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For Auburn, the problems began well before the opening tip against Ole Miss. The Tigers had zero experienced point guards active for the game. Sharife Cooper remains ineligible pending an NCAA investigation, Tyrell Jones left the team to transfer to South Alabama, and Justin Powell was held out after sustaining a head injury last weekend against Texas A&M.
As students begin returning to campus this weekend, the focus on sports will pivot to Auburn Arena and the basketball team. The Tigers (6-4, 0-2 SEC) have been up and down as they’ve tried to balance youth against a tough schedule.
Auburn has now officially closed out the Gus Malzahn era finishing this COVID-altered year with a 6-5 record, following a 35-19 loss to Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl. The Tigers will now look ahead to next year and the beginning of the Bryan Harsin era on the plains.
Auburn (6-4) squares off with Northwestern (6-2) to ring in the new year of 2021 on January 1st at noon central time. The Tigers will be transitioning from the Gus Malzahn era to the Bryan Harsin era, although current defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will act as the interim head coach for the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl. Auburn is making their record-tying sixth appearance in this particular bowl game.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Auburn’s offense struggled to find the end zone until late on Saturday, but its defense held its own in Starkville. A season-low in points allowed and two interceptions aided the Tigers on their way to a 24-10 road victory over Mississippi State.
For the first three quarters, Auburn and Mississippi State struggled in a defensive stalemate. When the offense finally arrived to Starkville in the fourth quarter, it was the Tigers' offense which shined. Auburn scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away from the Bulldogs and end this COVID altered regular season on a high note with a 24-10 road triumph.
Auburn and Memphis, both serious contenders for Jalen Green in the offseason, met this Saturday at the Holiday Hoopsgiving event in Atlanta, Georgia and it was the Tigers of Auburn that came away with the victory.
During Bo Nix's nearly two seasons as the Auburn starting quarterback, he has undeniably been a different quarterback at home vs on the road. As the Tigers' quarterback, Nix has only lost two home games. That number jumps to six losses on the road or at a neutral site.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will have his work cut out for him on Saturday. The Tigers travel on the road to Mississippi State for their regular season finale, where a young and injury-riddled defense will square off with Mike Leach and his Air Raid attack.
The Auburn Tigers have a seemingly easy matchup against the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend with the Bulldogs coming into this week owning a dismal 2-6 record. Despite this record the Bulldogs cannot be counted out so quickly this Saturday. While two of their losses were fumbled away very convincingly, those being the 41 to nothing routing by Alabama and the 24-2 heartbreaker against Kentucky. The rest of their losses have been games decided by one score, with only one being a two score game, that being the 28-14 loss against Texas A&M.
At the end of the day, it is hard to beat a top five opponent when you allow 509 yards of total offense and 29 first downs.
After a disappointing loss against Texas A&M, Auburn’s bowl game options narrow.
The Auburn Tigers fall to No.5 Texas A&M Aggies on Senior Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Justin Powell had himself quite the Auburn Arena debut. The freshman finished with team-high 26 points in Auburn’s 90-81 win over South Alabama on Friday night.
Auburn faces off with a top five opponent for the second straight week when they welcome the fifth ranked Texas A&M Aggies to Jordan-Hare Stadium for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday, December 4. The Aggies (6-1) enter with playoff aspirations, a five game winning streak, and a chance to beat the Tigers for the first time since 2016.
It seems a bit odd that Auburn football is prepping for a home football game in the opening weekend of December, yet here we stand. The Tigers host the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, for the final home game of this unprecedented season. Let’s take a look at the series history between the two.
Auburn came into tonights matchup with the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 2-0 and were able to stay undefeated in a great showing on both ends of the floor. With five different Tiger’s scoring double digit points and eight different players recording at least one steal.
Despite a strong defensive effort, the Auburn Tigers have dropped their second in a row with a 63-55 loss to the UCF Knights in Orlando. The Tigers fall to 1-2 on the season while this was UCF's first game and win of the bizarre 2020 season.