, Fisher isn’t bothered by the possibility of Auburn jacking them.

“That’s part of the game,” Fisher said. “I don’t have a problem with that.”

Auburn runs onside kick in first quarter, recovers (GIF)

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn reached into his bag of tricks early in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday against Missouri, and his boldness paid off.

After scoring on a Nick Marshall touchdown run to go up 14-10 in the first quarter, Malzahn called for an onside kick. There was some confusion over whether the ball went 10 yards before Auburn touched it, and there were additional questions about whether Missouri touched it first, which would allow Auburn to touch the ball before it traveled 10 yards.

I thought Auburn touched it first, but it looked like the ball went 10 yards when they touched it. Whatever the case, Auburn was unable to move the ball and missed a 54-yard field goal attempt, so they didn’t get any points out of the onside kick. But it was still very cool to see them make that play.

Here’s the close-up to decide who touched it first:

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Auburn scores touchdown on fake handoff that fooled cameraman (Video)

Auburn trick playAuburn scored a touchdown against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday that involved a fake handoff so good it totally fooled the CBS cameras.

On Auburn’s second possession of the game, they had a 3rd-and-8 at the Missouri 38. They called for a fake handoff that fooled the cameraman, but Missouri’s defensive end actually stayed home and prevented Nick Marshall from rolling to the sideline. Marshall abruptly stopped, cut up field, and heaved the ball to the end zone for Sammie Coates, who hauled in the 38-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-3.

It was typical Gus Malzahn beauty in action. Even though Auburn allowed a TD to Missouri on the ensuing possession, they scored right after that to reclaim the lead.

Here’s video of the play:

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Jason Dufner asks Tiger Woods to reschedule tournament so he can watch Auburn-Missouri

Jason-DufnerJason Dufner had to walk on to the golf team at Auburn before anyone realized that the former baseball player is one of the best golfers in the world. A PGA Championship win and two top-five US Open finishes later, and the rest is history. As a proud Auburn alum, Dufner is also a huge fan of Tigers football.

On Saturday at 4:00 pm EST, Auburn will take on Missouri for the SEC Championship. Depending on what happens elsewhere in the nation, that game could determine who plays for the national championship. Unfortunately for Dufner, he will still be playing in Tiger Woods’ annual World Challenge golf tournament on Saturday. Unless, of course, Tiger fulfills Dufner’s request.

If this was a typical tournament, I’d say Dufner can just tank it and miss the cut. However, there is a small field and all of the golfers play four rounds. Plus, Dufner doesn’t have it in him to roll over like that. He’s just going to have to keep track on his phone and hope to catch the fourth quarter.

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Ohio State would be favored over Auburn

Urban Meyer Ohio State

Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday caused a ton of confusion in the BCS National Championship Game picture and opened up a spot that most figured was going to be claimed by the Crimson Tide. Florida State currently holds the top spot in the BCS, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are second followed by one-loss Auburn and Alabama.

Knowing that his school would be fighting with Ohio State for the second spot, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said after Saturday’s win that it would be “a disservice to college football” not to have a one-loss SEC champion in the BCS title game over Ohio State. Las Vegas oddsmakers feel otherwise.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the consensus opinion from oddsmakers is that Ohio State would be favored by about 2.5 points over Auburn. On Saturday, Bell tweeted that Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hilton would have listed the Buckeyes as 1.5-point favorites over Auburn. Bell said Johnny Avello at the Wynn had Ohio State as a 3-point favorite.

What does this all mean? Ohio State is considered a better team than Auburn and deserves to be in the title game assuming they win their next game. Auburn still has to beat Missouri in the SEC Championship Game first. Ohio State has to beat Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship. And 12-0 Florida State needs to beat Duke in the ACC Championship Game.

Also of note: Florida State would be around a 10-point favorite against Ohio State, so they are clearly considered the top team in the trio. But despite their loss to Auburn, Alabama would still be favored over Florida State and every other team in the country.

Mike Tomlin stops Auburn field goal return for touchdown

Mike Tomlin Chris Davis

Chris Davis’ field goal return for a touchdown on the last play of the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama on Saturday was one of the most significant plays of the college football season. Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt from Alabama that was short and returned it the length of the field for the score to give the Tigers a 34-28 win. Though he raced up the Auburn sideline — not the Bama one — some folks on the ‘net thought it would be funny to place Mike Tomlin in the picture.

You know if the Steelers coach were around, Davis somehow would have been stopped. We’re still convinced without a doubt that Tomlin intentionally stuck his foot out to stop Jacoby Jones on Thanksgiving.