Gavin Rankins


Evaluating the Bayou Bengals halfway through a strange season

Who would have thought the defending national champions would be 2-2 and unranked entering the last weekend in October?  To be fair, LSU lost an absurd amount of talent in the NFL Draft and then saw some key players opt out over COVID-19 concerns (most notably standout wide receiver Ja'marr Chase).  

Val Green (16), Shaina White (4)
Volleyball vs Miss. State on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Auburn, Ala.
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Auburn Volleyball Opens Season

The Auburn volleyball team will open their season Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. when they host the Florida Gators.  The Tigers and Gators also square off on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.  These two matches are the first of eight SEC matches this fall for Auburn and the rest of the league. 

Auburn vs Ole Miss soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 in Auburn, Ala.
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Auburn Soccer Picks up a Last Second Win

It took one hundred nine minutes and fifty-seven seconds for the first goal to be scored Tuesday afternoon at the Auburn Soccer Complex between the host Tigers and visiting Ole Miss.  It was Auburn that finally won the match just three seconds before the end of the second overtime on a bizarre goal. 

Oct 3, 2020; Auburn, AL, USA; Anders Carlson (26) kicks the ball during the game between Auburn and Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Five in a Row

It was a wild Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but Auburn found a way to stretch their winning streak against Arkansas to five in a row.  Anders Carlson nailed a game-winning 39 yard field goal with 7 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a 30-28 victory. 

Whitlow puts his shoulder into a tackler in Athens, GA. November 11, 2018.

Preview for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry

The two teams enter the game with ESPN's SP+ top two defenses (Georgia 1, Auburn 2).  So, expect points to be at a premium between the hedges.  Continue reading for a breakdown of how the two offenses and defenses matchup. 

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn takes a selfie with his team to thank everyone for the money raised for minority scholarships so far. The team also had the opportunity to register to vote after this picture on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Auburn, Ala. 
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A Sixty Minute Win

Football is finally back for Auburn and the rest of the SEC.  Auburn opened the season with a hard-fought 29-13 victory over a quality opponent in Kentucky. 

Auburn Football Tuesday presser on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 in Auburn, Ala.
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Auburn vs Kentucky Football Preview

Auburn is currently an eight point favorite over Kentucky.  If Auburn was allowed to pack Jordan-Hare with fans, there is no way the game would stay that close in my opinion.  However, the combination of an eleven o'clock start and limited fan attendance will likely negate most of Auburn's homefield advantage.  I still am going with the Tigers in a relatively close game. 

Feb 8, 2020; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers guard J'Von McCormick (5) shoots during the game against LSU at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Just Keep Shooting - Auburn rallies to stun LSU in OT

It was a heavyweight matchup in Auburn Arena.  Two Tigers doing fierce battle in The Jungle.  The atmosphere was electric.  The effort and action from both teams was superb.  In the end, it was the orange-and-blue striped Tigers who got in the last blow. 

Auburn guard Samir Doughty (10)
Auburn MBB vs  CS North on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 in Auburn, Ala.
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Hanging On - Auburn Survives Late Scare

Auburn dominated Iowa State for the first 37 minutes of Saturday's matchup in the SEC/Big 12 challenge.  However, Iowa State made the home fans nervous with their last 3 minute push, but ultimately fell short against the Tigers 80-76. 

Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) with a dunk in the first half.
Auburn mens basketball vs Vandy on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Auburn, Ala.
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Auburn's Defense Leads to Rout of Georgia

Auburn got off to a slow start against the rival Bulldogs.  Fittingly, it was Anfernee McLemore coming off the bench who provided a key spark in Auburn Arena with his dunk early in the first half.  Auburn's bench played arguably their best game of the season while scoring 34 points.